3/17/2020 Update

Letters informing students if their applications were forwarded to the state level have been mailed. The VDOE has not communicated changes to the acceptance timeline (letters from the state are mailed in early April) due to the closure of Virginia schools. Updates will be posted and students will be informed via the email of any changes.

 Students interested in applying for the Summer 2021 programs should look for updates at the end of September or beginning or October 2020. Information meetings are held at each school; see your school point-of-contact for more information.

Virginia Summer Residential Governor's Schools are programs for current 10th and 11th grade students. The programs are sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and draw students from across the Commonwealth. Each program lasts approximately one month and is held at a Virginia college/university. The programs are free for students (except for a nominal student activities fee that can be waived based on need). The following programs are available:

Humanities

Held at Radford University, the Humanities program gives the students the opportunity to further their understanding of topics such as anthropology, economics, history, literature, media, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. The program accepts approximately 200 students per year.

Visit the HGS site for more information.

Agriculture

The Agriculture program at Virginia Tech is ideal for students interested in biological sciences. Majors include Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering, Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Food Science, and Plant Science. The program accepts approximately 100 students per year. 

Visit the AGS for more information.

Math, Science, and Technology

Lynchburg College hosts the MST program, provides students with the opportunity  to explore topics in anatomy and physiology, astronomy, computer programming, geology, hydrology, hypermedia, physics, and upper-level mathematics. Approximately 160 students are accepted each year.

Visit the MST site for more information.

Medicine and Health Sciences

Virginia Commonwealth University sponsors the MHS program, where students have the opportunity to explore topics in biology, chemistry, computer science applications, environmental science, forensics, medicine, and physics. This program only accepts 26 students each year. Students should only consider applying for this program if they have prior experience in working, volunteering, and/or studying in a medical setting. (Students who do not have this experience but are interested in medicine and health should consider applying for Agriculture to focus on biological sciences.) 

Visit the MHS site for more information.

Visual and Performing Arts

Students in the VPA program study alongside Humanities Students at Radford University. Students may audition for the program to study in the art areas of instrumental music (55-60 students), vocal music (20-25 students), visual art (45-50 students), dance (20-25 students), or theater (45-50 students).

Students will have their opportunity to expand their artistic skills and technical knowledge of their art form. Students applying for VPA must audition at a local PWCS audition in order to be considered for the state audition in January. 

Visit the Radford VPA site.

Marine Sciences

The VIMS (Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences) mentorship program is hosted by Christopher Newport University. Students investigate coastal law, fisheries, marine resources management, and wetlands ecology. The program accepts 6 students per year.  Students should have prior experience studying marine sciences outside of school curriculum and  should be able to demonstrate use of a research design such as the one required by the Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) or the International Science and Engineering (ISEF) competitions.

Visit the VIMS site for more information.

Engineering

The engineering mentorship program in the summer of 2020 will be hosted at the Jefferson Lab particle accelerator. More information will be provided when released by the VDOE.

Visit the Jefferson Lab website for facility information.

The number of students accepted to each program are statewide. More information about the programs and the application process can be accessed through the links of the left of this page.

 

Applications

Please choose the application for your school. GS@IP students will apply through their base schools. If you are applying for an academic program or mentorship, you should complete the Early College Scholar's agreement (if you have not already done so) in order to earn maximum points in the "Course Challenge" score.

Applications are for the 2020 summer program. Please make sure to select the folder for your school and the application for the correct program. Potomac, Stonewall Jackson, and Woodbridge folders are on the second page of files. Do not complete an arts application until you are contacted by PWCS to let you know that you are moving forward to state auditions.

Applications must be typed. Signatures are required by the student on the first page and initials and signatures are required on the 4th page (3rd page for arts applications).