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Reynolds Advance College Academies

Academic Programs

Two Reynolds Advance College Academies (ACAs) are housed in Henrico County:

J.R. Tucker HS (AS in Social Sciences) (est. 2011). For more information, visit First graduating class: 2015

Highland Springs HS (AS in Business Administration) (est. 2013). For more information, visit First graduating class: 2017

Two ACAs (each offering an AS in Social Sciences) were established in 2014 at Goochland HS and Powhatan HS. First graduating classes: 2018

Two ACAs are planned in Hanover County (one at Lee-Davis HS and one at Patrick Henry HS) beginning in 2016. First graduating classes: 2019

The ACA in Social Sciences leads to an Associate of Science in Social Sciences. Students from this degree program transfer into a wide variety of majors at four-year institutions including, but not limited to, the following: anthropology, criminal justice, economics, English/literature, history, humanities, international relations, journalism, law, mass communications, philosophy, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, teaching, and world languages. 

The ACA in Business Administration leads to an Associate of Science in Business Administration. Students completing this program may seek additional study at the baccalaureate level in business administration, hospitality, management, finance, accounting, human resources, marketing, risk management, or economics. 

At all ACA locations, we design our pedagogy, curriculum, and career coaching interventions to instill the following habits of mind:

  • Curiosity – the desire to know more about the world.
  • Openness – the willingness to consider new ways of being and thinking in the world.
  • Engagement – a sense of investment and involvement in learning.
  • Creativity – the ability to use novel approaches for generating, investigating, and representing ideas.
  • Persistence – the ability to sustain interest in and attention to short- and long-term projects.
  • Responsibility – the ability to take ownership of one’s actions and understand the consequences of those actions for oneself and others.
  • Flexibility – the ability to adapt to situations, expectations, or demands.
  • Metacognition – the ability to reflect on one’s own thinking as well as on the individual and cultural processes used to structure knowledge.

The Council of Writing Program Administrators calls these habits "ways of approaching learning that are both intellectual and practical and that will support students’ success in a variety of fields and disciplines."