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.  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.

The Academic Summer Residential Governor’s School programs include:

  • Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  • Marine Science
  • Humanities
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture

The Visual and Performing Arts Summer Residential Governor’s School programs include:

  • Dance 
  • Theatre
  • Instrumental Music
  • Vocal Music
  • Visual Arts

2022 Virginia Summer Governor’s School

The 2022 Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School Academic and Visual and Performing Arts programs have separate applications, processes and timelines. Refer to the appropriate section for the desired program.

Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Programs

Students interested in applying to the 2021 VPA program need to refer to the information on the Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) page as it is different than the academic program information.

The deadline to register for the VPA program is November 9, 2020. No late registrations are accepted.

Academic and Mentorship Programs

Application process and timeline for Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools 

  • October 2021: E-notify message to all 10th and 11th grade students.
  • October 2021 at your school: School level meeting to review how to apply for Governor’s School.
  • November 9, 2021: Complete the Student Interest Form (no late submissions will be accepted).
  • December 7, 2021: All applications including your letters of recommendation, essays and supporting documents are due to the school level contact.
  • December 2021/January 2022: Your school will conduct a screening meeting to determine who will advance from the school level to the county level. 
  • January 2022: 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 2022: 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 2022: 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.

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


Go to the Virginia Department of Education's page for Governor's School. Scroll down to the Applications section. The following applications are available for the summer of 2022:

  • 2022 Application for Medicine and Health Sciences
  • 2022 Application for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  • 2022 Application for Marine Science
  • 2022 Application for Humanities
  • 2022 Application for Engineering
  • 2022 Application for Agriculture

Application Deadline

The application form needs to be filled out, printed and delivered to the governor’s school contact at your school. All applications must include the scoring rubrics and letters of recommendation completed by two teachers. No late applications will be accepted.

Academics and Mentorships due by December 7, 2021 to Summer Residential Governor's Schools (SRGS) school coordinators.  

School Contacts

Each school contact has one or more staff members available to support the student during the Academic application process. In some cases, the Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) contacts are different from the academic school contacts. Refer to the VPA page for the VPA school contact information, application details and timeline.

School Contact
Annandale HS

Lisa Foliaco

Cheryl Kim

Centreville HS Jean No
Chantilly HS

Becky Clonts

Dwayne Peyton

Edison HS

Bertha Mensa

Joann L Quinia

Fairfax HS

Jenny Payne

Falls Church HS

Madeline Doudaklian

Lan Nguyen

Hayfield HS Kellie Rodriguez-Lee
Herndon HS

Matt Dell'Orso

Kie Anderson

Wendy Labenow

Justice HS Marice Hirsch
Lake Braddock HS Jennifer Jackson
Langley HS Timothy Ready
Lewis HS David Checcino
Madison HS

TJ Anderson

Lauren Robarge

Marshall HS

Matt Axelrod

Sokolove, Kathleen L.

McLean HS John Allman
Mount Vernon HS Patrick Tubbins
Oakton HS

Laura Osborne

Jessica Vilbas

Robinson HS

Brianne Slizofski

Sofia Panzenhagen

South County HS

Mehreen Naghmi

Laura Hanley

South Lakes HS

Oliver Goodridge

Heather Scott

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Erin Connelly-Kosek 
West Potomac HS

Stephanie Bluestein

Michael Shapiro

West Springfield HS

Roselyn Abrigo

Kimberly Green Herb

Westfield HS

Donna Leone

Jeanna Squif

Woodson HS

Elizabeth Walter

Elle Nguyen

General information about Summer Residential Governor’s Schools

This information is 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.