The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park is a collaborative venture between three local public school systems, including Manassas City, Manassas Park City and Prince William County, hosted at George Mason University’s Science and Technology Campus. The College of Science (COS) is the University partner with the Governor’s School.
How it Works
High school students attend classes five days a week on George Mason’s SciTech Campus each morning, and then return to their base high schools in the afternoon to complete the rest of their classes. They have dual enrollment at their high schools and at Mason. They will earn at least 12, and potentially up to 32 Mason credits. All courses are taught by experienced teachers from the Prince William County school system who underwent a vetting process to become affiliated with Mason.
The Governor’s School students choose physics, chemistry, or biology as the science ‘strand’ for the two-year program, before graduating from high school with a Virginia advanced studies diploma. In 2013-2014, The Volgenau School of Engineering is developing Mason courses for some students to take at The Governor’s School. All students complete Mason undergraduate mathematics courses. Many conduct research with the assistance of Mason faculty.
Who are We
Padmanabhan Seshaiyer (Padhu) is the contact for Mason faculty to collaborate with the school. He is the director of the COS STEM Accelerator Program, which advances student achievement in STEM undergraduate degrees. Mason faculty members are invited to mentor gifted students in authentic research experiences, and/or to give guest-lectures at the Governor’s School. Reid Schwebach, a COS STEM Accelerator faculty, facilitates the activities of the Governor’s School.
Padhu and Richard Friesner, who is part of Mason’s Office Admissions, are members of the Governor’s School Executive Committee and work with the Director of the Governor’s School, Karen Dalfrey, as well as the public school systems to help oversee the Governor’s School operations. Janette Muir in the Mason Provost’s Office and Padhu participate in the school’s top-tier school oversight committees, which are organized by the public school systems. The Governor’s School Advisory Committee includes Reid Schwebach in the COS STEM Accelerator Program, John Schreifels in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Edward Otto in Biology, Mike Summers in Physics, and Robert Sachs in Math.
For further information about the Governor’s School, please contact Padhu Seshaiyer at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Reid Schwebach at email@example.com. Information is also available in this article about the Governor’s School curricula. Please also visit the Governor’s School website for additional information.