Reynolds Advance College Academies

Where Outstanding Students Get Started

The Reynolds Advance College Academies (ACA) provide outstanding high school students the opportunity to earn an associate degree while completing the requirements for their high school diploma. We have carefully selected and sequenced the college curriculum and courses in the program in order to satisfy the requirements of the high school diploma and associate degree at the same time.  

Students typically apply to an ACA in the 8th grade through their local school division, enroll in advanced high school courses in the 9th and 10th grade, and take the required college coursework for the associate degree during the 11th and 12th grade. Students in the ACA program are required to attend a three-week session of college courses during the summer between their sophomore and junior year.

Reynolds Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees through its Advance College Academy sites. As members of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), Reynolds adheres to NACEP’s rigorous standards of program quality for curriculum, faculty, and students. 

Through May, 2019, 393 students have graduated with an Associate Degree through the Reynolds ACA (and 41 more have graduated with an Associate Degree through the Reynolds ECA). According to our first four years of alumni research and survey data, 94% of our graduates report they would recommend the Reynolds ACA to current high school students.

On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12, 2019, we celebrated the accomplishments of the 173 Associate Degree earners in the Class of 2019 from six Reynolds ACAs and the Reynolds ECA at the Reynolds Commencement in the Siegel Center:

  • J.R. Tucker HS: 39
  • Highland Springs HS: 25
  • Goochland HS: 26
  • Powhatan HS: 22
  • Richmond ECA: 22
  • Lee-Davis HS: 22
  • Patrick Henry HS: 17

Here are the historical totals of the 434 AS degree-earning graduates from our college academies since 2015 (first graduating class of each academy in parentheses):

  • J.R. Tucker HS (2015): 202
  • Highland Springs HS (2017): 61
  • Goochland HS (2018): 50
  • Powhatan HS (2018): 41
  • Richmond ECA (2018): 41
  • Lee-Davis HS (2019): 22
  • Patrick Henry HS (2019): 17

Read about our latest graduates and several of our alums in our Director's Blog here!

In April, 2019, the 188 high school juniors in the Class of 2020 from our six Reynolds ACAs were celebrated at their convocations. Meet them at the links below:

 Archival Photos:

The Class of 2015 in 9th Grade (2012) The Class of 2015 at Commencement
2012Steps 2015steps

The ACA in Brief

Our Career Coaches

The Class of 2015 at Tucker HS

 The Class of 2016 at Tucker HS

The Class of 2017 at Tucker HS and Highland Springs HS