Virginia Governor's Schools


Virginia Governor's Schools provide some of the state's most able students academically and artistically challenging programs beyond those offered in their home schools. With the support of the Virginia Board of Education and the General Assembly, the Governor's Schools presently include summer residential and academic-year programs serving more than 7,500 gifted students from all parts of the commonwealth.

Three types of Governor's Schools provide appropriate learning endeavors for the  gifted students in Prince William County Schools (PWCS): Academic-Year Governor's Schools (AYGS), Summer Residential Governor's Schools (SRGS) and the Foreign Language Academies (FLA) .

Academic-Year Governor's Schools

The AYGS programs available to PWCS students are the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology in Fairfax, VA or the Governor's School at Innovation Park ([email protected]) in Manassas, VA.

Governor's School at Innovation Park ([email protected])

The [email protected] is a partial-day Academic Year Governor's School program with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. 

Students attend [email protected] from August through June, just as their PWCS counterparts do. Students attend classes at the Prince William Campus of George Mason University in the mornings and return to their base high schools in the afternoon to take courses in Social Studies, Language Arts, and electives, as well as to participate in extracurricular activities. 

Applications are ALL due no later than February 1.

For more information, please visit the [email protected] website: Governor's School at Innovation Park Website or you can contact Ms. Karima Wesselhoft at [email protected].

Summer Residential Governor's Schools

Summer Residential Governor's Schools (SRGS) provide gifted high school sophomores and juniors with intensive educational experiences in both Visual & Performing Arts and in Academics. Students attend SRGS programs from late June to late July and will live on a college or university campus in Virginia for up to 4-weeks. 

For more information on SRGS, please watch this video created by Jacqueline Overton, PWCS Gifted Education Coordinator.
  (Scroll over the video & click on the 3 vertical dots to access the option to make this full-screen.)  

The various Virginia Governor's School Programs all use a competitive admission process to select participants. Application timelines vary based on the program. Announcements will be posted in the building, on the school website, and on Canvas. 

SRGS - Academics                                          APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER 2022!!

Academic programs and mentorships that have historically been available include:

* Humanities (Radford University)   Patriot Humanities Application 2022.docx
* Math, Science, & Technology (University of Lynchburg)   Patriot MST Application 2022.docx
* Agriculture (Virginia Tech)   Patriot Agriculture Application 2022.docx
* Medicine & Health Sciences (Virginia Commonwealth University)   Patriot Medicine Application 2022.docx
* Engineering Mentorship (Jefferson Lab)   Patriot Engineering Application 2022.docx
* Marine Sciences Mentorship (VA Institute of Marine Science)   Patriot Marine Science Application 2022.docx

Applications for Patriot High School students can be accessed by clicking on the application link to the right of the programs listed above.

Applications for ALL SRGS - Academic programs and mentorships are due no later than December 10th.

Students who have questions or who are interested in applying for the 2022 Summer Residential Governor’s Schools for Academics may contact  Mrs. Adrienne Phillips via email at [email protected].

SRGS - Visual & Performing Arts
Visual & Performing Arts programs  that have historically been available include:

* Dance
* Instrumental Music
* Vocal Music
* Theater
* Visual Arts

All Visual & Performing Arts participants will stay at Radford University.

Students applying for SRGS - Visual & Performing Arts programs have an application to submit, and they participate in both a local and a statewide adjudication where they audition or present portfolios for review before professionals in the specific arts field. Applications become available and registration for auditions begin at the beginning of October.

Those interested in applying for the 2022 Summer Residential Governor's School for Visual & Performing Arts may contact Mrs. Marilyn McGrath via email at [email protected]

SRGS - World Languages Academy

The Governor's  Summer Residential World Languages Academies will include  the following FULL-IMMERSION programs:
* French
* German
* Spanish

The Governor's Summer Residential World Languages Academies will include the following PARTIAL-IMMERSION programs:
* Latin
* Japanese

The 2020-2021 World Language Academies were hosted virtually last year. Traditionally, the full-immersion programs are hosted by Washington & Lee University and the partial-immersion programs are hosted by Randolph-Macon College.  Information about the program for the 2021-2022 programs will be posted here when it becomes available.

Applications become available at the beginning of October.

Applications are due in mid-January.

Those interested in applying for the 2022 Governor's Summer Residential World Languages Academies may contact Ms. Charlotte Frame via email at [email protected]