GSSV Admission Information

We are delighted that you are interested in applying to The Governor’s School of Southside Virginia (GSSV). GSSV is a 5/6 day academic year program for gifted and highly motivated juniors and seniors in Southside Virginia. GSSV is a collaborative effort of 10 public school divisions:

  • Amelia County Public Schools
  • Brunswick County Public Schools
  • Buckingham County Public Schools
  • Charlotte County Public Schools
  • Cumberland County Public Schools
  • Greensville County Public Schools
  • Lunenburg County Public Schools
  • Mecklenburg County Public Schools
  • Nottoway County Public Schools
  • Prince Edward County Public Schools

Students attend classes Monday - Friday from 7:45 am to 11:15 am and return to the home school for afternoon courses and extracurricular activities. GSSV is one school with two sites at Southside Virginia Community College: Christanna Campus - Alberta and John H. Daniel
Campus - Keysville. Upon successful completion of GSSV dual enrollment courses and specific dual enrollment courses at the home school, humanities students receive an Associate of Arts & Science - General Studies degree and STEM students receive an Associate of Arts & Science - Science degree from SVCC.

Informational Opportunities

It is important that students discuss this opportunity with their parents and school counselors. Each school division will host a GSSV Recruitment meeting for prospective students and their parents between November and January. Please contact your school for the specific day/time. Each site will hold a “GSSV Shadowing” day in January for interested students. This allows students the opportunity to travel to campus, participate in classes and experience a GSSV day.

Application Process

Please review the “Criteria for Eligibility”.

Admission to GSSV is based on a competitive selection process. A “Statement of Interest” form must be submitted to your school counselor requesting admission consideration. School counselors will provide an “Application for Admission” and two teacher recommendation forms
after initial screening. Every high school determines specific dates for GSSV testing and will notify students of those dates.

Final screening will be conducted by a panel, with representatives from each participating school division. Students will be ranked and the list submitted to the school division for final selection of participants. Once received from the division, final decision letters will be sent to individual students by the GSSV office.