Quick Info


  • SWVGS is a shared-time program; students attend the Governor's School in the morning and return to their home high schools for afternoon classes.

  • Students take math, science, technology, research, study skills, and career education classes at SWVGS.

  • SWVGS has eight faculty members who each teach classes, including the Director, Assistant Director, Network Administrator, and Guidance Counselor.

  • Approximately 130 students are served from eight school divisions across Southwest Virginia. School divisions provide transportation for students to and from SWVGS.

  • 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.

  • Attendance at SWVGS is an excellent way to prepare for college.

  • The Governor's School is supported by funds from each participating school division and by the State of Virginia.