What it Means to be a Governor’s School Student
The Virginia Governor’s School Program was founded in 1973. It has since grown to include more than forty sites throughout the state, which are supported by the Virginia Board of Education and the General Assembly.
There are three types of Governor’s School programs: summer residential, summer regional, and academic-year programs. The Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School is an academic-year program, which supplements the instruction gifted students receive at their high schools.
Governor’s Schools help localities tailor educational challenges to meet the needs and interests of gifted students. These programs emphasize the use of non-traditional teaching methods to delve into a specific field of study, using small-group instruction, hands-on-experiences, research, field studies, and/or realistic or artistic productions.
The Academic-Year Governor’s Schools are established as “joint schools” by Virginia school law. They are managed by a governing board of representatives from the school boards of each participating division. The regional governing board is charged with developing policies for the school, including the school’s admissions process.