Mountain Vista Governor’s School to Host Opening Celebration at LFCC

For Immediate Release:
July 18, 2006

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – After almost three years of planning,the 18th Virginia Academic-Year Governor’s School will open in August 2006after receiving approval from the Virginia General Assembly. Serving the schooldivisions of Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Frederick, Rappahannock, Warren andWinchester, the Mountain Vista Governor’s School will celebrate the opening ofthe school on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the William H. McCoySpecial Events Center located inside the Alson H.Smith Jr. Technology Center on Lord Fairfax Community College’s (LFCC)Middletown Campus, located at 173 Skirmisher Lane in Middletown.

Operating on LFCC’s Fauquier and MiddletownCampuses, the Mountain Vista Governor’s School is scheduled to serve a total of115 students, selected by an application-based process. Representing the sevenparticipating school divisions, these 11th- and 12th-grade students will attendthe governor’s school from 7:30 to 11 a.m. and return to their base schools forafternoon classes.

Led by Rosanne Williamson, newly-named director of the Mountain VistaGovernor’s School and former principal of BrumfieldElementary School in Fauquier County,the governor’s school mission is to present studentswith a research-based, technology-enhanced, integrated program in mathematics,science and the humanities. Students will be challenged to acquire knowledgethrough a variety of learning venues including texts, lectures, labs,technology and “real world” experiences. Students have the opportunity to earnboth high school and college credit.

A sample curriculum for a student at the governor’s school is as follows:

  • Calculus: applied and engineering
  • Physics: analytical, mechanics focus
  • English/humanities: the power of thought
  • Research fundamentals and applications
  • Advanced Biology II: environmental focus
  • Government/humanities: applying the power of persuasion to world issues

For more information about the Mountain Vista Governor’s School, interestedindividuals may visit the school’s Web site at


Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.