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Established in 1998, The Commonwealth Governor's School (CGS) is an Academic Year Governor's School that provides gifted and highly motivated high school students with challenging academic courses. Based on a school-within-a-school model, this half-day program utilizes real-time interactive audio/visual technology, field experiences, and team teaching to create a regional community of learners. Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford students are offered a rigorous program of study that emphasizes interaction with other talented students in the region. Students from twelve participating high schools attend one of the six CGS sites.

Students are selected to attend CGS in a competitive process that evaluates grades, academic achievement, personal essays, teacher recommendations, an interview, and self- reported interests and activities. Applications are reviewed by independent selection committees from each participating division.

CGS has a Director, Program Manager, Electronic/Networking Engineer, and 42 teaching staff that support 580 students at six CGS sites.