How to Apply

The Governor’s School for Science and Technology

Applications for the Next School Year


This is the online application system for the Governor’s School for Science and Technology at New Horizons Regional Education Centers.

Technical Support

If you encounter a problem while using the online application system, please send a detailed email regarding your problem or question to the following email address: Please include GSST Apps in the subject line of your email.

Apply to the Governor’s School

If you are a current tenth grade student you may create a new application to the Governor’s School. Before getting started, make sure you have the following information:

  • your student ID number
  • your email address
  • email address of your current high school counselor
  • email addresses of your current math and science teachers

Important updates and notifications will be sent via email using data you provide in your application. Please make sure that the email addresses you provide are valid and working before submitting your application.

Remember: it is your responsibility to follow up with your counselor and teachers to confirm they have received notifications from our system concerning your application. 

Begin Application


Access to the Powerschool Enrollment Portal is supplied by your Gifted Coordinator or the New Horizons Registrar.

Students: Manage Recommendation Requests

If one of your teachers never received an email containing a link to the teacher recommendation form or you entered an email address incorrectly, you can use the below page to resend a recommendation form. Click the button below to get started. Requests can be resent by visiting the recommendation center, cancelling the initial request and resending to either the same teacher or a new teacher.

This video demonstrates the process of resending or revising a recommendation request

Teachers: Recommendation Process

Applicants: Please share this video with your teachers if they have trouble completing the recommendation form. Teachers can also reach out to for additional assistance with the online recommendation process.

Pre-Admission Series Information

Declination Form

What is the Pre-Admissions Series Program (PAS)?
The Pre-Admissions Series Program is a program for high-achieving students who are seriously considering attending the Governor’s School for Science and Technology. The PAS series is comprised of informational sessions, which taken together, will provide guidance to prospective GSST parents and students on how students can prepare themselves in 9th and 10th grade to gain acceptance and achieve success at both GSST and a competitive college. This PAS program aims to educate those students and their parents about:

  • The program model of the Governor’s School for Science and Technology (GSST).
  • The features of each of the three academic strands.
  • The course prerequisites necessary for acceptance into each strand.
  • How students can develop their talents in the classroom and beyond.
  • How students can maximize their success in competitive college admissions.

Pre-Admission Series (PAS) Goals

  • Inform parents and students about GSST program, strands, and prerequisites so that students won’t miss the opportunity to participate in the GSST due to avoidable mistakes.
  • Provide critical information on preparing for competitive college admissions when it is needed, including:
  • Course selection
  • Participation in extracurricular activities in school, the community, and beyond
  • Participation in competitions and summer programs
  • Planning and preparation for standardized testing:  i.e. taking practice PSAT in 10th grade, taking SAT Subject tests in 10th grade if appropriate, doing PSAT and SAT preparation the summer before 11th grade, trying the ACT, etc.
  • Establishing relationships with faculty and counselor
  • Beginning the college search and campus visits

In summary, in order to make the most of their opportunities in high school, college, and beyond, parents and students need information targeted to the needs of gifted students beginning in middle school.

Dr. Ellen Fithian, an independent educational consultant with Hampton Roads Educational Consulting, LLC, is a featured speaker for the Pre-admissions series. Dr. Fithian earned a Ph.D. in gifted education at the College of William and Mary and served as the Director of Precollegiate Learner Programs at the Center for Gifted Education. As a graduate student, she also completed a semester-long internship in the William and Mary admissions office. She founded Hampton Roads Educational Consulting, LLC in 2004, and has provided college planning services to numerous local families. Her educational and professional background, along with her personal experience as the mother of four former GSST students, make her uniquely qualified to speak about the challenges facing gifted high school students and their parents in today?s competitive academic environment.

How Do Students Apply?
Students can apply to the PAS in January of their 8th or 9th grade year. To apply, students should complete an application. Recommendations are not necessary for the PreAdmissions Series. Admission is highly competitive. Test scores, teacher recommendations, and course grades are used to determine which students will be invited to participate in the PAS during their 9th and 10th grade years. Designated PAS students will take prerequisite courses offered in their high schools and will participate in a variety of activities that will acquaint them with the GSST. If students and their parents decide that the GSST is a good match for their interests, they will submit a formal application to the GSST in their 10th grade year. Please note that acceptance into the PAS does not guarantee acceptance into the GSST, but active participation in PAS will be considered in the final GSST selection process.