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.

Time Sensitive Update

On January 11, 2024, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) announced a relaunch of the Summer Residential Governor’s School Medicine and Health Sciences (MHS) program for Summer 2024. The program will be hosted by Radford University from June 23 to July 20, 2024 in conjunction with Blue Ridge Health Partnerships.

Since the application and selection process for other SRGS programs is well underway, VDOE has developed a special scoring and selection process for the MHS program for this school year only.

Students interested in applying for this program may do so, regardless of whether they previously submitted an interest form.

Students who have already submitted an application for another program may submit a second application for this program. However, if accepted to both, they may only choose one.

Applications are due to you schools Governor’s School Contact by February 8, 2024. No late submissions will be accepted.

Applications will be reviewed by VDOE and decisions communicated directly to the student.  

Application for the Medicine and Health Services Program

Look for the Applications & Resource Materials section to find the application for the Medicine and Health Services Program

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:

  • 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

2024 Virginia Summer Governor’s School

The 2024 Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School Academic, Visual and Performing Arts, and World Languages programs have separate applications, processes and timelines. Refer to the appropriate section for the desired program.

Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Programs

The deadline to submit interest is November 3, 2023.
Visual and Performing Arts Program Information

Governor’s World Language Academies (GWLA) Program

The deadline to submit interest is November 10, 2023.
Governor’s World Language Academies Program Information

Academic and Mentorship Programs

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

  • October 2023: E-notify message to all 10th and 11th grade students.
  • October 2023 at your school: School level meeting to review how to apply for Governor’s School.
  • November 3, 2023: Complete the Student Interest Form (no late submissions will be accepted).
  • December 8, 2023: All applications including your letters of recommendation, essays and supporting documents are due to the school level contact.
  • December 2023/January 2024: Your school will conduct a screening meeting to determine who will advance from the school level to the county level. 
  • January 2024: 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 2024: 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 2024: 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 2024:

  • 2024 Application for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  • 2024 Application for Marine Science
  • 2024 Application for Humanities
  • 2024 Application for Engineering
  • 2024 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 8, 2023 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 Information

Name Email School
Foliaco, Lisa [email protected] Annandale
Zubieta, Nick [email protected] Annandale
No, Jean [email protected] Centreville
Taylor, Shuntina [email protected] Chantilly
Quinia, Joann L [email protected] Edison
Johnson, Melissa [email protected] Edison
Bush, Mary [email protected] Fairfax
Markenson, Dara [email protected] Fairfax
Doudaklian, Madelein S. [email protected] Falls Church
Nguyen, Lan [email protected] Falls Church
Rodriguez-Lee, Kellie [email protected] Hayfield
Anderson, Kie [email protected] Herndon
Dell'Orso, Matt I [email protected] Herndon
Labenow, Wendy [email protected] Herndon
Wolf, Samantha [email protected] Jefferson
Harvey, Wilson [email protected] Justice HS
Cashman, Megan [email protected] Lake Braddock
Burkey, Tracy [email protected] Lake Braddock
Ready, Timothy J [email protected] Langley
Checcino, David [email protected] Lewis
Shin, Joelle [email protected] Madison
Kennedy, Erin [email protected] Madison
George, Joe [email protected] Marshall
Allman, John [email protected] McLean
Freeland, Sarah [email protected] Mount Vernon
Green, Bryce [email protected] Mount Vernon
Osborne, Laura [email protected] Oakton
Oakley, Taylor [email protected] Robinson
Naghmi, Mehreen [email protected] South County
Goodridge, Oliver [email protected] South Lakes
Tubbins, Patrick [email protected] South Lakes
Michael Shapiro [email protected] West Potomac
Arenholz, Sheryl M [email protected] West Springfield
Tsang, Daniel [email protected] West Springfield
Wagonseller, Taylor [email protected] West Springfield
Fargo, Jennifer [email protected] Westfield
Leone, Donna [email protected] Westfield
Pugh, Travis [email protected] Woodson

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.