Governor's School

The Governor's School for Humanities and Visual & Performing Arts, hosted by Radford University.
  • Dr. R. Wayne Gallops, Director
  • Dr. Amy Rubens, Assistant Director for Curriculum
  • Dr. Jason Hutchens, Assistant Director for Registration
  • Katherine Sullivan, Senior Resident Life Director   
  • Katie, Davis, Administrative Assistant  
  • Advisory Board: Dr. Margaret Devaney 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

Summer 2020 Information

Summer 2020 session will be held at Radford University on June 21 through July 18, 2020.

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

Sophomores and Juniors interested in applying for the Residential Governor's School for Humanities and Visual & Performing Arts should talk with their school Arts Educators, Guidance Counselors and Gifted Coordinators about the process!

ADJUDICATION EVENTS & SELECTION UPDATES:

2020 Adjudication Dates and Sites

  • Saturday - January 4, 2020 - Northern Virginia Adjudications - George Mason University (Delaski Center for the Performing Arts)
  • Saturday - January 11, 2020 - Southwesten Virginia Adjudications - Radford University (Covington Center for the Visual & Performing Arts)
  • Friday (evening) & Saturday - January 17-18, 2020 - Tidewater Adjudications - Norfolk Governor's School for the Arts / Courtyard Marriott Downtown (VisArt)

Last season, we adjudicated over 950 wonderful VPA students who applied to participate in the 2019 GovSchool. 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 made in mid-April. 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 VA-DOE typically go out on or around April 15. After students have been notified and a list of confirmed invitees has been provided to us from VA-DOE, our offices will begin communication with parents of students confirmed to attend the 2020 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 Parent & Student Handbook for answers to most questions. Please Note: Our Governor's School office does not invite students, 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.

Counselor Positions for the Governor's School

Learn about the Residential Summer Counselor job description and how to apply.