• Summer Residential Governor's Schools

    The Summer Residential Governor's Schools (SRGS) are month-long residential programs for current year tenth and eleventh-grade gifted, talented, and highly capable students in the Commonwealth of Virginia. SRGS are open to all current 10th and 11th-grade RPS high school students. RPS students enrolled in the Governor’s Schools will apply through the governor's school in which they are enrolled, who have allocated slots, and not through RPS.

    What are the Summer Residential Governor’s Schools (SRGS)?
    SRGS provides gifted, accelerated and highly capable high school current sophomores and juniors (2021 rising juniors and seniors) rigorous and concentrated educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering.

    What is the focus of the SRGS?
    Each Summer Residential Governor’s Schools focus 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.

    How are students nominated to be a candidate for the SRGS?
    Nominations may be made by teachers, school counselors, peers, or by the students themselves. The Richmond Public School’s Programs for Gifted and Talented selection committee will forward the completed nominee packets to the 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. 

    SRGS financial fees are shared between Richmond Public Schools and the Virginia Department of Education. There is no cost to the student.*

    2021 Academic Programs:  June 27 - July 24, 2021,* 

    • Agriculture – Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA *
    • Humanities – Radford University, Radford VA*
    • Mathematics, Science & Technology – University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg VA *
    • Medicine & Health Sciences – Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (July 3- July 30, 2021)
    • Engineering – Christopher Newport University- Newport News, VA (June 28 - July 24, 2021)
    • Marine Science - Christopher Newport University- Newport News, VA (June 28-July 24, 2021)

    2021 Visual & Performing Arts Programs – Radford University, Radford, VA *

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

    2021 Governor's School World Language Academies Applications & Resources:  June 19 - July 20, 2021

    All application materials (except for online testing) must be completed and postmarked no later than January 27, 2020.  Student status notices for the 2020 Academies will be sent in mid-April.  See the sections below for applications and information about specific language Academies.  Washington and Lee University


    2021 SRGS Program Information and Applications
    Please download the application and save it in a folder. Share with your school counselor.

    Program Name & Website



    Summer Residential Governor's Mentorship in Engineering


    June 27 – July 24

    Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA

    Summer Residential Governor’s Mentorship in Marine Science


    June 27 – July 24

    Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA 23060

    Summer Residential Governor’s School for Agriculture


    June 27 – July 24

    Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

    Summer Residential Governor’s School for Humanities


    June 27 – July 24

    Radford University, Radford, VA

    Summer Residential Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science and Technology


    June 27 – July 24

    University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, VA

    Summer Residential Governor’s School for Medicine and Health Sciences


    July 3 – July 30

    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Richmond, VA

    Summer Residential Governor’s School for Visual and Performing Arts


    June 27 – July 24

    Radford University, Radford, VA

    The fee for a missed audition is $25. School Divisions and families will be responsible for the fee if they do not show up for the audition without prior notification. Transportation will be arranged with advanced notice, should the audition be face-to-face and not virtual.

    Click here to learn more about the SRGS programs.