Governor's School

The Governor's School for Humanities and Visual & Performing Arts, hosted by Radford University.
  • Dr. R. Wayne Gallops, Director
  • Mr. Jake Thomas, Senior Resident Life Director   
  • "vacant", Administrative Assistant 
  • Advisory Board: Dr. Stephanie Caulder and Dr. Matthew Smith

The Governor’s School for Visual & Performing Arts and Humanities works to enhance the individual college experience as students grow and learn.

Applications for the Humanities and Visual & Performing Arts residential programs (music, visual art, theater and dance) are initiated at the beginning of each school year with your school district Gifted Coordinators and Guidance Counselors. The process involves various deadlines implemented by your school district. You will not find application materials on this website.

We urge all potential Humanities and Visual & Performing Arts students to talk with their school guidance counselors about the Governor's School application process in September of each school year.

Detailed information regarding Visual & Performing Arts Adjudication requirements are found on the Adjudication pages of this website. Consult with your school arts educators and gifted coordinators: questions regarding the adjudication process that cannot be answered at your school should be forwarded to our offices through your school gifted coordinator. We do not communicate directly with parents/students until after the selection process is complete and our offices have received a list of invited students.

If you are reading this webpage, we encourage you to apply.

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Informational Video: Summer Residential Governor's School for Visual & Performing Arts and Humanities

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Information Board

Plans are underway for the 2023 Summer Session!  

Sunday, June 25 – Saturday, July 22, 2023

More program-specific information will be updated as information becomes available.  Before adjudication, selection and invitation, most questions should be directed to your school's Guidance Counselors and Gifted Coordinators. 

Students invited to attend the Summer 2023 session will be notified by VDOE in April each year. Those students will receive an instruction letter from our offices in May. Invited students should read the Parent/Student Handbook before accepting an invitation to attend the Summer 2023 session. PLEASE NOTE: Parent/Student Handbook is upated in March of each year.

Adjudication events and selection updates:

2023 Adjudication dates and sites

  • Friday(evening) & Saturday - January 6-7, 2023 - Northern Virginia Adjudications - Briar Woods High School - Sterling, VA
  • Friday (evening) & Saturday - January 13-14, 2023 - Tidewater Adjudications - Norfolk Governor's School for the Arts / Courtyard Marriott Downtown (VisArt)
  • Saturday - January 21, 2023 - Southwesten Virginia Adjudications - Radford University (Covington Center for the Visual & Performing Arts)

We typically adjudicated over 900 wonderful VPA students who apply to participate in the Summer Residential Governor's School for Visual and Performing Arts. After the January Adjudications, Visual & Performing Arts and Humanities Applications will be forwarded to VA-DOE by your School/District Gifted Coordinators. Decisions will be communicated in mid-late April.  Until that time, see your school/district gifted coordinators and guidance counselors if you have questions about the process until students have been notified of their selection status.

Emails from VADOE to invited students  typically go out in late-April. After students have been notified and a list of confirmed invitees has been provided to us from VDOE, our offices will begin communication with parents of students confirmed to attend the summer program. That communication will come in early May. Until that communication arrives, Parents and invited Students with questions should visit our web pages and the Parent & Student Handbook for answers to most questions. Please Note: Our Governor's School office does not invite students or provide information regarding selection of students, and does not directly communicate with parents of students who will not attend the SRGS. Please direct questions concerning selection information to your school district.