LCPS Academy of Science (AOS)
"The mission of the LCPS Academy of Science is to provide an academic environment where students are encouraged to develop creative scientific endeavors of their own design, while having the opportunity to pursue a rich, well-rounded high school experience." - An excerpt from LCPS Program of Studies
Description of Program from AOS: "The Academy of Science (AOS) is a magnet program open to all students who are residents of Loudoun County. The cornerstone of science preparation is a ninth/tenth grade integrated science program, which blends the physical sciences of physics, chemistry and earth science into a seamless, inquiry based lab course in preparation for advanced coursework. The goal of the lab program is student designed investigations coupled to an in-depth writing/scoring rubric. In addition, sophomores begin instruction in basic research technique to be followed by two years of research in a topic of their choosing. The Math program offers courses from Algebra and Trigonometry through Multivariable Mathematics. All courses have a heavy component of statistics and modeling and are taught in terms of practical application in order to coincide with the science program." (AOS)
What is a day like at AOS:"Students attend the AOS on alternating days, taking science, math, and research courses at the Academy and all other subjects at their home school on the opposite day. This schedule enables students to maintain involvement in academic and extra-curricular activities at their home school while participating in a research-based challenging math and science program." (AOS)
How it works: Students of AOS are selected through an application process. Any eighth graders, desiring to attend AOS in their ninth grade year can enter into the competitive application process. As long as they live with parent or legal guardian who resides full time in Loudoun County at the time of the application. For more information and updates, please visit the
AOS News for 8th grade for Students and Parents
Students (1) with an IEP, (2) interested in applying for the 2014-15 application, and (3) wish to have accommodations for PSAT testing must notify your counselor Mrs. Nameth as soon as possible. Notification requesting accommodations must be made no later than June, 2014. For detailed information, please see College Board Website for services for students with disabilities.
Informative Sessions at AOS
Testing and Applications
- Monday, August 11th, 2014 Application: Part I of AOS Application is posted on the AOS website.
- Thursday, September 25th, 2014 @ 11:59 p.m.: Absolute deadline to submit Part One of the AOS applicatio nfor the 2013-2014 admission porcess. No applications will be accepted after this date.
Saturday, October 18, 2014: The PSAT will be given at Dominion High School for all AOS Applicants. Students must complete the first portion of the online application. By completing the Part I of the AOS application, students will have registered for the PSAT.
Payment for the PSAT can be made through the LCPS Online Payment Portal. If you are paying by check, check should be made to "J.L. Simpson Middle School" and given to Mrs. Nameth.
Students who are ill on October 18th, the parents must call the LCPS School Counseling Office (571-252-1017) the following Monday, October 20, 2013 to explain the absence and to discuss alternate arrangements.
Test samples of the PSAT can be found online. For test question examples, please see CollegeBoard Website.
In a nut shell: (1) The AOS Application, (2) successful completion of Algebra 1 in 8th grade year, (3) two recommendations from student's 8th grade math and science teachers, (4) middle school transcript, (5) Grade 8 mid-year report card,(6) PSAT scores, (7) writing sample, and (8) possible interview with an AOS member.
- PSAT: The PSAT, a national assessment that measures student’s critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills, is the standardized test required for application to the Academy of Science. The skills measured by the PSAT are consistent with skills necessary for success as a student at the Academy of Science. All applicants must be registered to take this test on Saturday October 18th, 2014. Registration for the test is contained in Part I of the application. Students who are ill or unable to take the PSAT on October 19th should contact the AOS office for instructions on alternate test arrangements.
· Successful Completion of Algebra I: Current eighth grade students must successfully complete Algebra I with a grade of B (or better) before the end of the current school year. All ninth grade AOS students are enrolled in AOS Analytical Geometry and Functions with Transformations; students who attend the AOS are expected to accelerate math courses through Geometry.
· Teacher Recommendations: Students will be required to request two recommendations; one from the eighth grade science teacher, and one from the eighth grade math teacher.
· Responses to Application Questions: There are several short response questions in this application packet. Please answer them concisely and completely. Please limit your responses to the space provided. Take your time to answer the questions as the answers are a component of the application. No attachments will be expected.
· Interview: An interview may be requested by the Admission Committee as part of the selection process.
Timeline for AOS Application Process (2014-2015)
August 11th - Part 1 of AOS Application open for completion AOS website
September 13th - Parent/student Info Session and Open House at the Academy of Science fron 9:00-noon
September 25th, - Absolute Deadline to submit Part 1 of AOS Application and registration for PSAT for the 2014-15 admission process. No applications will be accepted after this date.
October 18th - PSAT administered at Dominion High School for all AOS applicants. Upon completion of PSAT testing students will receive a short break, then complete the the writing prompt portion of the AOS application.
January 5th, 2015 - Finalists will be notified no later than this date and will be invited to complete Part II of AOS application posted on AOS Website and a writing prompt. All Part I applicants will receive a decision letter no later than this date.
January 17th, 2015, 9:00 a.m.- Writing Prompt for all Finalists. Inclement weather date: Saturday, January 31st, at 9:00 a.m.
March 27th, 2015- Decision letters postmarked to applicants notifying them of admissions decision.
April 7th, 2015 - Accepted student meeting
The PSAT results will be given to students in December. The applicants are required to request a letter of recommendation from their science and math teacher. Please note there is no form to give the teacher for the letter of recommendations.