Program offers summer classes, mentorships

The deadline for completing applications for the academic programs in the Summer Residential Governor’s School program for gifted high school juniors and seniors is fast approaching.

Susan Fream, director of the Massanutten Regional Governor’s School and gifted resource specialist, said that there are over 40 Governor’s School programs across the state, 19 academic-year programs, such as the Massanutten Regional Governor’s School, seven summer residential programs, and various summer regional programs. The programs include visual and performing arts, humanities, mathematics, science, technology as well as mentorships in marine sciences, medicine, health science or engineers, according to the Virginia Department of Education website, http://tinyurl.com/3xgfyud.

To be a part of this program, students must fill out an application by Jan. 27.

“The local school division is responsible for the distribution, collection, scoring and submission of the applications to the VDOE,” she said. The state education department then selects students to attend the program.

The students attending will be housed on a college campus. The number of students selected vary by program.

“Only six students are selected to attend the marine science mentorships, wheras 200 are selected for both the humanities program and the visual and performing arts program,” she added.

The cost of the program is free to students, she said. The tuition cost, including room and board, is “shared by the local school division, based upon the division’s composite index and the VDOE.”

However, each program has activity fees for costs related to evening and weekend events. The students are responsible for these costs if they choose to participate in any of them.

Fream said that the programs are housed on different college campuses, which include, Christopher Newport, Lynchburg, Radford, Virginia Commonwealth and Virginia Tech.

These programs begin and end at different times, however they typically begin the last week of June and run through July, she added.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com