Halifax County High School will share a fifth of a $50,000 grant to develop or implement innovative programs that promote Virginia’s 5 C’s and prepare students for careers and postsecondary education..

Virginia’s 5 C’s are critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration, communication and citizenship.

Five school divisions received planning grants, and eight divisions received funding to support implementation this fall of previously planned innovative programs.

The high school is part of the Design Virginia High School Innovation Network along with schools in Henrico, Mecklenburg and Charles City counties.

Network divisions will focus on college, career and community readiness to prepare students for post-secondary experiences.

Innovations include integrating instruction in multiple content areas with practical application and providing internships and apprenticeships for students.

“These grants will help ensure that the vital work of innovation in our public schools continues despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19,” Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane said. “These innovations are aligned with the Virginia Department of Education’s vision of maximizing the potential of all students and equipping young people with the skills needed to succeed and graduate college, career and life ready.”

The 2020 General Assembly authorized up to $500,000 in competitive grants in for the 2020-2021 school year for divisions to plan innovations approved by the Virginia Department of Education, or to implement previously approved plans.

The legislature defined the essential elements of program innovation as student-centered learning, with progress based on proficiency; real-world connections aligned with local workforce needs and emphasizing transitions to college or career or both; and innovative models for educator supports and staffing.