[My child attended CBGS because of the] academic advancement, personal growth, and college preparation. – Warren Green, former CBGS parent
It gave [our child] a taste of student responsibilities in college courses, provided project and team work experience that was valuable content for her future resume and college/work/internship applications. – Amy and Paul Dubois, former CBGS parents
Governor’s school exposed me to a diverse group of students from other school systems and to some of the most enthusiastic and exceptional teachers I ever had the pleasure of learning from. The rigorous curriculum and supportive learning environment prepared me for my premed biology, mathematics, and chemistry classes very well. Based on my experience, I would recommend it to any high school student considering a future career in healthcare.
CBGS gave me experience interacting with college professors in a small classroom and on a one-on-one basis prior to going to the Naval Academy, which has a very similar academic classroom structure. CBGS also taught me how to navigate the world of research and design projects.
Governor’s School showed me that the sky is the limit. The courses and expectations built my confidence to allow me to conquer even the toughest of challenges.
Currently, I am attending Virginia Tech as an architecture student. Architecture and marine science are not exactly similar studies, but CBGS helped to prepare me for the workload of college. I was particularly prepared for short answer exams as well as time management during those exams. More importantly, CBGS also helped me earn my Associate’s Degree before graduating from high school, so I entered freshman year as an academic junior. I had some free time, so I picked up a minor in business consisting of 42 additional credits.
CBGS provided me with 50+ transfer credits which counted towards the liberal arts credits needed at [my college]. I am currently working on my graduate school career and hope to graduate with my master’s degree in environmental science.
I chose to attend CBGS in an attempt to get a jumpstart on college level work. The midway step between high school and undergraduate coursework appealed to me…From this experience, I have without a doubt become a better student and person.
I have always loved the sciences and CBGS offered me a chance to study them at a more advanced level and in a more hands on environment than what was available at my home high school…The people I met during my time there were and continue to be some of my very best friends.
The opportunity to conduct independent research as a high school student at CBGS is unparalleled, and represents a significant opportunity and advantage for students planning careers in science. My senior thesis research at CBGS yielded a multitude of benefits, including 1) a peer-reviewed scientific publication, 2) continued, related Honors Thesis research at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in college, and 3) connections and collaborations with researchers that have formed the basis of my early career in marine conservation biology. More broadly, the field and outdoor experiences at CBGS as a young student inspired an inquisitive appreciation for the natural world. I fondly recall my experiences at CBGS, and appreciate all of the opportunities and experiences that CBGS provided and continues to provide to their students — they are truly unparalleled and extraordinarily valuable!
The time management skills I gained from my experience at CBGS were invaluable as I headed to college.
I improved my public speaking and writing abilities and gained research experience…. I am [now] pursuing a degree and career in the education policy and innovation sector.