• Accelerated College Education Academy (ACE)

    ACE Academy is a partnership between Patrick Henry Community College and Henry County Public Schools. Students selected to participate in the ACE Academy will earn an Associate’s Degree from Patrick Henry Community College by taking courses during their junior and senior years of high school.  The Advanced Placement curriculum will be taught in the courses offered at the student’s home school.

    Students interested in enrolling in the ACE Academy should speak with a school counselor regarding their plan of study. It is recommended that students complete their third year of foreign language by the end of their sophomore year.  

    Students should contact a school counselor in the winter of their sophomore year for an application.  Admission to the ACE Academy is highly competitive.  Selection criteria include GPA, SOL scores, Virginia Placement Test scores, teacher recommendations and acceptance to Patrick Henry Community College.

    Students accepted to the ACE program have the option of following the General Studies Track or the Health Studies Track. Students choosing the General Studies track will attend Patrick Henry for one-half day during their senior year. All other courses will be taught at their home school.

    The Health Sciences track includes the courses that are pre-requisites to apply to PHCC’s RN program. If students choose the Health Sciences track, they will attend Patrick Henry for a half-day during fall of their senior year and for first block during the spring Semester of their senior year. Upon successful completion of the Health Sciences track, students will be eligible to apply for admission to the PHCC RN program during March of their senior year. If accepted, students will begin the Nursing program in August following their high school graduation.

    Courses Prior to Junior Year

    Students enrolled in the ACE Academy must complete one introductory course prior to the beginning of their junior year.  These courses are scheduled by staff at Patrick Henry Community College and are offered multiple times throughout the summer.

    College Success Skills - (SDV 100: 1 college credit) 
    Assists students in transition to colleges. Provides overviews of college policies, procedures, curricular offerings. Encourages contacts with other students and staff. Assists students toward college success through information regarding effective study habits, career and academic planning, and other college resources available to students. May include English and Math placement testing. Strongly recommended for beginning students. Required for graduation.

    Junior Course Descriptions
    Juniors must enroll in ALL courses offered by Patrick Henry Community College listed for them that year.

     

    AP/DE US/VA History—1 high school credit (HIS 121-122: 6 college credits
    The focus of this course is on the major themes, events, and ideas that shaped the history of the United States. Students probe, in depth, the dynamics of American political and diplomatic decision-making, national and sectional interests, and a variety of personalities and social movements related to the development of the United States.  Distinguishing characteristics of cultures are examined through literature, art, architecture, music, religion, philosophy and geography. Students will be required to write thoughtful and factually supported papers on historical topics.

    AP/DE English 11 —1 high school credit (ENG 111: 3 College credits)
    AP/DE English 11 incorporates the requirements for the regular English 11 classes in addition to extensive writing assignments and novel studies, as well as, summer reading assignments.  This course introduces students to critical thinking and the fundamentals of academic writing.  Through the writing process, students refine topics; develop and support ideas; investigate; evaluate and incorporate appropriate resources; edit for effective style and usage; and determine appropriate approaches for a variety of contexts, audiences, and purposes.  Writing activities will include exposition and argumentation with at least one research project.  SAT preparation will be included as a unit of study.

    AP/DE Language and Composition—1 high school credit (ENG 112: 3 college credits)
    This course offers advanced language studies and provides opportunities to practice a variety of rhetorical modes through assignment of frequent essays. Students read certain works of British, American, and world literature, and complete follow-up assignments requiring application of advanced techniques of literary analysis. A documented research paper and an oral presentation are required. 

    DE World Religions—1 high school credit (REL 231-232: (6 college credits) 
    This course is designed to focus on the origin, doctrine, and history of each religion.  The student will take an in-depth view of the major religions and the effect they have had on the formation of governments and countries as well as what impact it has had on society through time.  Additionally, this course is intended to help students to have a broader understanding of how and why people worship.

    AP/DE Psychology—1 high school credit (PSY 200: 3 college credits)
    This course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals.  Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Major topics in the course include methods, approaches and history; biological bases of behavior; sensation and perception; states of consciousness; learning; cognition; motivation and emotion; developmental psychology; personality; testing and individual differences; psychological disorders; treatment of psychological disorders; social psychology.

    Senior Course Descriptions - General Studies

    AP/DE English 12—1 high school credit (ENG 243-244: 6 college credits)
    This course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.

    AP/DE US/VA Government—1 high school credit (PLS 211-212: 6 college credits) 
    AP/DE US/VA Government provides students with challenging assignments in reading, analysis, synthesis, writing, and speaking. Students examine the principles and practices of government, particularly of American government, at national, state, and local levels. The framework for this course includes units on the development of the theories of government, law and the justice system, and current domestic and foreign policy. Students will be required to differentiate among the operations of each of the levels of the United States Government.

    AP/DE Biology—1 high school credit (BIO 101-102: 8 college credits) 
    In this course, students are provided in-depth coverage of molecular biology, genetics, cellular biology, embryology, plant and animal physiology, and human anatomy and physiology.  Experience will be provided in special techniques and laboratory materials and equipment used in modern biological research.

