June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 (classes held virtually)

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm is scheduled for in-class engagement with at least one break included. Attendance between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm is required by all students every day of the program.
  • 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm is unscheduled but we recommend students set this time aside for individual and/or group work on student projects.
  • Instructors will be available to students daily from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm.

The Summer Regional Governor's School is a two-week program for students currently in grades 6, 7, and 8 who are identified as gifted by their school divisions. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) defines gifted students as those who demonstrate high levels of accomplishment, or who show the potential for higher levels of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment.

Students designated as gifted from the following school divisions, as well as private-schooled students, eligible to apply: Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, New Kent, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George, & Richmond City.

This program is funded by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the MathScience Innovation Center (MSiC).

2021 Virtual Classes (for students currently in grades 6, 7 and 8 grades)

CSI: Student Academy

MSIC csi student academy In order to solve crimes, it takes the efforts of many individuals. Experience the different roles of crime scene investigators, detectives, and forensic scientists and examine how theteamwork of these individuals can exonerate the innocent and convict the guilty. Become a crime scene Investigator, analyze simulated crime scenes, and practice authentic evidencecollection procedures. Learn about techniques used by forensic specialists such as obtaining and examining latent prints, using serology, DNA and drug analysis and more to determine “whodunnit”. Field work and guest speakers will enhance this fascinatingexperience!

The Next Giant Leap

MSIC the next giant leap

Imagine the year is 2030. You are part of a team preparing for the first manned expedition to Mars. Mars promises to be a rich destination for scientific discovery and human exploration. As a vital team member, you will receive rigorous training in advanced imaging and robotics to help you plot the course for your crew of astronauts. As geologists, your team will be using innovative techniques to analyze rock samples. Could the analysis reveal evidence of life beyond Earth? What will the first human settlement on the red planet look like? Engineers and biologists on your team will need to design habitats that can withstand the ravages of deep space. Are you ready to take this next giant leap in space exploration?


Program Timeline

All communications will be made via email to the address provided at registration.
Dates Notes
Mid - June Important class information will be emailed to students and parents
June 21 Zoom information will be emailed to students and parents
June 28

First day of class for all students 

(Note: Class is not held on Friday, July 2 nor Friday, July 9)

July 1
Last day of class for all students 

Please check this website often for updates and important information regarding the 2021 Summer Regional Governor's School Program. 

How To Apply

We strongly encourage you to discuss the Summer Regional Governor’s School program with a parent or guardian prior to applying. You should have a good understanding of the commitment the program requires as far as time and engagement. If accepted, you should also be able to be fully present each day of class. If you have questions, talk to your counselor, your gifted program teacher, or with other students who have attended a Governor’s School in the past.Students who are eligible to apply for Summer Regional Governor's School will be contacted by the gifted coordinator for their school.

There are two parts to the application

Part I: Student Application (online) | Consists of information about the student, class preference, parental consent, and a short, written essay. Students will be sent an application link by their school. Please complete the online application by noon on Thursday, May 6.

Part II: Teacher Recommendation (online) | Consists of a ratings-based assessment of the student by a teacher. Upon completion of the online Student Application, students will be emailed a copy of their application and a link to the online Teacher Recommendation form. Students must forward teachers the link to the Teacher Recommendation. Online recommendations must be completed by noon on Thursday, May 6.

Acceptance into Summer Regional Governor’s School program will be confirmed by the MSIC via e-mail by mid-May 2021. The acceptance email will contain specific instructions for completing the registration process.

For more information, please contact your gifted coordinator. For additional assistance, contact Mrs. Calandra Chaney, Program Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jonathan Mitchell, Assistant Program Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2021 Summer Regional Governor's School Brochure