P. O. BOX 2120
October 6, 2000


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: 2001 Governor's Summer Residential Program

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce that the 2001 Governor's summer residential program will include seven Summer Residential Governor's Schools and six

Governor's Foreign Language Academies. These programs offer opportunities for intensive study in the areas of visual and performing arts, academics, foreign languages, and mentorships for public, private, and home-schooled gifted and talented students.

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

Applications and administrative guides for the 2001 Summer Residential Governor's Schools will be available in paper copy, and via the Virginia Department of Education Web page at Each gifted education coordinator, career and technology/vocational education coordinator, and fine arts coordinator in public schools as well as each headmaster of a private school will be mailed an information sheet with full directions to access applications and administrative information through the Internet. Each high school guidance office will receive a paper copy of the applications, administrative documents, the information sheet with instructions to access the documents through the Internet, and a flier for release to parents and students. Please contact Mrs. Cheryl Eberly at (804) 225-2067 if additional administrative guides or hard copies of the application are needed.

This year the Summer Residential Governorís School for Agriculture at Virginia Tech has been added to enrichment opportunities for gifted students. Interested students should use the academic application to be considered for the Governorís School for Agriculture. Division quotas have changed and administrators should review the application information and their nomination quotas before completing the nomination report form.

Governor's Foreign Language Academies

Applications for the 2001 Governor's Foreign Language Academies are no longer available in hard copy. Complete information about the academies, including applications, informational flyers, and nominee report forms will be available after October 6, 2000, on the Department of Educationís 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. They are also available on the Internet at the Internet address listed above

Application Process

The application process for the Summer Residential Governorís Schools has changed. Students applying to the Governorís School for the Visual and Performing Arts may now apply for a second choice among the academic programs. Gifted education coordinators should review the administratorsí and counselorsí guides carefully for more detailed information. Students may attend only one such program during their high school careers. Every school division is guaranteed representation in the academic program, which includes the Humanities; Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Agriculture; and mentorship programs. Admission to the visual and performing arts programs is competitive, based on the strength of the studentís application.

Students who are home-schooled 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 academics or visual and performing arts programs must apply through their headmasters and be referred to the appropriate private school region. Virginia residents who attend public or private schools outside the commonwealth must apply through the private school region in which they reside.

Acceptance to 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 attended by the selected students. A division's share is based on its composite index, not to exceed 50 percent of the total tuition cost. Costs for private school students are the private school's responsibility and will be 50 percent of the tuition cost. The tuition costs of the 2001 programs have changed. Tuition is now based on the specific programís costs.
2001 Tuition:  
Humanities $1500
Mathematics, Science, and Technology $1160
Agriculture $1750
Visual and Performing Arts Programs $1540
VCU/MCV Mentorship $1670
NASA/VIMS Mentorship $2800
Foreign Language Academies $1600

School divisions and private schools must guarantee funding for all applicants they nominate. Superintendents and private school regional coordinators must certify the number of students for whom they are willing to pay tuition on the appropriate nomination report form. Those forms will be mailed directly to the gifted education coordinator the first week of January and will be available from the Internet. A list of important dates and information is attached to this memo.

Thank you for your continued interest in and support of the Summer Residential Governorís School programs. Please call Dr. Linda Wallinger (, director, secondary instructional services, at (804) 225-2593 for information about the Governorís Foreign Language Academies. For information about the Summer Residential Governorís Schools, please call Dr. Barbara McGonagill (, principal specialist, Governorís Schools and Gifted Education, at (804)225-2884.


c: High School Principals and Headmasters 
Career and Technology/Vocational Education
Fine Arts Coordinators 
Foreign Language Supervisors and Department Chairpersons
Guidance Counselors
Gifted Program Administrators
Private School Regional Coordinators