Governor's School

The Central Virginia Governor’s School (CVGS) for Science and Technology provides special opportunities in mathematics, science and technology in a challenging, independent learning environment for gifted students. Housed at Heritage High School, the Governor’s School offers a two-year program in which students earn three credits a year in science, math, and research or technology. The curriculum emphasizes research, internships, extensive laboratory experiences, and the development of problem solving, critical thinking, and technical skills. Students attend CVGS in the morning and return to their home schools in the afternoon.    

Students apply for admission to the Governor’s School in the spring of their sophomore year. High-achieving students enrolled in Pre-AP Algebra II/Trig (or higher level math course) and eligible to enroll in Physics during their junior year are encouraged to apply. Selection committees in each school division review applications and select students. The selection committees consider standardized test scores, academic achievement, attendance record, recommendations by teachers, and demonstrated interest in science and mathematics when evaluating and ranking student applications. The tuition for students accepted into the program is paid to the Governor’s School by the student’s school division; there is no cost to parents for students to attend the Governor’s School. CVGS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment. CVGS juniors are required to meet specific academic standards in order to be admitted to the senior year program. Students and parents are also encouraged to visit the Central Virginia Governor’s School website, which has a great deal of additional information regarding the program.