Henrico County Public Schools is ushering in a new era of exciting and rigorous learning for middle school students with two new middle school Centers for Innovation. Developed in collaboration with VCU’s da Vinci Center for Innovation, these centers provide a dynamic learning opportunity for students to unleash their creativity, engage in hands-on projects, and explore promising career paths in business and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
The inaugural Center for Innovation is set to open at John Rolfe Middle School in the upcoming 2024-25 school year, followed by the launch of Quioccasin Middle School’s Center for Innovation in 2026-27. Students from across the county can apply based on the proximity of their zoned middle school, with admissions determined through a lottery process. Information about the application process is available on the school division website, henricoschools.us.
The Centers for Innovation offer a unique daily experience distinct from traditional middle school schedules. As are math and science, English and social studies are combined into a single class block. Through project-based learning activities, students will connect to real-world applications of their studies, preparing them for diverse STEM careers such as content creation, entrepreneurship, data analysis, information security, AI engineering, and health care services.
The Centers for Innovation are not only transforming education in Henrico County. Still, they are also setting the stage for the future success of its students in an ever-evolving professional landscape. Introducing these centers marks a pivotal moment in Henrico County Public Schools’ commitment to ensuring all students have the skills and knowledge necessary to be life-ready.
Students and families who want to learn more about the Centers for Innovation and how to apply should make plans to attend one of two upcoming information sessions.
- Nov. 15: Virtual information session hosted by HCPS Bridge Builders Academy (6-7 p.m.). Join the session at www.tinyurl.com/InnovationCentersInfo.
- Nov. 29: In-person information session (6-7 p.m.) at New Bridge Auditorium, 5915 Nine Mile Road
More information about the centers is available here.
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