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 ( Humanities, Fine Arts, Performing Arts) and Sciences (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
For more information about SVGS and its programs, see below:
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ARTS & HUMANITIES
Students may attend the Arts & Humanities program in one of three curriculum areas: Humanities, Fine Arts, or Performing Arts.
In the Humanities area, students take one credit in humanities and two credits from the following areas: art appreciation and history, communications, and psychology. This area provides students not interested in performing or producing art an opportunity for a broader educational experience in arts and humanities. Click here for information on this new program!
In the Fine or Performing Arts area, students take one credit in humanities and three credits from the following areas: studio art or studio acting, crafts and skills workshop, appreciation, and history. These areas provide students interested in fine or performing arts an intensive program to develop their skills.
SVGS has programs and courses designed to meet the unique needs of gifted and highly motivated students in different areas. Students may attend in our Sciences (Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology) program.
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. Prioirity is given to current full-time students in Augusta County, Staunton or Waynesboro Schools.
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 Art or Theatre)
- One Counselor Recommendation
- PSAT scores
- Principal’s recommendation
Arts & Humanities applicants for FINE or PERFORMING ARTS also participate in:
Portfolio or performance adjudication (developed by and given at SVGS; scored by SVGS staff and area professionals)
SCIENCE program applicants also participate in:
Science reasoning test (developed by, given at and scored by SVGS)
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 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/Trigonmetry and two laboratory science courses (Indicators: transcript, report card)
Criteria for Arts Applicants(AH)
- Aptitude for successful study of visual or theatre arts, humanities and related disciplines (Indicators: test scores, demonstrated achievement, adjudicators assessment)
- Outstanding achievement in the areas of humanities, fine arts and performing arts (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)
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 Humanities I are prepared to take the SOL assessments for English 11.
The test is administered at SVGS. Scores are reported to their high schools. Some classes are offered for Advanced Placement credit. Tests are administered at SVGS. Scores are reported to the high schools for inclusion on students’ official transcripts.
SVGS offers classes for dual enrollment credit through James Madison University and Blue Ridge Community College.
SVGS/JMU dual-enrollment classes are Environmental Chemistry (ISAT 112), Molecular and Microbiology (ISAT 113, 3 credits), Geospatial Systems (GEOG160) and Discrete Mathematics (CS/MTH 227),
SVGS/BRCC dual- enrollment classes are English 111 and 112 (3 credits each) and Calculus (MTH173/174, 5 credits each). Humanities I (ENG 111,112, 6 credits), Humanities II (HUM 111, 3 credits), Physics I (PHY 201, 4 credits), Physics II (PHY 202, 4 credits), Survey of World Art I (Art 201, 3 credits), Survey of World Art II (Art 202, 3 credits), Introduction to Theater (CST 130, 3 credits), Communications (CST 100 & 126), and Psychology (PSYC 200).