Application Process

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Center for Leadership & International Relations at James River High School.

To apply to the Center, please visit http://mychesterfieldschools.com/schools/specialty-centers/ and scroll down to Admissions Documents.


  • Please ensure that your middle school counselor is informed of your application, and he or she will forward transcripts and recommendations to our office.


  • Potential applicants and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend an informative Open House that explains the purpose of the Center, its courses, and student involvement and opportunities. 


  • Attendees will hear from current students and also participate in breakout sessions held immediately after the presentation. The breakout sessions will allow students and parents the opportunity to ask specific questions about the Center. 




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Check out the DIGITAL SPECIALTY CENTER FAIR for each CCPS specialty center:



Online applications to CCPS Specialty Centers for the 2021-2022 school year are now available at ccpsopportunities.com.  Applications are due December 16, 2020.

 For additional information , please visit CCPS' specialty center website: https://mychesterfieldschools.com/schools/specialty-centers/

FAQs for Specialty Center Acceptance Process

Who do we select?



When selecting students, the following criteria are using in making decisions:


  • Middle school grades

  • Strong application demonstrating leadership, community service, particpation in activities, awards, and other interests

  • A confidential recommendation from a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade English or social studies teacher

  • A second confidential recommendation from a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade middle school teacher of your choice

  • Participation in an interview panel with faculty and students