P.O. BOX 2120




October 3, 2003



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



2004 Governor's Summer Residential Program


The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce that the 2004 Governor's summer residential program will include seven Summer Residential Governor's Schools and six

Governor's Foreign Language Academies. These programs offer public, private, and home-schooled gifted students

opportunities for intensive study in the areas of academics, foreign languages, mentorships, and visual and performing arts. The attachment to this memorandum provides a list of important dates associated with the application process for the programs. Selection of students to attend these programs is contingent upon the provision of funds by the 2004 General Assembly.


Summer Residential Governor's School Academic, Visual and Performing Arts, and Mentorship Programs

Applications and administrative guides for the 2004 Summer Residential Governor's Schools are available electronically, through the Virginia Department of Education Web page at Applications, guides, nomination report forms, and a document listing the important dates for the process are available for download from that address.


Governor's Foreign Language Academies

Applications for the 2004 Governor's Foreign Language Academies are also available electronically. Complete information about the academies, including applications, informational flyers, and nominee report forms is available on the Department of Educations Web page at


However, the sealed composition and tape topics for the French, German, and Spanish Academies and the Latin test and essay must be ordered from the Department of Education. Order forms will be sent directly to high school foreign language department chairpersons, foreign language contact persons, and gifted education coordinators in each school division and to private school headmasters. The order forms are also available on the Internet at the address listed above. are available from the Department of Education upon request in hard copy or on computer disk. Order forms will be sent directly to high school foreign language department chair- persons, foreign language contact persons, and gifted education coordinators in each school division and to private school headmasters. Applications will also be available on the Internet after November xx, 2001, at the address indicated on the order form. Requests for specific foreign language academy applications should be addressed to Ms. Priscilla Clayborne at (804) 786-5088.


Summer Residential Governor's School Application Process

The application process for the Summer Residential Governors Schools continues to allow students choices among the programs. Students applying to the Governors School for the Visual and Performing Arts may again apply for a second choice from among the agriculture; humanities; life sciences and medicine; or mathematics, science, and technology programs. Gifted education coordinators should review the administrators and counselors guides carefully for more detailed information. Several changes have occurred from the processes used in 2003.


Students may attend only one such program during their high school career. Every school division is guaranteed representation in the academic program, which includes the agriculture; humanities; life sciences and medicine; mathematics, science, and technology; and the mentorship programs. Admission to the visual and performing arts program is competitive; students are selected based on the strength of their applications, their ranks within the division/region, and the needs of the programs.


Home-schooled students may apply by submitting a completed application to the principal of the public high school in the zone/division in which they reside. The student's application then becomes a part of that school's application process. Private school students who wish to apply for the academic or visual and performing arts programs must apply through their headmasters and have their applications referred to the appropriate private school region. For a list of schools by private school region, please refer to either the academic or the visual and performing arts guide for private schools. Virginia residents who attend private schools outside the commonwealth should contact Dr. Barbara McGonagill (, for more information.


Governor's Foreign Language Academies Application Process Acceptance in the Foreign Language Academies is competitive, with students submitting unedited samples of oral and written work for review by a statewide selection committee. Please read carefully the general information that accompanies the applications. The application packets describe the eligibility and nomination requirements specific to each program.


Tuition Costs

The cost of the Summer Residential Governor's Schools and the Governor's Foreign Language Academies is shared by the state and the school division or the private school in which the selected students are enrolled. A division's share is based on its composite index, not to exceed 50 percent of the total tuition cost. No tuition can be assessed students for participation in this program if they are enrolled in a public school. Costs for private school students are the private school's responsibility and will be 50 percent of the tuition cost. The tuitions reflect the individual program costs and are listed below:


2004 Tuition:

Agriculture $2,000
Humanities $1,500

Mathematics, Science, and Technology $1,160

Medicine and Life Sciences $ 1,750
Mentorships in Engineering and Marine Science $2,888

Visual and Performing Arts $1,540

Foreign Language Academies $1,600


School divisions and private schools must guarantee funding for all applicants they nominate. Using the nomination reports, superintendents and private school regional coordinators and heads of private schools must certify the number of students for whom they are willing to pay tuition.


Nomination Reports

The 2004 Summer Residential Governors School nomination report and instructions for their submission will be posted to the Web page indicated previously by February 1, 2004.


Nomination report forms for Governor's Foreign Language Academies are posted on the Web site for Governors Foreign Language Academies listed previously. The completed forms may be mailed or faxed to the Department of Education. For those dates and other important information, divisions may refer to the attachment to this memo.


Thank you for your continued interest in and support of the

Governor's Summer Residential Program. Please contact Mrs. Faye Rollings-Carter(, principal specialist, Foreign Languages at (804) 225-2593 for information about the Governors Foreign Language Academies. For information about the Summer Residential Governors Schools, please contact Dr. Barbara McGonagill (, principal specialist, Governors Schools and Gifted Education at(804)225-2884.







c: High School Principals and Heads of Private Schools

Private School Regional Coordinators

Gifted Education Coordinators

Foreign Language Supervisors and Department Chairpersons

Guidance Counselors

Career and Technology/Vocational Education Coordinators

Fine Arts Coordinators