Academic Governor's Schools
Academic Governor's Schools are summer residential programs which serve rising juniors and seniors. Academic Governor's Schools are offered in humanities, sciences, and agriculture; in addition, students may also apply for a very limited number of mentorships with NASA, VIMS (Virginia Institute of Marine Science), and VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University medical research). Based on size, each school division in the state is allocated a specified number of applicants annually. Albemarle County may nominate a maximum of eight students for the academic programs (humanities and sciences) and four students for the agriculture program. There are no guaranteed placements.
The division uses the following process to select the division nominees:
- Schools solicit nominations from teachers, parents, and students in September/October. School-based selection committees review all available information on nominees.
- Each high school submits up to five nominees in humanities/sciences and up to three nominees in agriculture to the division selection committee.
- The division selection committee ranks all applications based on specified criteria and forwards names of nominees for state consideration.
- The state selection committee reviews all applications and makes selections.