Specialty Center Information

Jan 17, 2017

8th Grade Cubs and Parents:

Each HCPS high school is home to at least one specialty center, offering Henrico County students choices to focus their learning experiences. The centers offer advanced courses to students who have clear interests and specific educational and/or career goals. Attending a specialty center is an opportunity to concentrate on a specialized interest while completing a rigorous college-preparatory program.

Rising ninth-graders may apply to the specialty center of their choice. Each specialty center has specific requirements and testing as part of the admissions process. For questions, contact Mr. Freeman or Ms. Smith(school counselors) and/or plan to attend ONE of the following parent information sessions.  All sessions begin at 7:00 pm.

Varina High School – September 27, 2016

Freeman High School – October 5, 2016

Tucker High School – October 13, 2016

Deep Run High School – October 18, 2016

To find out more about each specialty center, visit the HCPS Specialty Center webpage.


For information specific to Specialty Centers of interest, please plan to attend as many open houses as you would like.  Students may apply to more than one Specialty Center when applications become available on November 21, 2016.


Additional Dates for Brookland Middle School’s Specialty Center Application Process 


Center for Spanish Language and Global Citizenship Testing:  January 28, 2017

Auditions for Center for the Arts:  February 4, 2017

Online access to check application status/acceptance:  March 10, 2017

Student’s notification of intent:  March 24, 2017

NEW Middle School Programs Available via Virginia Tech!

Dec 1, 2016

The Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED) at Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering is seeking to increase the numbers of students who pursue and earn engineering degrees.

Imagination Day Camp – Rising 7th and 8th Graders!

For the summer of 2017, Virginia Tech will be offering a residential component to their Imagination day camp for rising 7th and 8th graders, targeting students in the Richmond area. A bus will pick up students in Richmond on Sunday, July 9 and return them on Friday, July 14, 2017. They will stay in a Virginia Tech dorm with VT undergraduate student chaperones and eat at the dining hall. This is a FREE program! All costs are being covered through the generous support of The BRADLEY DEPARTMENT of ELECTRICAL and COMPUTER ENGINEERING at Virginia Tech. We are looking for 10 girls and 10 boys to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. There will be an additional 40 day students attending the camp from 9 AM – 4 PM each day.

Students can apply online or by paper. A teacher recommendation is also required. A paper brochure/application and teacher recommendation can be accessed here https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B92myMKCzZGFaXQ2bm8yS1hBR1E?usp=sharing. Application deadline is April 28, 2017.

BLAST – Rising 9th Graders!

For rising 9th graders, we also offer the BLAST (Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology) program, a dynamic three-day residential summer experience on the campuses of Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University, and the University of Virginia for rising 9th and 10th graders. Through innovative hands-on experiences taught by faculty members and staff, students will explore the fun and excitement of STEM while residing on a college campus. BLAST is geared to students who may have an interest in or an underlying aptitude for STEM academics, but have not yet discovered the excitement of STEM. Virginia Tech sessions run from July 16 – 19 and July 23 – 26, 2017. There is no cost to attend, but participants must supply their own transportation to and from Blacksburg . Online application deadline is February 6, 2017.

A full listing of Virginia Tech’s outreach programs can be found here.

For further information, you may contact:
Dr. Kim Lester: Coordinator for Pre-College Outreach:
Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity:
College of Engineering / Virginia Tech: 1 (540) 231-7337

Emergency Health and Safety

Nov 7, 2016

Hey parents, as part of our safety protocols our principal, Dr. Barlett, wants to make sure you are aware of the resources that are available on the county website that provides information about what to do in a school emergency.

Click here or go to the county website and click on the “Health and Safety” link.

VIDEO: Walk-It Out

Oct 26, 2016

Students and teachers “walked” out on class to celebrate the 2nd annual Bully Free Spirit Week. The walk is part of a week-long observance to show their commitment to making Brookland a “Bully Free Zone.” Click here to watch the video.

After School Tutoring

Oct 24, 2016

Our after school tutoring program is under way!

From 3:30-4:40 on Wednesdays we have Math and History tutoring!

From 3:30-4:40 on Thursdays we offer English and Science tutoring!

We have buses running, however, bus passes MUST be completed before your student can hop on a tutoring bus.

Parents: How To Access Schoology

Sep 26, 2016

schoologyThis year, Parents can access Schoology by using your child’s login credentials.

  1. Log out of all Google Accounts
  2. Go to drive.google.com and use student credentials to login to Google
  3. Once logged in to Google, open a new tab and go to henrico.schoology.com
  4. You should automatically be logged in to Schoology.

Here is a troubleshooting guide to help if you are having any difficulty. You can also ask your student to show you on their computer or log in using the Schoology smartphone app. (Directions)

Students will receive more info on accessing Schoology during laptop training training.

Currently, the Schoology Parent Portal is not available, but is expected to go online in the 2017-18 school year. For more information, please see this link on what Schoology has to offer.

Support the HERO Movement!

Sep 12, 2016

If you are looking for those ways to support the Hero Movement:

  • Remember to get your PTSA membership for only $5.00 for each family member.
  • Link your, Kroger, Martin’s and Walmart cards with BMS so we get a little bit from each of your purchases.
  • Collect those Box Tops for Education and bring them to the main office.
  • Donate an hour of your time this year to help out on our campus.

Parent Laptop Training

Aug 25, 2016

Online Parent Laptop Training
After watching the video, be sure to click on the link to indicate your training is complete.

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9200 Lydell Drive, Henrico, VA 23228
Phone (804) 261-5000 | Fax (804) 261-5003
School Hours: 8:35 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Half-day dismissal time: 12:10 p.m.

School Administration:
Nicholas Barlett, Principal
Gena Jones, Associate
Nick Olson, Assistant
Shemia Porcher, Assistant