Located in historic Petersburg, Virginia, the Appomattox Regional Governor's School (ARGS) is the only full time governor's school in the state devoted to the arts and technology. The school' unique environment helps students in grades 9 through 12 excel in a number of focus areas. In addition to the common core classes, ARGS offers specific "tracks" in specialized classes for students' focus areas. Focus areas include: Performing Arts: musical theatre, theatre arts, technical theatre, dance, vocal music, and instrumental music; Visual Arts: sculpture, painting, drawing, graphic design, photography and film studies; Literary Arts: poetry, fiction, and non-fiction; and Technology: computer programming and engineering.
The following school divisions participate in the Appomattox Regional Governor's School: Cities of Colonial Heights, Franklin, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond; and the Counties of Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Powhatan, Prince George, Southampton, Surry, and Sussex. Current eighth grade students who are legal residents of Colonial Heights are eligible to apply. Interested home schooled students should contact Joseph Douglas at the Colonial Heights School Administration Office. Applicants should have at least a "B" average and are required to have successfully completed Algebra I for high school credit prior to enrollment. Applicants are required go through an adjudication process. This process consists of an interview and, depending upon the focus area in which the student is applying, a possible audition. Students interested in applying should contact their guidance counselor in early October.
Summer Residential Governor's Schools provide gifted high school seniors with intensive educational experiences.
Each Summer Residential Governor's School focuses on one special area of interest. Students live on a college or university campus for up to five weeks each summer. During this time, students are involved in classroom and laboratory work, field studies, research, individual and group projects and performances, and seminars with noted scholars, visiting artists, and other professionals. In the two mentorships, students are selected to work side-by-side with research scientists, physicians, and a variety of other professionals. A director and a student-life staff provide supervision of students 24 hours a day, throughout the program.
One of the most important aspects of the Summer Residential Governor's Schools is the opportunity participants have to live, study, and get to know other students with similar interests and abilities from across Virginia. Both co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are designed to encourage students' interests and abilities. Recreation and free time are provided outside of the academic environment that enable these students to enjoy, what for many is, their first summer living away from home.
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