The Pre-Governor's School @ Osbourn Park


The Pre-Governor’s School at Osbourn Park (PGS@OP) is a preparatory program through which students will experience an accelerated mathematics and science course sequence.

Students will have an opportunity to develop technical writing capacity and meet several graduation requirements to prepare them for success should they attend The Governor’s School at Innovation Park (GS@IP) in their 11th and 12th grade year.

In order for students to be prepared for college-level study at GS@IP, it is important that they have a strong, yet accelerated platform in the study of math and science. The instructional design of the PGS@OP program integrates strands in biology, chemistry, and physics, with mathematics, concepts of engineering, and laboratory research.

Application Process

In order to apply for a specialty program, all students must complete an application. Applications are required for students residing within a school boundary as well as for students who transfer for a program.

For all students residing in Prince William County before January 1, final applications are due by February 1. Students moving into the county after January 1 should call the coordinator of the program or programs of interest for additional information.

Coordinator: Benjamin Henken

Telephone:  703.365.6500
Email:     

Web:     Osbourn Park High School website

Information Meetings

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Rescheduled date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
6:30 p.m.

 

Program Requirements

Students participating in the PGS@OP will maintain year end grades of B or better in their core subject areas (language arts, social studies, mathematics, and science). Students will be encouraged to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance (or AP Economics) graduation requirement in 11th grade. Students will also be required to undergo some authentic research in support of the GS@IP application process. Students who choose not to attend GS@IP during 11th and 12th grade will have opportunities to study advanced (college-level) course work with an emphasis in math, science, and engineering at Osbourn Park High School. 

Key Elements of the program include:

  • Students will be supported through the simultaneous study of two math courses in ninth grade, and functions/trigonometry (or higher mathematics course) by the end of 10th grade.
  • Students will study two science courses in tenth grade to allow for the completion of SOL physics prior to 11th grade.
  • A dedicated school counselor will support PGS@OP students to ensure appropriate course selection in preparation for the various academic pathways available at GS@IP, and work with students during their four years of study between the campus locations (OPHS/GMU).
  • Students will take an eighth class during grades nine and 10 (HPE I and HPE II through the Virtual High School @ PWCS, unless otherwise approved by the PGS@OP Coordinator). This allows students to meet an additional graduation requirement prior to joining GS@IP.
  • PGS@OP students will be strategically grouped to support the accelerated study of math and science in ninth and 10th grade.

Attendance Areas/Schools Served

This program is open to high school students throughout the School Division.

Transportation


Students living within the boundaries of the specialty program school may ride their regular bus to school.

Transportation services for students who reside outside the boundaries of the specialty program school will be provided via a network of express bus stops.

Transportation requests, including the selection of a specific express stop, must be returned to the school with the specialty program application.

The transportation request process must be repeated for every year the student is enrolled in the specialty program. Parents have the responsibility to provide transportation to and from express bus stops.

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