Students from fifteen different high schools attend SWVGS.
Each school division has a committee responsible for selecting students for the Governor's School; SWVGS personnel are not responsible for student selection.
SWVGS is one of nineteen Academic Year Governor's Schools in Virginia.
SWVGS has served gifted and high-achieving students since 1990.
SWVGS is open Monday-Friday 7:00-3:00. Students take classes on two staggering schedules from 7:00-9:57 or 8:00 to 10:57.
All courses at SWVGS are dual-enrolled through either New River Community College or Radford University.