P. O. BOX 2120
October 3, 1997


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: 1998 Governor's School Selection Process

  Copies of the 1998 Summer Residential Governor's School
  Applications, including applications for the Governor's
  Foreign Language Academies, are now available upon request
  on diskette (Wordperfect: version 3.X  for Macintosh and
  version 5.0/5.1 for DOS).  Public schools must contact your
  division gifted program administrator for a diskette. 
  Private schools may contact Cheryl Eberly at (804) 225-2067.

  Local divisions may not charge students to attend the
  programs.  Cost for a private school student is the school's
  responsibility and will be based on the composite index of
  the division where the student resides or 50%, whichever is
  less.  Travel to and from the program and money for personal
  expenses must be provided by participants. The Department of
  Education will use the following per pupil amounts:

   Academics and Arts Programs . . . . . .  .   $1,126
   NASA, VIMS and CNU Mentorships . . . . . .   $1,880
   MCV Mentorship . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   $1,550
   Foreign Language Academies . . . . . . . .   $1,455

  Every school division is guaranteed representation in the
  academic program.  Participation in the arts program is
  guaranteed by Superintendents' Regions. There are no
  guarantees for mentorships or foreign language academies. 
  Every effort will be made to honor the division
  recommendation while providing equitable distribution of
  students by different program offerings, race, and gender. 
  Students may not apply to more than one of the governor's
  summer programs.

  The selection process for the academic programs will be 
  similar to the process used last year.  The visual and
  performing arts selection process continues to require
  auditions. The selection process for the foreign language
  academies requires unedited samples of oral and written
  work, and admittance to an academy remains solely
  competitive. Please read carefully the general information
  which accompanies the foreign language academy applications
  for eligibility and nomination requirements.  

  Students who are home schooled or who attend private schools
  outside of Virginia may apply by submitting a completed
  application to the principal of the school in the district
  in which they reside.  The student's application then
  becomes a part of that school's application process. 
  Attached is a list of important dates and information.

  Thank you for your continued interest in and support of the
  Governor's School program.  Feel free to call Janie Craig
  (804-225-2884) with questions about the Governor's Schools
  and David Cox (804-225-2593) about the Foreign Language


  c:    Principals and Headmasters
        Gifted Program Administrators 
        Foreign Language Supervisors and Department Chairmen  
        Private School Regional Coordinators