Dedicated to Developing Academic and Leadership Talent in Science, Math and Scientific Research

Welcome to the Governor’s School for Science & Technology homepage! In keeping with our 22 year history of providing a distinguished science curriculum to the region’s gifted high school students, the Governor’s School provides a cohesive, innovative science and mathematics program which:

  • Embraces quality programming standards for gifted students recommended by the Virginia Department of Education and the National Association for Gifted Children,
  • Prepares students for acceptance into top universities
  • Provides a cohesive sequence of courses in science, research, and mathematics
  • Provides opportunities for social peer interaction, as well as career and college guidance
  • Provides leadership education and opportunities throughout the program

The Purpose of the GSST is to provide gifted high school students academic opportunities beyond those normally available in their home schools.

Unique Benefits of GSST

  • GSST focuses on best practices in the field of gifted education. GSST stresses non-traditional teaching and learning techniques. i.e. small-group instruction, hands-on-experiences, research, field studies — all of these best practices are major elements in the GSST instructional design.
  • GSST provides challenging academic college courses as well as chances to participate in real world opportunities.
  • GSST students have an opportunity to earn up to 40 dual enrollment credits over their junior and senior years.
  • GSST leads students to develop their individual motivations, skills and interests.
  • GSST helps students to understand the knowledge and qualifications required for advanced positions and professional occupations so that they can make appropriate decisions and set aspirational goals.
  • GSST students are introduced to the process of science, research methodology and ethical considerations, needed for objectivity and peer review, as well as skills in communicating scientific findings.
  • GSST students are exposed to vast opportunities associated with research and development.
  • GSST students select, design, and conduct a research project under the direction of a mentor. Students are expected to complete relevant projects of high quality. Students present their work at science consortia and create formal written research publications.
  • GSST Graduates receive millions in scholarships and grant each year to attend the top-tier colleges and universities.
  • GSST Graduates attend the most prestigious colleges in the nation, including the Ivy League schools, U.S. service academies and many of the top engineering schools.

GSST is one of nineteen Academic-Year Governor’s Schools (AYGS) in the state of  Virginia that provide students w/acceleration & exploration in areas ranging from the arts, to government, international studies, & science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).Academic-Year Governor’s Schools (AYGS)



PAS Program @ Thomas Nelson Community College, Mary T. Christian Auditorium/Templin Hall
Jan 31 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
GSST Application Submission Deadline
Feb 12 all-day

on-line application portal closed to students.

New Student Orientation/Open House @ New Horizons Governor's School
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Senior Mentorship Symposium @ Governor's School for Science and Technology
May 22 all-day

check back closer to the event for specific times

Mentor & Academic Awards Ceremony @ Christopher Newport University
Jun 7 all-day

check back closer to the date for specific times


 GSST Students Win First Place I/ITSEC  2017 Future Leaders Pavilion  Designing and Programming of Weight-sensing Post-OP Shoe New Horizons Governor’s School for Science & Technology (GSST) students, Gabriel Edwards and Nathan Robinson, both from Kecoughtan High School, Hampton City Public Schools​ were one of six schools in the county to compete in the 2017 Interservice/Industry… Read more »

GSST students Jim Furches (York HS), Cale Overstreet (York HS), and Steven Peng (Grafton HS) are the members of Team Relatively Relativistic sponsored by Dr. Rhett Woo.  They are participating in the Conrad Innovation Challenge, which is a national competition seeking innovative products that would benefit society in five different categories. Teams from all over… Read more »

New Horizons’ Robotic Team 122 had quite a day!   On Friday, November 4, 2017… there was a huge turn-out of mentors, students and parents to cheer on Team 122. The team finished the qualifying matches ranked 15th.  Team 122 was selected by the 4th seeded alliance and unfortunately lost in the semifinals. Kudos to the… Read more »

Katherine Perkins is currently a senior at The Governor’s School.  Her mentor at NASA is Dr. Ryan Norman.  They will be using models to study how to reduce astronauts’ risk of radiation damage when astronauts are in space.  This is especially significant as longer deployments are planned. Dr. Norman introduced Katherine to his colleague Dr…. Read more »

Alecia Guishard completed her senior mentorship with Dr. Sebastian Yakisich at Hampton University during the 2016-2017 school year.  Alecia wrote an article titled Translational Gap in Ongoing Clinical Trials for Glioma based on her work completed in Dr. Yakisich’s lab at Hampton University.  The manuscript has been accepted for publication in Journal of Clinical Neurosciene. 

Dr. Woo was one of 200 chosen nationally to represent Virginia at the 2017 Research Teachers Conference to be held in Washington D. C.   The Society for Science & the Public chose teachers to attend this event from October 13 to 15, 2017. During the conference, teachers will have the opportunity to share experiences, tips, and practices… Read more »