High School Initiatives


Mountain Vista Governor’s School (MVGS) is a regional program for academically talented and highly motivated 11th and 12th grade students serving Culpeper County, Fauquier County, Frederick County, Rappahannock County, Warren County, and Winchester City. MVGS offers an integrated program of courses in science, mathematics, humanities, and research.

MVGS students are provided the opportunity to earn college credit through a Dual Enrollment program on a college campus, as well as the option to take appropriate Advanced Placement examinations.

The mission of the MVGS is to present a research-based, technology-enhanced, integrated program in mathematics, science, and the humanities. The program will challenge students to reach their full potential as independent thinkers capable of assuming leadership roles in a constantly changing global society.

Students wishing to enroll at MVGS must submit an application and be accepted by their local school division selection committee.  Application packets may be downloaded from local school division websites in February. The student must be enrolled in a public high school in one of the participating school divisions to attend. The satisfactory completion of all the math and science prerequisites prior to the fall semester is required.

For more information please visit the MVGS website:




Massanutten Regional Governor’s School (MRGS) offers a two-year 1/2 day program for highly gifted and academically motivated juniors and seniors in Harrisonburg City, Page, Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties. Participants take their mathematics, science, and English courses at MRGS and then return to their home school to take their other required courses and electives, as well as to participate in extra-curricular activities.  MRGS provides academically challenging programs to students beyond what is offered in their home schools to create a community of learners that exhibit remarkable talent in diverse and significant ways.

MRGS believes that learning should mimic the real world.  Teachers guide students through a curriculum that simulates real world experiences with real world expectations. Students engage in simulations, presentations, investigations, problem-solving activities, extensive research, intensive use of technologies, and mentorships.

Much of the work that students engage in is collaborative in nature, not competitive. Teachers work in collaboration to plan interdisciplinary learning activities because, in the real world, ideas and concepts are not learned or used in isolation.  At least 75% of the instruction in courses offered is interdisciplinary in nature and over half of the lessons are structured on the principles of problem-based learning.

The mission at MRGS is to provide an integrated and enriched research-based curriculum to highly motivated and intellectually gifted students based on environmental science and technology.  MRGS believes students are the program and that the education provided has the potential to benefit not only the students as individuals but society as a whole.

For more information please visit the MRGS website




The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that approximately 26% of all new jobs created in the U.S. economy will be in healthcare and social assistance.  This industry (which includes public and private hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, and individual and family services) is expected to grow by 24%, or 4 million new jobs. 

Employment growth and rising healthcare costs, driven by an aging population and longer life expectancies presents our healthcare system with a shortage of qualified professionals.  Tasks that were previously performed by doctors, nurses, or other healthcare professionals are now being performed by physician assistants, medical assistants, CNA’s, LPN’s and other similar positions. These entry level and newly created health professions will continue to be in great demand. 

The Health Science Academy is a week long summer program offered to Clarke County, Frederick County, Page County, Shenandoah County, Warren County and Winchester City students.  This program is designed to strengthen interests and increase awareness of the healthcare fields by allowing rising 10th-12th grade high school students the chance to explore Health care careers through hands-on learning experience provided by Valley Health, Lord Fairfax Community College and Shenandoah University. 

This program provides opportunities for students to participate in a variety of skills in a cadaver, pharmacy technician and dental lab.  Students are given the opportunity to:

  • Give injections to training muscles
  • Start intravenous fluids in training arms
  • Test blood glucose
  • Learn proper hand-washing techniques
  • Shadow multiple specialists at a hospital
  • Spend time with nurses, doctors, therapists and observe surgeries
  • Help both occupational and physical therapists
  • Complete chart documentation with nurses
  • Learn about anesthesiology, emergency room care and pediatric oncology
  • Learn how to check their pulses during a phlebotomy class
  • Learn about Lord Fairfax Community College’s paramedic program, the functions of a cardiac defibrillator and use a medical mannequin, during an academy session

Students interested in next year’s Health Science Academy must see their high school guidance counselor or career coach for information and applications.  Those students selected to participate in the academy must satisfy Lord Fairfax Community College admissions requirements which may include the need to take placement tests.  Students will apply for admission to LFCC and take a student development course SDV 101: Introduction to the Health Professions for college credit. 

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