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 five-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.

Congratulations to the first cohort of the Reynolds ACA at J.R. Tucker High School, whose 34 members earned Associate of Science (A.S.) Degrees in Social Science at the Reynolds Commencement in May, 2015 (pictured below).  Read more about this milestone in the Richmond Times-Dispatch article here!  Congratulations also to the second cohort of 39 students, also from J.R. Tucker H.S., who earned Associate of Science (A.S.) Degrees in Social Science at the Reynolds Commencement in May, 2016, and to the third cohort of 45 students from Tucker and the first cohort of 18 students from Highland Springs HS who earned A.S. degrees in May, 2017 (pictured below). Read about our latest graduates and several of our alums here!


The Class of 2015 in 9th Grade (2012) The Class of 2015 at Commencement
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The 63 Graduates of the Class of 2017 at Commencement

We are proud to announce that "The Reynolds Advance College Academies: A Comprehensive Dual Enrollment Partnership" won First Place in the 2015 Virginia Community College System's Excellence in Education Awards in the category of Improving Student Succe






Pictured from l. to r.: Tracy Green, Tracy Banks, VCCS Chancellor Glenn Dubois, Hilda Billups, Miles McCrimmon 

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