• High School Options - Application, Details & Facts

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    Application Process

    On December 1, 2017, all applications will be available on the HCS website and on the individual program’s website. All interested students should complete the application and submit it to the program on or before Friday, January 26, 2018. Any applications received after this date will not be considered for admittance.

    HCS will evaluate each applicant based on aptitude, previous coursework, and interest. Interest will be determined by a screening process, which may include a written essay, an interest inventory, or an interview, that is conducted at the child’s school.

    On February 21, 2018, students will be notified of their acceptance into programs. Each student will receive a commitment form, which must be returned to the school, guaranteeing his/her participation in the program. All acceptance forms must be returned to the program school by March 9, 2018 to guarantee a space in the program.

    We are pleased to announce our second STEM program, which is located at Conway High School. Please visit the CHS website for more details about the program and its opportunities. Interested students should follow the same application process as other programs.

    ECHS will offer admissions to approximately 100 students, Scholars Academy will offer admissions to approximately 50 students, and the AAST STEM will offer admissions to 100 students. There is not a maximum number of students that will be accepted into the IB programs. Students may apply for the IB program in grades 8 – 10, provided they have had the appropriate coursework. Students may only enter ECHS, SA, and our STEM program as rising 9th graders. Students may only enter the majors programs at ATA and AAST as rising 11th graders.


    There will not be a waiting list for CHS STEM, ECHS, or SA, regardless of the number of commitment forms that are received for each program. For the 2018-19 school year, we will utilize a waiting list for the AAST STEM until June 1, 2018. After June 1, we will discontinue the use of the AAST STEM waiting list to give ALL schools ample opportunity to create their master schedule.

    Acceptance into a Program

    Once a student returns the commitment form, he/she will be transferred in Power School from the base high school to the program school. All of the pre-selected course requests from the base school will be dropped from the student’s record, which means the student is NOT guaranteed the same courses should he/she decide not to go to the program school. Students are strongly encouraged to consider all options prior to completing the application process and making a commitment.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the individual program, or a member of our Learning Services Team at (843) 488-6766.