COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 165
October 4, 1996

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: 1997 Governor's School Selection Process

 
  Copies of the 1997 Summer Residential Governor's School
  Applications, including applications for the Governor's
  Foreign Language Academies, are now available on diskette
  upon request (Wordperfect: version 3.x for Macintosh and
  version 5.x for DOS machines). Contact Cheryl Eberly at
  (804) 225-2067 for diskettes. 
  
  Student selection for these academic programs will be
  similar to the process used last year.  The visual and
  performing arts selection process continues to require
  participation in state-sponsored auditions. 
  
  School divisions are guaranteed representation in the
  academic program.  Participation in the arts program is
  guaranteed by Superintendents' Regions. The selection
  process for the foreign language academies remains solely
  competitive.  A student may apply for only one program.
  
  It is anticipated that the local share of the cost for room
  and board, academic field trips, and other planned academic
  activities will again, as in 1996, be based upon the
  composite index or 50%, whichever is less.  Local divisions
  may not charge students to attend the programs.  Cost for a
  private school student will be based on the composite index
  of the division where the student resides or 50%, whichever
  is less.  
  
  A division/private school may nominate students based on
  nominee quotas and in accordance with the
  division's/school's ability to pay. The Department of
  Education will use the following per pupil amounts: 
   Academics and Arts Programs .......................$1,126
   NASA,VIMS Mentorships..............................$1,880
   MCV Mentorship.....................................$1,550
   Foreign Language Academies ........................$1,455
  
  Travel to and from the program and money for personal
  expenses must be provided by participants. 
  
  Thank you for your continued interest in and support of the
  Governor's School programs.  For further information,
  contact Dr. Janie Craig (Academics, Arts, Mentorships) 
  (804) 225-2884 or David Cox (Foreign Language Academies)
  (804) 225-2593.
   
  RTLaP/ce
  
  cc:   Gifted Program Administrators
        High School Principals/Headmasters
        Foreign Language Supervisors