A Pathway to the Associate of Arts and Sciences Transfer Degree
The New Kent Early College Academy allows New Kent High School students to earn an Associates of Arts and Sciences
Transfer degree from Rappahannock Community College while still enrolled in high school. The program is designed for
high school juniors and seniors who desire a more rigorous academic program and who are highly motivated to complete
the requirements for both the high school Advanced Studies Diploma and the A.A.& S. Transfer Degree. The Early
College program includes a combination of Advanced Placement and Dual-Enrollment courses, with some course
flexibility for students. Successful completion of the program requires necessary course grades in dual enrollment courses
and scores on AP Exams of 3 or higher, summer classes at RCC to complete necessary courses, minimum scores on the
VPT or other assessment to enroll in dual enrollment classes at NKHS and RCC, and thoughtful early course planning.
The Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in General Studies is a flexible program for those who wish to transfer to a
four-year college or university. The Early College curriculum includes a distribution of general education courses which
are usually required in the first two years of many baccalaureate programs.
Students successfully completing all course requirements will be awarded the Associate of Arts and Sciences in General
Studies from RCC. Although earning an associate degree does not always guarantee junior status at a four-year college or
university, Early College graduates may be prepared to enter as third-year students at many four-year colleges or
universities. Early College students are strongly urged to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the college or
university to which transfer is contemplated and to consult with an advisor at the four-year institution for further transfer
assistance. Completion of the A.A.& S. degree with a minimum required GPA may also give students access to the
Virginia Community College System’s Guaranteed Transfer Program to Virginia colleges and universities.
Because most of the required courses are taught at New Kent High School, for most required courses students and
families would only have to pay for the cost of related Advanced Placement Exams and tuition of $5 per credit for dualenrollment
courses (subject to change). The current cost of the program for families, subject to change, is approximately
$1550 for two years (61 credits) of college work. There are also summer classes to take that are required for all RCC
students. Depending upon their schedule and progress students may also need to take courses in the evening at RCC –
New Kent Site or Glenns Campus to earn college credits from RCC to earn the A.A.S degree. An RCC advisor will be
assigned the to the student in order to assist with course selection.
Qualifications for the Program
- Must be rising Juniors. Interested rising Sophomores should also formalize their intent to apply in order to plan
- Must have completed Algebra II or higher, Chemistry, and AP Human Geography by the end of their sophomore
- Should complete at least year three of a foreign language by the end of their sophomore year.
- Recommend good academic standing as defined as an “A” average or better (3.5 cumulative unweighted GPA).
Students with a “B” average (3.0 unweighted GPA) will be considered. Students must maintain a 3.0 at RCC and
- Be pursuing an Advanced Studies Diploma.
- Must be on track to have earned 5 verified credits by the end of sophomore year (transfer students will be
evaluated independently by school counselor).
- Must have excellent school attendance.