Admissions

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 three broad curriculum areas, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Visual Arts with Humanities, and Theatre Arts with Humanities. Click for an overview of SVGS and its programs as presented in recruitment sessions.

Eligibility

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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.

How To Apply    (Click here to go directly to information on 2017-18 applications.)

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

STEM applicants also participate in:

Science reasoning test (developed by, given at and scored by SVGS)

Arts applicants also participate in:

Portfolio or performance adjudication (developed by and given at SVGS; scored by SVGS staff and area professionals)

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(STEM)

  • 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 visual or theatre arts and 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)

 

Costs

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.

Courses

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).

4 Responses to “Admissions”

  1. It says that home or privately schooled students may apply, which leads the following question: How would the teacher forms be completed if they are home schooled? Also, if the student is enrolled in an online school, would we need to contact the teachers and counselors at the school for the forms to be completed?

    • Mrs. Vann,
      My apologies for the delayed response as I have been out of town. Homeschool students may apply but preference is given to currently enrolled students. The school would have to facilitate the application process regarding GPA, transcript and test score information. Recommendations would need to be completed by the student’s teachers or coordinator of homeschool program. Please let me know if you have other questions.
      Best,
      Lee Ann Whitesell

      • It’s not a problem at all. I think I would be able to the information from the school since it’s online and he does have a counselor that oversees his courses and such. I would have to ask them about testing, but I think we’ve got a little while for that. Thank you for getting back to me!

  2. still can’t get to application forms but he is definitely interested in applying

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