“Our mission is to provide comprehensive educational opportunities that advance gifted students’ understanding of world cultures and languages. Our diverse and supportive community develops students’ character and ability to contribute, collaborate, and lead.”
The admissions process thus seeks to include a diverse pool of applicants who are interested in our mission and who are representative of the gifted populations in our participating school divisions. Local and regional selection committees are provided with a variety of information to identify students who have the potential for success at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School. It is important to note that neither the administration nor staff of Magie L. Walker Governor’s School actually select the students that will attend our school. Those decisions are made by the local partner divisions.
Except in cases where extenuating circumstances exist, applications are accepted only from students during their eighth-grade year of school. All applicants residing in a participating school district must meet the application deadline in December of each year to be considered for admission. If a new student moves into a participating school division between the deadline and the beginning of the fall semester, the student may submit an application and be placed on the waiting list if the student meets the qualifications.
The selection process is highly competitive. Typically 1,200 eighth grade students apply each year for admission. Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School will only accept full-time students who have met the regional requirements for admission.
Applicants must be enrolled in Algebra I or higher-level mathematics course when they apply, and they will be required to have successfully completed Algebra I for high school credit prior to enrollment.
If offered during the middle school years, it is highly recommended that applicants have completed/are enrolled in the following courses:
A virtual information forum will be held in the fall. Interested students and parents are invited to join. Keep an eye on our events calendar for dates and times.
Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:
Applications are available in Mid-October. Public school students who are interested in becoming applicants from their local school division must request applications from their middle school counseling department. Private and home-schooled student application contact persons vary by locality. Upon receipt of the completed application, the contact person will forward the application to the local division’s gifted program administrator.
Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, and Richmond students apply online through their local public school division portal.
The following items will constitute the application for each student:
Each student is required to attend a regional evaluation session. Only students with a valid application submitted by the Planning Committee member will be allowed to participate in the evaluation. The evaluation will include assessment materials and a writing sample.
Note: In an emergency or extenuating circumstances a make-up session is available. Pre-approval is required. To request the make-up assessment, the student must submit a request to their division’s Planning Committee member.
A regional committee composed of members from each participating school division will evaluate all applications. All categories are scored by experienced and trained teams of evaluators. A profile including a composite score from assessment results will be created for each applicant. Evaluation criteria* include:
*Divisions may include additional criteria.
Each participating local school division will select students to attend MLWGS based on the regional evaluation of applicants and the number of available slots for the school division. The number of slots for each division is primarily determined by the number of seniors graduating from that division. Each school division will also set up an alternate list for slots that open after the initial selection. For students with alternate status, each school division reserves the right to review a student’s current transcript before offering admission.
All applicants who complete the admissions process will receive a letter of decision from their local division superintendent. Letters will be placed in U.S. mail in mid-March. No information from the evaluation process will be available before this date. Students offered admission to Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School will be invited to “shadow” at the school and be given a due date to accept or decline the invitation to attend. (Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, and Richmond will notify students on-line.)
Admitted students will register at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for courses at New Student Registration on an evening in the spring.
Recommended Parking for Major Events
Our parking lot is designed for daily operations. We strongly recommend the options highlighted below as your primary choice during major events. These include the CD King Lot (Mozelle St.), or Hovey Field (Admiral St. on VUU’s campus). Getting into and out of our main parking lot (North of MLWGS) can be difficult and time-consuming during major events.