Academic Overview


Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School offers courses in all disciplines. While government and international studies is the theme, the comprehensive program allows a flexible approach for the student to understand the shrinking international community. In addition to this theme, students’ interest in science, math, the arts, international language, or other academic areas may serve as the focal point for their understanding of the world and for their development as global citizens.  Our slate of courses are offered at the minimum level of Honors and include an expansive array of Plus Level, Advanced Placement, and University Dual-enrollment (Virginia Commonwealth University) options.  Opportunities to develop and expand learning are present not only in the classroom but also through various programs and extracurricular activities sponsored across departments.

In addition to course offerings specific to each discipline, general course offerings include:
Foundations of Independent Research and Communications
Economics and Personal Finance
Introduction to Programming
Health and Physical Education
Driver’s Education
Student Ambassador

To inform our work in developing global citizens, Maggie Walker is a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS). CIS is a membership organization focused on advancing the core while developing international perspective.  CIS members commit to promote intercultural perspective through:

  • Ethics: the discussion of substantive matters of principle perspectives,
  • Diversity: the understanding of the histories, cultures, beliefs, values and perspectives of a range of individuals and peoples,
  • Global Issues: the understanding of current issues of global significance relating to geopolitics, the environment, health, trade, sustainable development and human rights,
  • Communication: the development of fluency in the language(s) of instruction, in another language, and, with as much support as the school can offer, in student mother tongues,
  • Service: the development of the disposition to serve the community, local and global, through engagement in meaningful and reflective service, and
  • Leadership: the acquisition and refinement of the skills of leading and following, collaborating, adapting to the ideas of others, constructive problem-solving, and conflict-resolution through experiencing leadership in authentic contexts.