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Unique Program & Traditions




The Commonwealth Governor's School offers many unique programming opportunities and traditions which has enhanced the program for the last sixteen years.

Content Based and Interdisciplinary Field Experiences

Each year, students in CGS attend five to six field experiences. The field experiences directly correlate with content they are studying in the four core subject areas as well as provide them an opportunity to apply their skills, interests, and understanding of topics in a real setting. Below are examples of field experiences which apply to many content areas and have interdisciplinary purpose:

  • Ninth grade students explore a wild cave under the guidance of three certificate spelunkers who are instructors in CGS. They assess the environment of caves and how weather and the natural elements impact the cave structures and species which make caves their habitat.
  • Tenth grade students collaborate with wildlife biologists from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to conduct water quality and environmental studies which will be analyzed by scientists in the region and the state of Virginia.
  • Eleventh grade students simulate the government, cultural, and daily life of colonists prior to the Revolutionary War at Colonial Williamsburg. They research the government process of the 18thand participate in a mock trial with re-enactors at the Williamsburg Courthouse.
  • Twelfth grade students travel to Washington, DC to interview representatives of the United States State Department as well as delegates from an embassy. The trip enables students to grasp foreign and economic policy concepts as well as expands their understanding of cultural differences.




  • Regional-Wide Social Events

    CGS is proud of its academic program model and its ability to raise student achievement across a four county region; however, CGS believes it is important to support the social emotional well-being of its students so they can continue to be successful in school. Moreover, CGS believes in maintaining strong working relationships with parents so students can be challenged, encouraged, and academically supported throughout high school.

    CGS has a very supportive Parent Teacher Organization which collaborates with CGS faculty members, students, and parents to sponsor social activities and community forums. Below is a list of social activities and community forums supported by the CGS program and the CGS PTO:

  • The CGS New Student and Parent Orientation
  • "Throw Me a Parachute" workshop which helps families and students with improving study skills, stress management, and preparing Students to be independent by graduation.
  • "Navigating the College Application Process and College Planning Journey" forum
  • Fall Social is a mixer for all of the students in CGS to get together for games and movies.
  • Freshman Bowling Night before school starts
  • "Snow Ball" is the formal dance for CGS students and their guests
  • CGS Family Picnic
  • Alumni Ice Cream Social