Reflections is a Summer Regional Governor’s School Program, funded in part by the Virginia Department of Education with local financial and in-kind support. The Reflections Program is a 10-day summer program for forty middle school students gifted in the visual arts, competitively selected from Charlottesville City, Albemarle, Greene, and Nelson Counties, as well as the private and home-school students in the region. Reflections provides conceptual and visual art experiences for artistically gifted students in association with their gifted peers.
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Students gifted in the visual arts are aesthetically inquisitive and highly self-motivated in art production, eager to create art and perceptive in viewing the art of others. Students gifted in the visual arts need the stimulation of their artistically gifted peers; need to be confronted with challenging ideas, issues, and problems; and need to be exposed to increasingly complex non-verbal symbols and relationships in works of art. The Reflections Program intellectually challenges each student at an appropriate level, elicits curiosity, and sponsors creativity and uniqueness of response in art production.
The goals of Reflections are:
Q – How can I get information about Governor’s School?
A – Contact the art or gifted teacher at your school. Download the application form online.
Q – Who can answer more specific questions for me?
A – Please email the program director, Aaron Eichorst at email@example.com or call (434) 245-2671.
Q – How much does the program cost?
A – Reflections Governor’s school is funded by the Virginia Department of Education and supported by Charlottesville City Schools. Tuition of $100 per accepted student is paid by each participating school division. Private and home school students from the region pay $100 each.
Q – What are the dates of the Governor’s School? How long is the day?
A -The Governor’s School usually meets during the last weeks of June from 8:30am-1pm.
A typical day at The Governor’s School:
Forty students are accepted into Reflections each year. They are selected from rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. Applications are typically due in early March. Please note: The student application deadlines may be different for Albemarle County. Students are usually notified by the end of the month.
Instructions for Student Applications:
Please note: These requirements total four separate examples of the applicant’s art.
Sending in applications:
Students from Charlottesville City and Albemarle, Greene, and Nelson Counties submit their application materials to their respective school divisions, generally through the middle school art teacher.
Home and private school students submit their application materials directly to the Reflection Program Director for a separate home/private school adjudication. Submit to: Aaron Eichorst, Charlottesville City Schools Division Annex (part of Charlottesville High School), 1400 Melbourne Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901.
Student Selection Committees
Each school division committee should judge the artwork according to the characteristics of a student who is gifted in the visual arts. Students gifted in the visual arts possess superior ability in art and are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in art. “Gifted” in the visual arts includes “talented.” A talented student may or may not demonstrate the scholarship level of the academically gifted child.
Students gifted in the visual arts demonstrate many of these characteristics:
It is the task of the selection committees to evaluate the students first on their artistic giftedness, but it is also essential that there be fair minority and gender representation in the Governor’s School. The selection committees will use the “Reflections Rating Scale” to assess the artworks. The application statements by the students and the comments from the teacher recommendations will be considered in student selection decisions as well as consideration for racial, cultural, or gender diversity.
Each School division will send a list of selected students and two or three alternates, a photocopy of each selected student’s application form, and the geometric page to the Program Director by the deadline (typically the third week in March). (Students will receive their artwork back during the summer program.)
Send materials to:
Aaron Eichorst, Reflections Administrator
Charlottesville City Schools Division Annex
1400 Melbourne Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901
The original application forms plus all other application materials and artworks will remain in the respective school divisions.
By the end of March, the Program Director will officially notify students who were admitted or named as alternates. Each school division will then advise all non-accepted applicants that they were not chosen by the selection committee for the Reflections program.