An informational item on the proposed Governor’s School in Prince William County has been added to the May 6th School Board meeting. You can find a link to PWCS’ presentation on the program here.
The school is slated to open in the Fall of 2010 and will serve approximately 120 – 180 11th and 12th grade students from Prince William, the City of Manassas, and Manassas Park. Students enrolled in the school will attend the Governor’s school in the morning for math and science, then return to their base school for the rest of the day.
From the report, the emphasis of the program will be on the “Earth”:
- How the earth and it’s ecosystems work;
- How organisms, especially humans, interact with Earth’s life support systems / environment; and
- How problems that affect Earth and it’s inhabitants are recognized and addressed.
The content of instruction provided to students enrolled in the program will be adapted so that it will :
(a) Focus on the abstractions and concepts that unite facts and processes;
(b) Reflect the complex nature of knowledge from different disciplines; and
(c) Offer students opportunities to focus on different aspects, points of view, problems, or issues under a broader theme.
Three different strand or programs of study will be offered: Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Biology, or Environmental Physics. Each strand will feature prescribed science courses and a mathematics course that will be structured and presented in conjunction with the relevant science course work.
The projected instructional budget for the school in 2011 is $551,000. Transportation costs are estimated at $280,000 per year with an initial $300,000 in 2010 for new buses.
The school will be hosted on the PW campus of GMU. The report is unclear as to whether the instructional budget includes the cost of GMU fees or not. If those fees are not included, costs for GMU credits will run approximately $939 per student for 3 hour courses and $1,878 per students for 6 hours courses in addition to the other costs mentioned above.