- Am I eligible to attend CBGS?
Students who are eligible to attend are high ability 10th, 11th, and 12th graders from participating school divisions in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck regions of Virginia.
- How do I apply to CBGS?
Students interested in applying to CBGS can obtain an application from their school counselor, or download one here. Completed applications should be submitted to your home school counselor.
Is Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School right for my child?
Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School is not just for students interested in pursuing a career in the sciences. Any student with a love of learning and the outdoors is welcome to apply! The skills you learn and develop at CBGS are valuable for future educational experiences, and are applicable to almost any career. CBGS develops leaders who possess the research and technical skills, global perspective, and vision needed to address the challenges of a rapidly changing society.
Which schools feed into CBGS?
There are 14 school districts that participate in CBGS.
Caroline, King George, and King William counties attend the Bowling Green campus.
Gloucester, King & Queen, Mathews, Middlesex, and New Kent counties attend the RCC Glenns campus.
Essex, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland counties and the Town of Colonial Beach attend the RCC Warsaw campus.
Will it cost extra to send my child to CBGS?
No, there is no extra cost to attend CBGS. Your locality invests in each student by paying for 2/3 of the cost, and the state covers the rest. However, there are some fees associated with the field studies ($120 each for sophomore and junior year, and $150 for senior year). For financial assistance, please speak to the CBGS Director, or the Foundations or Marine & Environmental Science teacher.
When should we start thinking about applying to CBGS?
If your child is interested in CBGS, you should begin planning in the 8th grade to ensure that they take all prerequisite 8th and 9th grade math and science courses. Most students apply to CBGS in January of their freshman year of high school.
What is the process for transferring college credit earned from the dual enrollment program?
CBGS students may earn dual enrollment credit for each course from RCC. It is possible to earn up to 62 college credits from participating in CBGS. However, each individual college makes their own decision in regards to what credits will transfer. Colleges usually make their decisions in the summer after CBGS graduation, before college begins in the fall.
What are the course requirements for applying to CBGS?
Depending on the year of application, students need to have successfully completed Algebra I, Geometry, and one or two high school credits in science (Earth Science preferred). The applying students should have a “B” average for 9th and 10th grade years.
How is transportation handled?
Buses run to and from the student’s home high school. In the mornings, buses will arrive in time for CBGS classes to begin at 8:00 A.M., and return after classes around 10:30 A.M. Check with your high school for more details regarding departure and arrival times.
What is the inclement weather policy?
Closing of CBGS is determined by site: RCC – Glenns, RCC – Warsaw, or the Caroline County School Board. If a student’s home school division is closed or delayed due to inclement weather, then attendance at CBGS will be excused. Students will be given the opportunity to complete missed work without penalty. Please see our inclement weather policy for more details and a list of TV and radio stations which broadcast school closing information.