• HAMSci Academy 

    The Health and Medical Sciences (HAMSci) Academy is designed to expand learning opportunities for students in health science literacy through a curriculum centered on deeper learning that develops critical skills and competencies geared toward the healthcare field. This specialized curriculum paired with industry credentials and work-based learning experiences prepares students for in-demand highly skilled healthcare workforce careers.


  • Briar Woods H.S.
  • Tuscarora H.S.


  • HAMSci Student Interest for the 2024-2025 School Year

    Current 8th-grade students who are interested in the HAMSci Academy will be able to show interest in Student Opportunities starting on December 1, 2023.


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  • FAQs

    LCPS Health & Medical Sciences Academy ~ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

    1.  What is HAMSci?

    • The Health and Medical Sciences (HAMSci) Academy is designed to expand learning opportunities for students in health science literacy through a curriculum centered on deeper learning that develops critical skills and competencies geared toward the healthcare field.  This specialized curriculum paired with industry credentials and work-based learning experiences prepares students for in-demand highly skilled healthcare workforce careers.

    2. What are the potential Pathways for HAMSci Students?

    • There are two potential pathways in the HAMSci Academy, both of which are four-year programs starting in 9th Grade. First, is a purely Biomedical Sciences Pathway which will entail a rigorous, deeper learning-centered curriculum with four years of specialized classes in the Biomedical Sciences. The second pathway, also rooted in a rigorous, deeper learning-based curriculum, blends two years of Biomedical Sciences and two years of specialized Language of Medicine classes, which offers insight into administrative and management practices.

    3. How many seats are available for HAMSci?

    • There are 150 seats available for rising 9th-grade students for  HAMSci.

      • 75 seats per school site

        • 50 seats for the Biomedical Science pathway per school site

        • 25 seats for the Biomedical Sciences and the Language of Medicine pathway per school site

    4. How is the HAMSci program different from the current health science programs LCPS offers?

    • HAMSci offers students the unique opportunity to engage in a four-year program. Specialty classes will allow students to hone in on the health and medical sciences as well as integrate these topics into their core high school classes. HAMSci students will fully matriculate into the host school site locations.

    5. Who can participate in the LCPS HAMSci Academy?

    • Public, private, and home school rising 9th-grade students for the 2024-2025 SY who reside in Loudoun County, VA may show interest in the HAMSci Academy. There are no prerequisites to apply; however, successful completion of 8th grade is required. 

    6.  How does a student show interest in this Academy?

    • Students interested in registering for the lottery will submit interest in the Student Opportunities System located in LCPSGO starting on December 1st. The system will close on January 31st. Students who show interest in this program will be placed in a lottery and will be notified if they are selected in March. 

    7. Can a student apply to multiple special programs and/or academies in LCPS?

    • Yes, a student can show interest in multiple special programs and/or academies.  Students will be required to select one program to attend if the student is accepted into multiple special programs and/or academies.  There will be a waitlist for students not originally selected through the lottery system.  Rising 10, 11, and 12 grade students are not eligible to apply.

    8.  How do we learn more about this Academy?

    9.  What school would be my home school if I attend this program?

    • Unlike the Academies of Loudoun, students selected for this program would become full-time students at Briar Woods or Tuscarora. Students will participate in extracurricular activities at their new home school (BWH or THS).

    Briar Woods School Feeders:

        • Briar Woods High School
        • Dominion High School
        • Freedom High School
        • Independence High School
        • John Champe High School
        • Lightridge High School
        • Park View High School
        • Potomac Falls High School
        • Rock Ridge High School

    Tuscarora School Feeders:

        • Broad Run High School
        • Heritage High School
        • Loudoun County High School
        • Loudoun Valley High School
        • Riverside High School
        • Stone Bridge High School
        • Tuscarora High School
        • Woodgrove High School

    10. I have been placed on the waitlist. How does this process work?

    • Waitlisted students will be notified by email as seats become available. We do not share specific information on where students fall on the waitlist. 

    11.  If I am accepted into the Academy, do I have to reapply every year?

    • The academy is a four-year commitment and you do not need to reapply every year. Your new home school will become BWH or THS when you enter this program. 

    12.  If I accept my offer to the academy, but later circumstances change, and I need to decline my offer, what steps do I take?

    13.  What are the VHSL implications if I join this Academy?

    • A student who has been accepted through the lottery selection process is eligible for VHSL Activities and Athletics immediately upon enrollment.
    • After enrollment and participating in the HAMSci Academy, if an out-of-zone student decides to unenroll in the program and remain enrolled at the school, then the student is ineligible to participate in VHSL Activities and Athletics for 90 school days.
    • After enrollment and participating in the HAMSci Academy, if an out-of-zone student decides to unenroll and return to the school serving their attendance zone, the student will be eligible to participate in VHSL Activities and Athletics immediately upon their enrollment back at their zone school.
    • The HAMSci Coordinator is unable to answer questions regarding VHSL eligibility or VHSL regulations. All questions should be directed to Mr. Derek Farrey, Assistant Director of Athletics and Extracurricular Activities, at (571) 252-1451.  

  • HAMSci Program Goals

    The goal of HAMSci is to expand opportunities for multiple, accessible pathways to success through diverse programming through the implementation of a Health and Medical Sciences Academy. 

    HAMSci will:

    • Increase completion of dual-enrollment and honors-based courses;

    • Provide work-based experiences for students through strong partnerships with businesses;

    • Increase enrollment and retention in postsecondary education;

    • Increase the proportion of students completing a college and career-ready curriculum in high school;

    • Increase the number of industry certifications awarded to high school students;

    • Increase the number of graduates employed in health science careers.

  • How to Submit Interest

    Current LCPS 8th-Grade Students:

    Please reference the HAMSci Interest One-Pager for step-by-step directions on how to show interest in this program. Students will use the Student Opportunities System, located in LCPS GO, to submit their interest in the program. The interest window is open from Dec.1 to Jan. 31 for currently enrolled 8th-grade students interested in this program. The system will close on January 31st. Students who show interest in this program will be placed in a lottery and will be notified if they are selected in March.  

    Private and Homeschooled 8th and 9th Grade Students:

    Please reference the  HAMSci Private and Homeschool Interest One-Pager for step-by-step directions on how to show interest in this program. The interest window is open from Dec.1 to Jan. 31 for current 8th-grade students interested in this program. The system will close on January 31st. Students who show interest in this program will be placed in a lottery and will be notified if they are selected in March.  



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Last Modified on February 2, 2024