Richmond Public Schools has an agreement to offer college-level courses on campus at J. Sargeant Reynolds or at the high school location. All high school students who have been approved to participate may receive both high school and college credit for any courses needed to fulfill requirements for the high school diploma. Tuition for these courses will be paid by Richmond Public Schools. These students may not register for developmental courses or for health and physical education courses. Students must complete the JSR Dual Enrollment course form to participate.
High school juniors and seniors may be permitted to enroll in college level courses prior to graduating from high school. In addition, students at the freshman and sophomore level must have permission from the Reynolds college president prior to enrolling. The Concurrent Enrollment Form must be signed by the parent or legal guardian and the principal or designee for each requested semester or term. Individual families are responsible for all tuition, books, and fees associated with concurrent enrollment courses.
Early College Academy (ECA)
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.
Note: Students in the Class of 2020 of the ECA are required to begin classes on August 2018.
- have at least a 3.0 GPA, and
- successfully complete the VPT English placement test and place in English 111.
In keeping with the VA Plan for Dual Enrollment and JSRCC Admission Standards all students, regardless of course request, must minimally score at the Ability-to-Benefit level on the J. Sargeant Reynolds Placement Test in order to be eligible to participate in dual enrollment offerings. Students must also complete a Dual and Concurrent Enrollment In-state tuition request.
Applications should be submitted for the ECA by February 21, 2018.