Liberal Arts Academy

  • The Liberal Arts Academy at Henry Clay High School was established with the first freshmen class during the 1999-2000 school year to meet the needs of gifted students in general intelligence and achievement.  The program is designed for students who desire to participate in a small learning community of like ability peers and want to be challenged with rigorous curriculum in all subject areas. It is the continuation program of the gifted accelerated program at Tates Creek Middle and Winburn Middle schools.

    The Liberal Arts Academy at Henry Clay challenges its students in all disciplines with required Academy and AP courses that are specifically designed or adapted for the Academy’s Gifted and Talented population.  These courses combine acceleration, differentiation, and enrichment to stimulate and extend student learning.  The required Academy courses of AP Seminars, AP Research and optional Academic Mentoring offer opportunities for in-depth exploration and independent study outside of the typical classroom.

    Students in the Academy also have the opportunity to earn the AP Capstone Diploma. The unique diploma program complements our AP-focused program, introducing AP courses that focus on the writing and research skills colleges want incoming freshmen to possess. All students take the required classes to earn the diploma, but whether they choose to take the necessary AP exams and whether they pass these exams determines if they earn the AP Capstone Diploma. While the AP Capstone Diploma is not awarded until after graduation, students are able to declare on their college applications that they are AP Capstone diploma candidates, signifying to colleges they are engaged in a rigorous curriculum throughout high school. For more information on the AP Capstone Diploma, please visit

    Qualified students are offered placement in the Academy as freshmen and on a space available basis as sophomores.  Juniors and seniors are not admitted to the program.  Parents/students must submit a completed application to the Office of the Gifted and Magnet Education between August 15th and  October 7th.  Please refer to the prospective students page for more information regarding the application process and eligibility requirements.

    The Academy curriculum is rigorous and AP focused.  Academy students will be expected to work at the college level beginning with AP classes during 9th grade.  Students will take 10 AP classes prior to graduation.  To remain in good standing, students must maintain a strong GPA and successfully complete the program of studies. You can view the program requirements here.

    For more information about the Liberal Arts Academy, email Catherine Stephens or call (859) 381-3423.

    How to apply

    FCPS online application -- The window typically is Aug. 15 to Oct. 7 for the following school year. It's not a first-come, first-served system. Applications may be submitted anytime during the window, and all receive equal consideration.