Commonwealth Governor's School
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|Commonwealth Governor's School|
|Fredericksburg, Stafford County, Spotsylvania County, King George County, Virginia, United States|
|Number of students||423|
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The Commonwealth Governor's School (abbreviated CGS) is one of 18 magnet Governor's Schools in Virginia. The Commonwealth Governor's School is a half-day program based on a school-within-a-school model. The CGS program uses real-time interactive audio/visual broadcasts, field trips, and a family-like team environment to challenge students and instil lifelong habits such as leadership and academics. Admissions are competitive (involving, among other things, a timed essay, an interview, and teacher recommendations), and students are selected from Spotsylvania, King George, and Stafford Counties. Students may apply for admission for all grades 9 through 12.
Enrolled students take all of their core classes at one of the five Governor's School sites. (Spotsylvania, Riverbend, Colonial Forge, Stafford, and North Stafford) Students who are not based at a school with a CGS site are bused to a different site for these four courses. However, they are considered students of their neighborhood high schools where they take their non-core courses. Ultimately, students graduate from their "base" school with special recognition for completing the Governor's School curriculum.
The curriculum is specifically integrated within core classes and involves tele-broadcasting technology between Commonwealth Governor's School sites.
Sylvia Wadsworth was the first director of the Commonwealth Governor's School, retiring from that position in 2005. Dr. David Baker took over the post after her departure.
As an integral aspect of the CGS program, students are required to complete a year-long research project to count as final exam grades in all core courses for each of the four years of program. Students are guided through this process by their teachers and must give a presentation and create a "product" at the end of the year. Seniors are required to meet with an "expert" in the relevant field, who guides them through their research during the year, and students must present to their experts at the end of the year. Seniors must also present at some public forum at the end of the year. Projects are proposed by the students and approved by the teachers.