Reynolds Early College Academy

Where Outstanding Students Get Started

The Reynolds Early College Academy (ECA) provides outstanding Richmond Public 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 apply to the Reynolds ECA in the 10th grade through their school counseling office, having enrolled in advanced high school courses in the 9th and 10th grade. After passing the required Virginia Placement Test in English, they begin college coursework for the associate degree during the 11th and 12th grade on the Downtown Campus of Reynolds Community College (700 E. Jackson Street).

Classes are taught by Reynolds professors and take place Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:10 am, after which students return to their zoned schools for the remainder of their high school classes. Transportation to and from campus and on-site breakfast are provided by Richmond Public Schools. 

Reynolds College Policy (2-9) requires that all academy students maintain at least an unweighted, cumulative 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA) after each semester in the program. Students must also pass all the courses in the program in order to graduate with the Associate Degree. For more information on the requirements for continuing eligibility, see the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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

Congratulations to the first two graduating classes from the Reynolds Early College Academy, the Class of 2018 and the Class of 2019 (pictured below at the Siegel Center moments before they received their Associate of Science degrees in Social Sciences).  In all, 41 RPS students have  earned 60 college credits, with eight other students in the last two years having earned 54-57 college credits during their time in the program.

Where are they headed? Find out at our Colleges and Universities page.

Note: Students in the Class of 2021 of the ECA are required to begin classes on Thursday, August 22, 2019. 

Early College Academy In the News

The Early College Academy was recently featured in a WTVR CBS6 news video and article. We welcome the opportunity to shine this spotlight on the successes of all of our faculty, staff and students. Here is the link to the feature:

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We're pleased to announce that the Reynolds ECA has received a Virginia Affordable Pathways Partnership Grant of $133,476 from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to support additional career coaching, math tutoring, technological assistance, and professional development for the program. For more on the grant, check out the Governor's press release.

Meet the members of the Class of 2018, the first cohort of the Reynolds ECA, in the slide show below, and hear from six of our seniors in this recent profile in Urban Views Weekly! Read some testimonials from our juniors and seniors here




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Pictured Here: The first two graduating classes of the Reynolds Early College Academy at the Siegel Center in May, 2018 (left) and May, 2019 (right).