Commonwealth Governor's School

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Commonwealth Governor's School
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Commonwealth Governor's School is located in Northern Virginia
Commonwealth Governor's School
Commonwealth Governor's School
Commonwealth Governor's School is located in Virginia
Commonwealth Governor's School
Commonwealth Governor's School
Commonwealth Governor's School is located in the US
Commonwealth Governor's School
Commonwealth Governor's School
Stafford County, Spotsylvania County, King George County, Caroline County, Virginia
United States
Type Magnet school
Established 1998
Grades 9-12
Number of students 420

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 for gifted and highly motivated students based on a school-within-a-school model. The CGS program relies on a rigorous academic program, real-time interactive audio/visual technology, field trips, and team teaching to challenge students and instill lifelong skills such as leadership and academic excellence. Admissions are competitive (involving an interview, a review of academic history and teacher recommendations) and students are selected from Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, and King George counties. Students may attend CGS grades 9 through 12.

Program Structure[edit]

Enrolled students take all of their core academic classes at one of the six Governor's School sites. (Spotsylvania High School, Riverbend High School, Colonial Forge High School, Stafford Senior High School, King George High School, and North Stafford High School) Students who are not based at a school with a CGS site are bused to a site for these core courses. [1] However, they are considered students of their neighborhood high schools where they take their non-core elective courses. Ultimately, students graduate from their "base" school with special recognition for completing the Governor's School program.

The curriculum is specifically integrated within core classes and involves tele-broadcasting technology between Commonwealth Governor's School sites.[2]

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. On May 19, 2010, Merri Kae VanderPloeg was named the new director.[3]


Ninth Grade: Honors Algebra II, Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Advanced Placement European History

Tenth Grade: Honors Math Analysis with Discrete Topics -or- Honors Geometry with Trigonometry, Advanced Placement Biology with Environmental Emphasis, Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics

Eleventh Grade: Advanced Placement Calculus BC -or- Honors Math Analysis with Discrete Topics, Dual Enrollment Chemistry, Advanced Placement United States History

Twelfth Grade Advanced Placement Statistics -or- Advanced Placement Calculus BC, Advanced Placement Physics B, Advanced Placement Human Geography [4]


A year long research project culminating in a final presentation, literary review, and product.

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