Virginia offers four types of governor’s school programs: academic year programs, summer regional programs, summer residential programs and language academies. NCoGS focuses on the summer residential programs in engineering; marine science; agriculture; humanities; math, science and technology; life sciences and medicine; and visual and performing arts. Comprehensive information about all Virginia Governor’s Schools is available:

Virginia Governor’s Mentorship in Engineering

  • Host: Christopher Newport University/National Institute of Aerospace
  • Focus: Engineering
  • Length: 4 weeks

Virginia Governor’s Mentorship in Marine Science

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Governor's School is a 4-week summer residential school provided in cooperation with Christopher Newport University. Since 1993, this program has been serving high-achieving high school students throughout Virginia and providing participants with authentic experiences in marine research.

Virginia Governor’s School for Agriculture

The Virginia Summer Residential Governor's School for Agriculture (GSA) at Virginia Tech provides academically rigorous educational enhancement for future scientists and leaders of Virginia, the United States, and the world. GSA students interact with and learn directly from internationally known teachers, scientists, and researchers from Virginia Tech, a leading research university. Students attending the Virginia Summer Residential Governor's School for Agriculture at Virginia Tech will be selected from the most able rising juniors and seniors from the Commonwealth's public, private, and home schools.

  • Host: Virginia Tech
  • Focus: Agriculture sciences
  • Length: 4 weeks
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Virginia Governor’s Schools for the Humanities and Visual & Performing Arts

The Summer Residential Governor's School for Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts is an intensive summer program for high school students. The program offers participants the opportunity to live, study and develop bonds with other students with similar interests and abilities from across the commonwealth. Both co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are designed to encourage students' interests and abilities.

Virginia Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science and Technology

In addition to hands-on laboratory and multimedia-based instruction in content areas outlined by courses, students will be exposed to a series of interdisciplinary questions pertaining to the nature of science, the design of scientific experiments, the respective roles of logic and mathematics in science, and public-policy aspects of science and technology. Finally, students will observe the interplay between experimentation, imagination, and logic.

Virginia Governor’s School for Life Sciences and Medicine

The mission of the Governor’s School for Life Sciences and Medicine is to provide an enhanced curriculum that explores the life sciences of medicine through a systems-based, problem-solving approach that utilizes case studies, laboratory investigations and real-world shadowing experiences. Students will see the connections among the patient, the community and the health scientist.