Summer Residential Governor's Schools (SRGS)

The Summer Residential Governor's Schools (SRGS) are month-long residential programs for current year tenth- and eleventh-grade gifted students in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Governor’s School is a challenging and enriching Virginia program designed for highly motivated students who are looking for a challenging summer experience. Programs are offered in Visual and Performing Arts, Humanities, Math/Science/Tech, Agriculture, Life Science/Medicine, and Mentorships in Engineering and Life Sciences. The selection process is extremely competitive. Most students selected rank in the top 10% of their class and have scored in the 90th percentile on standardized measures of ability or achievement tests. These residential programs run from late June to late July. Only students who are available during that time frame and whose records match these criteria should apply.

2020 Virginia Summer Governor’s School

Please complete the steps below in order using the links provided:

  1. Complete the Student Interest Form (Academic & Mentorship Programs | Visual and Performing Arts Programs) by November 6, 2019 (no late submissions will be accepted). You must fill all sections and complete for the following reasons:
    1. It provides your contact details to your school representative and the district..
    2. It allows for an efficient application process.
  2. Attend an interest meeting at your school.
  3. Fill out the appropriate application.
    1. Go to the Virginia Department of Education's page for Governor's School and scroll down to the Applications section. The fillable application form needs to be filled out, printed and delivered to your school contact. The following applications are available for the summer of 2020:
      1. 2020 Application for Agriculture
      2. 2020 Application for Engineering
      3. 2020 Application for Humanities
      4. 2020 Application for Marine Science
      5. 2020 Application for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
      6. 2020 Application for Medicine and Health Sciences
      7. 2020 Application for Visual and Performing Arts
    2. Deadlines:
      1. Academics and Mentorships due by December 6, 2019 to Summer Residential Governor's Schools (SRGS) school coordinators.  No late applications will be accepted. 
      2. VPA due by January 31, 2020 to VPA school contacts.  No late applications will be accepted.
  4. Request letters of recommendation. You must make your requests by email and attach the appropriate recommendation and scoring rubric. It is advisable, and in your best interest, to make the email requests early on in the process to so that your recommenders have adequate time to complete them. When choosing references, it is advisable to choose people who have a positive vision of your skills and strengths. It is an honor to get asked to write a letter of recommendation for a student however, at certain times of the year, teachers may be very busy. When you follow up with your recommendations, be respectful of their time and ensure that you ask the recommenders well in advance of the due date. Students must use the links below for your teacher recommendations. They may not be handwritten or scored by hand. The teachers will be responsible for submitting them to your school level governor’s school contact. Please carbon copy, via email, your governor’s school contact in your teacher recommendation request.

Application timeline for Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools (SRGS)

*Schools may have established internal process deadlines that applicants are responsible for adhering to as well.

    Academics and Mentorships

    • October 2019: KIT message to all 10th and 11th grade students.
    • October 2019 at your school:School level meeting to review how to apply for Governor’s School.
    • November 6, 2019: Complete the SRGS Student Interest Form (no late submissions will be accepted).
    • December 6, 2019: All applications including your letters of recommendation, essays and supporting documents are due to the school level contact.
    • December/January: Your school will conduct a screening meeting to determine who will advance from the school level to the county level. 
    • January 2020: You will receive an email from your school level governor’s school contact letting you know your status about whether you will advance to the county level. It is critical to understand that if you move to the county level that does not automatically qualify you for the summer program. For this reason, it is advisable for you to pursue alternative opportunities throughout the year.
    • March 2020: Those candidates who advanced to the county level will receive an email from the Advanced Academics Office if you did not advance to the state level. It is critical to understand that if you advance to the state level you are not guaranteed automatic qualification for the summer program. It is advisable for you to pursue alternative opportunities throughout the year.
    • April 2020: For those of you who moved to the state level, you will receive a letter from the state noting your status with the Governor’s school. From that point forward, all communication about the logistics of the experience will come from the state.

    Visual and Performing Arts

    • October 2019 Attend a meeting at your school to review how to apply for Governor’s School.
    • November 6, 2019: Complete the VPA Student Interest Form (no late submissions will be accepted)
    • December 2019: You will receive notification of when you will adjudicate. You must tell your school contact before December 13, 2019, if you cannot attend on January 4, 2020 at George Mason University.
    • January 4, 2020: You will adjudicate at George Mason as part of your application.
    • January 31, 2020: Completed VPA applications are due to the school level contact. No late applications will be accepted.
    • March 2020: Those candidates whose applications are sent to county level but are not sent to the state level will receive an email from the fine arts office. It is important to understand that if your application is sent to the state level you are not guaranteed a spot for the summer program. Continue to pursue alternative opportunities throughout the year.
    • April 2020: For those of you who moved to the state level, you will receive a letter from the state noting your status with the Governor’s school. From that point forward, all communication about the logistics of the experience will come from the state.

    General information about Summer Residential Governor’s Schools (from the VA Department of Education website):

    Summer Residential Governor’s Schools provide gifted high school juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering.

    Each Summer Residential Governor’s School focuses on one special area of interest. Students live on a college or university campus for up to four weeks each summer. During this time, students are involved in classroom and laboratory work, field studies, research, individual and group projects and performances, and seminars with noted scholars, visiting artists, and other professionals. In the three mentorships, students are selected to work side-by-side with research scientists, physicians, and a variety of other professionals. A director and a student-life staff provide supervision of students 24 hours a day, throughout the program.