The Commonwealth Governor’s School program serves students in grades 9 – 12 from Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford County. CGS students apply to be in the program through their school district. Beginning in January of each year student applications are accepted by the participating school districts and a rigorous identification process ensues. CGS students are selected for the program based on achievement test scores, teacher recommendations, a timed writing assessment, service activities, a portfolio, and an interview. Students in the CGS program are considered to be academically gifted and highly motivated.
CGS students are truly amazing adolescents. To see for yourself, please check out the video interview where six extraordinary adolescents give their individual perspective on the experience of being a CGS student.
Instead of taking the path of least resistance, CGS students have decided to challenge themselves by being part of a very rigorous academic program. In addition, the average CGS student is highly involved in after school activities including SCA, band, VHSL sports, and numerous school organizations. The majority of CGS students are involved in at least one community service project during the year.
Students who successfully complete the requirements of CGS receive an Advanced High School Diploma. In addition, the diploma includes an official Governor’s School Seal issued by the State Department of Education. Beginning with the class of 2010, all CGS students will be required to sign the Early College Scholars agreement as ninth graders. Students who fulfill the requirements of the agreement receive the Early College Scholars seal on their diploma along with the Governor’s School seal.
Last year CGS 9th–12th grade students sat for a total of 760 Advanced Placement exams in 10 subject areas in the spring of 2011. 85% of CGS candidate scores were three or above. 53% of CGS candidate scores were 4 or 5.
The student’s home-based high school scale is used for computing grade point average and class rank. The Class of 2011 had 111 graudates, 7 were Valedictorians and 6 were Salutatorians. 100% of these graduates are currently enrolled in higher education for 2011-12. Scholarships awarded totaled $4,527,690.