• A Student's Guide to the Frequently Asked Questions About the Governor's School

    WHAT'S THE GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL?

    It's a regional public school for motivated students in grades nine through twelve who want to learn all they can about science, mathematics, and technology.  Students come from seven local school districts around the Roanoke Valley.  Admission is competitive.  Parents do not pay a fee for their students to attend.  Costs are covered by the school districts and the Virginia Department of Education.

    WHO SHOULD THINK ABOUT BECOMING A GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL STUDENT?

    If you have done well in science and math, like it, and really want to learn and do more, than RVGS is the place for you.  If you are flexible and willing to do things in new and creative ways, RVGS is for you. 

    CAN I COME TO VISIT DURING SCHOOL TO SEE WHAT THE SCHOOL IS LIKE?

    Absolutely!  We encourage it!  You can arrange a visit by calling our counselor or you can let your school counselor know that you are interested in a visit.  You can visit classes, meet and talk with studnts, and spend some private time with our counselor asking questions.

    WHAT KIND OF COURSES WOULD I TAKE DURING MY FIRST YEAR AT RVGS?

    First year students take Algebra II and Physics.  During the January intersession each student takes the Fundamentals of Research class.   Each student completes a research project as part of this class.

    HOW IS THE GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL DIFFERENT FROM MY HOME SCHOOL?

    Most students find the schedule to be different.  Other differences include the pace (it's faster), group work (it's common), evaluation (lots of different ways to show understanding), relationships with faculty members (they really know you), the classes (everybody is there to learn), the equipment (extensive use of computers and scientific equipment to learn about and use), and a relaxed atmosphere.

    HOW DO I APPLY?

    To get an application you and a parent or guardian must attend one of the Governor's School Application Information Meetings held at the Governor's school and at local high schools during the month of January.  Applications will be available at the end of each meeting.  Submit the completed application to your home school by the due date they establish.  Contact your school for specific dates.

    DO I SEND THE APPLICATION BACK TO THE GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL?

    No.  You turn it in at your home school.  Check with your guidance counselor.  Remember there are strict deadlines that you must follow.

    IS THERE MORE HOMEWORK?

    Sometimes.  However, homework assignments are intended to increase or reinforce understanding rather than busy work.

    ARE TIME MANAGEMENT AND STUDY SKILLS IMPORTANT HERE?

    They sure are, and we help you practice and learn those skills.  You will receive your own personalized RVGS planner for assignments, timelines, due dates, and upcoming activities.   Additionally, each teacher's class websites contain detailed calendars of activities and due dates.