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Enrichment Opportunities

​​Enrichment Opportunities

Consider these opportunities for enrichment, learning support, and expanded career and continuing education. When you consider a course or a program, think about the college and career readiness skills that it offers beyond what seems to be the career pathway. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has identified Learning and Thinking Skills for College and Career Readiness. As much as students need to learn academic content, they also need to know how to be lifelong learners and how to make effective and innovative use of what they know throughout their lives.

Learning and Thinking Skills are comprised of:

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills;
  • Communication Skills;
  • Creativity and Innovation Skills;
  • Collaboration Skills;
  • Information and Media Literacy Skills; and
  • Contextual Learning Skills.
Arts and Letters Pathway

The Arts and Letters Pathway, offered at Albemarle and Western Albemarle high schools, provides opportunities for Fine Arts students to gain additional recognition, rigorous experiences, and college and career skills. The Pathway enables students to choose among several areas of concentration and, in addition to course study, students participate in internships (or mentorship), job sharing/shadowing, and a capstone project during their high school career. Students are eligible to enter the Pathway in either 9th or 10th grade and should speak with their counselor to learn more about this opportunity.

Albemarle High School Arts and Letters Pathway »

Western Albemarle High School Arts and Letters Pathway »

AVID 9, 10, 11, 12

​AVID provides scaffolded support that educators and students need to encourage college and career readiness and success. AVID 9 and 10 are designed with a focus on organization and academic skills to help students transition into high school and to be successful in rigorous college preparatory classes. AVID 11 continues to build on academic skills, but the focus changes to college readiness. Students review career goals and begin to design education plans that involve college exploration, test preparation, and financial aid awareness. AVID 12 begins the transition to post-secondary educational planning. Students focus on taking the SAT/ACT, exploring college, and completing college and financial aid applications.

Pre/Corequisite(s): Students in AVID 12 must have completed a previous AVID class.
Core +

Tutorial courses provide students with the assistance they need to successfully complete their coursework. Students may receive help in one or several subjects.​

Freshman Seminar

​Freshman Seminar is an advisory period focused on relationship building and meeting the social-emotional and career development needs of students.

Independent Study

​Independent Study courses, typically organized as a mentorship with a teacher or outside professional, enable students to conduct investigations related to their field(s) of interest.

Outdoor Adventure and Leadership

Outdoor Adventure and Leadership is an immersion-style course designed to complement and expand experiential learning opportunities. The purpose of the course is to (1) have fun; (2) build group trust through teambuilding activities and creating a sense of community; (3) enhance communication skills by becoming active listeners and using empowering language; (4) challenge old behaviors and introduce new choices of how to be with each other through applying Dr. Glasser’s Choice Theory; (5) develop problem-solving skills through individual and group initiatives; (6) identify students’ needs and strengths and incorporate those into planning activities; (7) utilize organizational skills and communication skills in planning activities; (8) apply understanding of proper nutrition by planning balanced meals for the overnight backpack experience; (9) improve overall fitness by engaging in activities involving strength, flexibility, motor coordination, and cardio-vascular conditioning; (10) increase awareness of opportunities for recreation and leisure activities available in the local community; (11) improve self-confidence by learning the individual edge of one’s comfort zone and then challenging oneself in the most authentic, meaningful way; and (12) increase awareness about environmental impact and learn low impact methods of camping.

Sample Schedule: (approximately 82-85 total hours of class time)

Day 1: Classroom - Parent Meeting, Planning, Team Building
Day 2: Ropes Course
Day 3: Day Hike
Day 4: (part day) Classroom, Back Packing Planning, ACAC - Rock wall
Day 5: Rock Climbing
Day 6: Canoe
Days 7, 8, 9 (part day): Backpacking Trip

Please note: The first day of class includes a mandatory student/parent meeting to go over all course logistics and sign all of the release forms and waivers.

Senior Study Hall

​Study Hall courses provide students with the opportunity and time to complete classroom assignments or school projects. Students typically work on their own, without the help of a tutor; however, they are supervised and usually remain in the classroom.

Study Hall

​Study Hall courses provide students with the opportunity and time to complete classroom assignments or school projects. Students typically work on their own, without the help of a tutor; however, they are supervised and usually remain in the classroom.

Study Skills

​Study Skills courses prepare students for success in high school and/or for postsecondary education. Course topics may vary according to the students involved, but typically include reading improvement skills, such as scanning, note-taking, and outlining; library and research skills; listening and note-taking; vocabulary skills; and test-taking skills. The courses may also include exercises designed to generate organized, logical thinking and writing.

Work Study

​Workplace Experience courses provide students with work experience in a field related to their interests. Goals are typically set cooperatively by the student, teacher, and employer (although students are not necessarily paid). These courses may include classroom activities as well, involving further study of the field or discussion regarding experiences that students encounter in the workplace.


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