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Governor’s School Information


There are three types of Governor’s School:

1.      Visual & Performing Arts

2.      Foreign Language

3.      Academic Programs & Mentorships



Governor's School for Visual and Performing Arts - Summer 2015


The Summer Residential Governor's School for Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts is an intensive summer program for high school students. The program offers participants the opportunity to live, study and develop bonds with other students with similar interests and abilities from across the commonwealth. Both co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are designed to encourage students' interests and abilities.


The visual and performing arts programs include: Dance, Instrumental Music, Visual Art, Vocal Music, and Theater.


Interested students should submit an “Intent to Audition” form to BWHS school counselor, Mrs. Pond, by October 15, 2014. You will then be sent assigned a time for the local LCPS audition on November 3, 2014 at John Champe High School. Students who meet the LCPS audition criteria will be required to submit an application to Ms. Pond by December 12, 2014, and their applications will be sent to the state. Visual and Performing Arts applications can be found here (once you follow the link, scroll to the bottom of the page).





Foreign Language Governor’s School applications are facilitated through the BWHS Foreign Language Department. Please see your foreign language teacher for more information.




Governor's School Academic Programs and Mentorships - Summer 2015


The Summer Residential Governor’s Schools Academic Programs and Mentorships are month-long residential programs for 10th and 11th grade students in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The goal of each Governor’s School is to provide opportunities for intellectual as well as social and emotional growth for those who attend.


There are four Academic Programs: (1) Agriculture, (2) Humanities, and (3) Mathematics, Science and Technology, and (4) Life Sciences and Medicine. The programs are housed on various campuses throughout the Commonwealth and are free to the students.


There are two Mentorship Programs: (1) Engineering at NASA/NIA, and (2) Marine Science at the Virginia Institute for Marine Science.


Applications are due to Ms. Pond by December 12, 2014. You must submit hard copies in person; electronic copies cannot be accepted. You will notice that Governor’s School requests two teacher recommendations. They are also due to Ms. Pond by December 12, 2013. Please give your teacher a minimum of two weeks’ notice when requesting any letter of recommendation.


Detailed information and applications can be found on the Governor’s School webpage. Make sure you use the appropriate applications - "Academic" or "Mentorship" - depending on the program you want to apply to. Note that the first page of the application must be keyed rather than printed in by hand (hence the need to download an electronic copy of the application). While it is not a requirement, we recommend that you key the entire application. If you do not have access to a computer and/or the internet, please let Ms. Pond know.


The application asks you for the "School Division" and the "School Division DOE Code." The school division is Loudoun County Public Schools and the DOE code is 053-0420.


We have also created application checklists to assist you:

Academic Application Checklist

Mentorship Application Checklist


Information - including BWHS contact information - to help you fill out the first page of the application can be found here.


Good luck! Let us know if you have any questions!

Last Modified on November 17, 2014