Summer Governor's Schools and Academies offer intensive educational experiences for high school students
Posted on 08/07/2022
Group photo of 12 students standing together, some with face masks, wearing grey t-shirts with a Governor's School emblem. Catty-corner in the top left is a close-up photo of some of the student smiling and sitting together at a table with plates and beverages on it.

PWCS was well represented by 60 rising juniors and seniors at Residential Governor's Schools held on college campuses around the state. In addition, 11 PWCS students attended the 2022 Governor’s World Language Academies.

The Summer Residential Governor’s Schools (SRGS) provide PWCS high school juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences, complementing the education they receive during the regular school year. Each school focuses on one special area of interest —agriculture; visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; life science and medicine. Acceptance into these programs is highly competitive, and involves completion of an extensive application, including essay writing and teacher recommendations.

Students stay on a Virginia college or university campus for up to four weeks, living, studying, and getting to know other students with similar interests and abilities from across Virginia. They are involved in classroom and laboratory work, field studies, and research. They take part in individual and group projects and performances, and attend seminars with noted scholars, visiting artists, and other professionals. The students may also work side-by-side with research scientists, physicians, and other experts.

The Governor’s Foreign Language Academies are designed to provide a unique and exciting opportunity for outstanding students who are interested in pursuing language studies in an intensive environment. The focus of the academies is on using the foreign language in a functional and meaningful way through full- and partial-immersion programs. The three-week programs are held at Washington and Lee University and Randolph Macon College.

2022 Governor’s School Summer Residential Programs attendees:

Agriculture at Virginia Tech University (includes agricultural and biological systems engineering, agricultural economics, animal science, plant science, and food science):
  • Battlefield High School: Thida Samay
  • Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School: Lani Lin-Kissick, Ivan Nicolai, Brandon Wang
  • Forest Park High School: Kathryn Critchley
  • Gar-Field High School: Sinai Palma, Leah Rich
  • Osbourn Park High School: Stephanie Aiddoo, Anges Cho, Christina Fernandez, Madison Kerr, Bethelle Lanquaye
  • Patriot High School: Rachel Camille Bish
Humanities at Radford University:
  • Battlefield High School: Cambelle Laskodi
  • Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School: Megan Lawson, Isabella Schrecengost
  • C.D. Hylton High School: Colin Flaherty, Paul Quinter, Ariadna Rodriguez
  • Forest Park High School: Miguel Kamgaing Kamgaing, Isabella Schrecengost
  • Gar-Field High School: Nizar Bousselmi, Elizabeth Eckman
  • Osbourn Park High School: Shady Habib, Madison Nally, Jenna Warner
  • Woodbridge High School: Julia Calli, Giovanni Medina, Addis Ransom
Math, Science, and Technology at Lynchburg College:
  • Battlefield High School: Saad Fayyaz, Natale Gray, Chloe Pak
  • Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School: David Choi, Ava Magnell, Anna Nelson
  • Freedom High School: Daniela Calderon Marquez
  • Gar-Field High School: Saja Elfaki
  • Gainesville High School: Shifa Fayyaz, Jayden Ko
  • Osbourn Park High School: Ryan Alberti, Kushan Dixit, Heather Tang, Farhan Uddin
  • Patriot High School: Anika Agarwal
Visual and Performing Arts at Radford University:
  • Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School: Ziad Afifi, Tim Bui, Alicia Foyes, Genesis Graves, Kate Hovey, Mya Jackson, Caitlin Lohfeld, Ainsley McNatt, Rachel Rock, Naomi Rouner, Evan Shields, Chloe Smalls Johnson, Lucy Yannarell
  • C.D Hylton High School: Abigail Mirambel
  • Woodbridge High School: Audrey Evans, Sophia Sharaa
Governor's Foreign Language Academies, French and Spanish academies at Washington and Lee University; Japanese and Latin Academies at Randolph Macon College:
  • Battlefield High School: Austin Cardran (Japanese), Elizabeth Genberg (Latin), Elena Shropshire (French), Jaylen Waithe (French)
  • Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School: Bernice Gonzales (Japanese), Matiyas Melesse (Japanese), Stephanie Williams (Spanish)
  • Gainesville High School: Emily Jung (French), Samantha Sherwood (Spanish)
  • Patriot High School: Peyton Hutchens (Japanese)
  • Woodbridge High School: Hieu Lac (French)
All 10th and 11th grade students are eligible to apply for the SRGS programs. The application process begins in October.

For more information, visit the Governor’s School webpage.