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Snapshot of SWVGS

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 nine school divisions across Southwest Virginia. School divisions provide transportation for students to and from SWVGS.
  • Students from sixteen 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 face-to-face 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.

Participating School Divisions

Currently, nine school divisions from across Southwest Virginia participate in the Southwest Virginia Governor's School.

Bland and Grayson Counties have each sent students to SWVGS in the past, but do not currently participate.