Additional Programs for Students

Summer Programs

Emory & Henry College Summer Scholars Program
Summer Scholars is a one-week residential program for rising 7th–9th graders who are inclined toward academic adventure.
Ferrum College Summer Enrichment Camp
Located at Ferrum College in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, FCSEC is a camp offering exciting opportunities for academically motivated students currently in grades four, five, six, or seven.
University of Virginia Curry School of Education Summer Enrichment Program
Students in the Curry School of Education's Summer Enrichment Program spend mornings and afternoons engaged in learning experiences designed to foster critical thinking, creative thinking, and inquiry processes. Instruction is differentiated to meet the individual readiness, learning profile, and interests of each student. A variety of course offerings across fields and disciplines offer students the opportunity to engage in authentic learning experiences that model the work of experts. The teaching staff utilizes best practices to maximize potential in each student and ignite a passion for lifelong learning.
UVa-Wise Governor's School in Theater Arts
The Governor’s School Program at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise is a three-week residential program for juniors and seniors in high school who have demonstrated significant effort and achievement in performance or technical theater. Students live in college residence halls while studying and earning college credit in theater arts.
Virginia Department of Education Summer Regional Governor's Schools
Twenty Summer Regional Governor's Schools are available throughout the state. The Summer Regional Governor's Schools exist in a variety of formats. Most often, groups of school divisions design these programs to meet the needs of their local gifted elementary and middle school students. These schools provide exciting opportunities in the arts, sciences, and humanities. The Department of Education approves each Summer Regional Governor's School and evaluates each program as funding permits. Summer Regional Governor's Schools typically are housed at a public school or on the campus of a college, community college, or university. The lengths of programs vary, with some lasting a week or less while others may last four or more weeks. Most students return to their homes at the end of each day's activities; however, the University of Virginia's College at Wise, Southside, and Valley/Ridge Summer Regional Governor's Schools are residential.
Virginia Department of Education Summer Residential Governor's Schools
Summer Residential Governor's Schools provide gifted high school juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; life science and medicine; or through mentorships in marine science or engineering. Each Summer Residential Governor's School focuses on one special area of interest. Students live on a college or university campus for up to five weeks each summer. During this time, students are involved in classroom and laboratory work, field studies, research, individual and group projects and performances, and seminars with noted scholars, visiting artists, and other professionals. In the two mentorships, students are selected to work side-by-side with research scientists, physicians, and a variety of other professionals. A director and a student-life staff provide supervision of students 24 hours a day, throughout the program.

Academic Year Programs

A. Linwood Holton Governor's School
Using sophisticated distance learning and Internet-based telecommunications technologies to deliver an advanced curriculum especially designed for gifted and talented students in their home schools, the A. Linwood Holton Governor's School fills a unique need in a very innovative way. Students from 42 high schools are able to attend classes, listen to lectures, participate in discussions, complete lab activities, etc.—from their school, home, or almost anywhere.
Smyth County School Board's Enrichment Resource Program
The Enrichment Resource Program (ERP) is a locally funded program that consists of placing high achieving students into a pull-out program with identified gifted children. Students participating in ERP can be selected to participate in one or more units of study. ERP students are not identified gifted students, but students found eligible will receive enrichment services that will help to promote their academic talents.
Southwest Virginia Governor's School
The Southwest Virginia Governor's School for Science, Mathematics, and Technology is one of eight schools established by the Governor of Virginia to create special educational opportunities to students with aptitude and interest in science and mathematics. The school utilizes the combined resources of the participating school divisions to provide programs which facilitate the acquisition of scientific and technical knowledge through laboratory investigation and research. Students attend the Governor's School for half a day to take science, math, and research classes. The students not only acquire credit necessary for graduation from high school, but they earn college credit as well. Students take away not only the knowledge they have gained through texts, lectures, and labs; but they also take away the knowledge they have acquired from "real world" experiences. These experiences include presentations by visiting scientists, three month internships in the fields of their choice, and various field research.