The mission of the Commonwealth Governor's School is to provide academically
talented and highly motivated high school students with a challenging,
differentiated and interdisciplinary academic program of study utilizing
non-traditional activities such as video conferencing technology to create a
regional community of learners. We strive to provide leadership in developing a
model educational program for the new millennium.
Our pioneering school is the first real-time, interactive long-distance-learning
governor's school in Virginia. Our ninth through twelfth grade students from
King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties travel to classroom sites at
the Spotsylvania Vocational Center, Stafford Senior High School and
Colonial Forge High School. There they participate in a rigorous curriculum
covering the four core academic subjects of English, mathematics, science
and social studies.
As we enter our fourth year as a functional educational community our motto
continues to be "Pioneers for Future Frontiers." We continue to adjust our
curriculum and program to meet the needs of our students and the
the expectations of the community. This year we are excited about
graduating the first class to have attended all four years at CGS.
The CGS FIRST Robotics team demonstrates our use of technology
to integrate multiple disciplines into an area of study. This program
brings together a diverse group of risk-taking, self-directed students
to obtain financing, plan marketing strategies, design and construct,
hen utilize and analyze a robot that could represent a future Mars rover.
All this must be done with limited finances and resources in only six
weeks time. Success depends on students interacting with the
business community, and cooperating with them.
Our ultimate goal for this program is to develop students who are
life-long learners possessing critical thinking skills as well as individual
and team problem-solving skills. Toward this end we are expanding
the program in two ways; first, robotics will be a year round activity
with classes in basic robotics, programming and animation; second,
we have sponsored four FIRST LEGO League teams this year, at
H. H. Poole and Rodney Thompson Middle Schools in Stafford, and
Spotsylvania Middle and Thornburg Middle in Spotsylvania. These
teams were mentored and assisted by members of Rappahannock
Robotics. We plan to add two more teams each year to eventually
include all middle schools in the three counties.
In 2001 the team received the Xerox Creativity Award at the NASA
Langley/VCU Regional in Richmond.