Summer Residential Governor's School 2020-2021


Update: Sophomore (10th grade) students who were ‘invited’ to attend for 2020 program will be given an ‘automatic acceptance’ to the 2021 SRGS program. These students will only be accepted into the program in which they were invited to attend in 2020. They must complete the front page and assurances-signature page of the 2021 program application and submit their paperwork to meet the school’s deadline. Adjudication in the arts for those auto-accept students will also be waived. These students will be contacted by their school division gifted coordinator regarding their status. Unfortunately, juniors invited last year are now seniors and are not eligible for the 2021 programs.

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.

Student Nominations
Nominations may be made by teachers, school counselors, peers, or by the students themselves. A school or division selection committee chooses the nominees from each school or division and forwards the nominees to a state committee. Consideration is given to students’ academic records, test scores, extra-curricular activities, honors, and awards, creativity, original essays, and teacher recommendations. Students applying for the Visual and Performing Arts Summer Residential Governor’s School participate in a statewide adjudication where they audition or present portfolios for review before a pair of professionals in the specific arts field. Because of the limited number of residential placements available, not all students who are nominated by their schools can be accepted for participation.

2021 Academic Programs
 Agriculture
 Humanities
 Mathematics, Science & Technology
 Medicine & Health Sciences
 Engineering (Jefferson Lab)
 Marine Science (VA Institute of Marine Science)

2021 Visual & Performing Arts Programs
 Dance
 Instrumental Music
 Vocal Music
 Theatre
 Visual Arts

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