PHS Academies

Academies at Phoebus High School

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Phoebus High School Academies is offered in partnership with community businesses, industry partners, and NASA. Project Lead The Way (PLTW), is a four-year, five-course computer integrated manufacturing program for students. Additionally, a two-year robotics sequence is available with Virginia Manufacturers Association curriculum and credential. Academy programs provide the core high school level academic and technical courses needed for successful transition to postsecondary education and careers in engineer, engineer technologist, or engineering technician, programming and information technology, electronic media, and graphics design. Upon high school graduation, students will have high-tech engineering and manufacturing literacy and other critical knowledge, skills, and credentials that will prepare them for high-demand, high-wage, and high-skills information design and engineering careers in Virginia.

Phoebus High School has four programs included in the Academy;

ACADEMY of the Advanced College Experience (ACE)

Do you like the idea of earning a high school diploma and an associate college degree at the same time? Do you like the idea of saving money on college? Academy of the Advance College Experience (ACE) is designed to provide students with early exposure to the rigors of college level work and allow you to earn college and high school credit concurrently.

Enrollment in the ACE provides an opportunity for qualified high school students to enhance their education by enrolling early in college courses. This allows students to progress toward their next academic goal without having to wait until high school graduation. This innovative approach is designed around the idea that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money toward an associate degree, are powerful motivators for students to work hard and rise to new intellectual challenges.

Rising 9th and 10th grade students applying to the Academy of the ACE must submit the completed application no later than February 9, 2018. All applicants must meet the following admissions requirements:

  • Completion of required math courses
    • Rising 9th grade students - Algebra I in middle school with a minimum grade of B
    • Rising 10th grade students - Geometry or high math course with a minimum grade of B
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Passing scores on SOL math and reading tests
  • Essay submission
  • Letters of recommendation (2) and transcript (unofficial or official)
  • Recommendation of the selection committee

The ACE Academy is highly competitive, offering only 100 slots per grade level. As such, it is imperative that families honor all deadlines. Students are advised to work closely with their school counselor and college and career coach to ensure they have the proper foundational courses for their designated track in their schedules each term.

Academy of Digital Video Production

Do you enjoy designing projects such as video slideshows, animated videos, and video commercials with voice-overs, music videos, GarageBand music beats, smartphone ready videos, and mobile web sites? Then this may be the right academy for you. The Academy of Digital Video Production is for students interested in creating hands-on video and audio animated digital projects.

Pathways in this Academy

Television and Media Production

If you are serious about working in the entertainment world, you need education, training, and experiences in media production. While your ultimate goal may be a producer or director, there are a number of television and media production roles you may play first, including film and video editor, camera operator, talent scout, set designer, sound engineer, screenwriter, writer, and broadcaster. This academy helps you learn all aspects of video production including editing, camera work, script writing, storyboarding, producing, and directing using the school’s television studio.

Career opportunities: associate producer, broadcast engineer, broadcast news analyst, commentator, motions graphic designer, network broadcast engineer, photographer, sound engineer, technical writer, video editor, and videographer.

Digital Video Production

The behind-the-scenes workers are as important to broadcast and video production as the actors and journalists in front of the camera. Using video equipment and associated computer programs allow digital video production workers to create audiovisual productions for television, movies, news media, education, government, businesses, and advertising.

Career opportunities: animator, audio director, camera operator, digital video production specialist, DVD writer, film and video editor, and photographer.

Academy of Cybersecurity, Engineering and Robotics

Do you dream of becoming a Hardware Designer at Apple, an Aerospace Technician at NASA, or a cyber security sleuth? The Academy of Cybersecurity, Engineering and Robotics is for students interested in everything from cars, smartphones, thermostats, gaming consoles, and cyber security.

Pathways in this Academy

Cyber Security Systems Technology

Once a specialty only associated with government agencies and defense contractors, cyber security now plays an integral role in most industries. Cybersecurity professionals protect valuable information from cyber breaches in industries such as healthcare, finance, manufacturing, hospitality, and retail. Work in this field includes programming and protecting computer hardware, software, and operating systems, assessing cybersecurity-related threats, and developing mitigation techniques.

