Albemarle County Public Schools’ Center I was developed to elevate capacity issues at Albemarle and Western Albemarle high schools. The county opted to have Center I instead of building a new high school because it’s cheaper, according to school officials.
Center I admitted 42 seniors this year. Next year, it will expand to sophomores and juniors, which is projected to increase enrollment to more than 250. Of the 250, there’ll be 25 to 125 at the facility every day. Programs tailored to sophomores and juniors via Center I’s Information and Communications Technology Academy include cybersecurity, game design and media communications.