CGS Application

Commonwealth Governor's School Application

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An application will be available online in December.   Students will submit the entire completed application by 3:00, December 16th. Please note that 8th-grade students must be currently enrolled in Algebra 1, at a minimum, to successfully apply for a seat at CGS.  Students who are not presently enrolled as a student in King George County Schools must also include a signed Certification of Intent to Enroll form.     Students MUST be enrolled full-time in a public school in King George County Schools to attend The Commonwealth Governor's School (CGS).
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2022-23 Timeline for Commonwealth Governor’s School Program

November TBD

Information Night, KGMS, 6:00

November 17, 2023

Application Available

December TBD

Field Trip to CGS KGHS Site, Permission Slip Needed

December 15, 2022

Application Window Closes

January 2024

Applicant Testing

February 2024

Interview Days

March 4, 2024

Letters Sent Out

March 8, 2024

Decision Form Due Back

March 18, 2024

List Finalized for Scheduling

Students will be scheduled for standardized testing and an interview with a portfolio review upon receipt of a completed application.  These will occur between January and March.  Students will be notified of the time and place for each of these activities.    

A committee will evaluate completed applications and supporting materials using a multi-criteria approach, which includes the following: achievement and ability test scores, grades; teacher recommendations; and a portfolio presented during an interview.  The identification committee will rank students based on their total points on the Candidate Profile Sheet.  CGS accepts a maximum of twenty qualified students per-grade level at the King George High School CGS Site.  A letter of the decision will be sent out by the middle of March to all applicants who have completed the application process.

Grade 9 Sample Schedule

Semester I

Semester II

Year-Long on an A/B Schedule

KGHS Elective

KGHS Elective

Honors Algebra 2*

AP Environmental Science

KGHS Elective

KGHS Elective

AP European History

Honors English 9

Electives are taken during blocks 1 and 2.   Freshman students attend CGS classes in the afternoon.  A study hall is provided at the end of the day.

In addition to this coursework, all students in CGS will participate in a yearlong research culminating project.  


All students take Honors Algebra 2 regardless of what math they take in 8th Grade.  If a student only took Algebra I in 8th Grade, they will take Honors Geometry/Trigonometry in 10th Grade at CGS.  Students who took Geometry in 8th Grade will take Honors Math Analysis in 10th Grade at CGS. 
Much is expected of The Commonwealth Governor’s School students. The curriculum is demanding and participants work closely with other highly motivated students in King George, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Caroline counties.  The faculty and staff of The Commonwealth Governor’s School are committed to providing their students with a challenging and exciting high school program. 
Form more information, please contact Bart Nave, KGMS Counselor [email protected] or Danny McNamara, KGMS Gifted Resource Teacher [email protected]

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