Career opportunities: computer and IT systems manager, computer network architect, computer user support specialist, computer systems analyst, electrician, forensic science technician, information security analyst, and security and fire alarm installers.

Cyber Security Software Operations

Specialists in cyber security operations monitor, analyze, and detect cyber events and incidents within information systems and network technologies. Cyber security operational service providers focus on mitigating the risk from malware, Trojans, hackers, tracker, cyber criminals, and all online threats. Professionals in this field test, deploy, and administer the infrastructure hardware and software required to effectively manage an organization’s cyber security operational services.

Career opportunities: aerospace engineer, aerospace operations technician, computer and IT manager, computer network architect, computer programmer, computer software engineer, computer systems analyst, database administrator, electrician, information security analyst, IT technician, and IT customer support advisor.

Engineering and Robotics

Robotics engineers may work in the agricultural, military, medical, and manufacturing industries, conceiving of new uses for robots, designing improved robots for existing systems, or repairing and maintaining industrial robots. Their work includes designing, developing, building, testing, and maintaining the mechanical and electrical products and systems that are integral components to robots that perform tasks and respond to their environment.

Career opportunities: aerospace engineer, agricultural engineer, automotive engineer, biomedical engineer, civil engineer, drafting and design engineer, industrial engineer, mechanical engineer, nuclear engineer, operations technician, and surveying and mapping technician.


Without manufacturing and production, there would be no products to market or sell. Manufacturing and production is the process of making and producing the food we eat, the books we read, the clothes we wear, the parts for the computers we use, and the technologies that make our cars, appliances, cell phones work. Advances in artificial intelligence technologies have enabled industrial and service robots to work collaboratively with humans to help assemble products across a wide range of industries, from aircraft engines to delicate electronics. This academy pathway focuses on robotic manufacturing and includes producing the product, programming and problem solving, providing quality control, inspecting products for flaws, and ensuring the products meet establish standards.

Career opportunities: assembler, machinist, production planner, manufacturing and fabrication operations manager, mechanics supervisor, packaging and filling machine operator, production and operating worker, purchasing agent, quality assurance manager, skilled trades worker with robotic skills, warehouse supervisor, and welder and cutter.

Academy of Hospitality and Tourism

Do you like hosting parties and events? Do you like helping people enjoy themselves when they are out and about? The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism is for students interested in hotel administration, restaurant management, culinary arts, event planning, and travel and tourism.

Pathways in this Academy

Travel and Tourism

Hospitality and tourism are all about the food, accommodations, and experiences. It is all about tourists, travelling, attractions, and customer service. Travel and tourism professionals create personalized experiences to worldwide travel destinations, coordinate cruise operations, manage business travel, plan an event, organize tour operations, and market and sustain tourism.

Career opportunities: amusement and recreation attendant, concierge, cruise ship director, curator, gaming dealer, information clerk, meeting planner and director, recreation worker, tour and travel coordinator, and transportation security screener.

Culinary Arts

Food is the universal language. Throughout history, every society and all cultures have embraced the ability to uniquely contribute to the variety of culinary processes, creation and preparation of expressive recipes, and the presentation of edible works of art. Understanding nutrition science, restaurant management, food chemistry, and culinary skills prepares you for employment in the hospitality, tourism or recreation industry.

Career opportunities: caterer, executive chef, food concessions worker, food and beverage manager, food preparation worker, horticulturist, host and hostess, personal chef, and restaurant manager.

Events Marketing

Event marketing takes marketing out of the office and into the public, allowing organizations to directly interact with prospective customers and providing an opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of the product or service. Event marketers plan, organize and implement marketing efforts for meetings, trade shows for industry associations, sporting events, conventions, weddings, community showcases, and other events. Event marketers may be entrepreneurs or employed by convention centers, professional organizations, hotels and other companies with vested interests in planning and promoting large events and conventions.

Career opportunities: communications specialist, content manager, copywriter, creative designer, events analyst, events planner, marketing coordinator and manager, merchandising manager, public relations director, and secretary.

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