The Honors Program of the Williamsburg-James City County School Division was instituted in the fall of 2003. Highly motivated students are encouraged to earn special recognition for their outstanding efforts. The program invites students to take advantage of the extensive Advanced Placement offerings at the secondary level and to complete challenging, self-designed community service and Honors projects. Students who successfully complete the expectations of the Honors Program receive an Honors recognition. Participation in the Honors Program advantages students in the increasingly competitive college application process.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the Advanced Studies Diploma, candidates for the Honors Seal Recognition must:

  • Design and complete an in-depth Honors Project
  • Complete a minimum of five Advanced Placement (AP) courses in three different content areas with a grade of C or better.
  • Complete a four-course sequence in one global language
  • Design and complete a Community Service Project of at least 25 hours

Participants in the Honors Program submit proposals to and meet with the Division Honors Committee comprised of representatives from each high school and the Central Office. After receiving approval from the committee, students work with the school’s Honors Program Facilitator and with a mentor to successfully fulfill the requirements of the program. Honors Projects are presented to a panel of professionals for approval. Students may enter the Honors Program as early as the freshman year. Projects may be completed at any time, but the Community Service Project ideally should be completed by the beginning of the senior year, and the Honors Project must be completed by the end of the third quarter of the senior year.