Prospective Student Information

Informational Video

Leadership Center Presentation.mp4

Application Information:

  • The Specialty Center Application for Henrico County Public Schools is available.

  • Current HCPS students will complete the application online. Once you get the application, take your time and present yourself in the best light possible. The committee reads everything you write, and your responses are very important.

  • Resident, non-HCPS students will download a hard copy of the application and deliver directly to the Specialty Center(s) to which they are applying.

  • All applicants will take a standardized test. HCPS students will take the test at their middle school. Resident non-HCPS students will register for a test. Details HERE.

  • All applicants will submit a video introduction of themselves. HCPS students will submit via a Schoology Dropbox; non-HCPS students may submit via a link on YouTube or Vimeo, or may include a flashdrive with their application. Please save the file as an .mp4 or .mov file. PLEASE make sure you have adjusted viewing privileges so that the committee can see your submission. If you have problems, contact Mr. Peck at

  • You can find specific information about the APPLICATION PROCESS at this link.

  • The entire application will be submitted in January. Some middle school counseling departments will help students compile applications; check with your school counselor about their policy and deadlines for submission.

  • Contact Mr. Peck at (804) 673-3700 or at if you have questions.

Zone Meetings:

Information and recruitment meetings will be held in person in the fall of 2021. There will be 4 zone meetings where all Centers will be available to answer questions (dates forthcoming). Each Center will also host its own Open House (dates can be found at

Open House:

We invite all interested students and families to our in-person open house on Tuesday, 12/7/21, at 7:00. We will start the evening in the Douglas Freeman HS auditorium.

Specialty Center Student Timeline

  • November 16, 2020 – Application will be available online

  • November 18, 2020 – Private School testing registration will open (writing prompt)

  • January 13, 2020 Private School Testing Registration Deadline

  • January 18, 2021– Application deadline for students

  • January 25, 2021 – Middle School counselor deadline (internal) for finalizing submissions to High School programs

  • March 19, 2021– Students provided online access to check application status/acceptance; all students will also receive an email re: their application status [Note: this date is a change]

  • March 26, 2021 – Deadline for applicants to declare intent or accept waitlist offers online. Students may accept one center and one waitlist. Students may remain on one waitlist until April 2 @ 4:00pm

  • April 2, 2021 – All students being offered a spot from the waitlist must inform specialty center chairs of their intent to accept an offer of admission.

  • April 16, 2021 – All applicant status finalized