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 33 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)


On January 29, 2019 GSST seniors Noah Wiggins (Poquoson High School) and Brian Chou (Poquoson High School) participate in a Skype meeting with former astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Their mentor, research directorate Dr. Robert Moses, guides the student research project to plan the construction of a habitat on Mars. Utilizing In Situ Resource Utilization technologies, a… Read more »

Katie Overbey, who is currently attending Johns Hopkins University was selected in 2017 as a Public Health Ambassador. Click the link below to read the full story posted on Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health website.

The GSST Quiz Bowl team of Jenny Gu (Tabb HS), James Harrington (Warwick HS), Lewis McAllister (Menchville HS), Rachel McNamara (Tabb HS), Kate Perkins (Warwick HS), and Jakob Weiss (Lafayette HS) travelled to the PACE National Scholastic Championship June 2nd – 3rd.  The team was just formed this year. The first quiz bowl match GSST… Read more »

Anjali Patel a senior at Governor’s School was interviewed by 13 News Now for her research on Parkinson’s disease.  Anjali conducts her research with her mentor Dr. Diana Castillo-Carranza, at Hampton University.  To see the televised portion of the interview click the link below.