The Commonwealth Governor’s School

Commonwealth Governor's School of VirginiaServing the Virginia Commonwealth Counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford.

Based on a school-within-a-school model, the half-day program at The Commonwealth Governor’s School of Virginia utilizes real-time interactive audio/visual technology, field trips, and team teaching to create a regional community of learners.

Students from Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford school divisions are offered a rigorous program of study while interacting with other talented students in the region.

Students from participating high schools travel to one of the six Commonwealth Governor’s School sites: Colonial Forge High School, North Stafford High School, Stafford High School, Spotsylvania High School, Riverbend High School, and King George High School.

The Commonwealth Governor’s School curriculum is designed to challenge students in four major academic content areas, through problem-based instruction appropriate for gifted and highly motivated learners and to focus on the community issues of environment, development, and service.

In Their Own Words

The Commonwealth Governor’s School celebrates its 20th Anniversary in the words of its students.

Lauren Michaud

Lauren Michaud

“Undoubtedly the most outstanding gain from my years in CGS is the meaningful relationships I’ve developed with my teachers. They know me personally, rather than as solely a first and last name, therefore they know the best ways to help me learn and when additional guidance is worthwhile.”
Sarah Schaefer

Sarah Schaefer

QUESTION: What CGS opportunities or learning experiences have been unique and valuable to you and why??

ANSWER: Two of my most prized experiences from CGS were the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's 50 Forward Student Leadership Program, and Virginia Space Coast Scholars. Both were opportunities presented to me through the CGS program, and both made the summer between my sophomore and junior years unforgettable!

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CGS Kudos

  • Philip Lambert, CGS Stafford Site – Perfect Total Score on the ACT, State champion – 2 mile run, National Merit Semi-finalist
  • Jennifer Sprow, CGS Stafford Site – National Champion, Skills USA Architectural Drafting (as well as District and State Champion in the same category)

The Commonwealth Governor’s School
Regional Administrative Office
12301 Spotswood Furnace Road
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22407
Telephone: (540) 548-1278
Fax: (540) 548-1736