Advance College Academy

Reynolds Advance College Academies

Where Outstanding Students Get Started

The Reynolds Advance College Academies provide outstanding high school students the ability to earn an associate degree while completing the requirements for their high school diploma.    Courses have been carefully selected and sequenced in order to satisfy the requirements of the high school diploma and college degree at the same time.  

Students typically apply to the ACA in the 8th grade, enroll in advanced high school courses in the 9th and 10th grade, and take the required coursework for the associate degree during the 11th and 12th grade. Students in the ACA program are required to attend a five-week session of college courses during the summer between their sophomore and junior year.

The ACA in Social Science, offered to students in the Goochland County, Hanover County, Henrico County, and Powhatan County, leads to an Associate of Science in Social Sciences. Students from this degree program can apply credits to four-year colleges and universities as they pursue a wide variety of majors 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, offered only in Henrico County, 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. 

The ACA in Science, offered only in the City of Richmond, leads to an Associate of Science in Science. The program is designed for persons who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in a major that requires a background in the natural or physical sciences and mathematics. It provides the necessary training for transfer into a broad range of scientific fields ranging from botany to zoology and from chemistry or geology to physics.

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees through its Advance College Academy sites. As members of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), Reynolds adheres to NACEP’s standards of program quality for curriculum, faculty, and students.