This is a new specialty program available to students who attend Freedom HS (not available for transfer or transport). Historically, science and math have been taught in isolation. The project-based aspects of the Project Lead The Way curriculum give students a chance to apply what they know, identify a problem, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning, rather than be passive recipients of information in a question-and-answer, right-or-wrong learning environment. When students understand how their education is relevant to their lives and future careers, they get excited, and that is why PLTW students are successful
A dual-enrolled (DE) program in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning for rising PWCS juniors. It is a program allowing students to graduate from high school with 16 college credits toward a career certificate in HVAC. The cost of participating in the DE program is covered by PWCS. Students take their college course work at NOVA’s Woodbridge campus for 2 hours every other day.
The state of Virginia defines gifted students as those “in public elementary and secondary schools beginning in kindergarten through graduation whose abilities and potential for accomplishment are so outstanding that they require special programs to meet their educational needs.” (Department of Education Regulations Governing Educational services for Gifted Students)
At Freedom, services are provided for students who are identified as gifted in the following areas: general intellectual aptitude, specific quantitative aptitude, or specific verbal aptitude. Students that fall under these aspects are eligible to apply for Summer Residential Governor's School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Governors School at Innovation Park.
Gaming is not just fun and games, it is a serious industry that is even larger than Hollywood! The gaming industry grosses more than $100 billion a year, proving that gaming is not child's play.
Students in Game Design and Development will learn about the full game development cycle including concept art, user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) development, coding non-player character behavior, and many other facets of the gaming experience. Students will also be working with 2D environments using Game Maker Studio 2 and 3D environments with Unity. This class is ideal for a student interested in becoming part of one of the most cutting-edge and largest growing industries. Students should be proficient in Design and Multimedia which is taken in the "Communication Systems" class
This program is an in-depth study of crime in America, our courts in action and law enforcement efforts to deal with crime. The course will look into victimization, due process, and constitutional laws affecting law enforcement as well as a review of sentencing offenders, parole, prison rehabilitation, and corrections. Included will be a view of other employment careers in private and mechanical security systems as well as local, state, and federal law enforcement. A major component of level 2 will include criminology research.
The Center for Environmental and Natural Sciences (CENS) specialty program at Freedom High School offers a rigorous four-year program of studies designed to include strong laboratory and field investigation components. An enriched and interdisciplinary curriculum helps students gain a greater understanding of the connection between scientific and other academic areas.
The program emphasizes interactive science research and projects that make use of the on-site CENS lab, greenhouse, aquarium, diverse habitats, and wet pond. Students participate in co-curricular and extra curricular activities, including community service, and will become involved with business and community partnerships that enhance their understanding of environmental and natural sciences.
Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC)
is a program designed to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.
Each AFJROTC class consists of three components—aerospace science, leadership education, and a wellness program. Citizenship and character education, the heart of the curriculum program, is primarily embedded in the leadership education courses, while science and technology education is found in the aerospace science courses.
The Dual Enrollment Program at Freedom High School was one of the first such programs in Virginia to offer such a wide variety of specialized curriculum. The Freedom High School teachers who teach these classes are also Adjunct Faculty members at Northern Virginia Community College. These classes are being taught to the standards and expectations required of all classes offered at Northern Virginia Community College.
Students that are in the Dual Enrollment Program will have a college transcript from Northern Virginia Community College.
Freedom High School currently offers 42 College Credits in its Dual Enrollment Program (and is right across the street from Freedom).
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