Summer Residential Governor's Schools

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Summer Residential Governor’s Schools provide high school juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; medicine and health sciences; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, 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.

2024 Academic Programs

  • Agriculture
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics, Science & Technology
  • Engineering (Jefferson Lab)
  • Marine Science (VA Institute of Marine Science)
  • Medicine and Health Sciences

2024 Visual & Performing Arts Programs

  • Dance
  • Instrumental Music
  • Vocal Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
 Program Name & Website  Date  Location  Contact Information
 Summer Residential Governor's School Mentorship in Engineering June 23 – July 20

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA 

 Dr. Mihyeon Kim, Ph.D., Ed.D.
Center for Gifted Education College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VA 23187
Phone: (757) 221-2458
 Summer Residential Governor’s School Mentorship in Marine Science June 23 – July 20

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA 

 Dr. Mihyeon Kim, Ph.D., Ed.D.
Center for Gifted Education College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VA 23187
Phone: (757) 221-2458
 Summer Residential Governor’s School for Agriculture June 23 – July 20 Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

 Dr. Brett Milliken

Virginia Tech

214 Litton-Reaves Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: 540-231-6836

 Summer Residential Governor’s School for Humanities  June 23 – July 20 Radford University, Radford, VA

Tay Keong Tan, Ph.D. , 

Meredith Y. Bowen, D.M.A
Radford University Governor’s School
Box 6882
Radford, VA 24142
Phone: 540-831-5569

 Summer Residential Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science and Technology  June 30-July 27 University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, VA

 Dr. Thomas Ales, Ph.D.
Lynchburg College
1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501-8368

Phone: 434-544-8141

 Summer Residential Governor’s School for Visual and Performing Art  June 23-July 20 Radford University, Radford, VA

Meredith Y. Bowen, D.M.A. ,

Tay Keong Tan, Ph.D.
Radford University Governor’s School
Box 6968
Radford, VA 24142
Phone: 540-831-5260

Summer Residential Governor's School for Medicine and Health Sciences  June 23-July 20

Radford University

Radford, VA

Nancy Loosle

Radford University

101 Elm Avenue SE

Roanoke, VA 24013



Adjudication Forms

(To be submitted by school personnel only; forms from individuals will not be accepted.)

Applications & Resource Materials

Please note that each program has a unique application.

Electronic Forms for Recommendations & Scoring Rubrics

How Schools are Selected

Based on a request for proposals (RFP) offered by VDOE, universities and colleges throughout the commonwealth develop proposals to host these programs. A committee of in-state and out-of-state educators, members of the Virginia Advisory Committee for Advanced Learners (VACAL), and others who are knowledgeable in the area of specialization evaluate these proposals. Evaluation expectations are outlined in the RFP. The selected institution receives a one-year contract that may be renewed for four more years, based on successful evaluations.

Program Evaluation

VDOE evaluates the Summer Residential Governor’s Schools as funding permits. Rubrics similar to those developed by the Academic-Year Governor’s School directors are used to evaluate the Summer Residential programs. Visiting teams include specialists or university faculty with expertise in the content or focus area, Academic-Year Governor's Schools directors and teachers, local gifted education coordinators, and other professionals directly involved in the specific fields.