One of 19 Governor’s Schools in the state of Virginia, the purpose of SVGS is to provide an integrated math, science and technology program and an integrated arts and humanities program in a unique environment. SVGS has programs and courses designed to meet the unique needs of advanced ability and highly motivated students.Students may attend in one of two broad curriculum areas, Arts & Humanities and Sciences (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
For more information about SVGS and its programs, see below:
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SVGS is a public high school program and there are NO tuition costs to attend. Class fees($10-$15) are charged for some classes in accordance with Augusta County Schools policy. Students opting to take Advanced Placement or college dual enrollment courses are responsible for those fees and tuition as in other area public high schools.
ARTS & HUMANITIES
The Arts & Humanities program focuses on broader contexts and an integrated experience using arts and humanities 1) to develop skills in critical thinking and communication, 2) to engage students in creative thought, and 3) to understand the value of human expression for individuals and societies.
Arts & Humanities students are required to take 1) one class in English; 2) one credit each from the following areas: human experience, human communication and cultural appreciation; and 3) two elective choices from those areas. These areas provide students interested in arts & humanities an intensive program to develop their skills. The program is designed to provide student choice and flexibility so they may best match their interests and talents with program offerings.NOTE: The designation (DE) beside a course indicates the course is offered for dual-enrollment college credit.
*Literature, Composition & Ideas I, II (previously called SVGS Humanities I, II) meet English credit requirements for graduation. AP Statistics meets a math requirement for graduation.
+Literature, Composition & Ideas I is required of all new Arts & Humanities juniors and Literature, Composition & Ideas II is required of all new seniors.
** Audition/Portfolio review required.
The SVGS sciences program emphasizes “practical and professional” experiences. Courses in the sciences program are based on problem solving, analysis, and application with a minimum of rote exercise. Technology is embedded heavily in all courses.
Professional experiences are provided through research, engineering and computer science projects, student presentations of their work to professional audiences, work with guest speakers and mentors, and providing services to community groups.
Participating divisions receive applications from any interested sophomore or junior. Home or privately schooled students may apply through the division in which they reside. Each division has established its own policy for admission of these students. It is expected that those accepted will become full-time public school students while in the SVGS program. Each division follows its established selection process, which includes review by school-based personnel and/or division committees. Priority is given to current full-time students in Augusta County, Staunton or Waynesboro Schools.
How To Apply
Students submit an application portfolio to the high school’s guidance department. Each high school sets its own timeline and deadlines.
The student application portfolio must include:
- Application Form
- Activities Sheet
- Student Profile Sheet (to be completed by a Guidance Counselor)
- Transcript, current class schedule and report card
- Two Teacher Recommendations (Math and Science or English and Arts/Humanities)
- One Counselor Recommendation
- PSAT scores
- Principal’s recommendation
SCIENCE program applicants also take a Science reasoning test (developed by SVGS) given at the student’s high school.
The high school counselor and principal, and any others they wish to include, review applications according to the criteria listed below and make a recommendation based on an overall evaluation of all components. (A school division may add additional criteria to the selection process).
Criteria for Admissions
Applications for students who meet the established criteria and whom the school committee feels will be successful in the program offered at the Governor’s School are forwarded to a designated Central Office person for each school division. Applications are reviewed at the division level. Selection committees recommend students for placement, for interviews, or for a waiting-list. If recommended for an interview, SVGS faculty members conduct the interview at the students’ high schools. The interviewers rate the students and provide their input to school division selection committees who make the final determination. The identification/placement process follows a timeline established by each school with the student taking responsibility for gathering necessary application data and guidance personnel being responsible for informing and assisting students and parents in the application process.
Criteria for Arts and Humanities Applicants(AH)
- Aptitude for successful study of arts & humanities and related disciplines (Indicators: test scores, demonstrated achievement, interest and experience)
- Outstanding achievement in the areas of arts & humanities (Indicators: test scores, grades, awards)
- Participation in special arts and/or humanities activities (Indicators: record of activities including special summer programs, special training, performances, exhibitions, club membership, projects, job experience, community service)
- Demonstrated interest and commitment (Indicators: participation in special activities, student’s chosen course of study, awards, student position statements, positive teacher/trainer recommendations)
- Appropriate program of study (Indicators: record of selection of a program of study which includes challenging arts and/or humanities courses, participation in special enrichment programs)
Criteria for Sciences Applicants(Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology)
- Aptitude for successful study of mathematics, science and related technological fields (Indicators: test scores, demonstrated achievement, interview [non-traditional students])
- Outstanding academic achievement in the areas of science, mathematics and technology (Indicators: test scores, grades, awards)
- Participation in special mathematics, science, technology activities (Indicators: record of activities including special summer programs, awards, club membership, projects, job experience, community service)
- Demonstrated interest and commitment (Indicators: participation in special activities, student’s chosen course of study, awards, student position statements, positive teacher recommendations, interview [non-traditional students])
- Rigorous program of study (Indicators: record of selection of a program of study which includes challenging academic courses, participation in special enrichment programs)
- Completion of required pre-requisites of Math through Algebra II and two laboratory science courses (Indicators: transcript, report card)
SVGS is a public high school program and there is NO tuition costs to attend. Class fees($10-$15) are charged for some classes in accordance with Augusta County Schools policy. Students opting to take Advanced Placement or college dual enrollment courses are responsible for those fees and tuition.
Students enrolled in Literature, Composition, & Ideas I are prepared to take the SOL assessments for English 11. The test is administered at SVGS. Scores are reported to their high schools.
Calculus BC, Chemistry and Computer Science A are offered for Advanced Placement credit. AP tests are administered at SVGS. Scores are reported to the high schools for inclusion on students’ official transcripts.