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Mountain Vista Governor’s School (MVGS) Application Process

                Mountain Vista Governor’s School is a regional program for academically talented and highly motivated students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.  Science, mathematics, humanities, and research courses are uniquely integrated to provide a college-level, project-based learning environment.  Check out this video from some of the MVGS Students describing their experience at MVGS.

                Applications for admission to MVGS are available online in January and are due to the LHS Counseling Office no later than March 1. 



Mountain Vista Governor’s School

Selection Process Timeline

January      Application packets made available at high school guidance departments, from gifted coordinators, and the local divisions’ websites.

January - February    Regional and divisional informational meetings held for prospective parents and students.

January    MVGS Parent/Student Information Meeting

March 1      Applications due to the Counseling Department at each base high school.

March 1 – March 30     Ability/achievement testing of applicants as needed.

Mid-March – Mid-April   Selection committees at each division review application packets, complete Review Summaries, and select applicants.

April (end of month) Letters mailed to students with notification of status.

May           Permission for Enrollment forms due.


Further Information

For more information about Mountain Vista Governor's School, please visit  For questions related to the application process, please contact Mrs. Ladona Gorham at or (540) 422-7012.


Summer Residential Governor's School

Application information is now available for students who are interested in applying for summer residential Governor’s Schools in Academic Areas (Agriculture, Humanities, Math/Science/Technology), Visual/Performing Arts (Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Dance, Visual Art, or Theatre), or Governor’s Foreign Language Academies (Latin Academy, partial-immersion Japanese Program, and full-immersion programs in French, German, and Spanish).  Mentorship programs are also available and give students work-type experiences in Life Sciences and Medicine, Engineering with NASA and the NIA, or in Marine Science at VIMS.  Any student in 10th or 11th grade who considers himself/herself eligible may complete an application.  Information and application for Summer Residential Governor’s Schools may be found at:

Once you reach the above site, scroll down and under the Application & Resource Materials title, you can view the different Summer Residential Governor’s Schools different applications.  All applications need to be typed.

There will be an informational meeting at LHS in November. The Summer Residential Governor’s School applications are due to the Counseling Dept.

For information and applications for Governor’s Foreign Language Academies:

Follow the same directions as above except click on “Foreign Languages”, and then click on “Foreign Language Academics” for applications.  Interested Foreign Language students need to see Mrs. Dorsey room 145.  Latin, Spanish, German and French require a test to be administered before the holiday break.

Boys State/Girls State (current 11th grade students only)

Boys State

Visit the Boy's State website for more information.

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. Each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government 

Girls State

Visit the Girl's State website for more information.

Girls State is an opportunity to learn about one’s self and others. Living in dorms for the week, the delegates are divided into 14 floors which create individual “cities”. All 14 cities will comprise the Commonwealth of Virginia Girls State. In this program, delegates are afforded the opportunity to actualize government by living and working with other leaders from across the Commonwealth. The American Legion Auxiliary provides a nonpartisan environment for young women to understand the issues that face our country and develop their own views, while being engaged in leadership and citizenship activities. 

For more information about or to apply to Boys or Girls State, please contact Mrs. Lillard (email link) in LHS Counseling Dept.