Center for Engineering FAQ

  • What criteria is used to consider a student’s acceptance to the Center for Engineering?

    Students will need to complete an 8th grade OLSAT test as part of the application to the Center for Engineering.  The 8th grade OLSAT score, 7th grade math SOL score, and the student’s GPA for 6th and 7th grade science and math classes are all taken into consideration.  These data points are the main criteria for acceptance into the Center for Engineering. 

    If students end up with the same score from these pieces of data, teacher recommendations from your science teacher and Algebra 1 teacher and your essay will be used to differentiate between those students with tied scores. 

    How many students get into engineering each year?

    We have 24 available spots each fall for rising freshmen.

    When will I know if my child is accepted?

    All applications must be completed and submitted by January 31, 2022. Notification of acceptance is usually around mid-March.

    Will attending the Center for Engineering keep my child from taking electives or participating in sports or activities?

    No. There are occasions where scheduling conflicts arise but we make every effort to accommodate all course requests. In addition, engineering students qualify for a free online class each year through RCPSOnline without having to meet the study hall requirement to qualify for a free class.

    There are no after school obligations or requirements in engineering, with the exception of the senior year internship.

    When will my child go to BCAT for the Center for Engineering?

    In their 9th and 10thgrade years, students attend engineering at BCAT every other day from 7:30am to 11:00am. Students may take a bus, leaving from their base school at approximately 7am or may provide their own transportation to BCAT. Students return to their base school via a BCAT bus or drive themselves. 

    Juniors and seniors attend BCAT every morning for engineering.  Senior schedules vary to accommodate internships.

    Are there any extra fees to be paid if one attends the Center for Engineering?

    The only fee is a BCAT activity fee of $5.00

    Am I required to provide my child with any special technology or equipment in order to attend?

    No. Students have access to everything they need at BCAT. Any special software is either installed on the student laptop or made available through web applications.