Information and Application
The A. Linwood Holton Governor's School is open to gifted high school students, typically juniors and seniors, from participating school divisions. Each school division has their own selection process based on guidelines developed for Governor's School participants by the Virginia Department of Education.
A prospective student, having first discussed their participation with their parent(s)/legal guardian and school guidance counselor, can download and complete an application, which is available below. In addition to obtaining the written permission of the student's parent(s)/legal guardian, applicants will also need to obtain the recommendation of their principal and guidance counselor, or gifted coordinator per their school's requirements. The completed application is then returned to the appropriate Holton Governor's School representative at the student's high school, which is typically their guidance counselor or facilitator, for review and approval for Holton Governor's School admission.
Admission applications submitted directly to Holton Governor's School offices by an applicant cannot be accepted. Also, the Governor's School offices cannot inform any prospective student of the status of their application. A student's guidance counselor and/or gifted coordinator will inform them of the status of their Governor's School admission application.
Guidelines used in admission are available here. Additional information about student selection and the application review process is available in the A. Linwood Holton Governor's School Student Guide, which can be downloaded from this web page. Prerequisites for specific courses can be found by clicking on the name of the course of interest listed on the Courses page.
The 2020-2021 Academic Year Application
for admission to the A. Linwood Holton Governor's School is available for download below as an Adobe PDF form. Admissions Criteria are available here.
APPLICATION COMPLETION INSTRUCTIONS: Download - Type - Print - Sign
The application form should be completed on a computer.
To apply to the Governor's School, please do the following:
- Download the application form, the PDF document available through the link below, to your computer:right-click on the application link and select Save Target As... to save to your local computer
- Open the downloaded PDF document using Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat (please see the link below to obtain a free copy of Adobe Reader if you do not have this software)
- Type in the highlighted fields and/or select the appropriate option from the drop down menus
- Print the completed application
- Obtain the required signatures
- Submit to the Governor's School's Abingdon Office by fax or USPS mail
Completion of the application by following the above steps will significantly improve the school's processing of your application.
2020-2021 Academic Year (new)
To view, complete, and/or print the form, Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Acrobat Reader software, version 7.0 or later, is required. Using the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader is recommended. The Acrobat Reader software is available free from Adobe's web site. The site can be reached by clicking on the icon below.