    AP/DE Math Analysis/Pre-Calculus-1 High School Credit (MTH 167: 5 college credits) Prerequisite: Trigonometry/Math Functions
    Students enrolled in Mathematical Analysis are assumed to have mastered Algebra II concepts and have some exposure to trigonometry. Mathematical Analysis develops students’ understanding of algebraic and transcendental functions, parametric and polar equations, sequences and series, and vectors. The content of this course serves as appropriate preparation for a calculus course. This is a year-long class combined with calculus.

    AP/DE Calculus –1 high school credit (MTH 263: 4 college credits) Prerequisite: Math Analysis/
    Pre-calculus
    AP/DE Calculus extends the theory of elementary functions. Topics include: derivatives of algebraic functions, and transcendental functions; derivatives of the sum, difference, product, quotient and power of algebraic/ transcendental functions; the definite integral and improper integrals and concepts related to integration; logarithmic differentiation; techniques of integration; differential equations, and applications of the derivative and the definite integral. Both applications and formal proof are emphasized. This is a year-long class combined with Pre-Calculus.

    Introduction to Computer Applications & Concepts- 1 high school credit (ITE 115: 3 college credits)
    Covers computer concepts and internet skills, and uses a software suite which includes word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software to demonstrate skills. Recommended prerequisite keyboarding skills.

    Music Appreciation 1—1 high school credit (MUS 121—3 college credits)
    Increases the variety and depth of the student’s interest, knowledge, and involvement in music and related cultural activities.  Acquaints the student with traditional and twentieth century music literature, emphasizing the relationship music has as an art form with man and society.  Increases the student’s awareness of the composers and performers of all eras through listening and concert experiences.

    Introduction to Communication – 1 high school credit (CST 110: 3 college credits)
    Examines the elements affecting speech communication at the individual, small group and public communication levels with emphasis on practice of communication at teach level.

    Introduction to Physical Education and Health- 1 high school credit (PED 210-3 college credits)
    Provides an overview of the historical, philosophical, psychological, physiological, and sociological principles of health, physical education, and recreation.

    Senior Course Descriptions - Health Sciences

    AP/DE English 12 - 1 high school credit (ENG 243-244: 6 college credits)
    This course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the way writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.

    AP/DE US/VA Government - 1 high school credit (PLS 211-212-6 college credits)
    AP/DE US/VA Government provides students with challenging assignments in reading, analysis, synthesis, writing, and speaking. Students examine the principles and practices of government, particularly of American government, at national, state, and local levels. The framework for this course includes units of the development of the theories of government, law, and the justice system, and current domestic and foreign policy. Students will be required to differentiate among the operations of each of the levels of the United States Government.

    AP/DE Math Analysis/Pre-Calculus - 1 high school credit (MTH 167: 5 college credits) Prerequisite: Trigonometry/Math Functions
    Students enrolled in Mathematical Analysis are assumed to have mastered Algebra II concepts and have some exposure to trigonometry. Mathematical Analysis develops students’ understanding of algebraic and transcendental functions, parametric and polar equations, sequences and series, and vectors. The content of this course serves as appropriate preparation for a calculus course. This is a year-long class combined with calculus.

    AP/DE Calculus – 1 high school credit (MTH 263: 4 college credits) Prerequisite: Math Analysis/
    Pre-Calculus
    AP/DE Calculus extends the theory of elementary functions Topics include: derivatives of algebraic functions, transcendental functions, derivatives of the sum, difference, product, quotient and power of algebraic/transcendental functions; the definite integral and improper integrals and concepts related to integration; logarithmic differentiation, techniques of integration; differential equations, and applications of the derivative and the definite integral. Both applications and formal proof are emphasized. This is a year-long class combined with Pre-Calculus.

    AP/DE Biology - 1 high school credit (BIO 101-102: 8 college credits)
    In this course, students are provided in-depth coverage of molecular biology, genetics, cellular biology, embryology, plant and animal physiology, and human anatomy and physiology. Experience will be provided in special techniques and laboratory material and equipment used in modern biological research.

    Introduction to Computer Applications & Concepts – 1 high school credit (ITE 115: 3 college credits)
    Covers computer concepts and internet skills, and uses a software suite which includes word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software to demonstrate skills. Recommended prerequisite keyboarding skills.

    Introduction to Communication – 1 high school credit (CST 110: 3 college credits)
    Examines the elements affecting speech communication at the individual, small group and public communication levels with emphasis on practice of communication at teach level. 

    Developmental Psychology – 1 high school credit
    (PSY 230: 3 college credits)

    Studies the development of the individual from conception to death. Follows a life-span perspective on the development of
    the person’s physical, cognitive, and psychosocial growth.

    Human Anatomy & Physiology I – 1 high school credit (BIO 141: 4 college credits)
    Integrates anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Integrates concepts of chemistry, physics, and pathology. Part I of II.

    Human Anatomy & Physiology II – 1 high school credit (BIO 142: 4 college credits)
    Integrates anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Integrates concepts of chemistry, physics, and pathology. Part II of II.