Advance College Academy

Reynolds Advance College Academies

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?
Consult your school district about its specific application process and deadlines. Decisions about acceptance into an ACA are made by the school district, not Reynolds.

Who teaches in the program?
High school faculty members who teach in an ACA must either possess or earn a Master’s Degree in the teaching field or a Master’s Degree in another field with at least eighteen graduate credits in the teaching field.    These faculty members, once credentialed by Reynolds Community College, go through a rigorous and ongoing process of training, mentoring, and regular site visits conducted by full-time Reynolds faculty liaisons in their teaching field.

How likely is our curriculum to change?
The curriculum for the program has been carefully crafted by constituents representing Reynolds Community College and the local school district with the aim of ensuring the student meets all of the requirements of the Virginia Advanced High School diploma and the Associate degree program at Reynolds. While Reynolds does not anticipate any changes to these curricula, each student's final curricular path at the college is ultimately determined by the college catalog of the academic year when the student begins. In addition, there could be curricular changes at the school or school system level at the discretion of the student’s local school district.

Will I be considered a freshman or a junior when I apply to college?
While each institution is different, most ACA graduates will be considered freshmen with transfer credit when they apply to senior institutions.

Will we be able to contact the teachers for help if we need it?
The vast majority of the classes in the Associate degree program are taught by high school faculty who have been trained and credentialed by Reynolds. These high school faculty members, whether they are teaching advanced high school courses in the 9th and 10th grade or college-level courses in the 11th and 12th grade, will make themselves available to students on a daily basis.

Will we be able to choose any electives at Reynolds for the senior year or is there a select group from which we will choose?
Each student will meet with the designated career coach and a faculty member serving as an academic advisor from Reynolds to determine what electives a student should consider. Additionally, the student will need to consider the courses being offered at the college during the student’s senior year. Not every elective is offered every semester. Some students may also elect to take their Reynolds elective online. Note:  The ACA in Business Administration at Highland Spring HS does not include the requirement to take an elective at Reynolds

What about math?
The math sequence for students is addressed below. There are currently two math sequences for students based upon the math the student completes during the eighth grade year. This sequence may be revised in the future as needed.

9th grade year: Honors Algebra II
10th grade year: Honors Math Analysis
11th grade year: AP Calculus AB or BC
12th grade year: MTH 270 (Applied Calculus) and MTH 240 (Statistics)

9th grade year: Honors Geometry
10th grade year: Honors Algebra - II
11th grade year: Honors Math Analysis
12th grade year: MTH 270 (Applied Calculus) and MTH 240 (Statistics)

What about language?
Students enroll in the ACA program having completed a variety of levels of foreign language. The Associate of Science in Social Sciences requires that each student take two consecutive foreign language courses. The language offered is determined by the availability of teaching faculty at the high school. Students may take beginning level (101 and 102) fulfill this degree requirement. The 101 level course is designed to be both accessible to the student with no previous exposure to the language and challenging to the student who has had up to two years of instruction in that language at the secondary level. Students with more than three years of instruction in a language may qualify to take the intermediate level (201 and 202) Spanish or French. Students who begin at the intermediate level may need an additional approved language elective to meet the requirements of the degree program. All students should meet with the high school counselor, the career coach, and a Reynolds faculty member to discuss foreign language options.

What about transportation to the campus of Reynolds Community College?
During the fall and spring semesters of the junior and senior years, the majority the courses students will be offered at the student’s high school. The courses will be taught by high school teachers who have been trained and credentialed by Reynolds. Students should not have to travel to campus prior to the senior year of high school. As seniors, students may need up to two electives to complete the program. If a student wishes to choose an elective that is offered on the Reynolds campus instead of those offered online or on the high school campus, that student will need to make individual transportation arrangements. Students are also responsible for transportation to campus during the summer prior to the junior year for a five-week session.

What exactly does the class ITE 115 (computer science) entail and what is it about?
The college requires that each student meet the computer competency requirement. Students may meet this requirement by successfully completing ITE 115 or by passing the college's computer competency exam. The exam is administered in the testing centers on each campus. Students who pass the test will receive college credit for ITE 115. The course description from the course catalog is below.
"Covers computer concepts and Internet skills and uses a software suite which includes word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software to demonstrate skills required for computer literacy."

Will transportation be provided during the summer?
Students and their families are responsible for transportation during the summers.

What about classes outside of the curriculum, such as Driver's Ed?
Students who wish to take Driver's Ed may choose to take the course as their eighth course or during the summer. However, students will not be able to take summer courses during the summer before the junior high school year because students will take SDV 100 and HLT 115 during that summer.

During the summer, how long will the classes usually be?
The summer classes, SDV 100 and HLT 116 will be taught during the second 5-week session of the summer (traditionally late June to late July), two days a week for three hours a day. The college determines the schedule for the summer semester annually. Once those dates are announced, students and their families will be notified.

Will SDV 100 and HLT 115 be offered online or will students have to come to campus?
ACA students must successfully manage the transition from taking the high school level honors course of the freshman and sophomore years to the college level courses required for this program during the junior and senior years of high school. In essence, ACA students will be simultaneously high school juniors and college freshmen and later, high school seniors and college sophomores. This will require quite a few new skills. The summer learning community is designed to help students develop those skills and will be taught in a hybrid format which requires face to face instruction as well as some online content.

Will the Reynolds Community College courses be offered before school, after school or in the summer?
Though there are a few exceptions (SDV 100 and HLT 115 and some electives), all of the Reynolds courses will be taught during the regular school day, during the regular academic year at the student’s high school.

Will I be able to transfer some credits to an out of state college or university if I decide not to attend college in Virginia?
Each individual college or university will make decisions regarding transfer credits. Students should also realize that a college or university may accept courses for transfer but may not count those courses towards the program or major selected by the student because certain courses in the Associate of Science in Social Sciences program may not be required for the program or major the student plans to pursue. Transfer of credits should not be the student’s primary motivation for participating in an Advance College Academy program.