Advanced Programs

Manassas City Public Schools is committed to offering students challenging coursework. Our advanced programs include courses, programs, assessments and services that provide opportunities for students to demonstrate college and career readiness and earn post-secondary credit. Manasssas City advanced programs include the Integrated Humanities (IH) Program, the Integrated Math Science (IMS) Program, Integrated Honors (IH), Advanced Placement (AP) courses and Dual Enrollment (DE) courses. Students interested in taking advanced courses should speak with their school counselor. 

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Advanced Placement Program by College Board

The Advanced Placement (AP) program is a challenging academic program designed to provide motivated high school students with college-level academic courses. The AP program is a cooperative educational endeavor between high schools and colleges/universities. It is considered a standard for academic excellence in the United States. AP provides a challenging educational program that prepares students for post-secondary opportunities. Teachers develop curriculum based on established course requirements and AP standards that must be approved by the College Board as part of the AP Course Audit process.

AP courses are offered in the disciplines of the arts, English, history and social science, math and computer science, the sciences, and world languages and culture. You should choose an AP course based on the subjects you’re passionate about and the classes you do well in. You don’t need to be top of your class to be an AP student, but you’ll want to be prepared for the AP course you choose. Research shows that students who take an AP course and sit for the corresponding exam are more likely to attend college and graduate on time than students who do not take AP.   

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Karima Wesselhoft 
Supervisor of Gifted/Talented and Advanced Programs
Phone: 571-377-7317
Email KArima Wesselhoft

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Dual Enrollment Program with Northern Virginia Community College

Dual enrollment courses allow eligible high school students to earn credit toward their high school diploma while also earning college credits. Dual enrollment courses are taught at the high school by a licensed  teacher who has been credentialed by Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). High school juniors and seniors, who meet the established criteria of NOVA, are eligible to participate in the dual enrollment courses. In addition to providing challenging coursework and eliminating students taking duplicate courses in high school and in college, dual enrollment courses may lower the cost of a two- or four-year college education. The cost for the dual enrolment course is paid for by Manassas City.

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The Governor's School @ Innovation Park

The Governor's School @ Innovation Park (GS@IP) is a partial-day Academic Year Governor's School program with a focus on Science,Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. GS@IP serves the school divisions of Manassas City, Manassas Park City, and Prince William County and is housed on George Mason University Prince William Campus. Students attend science, mathematics, engineering, research, and computer science classes at GS@IP in the mornings, then return to their base high schools in the afternoons to take courses in social studies, language arts, and electives as well as to participate in extracurricular activities. GS@IP has been in operation since 2010 and serves 166 gifted and talented students from 15 high schools in the three participating school divisions. 

Students interested in applying to the Governor's School should email Karima Wesselhoft.

Governor's School @ Innovation Park Application 

Enrichment Opportunities

This page will be updated regularly with opportunities for students in the community or school division. Please bookmark this page and check back often. 

Virginia Junior Academy of Science

Students in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to submit their scientific research papers to the 2024 VJAS Symposium. Students can submit papers for consideration to become presenters at the Symposium or they may attend the event, gaining insights from presentations and speakers. The competition is divided into categories for middle and high school students. The highest achiever at VJAS earns a coveted invitation to the American Junior Academy of Sciences. The deadline to register your school is January 15, 2024. 

2023 National Red Ribbon Contest
Deadline to enter the 2023 Red Ribbon Contest is Nov. 1! Red Ribbon with this year’s theme: “Be Kind to Your Mind. Live Drug Free.” Visit the Red Ribbon Photo Contest webpage for more information and support healthy and drug free kids!

Young Writers Competition
Longwood University is holding a young writers competition for high school students in Virginia. The 2023-2024 contest theme is Taking Action. Students in the 9th-12th grades are invited to enter by submitting to one of the following categories: poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. Submissions will be accepted from February 1 to March 1, 2024. Find out more information, including details on submission, awards, and recognition today!