A. Linwood Holton Governor's School
Virginia's First Virtual Governor's School
One Partnership Circle - PO Box 1987 Abingdon, VA 24212
Telephone: 276-619-4326      Fax: 276-619-4309     e-mail: holton@hgs.k12.va.us



Beginning with the fall semester of the 2020-2021 academic year, the Governor’s School will offer Latin I and Latin II. Why Latin? Latin is the basis for many scientific names, terms, and phrases as well as legal phrases. (You, as a US citizen, may one day be paying an ad valorem tax or if in the legal profession, filing an amicus curiae brief.) Thinking of entering the field of biology, medicine, or other healthcare related professions? If so, knowing basic Latin may be of significant benefit to you in your college and subsequent professional career.

Current plans call for Latin I being offered in the fall 2020 semester followed by Latin II in the spring 2021 semester. Both classes will be asynchronous (“on-demand” classes) high school credit classes. (Please note that the 2020-2021 academic schedule is currently in the planning stage. Actual course offerings and times may differ from those listed here.)

Interested? Watch for the release of the Governor’s School 2020-2021 Course Schedule, then talk to your guidance counselor about enrollment and HGS admission requirements.

Carpe Diem.


WELCOME to the [temporary] home of the HGS Bulletin Board. The HGS Bulletin Board is the place where you can find student scholarship opportunities, unique educational opportunities, student competition announcements, and much more.

BBB Social Scholar Video Contest

The Better Business Bureau scholarship opportunity is seeking videos in one of two areas: Ethical Decision Making and Avoiding Top Riskiest Scams. Download the announcement PDF here.

MIT Beaver Works Summer Institute

MIT Beaver Works Summer Institute is a four-week program at MIT that challenges high school students to tackle high-tech projects. Download the announcement PDF here.

Emory & Henry College STEM Cohort Scholarship Program

Emory & Henry College introduces their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Cohort Scholarship Program. Download the announcement PDF here.


HGS Virtual School Browser Requirements

The software used by the Governor's School makes use of the latest web standards supported by the major browsers: Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Thus, the HGS Virtual School (Canvas) and the HGS Virtual Classroom (Jigsaw) no longer support the Internet Explorer web browser. Students should not use the Internet Explorer browser to access the HSG web site, HGS Virtual School, and/or HGS Virtual Classroom.

Soon students may not be able to access the HGS Virtual School/Classroom unless they are using the latest version of Chrome and/or Firefox. Currently, one must use Google Chrome browser versions 75, 76, or 77, with browser version 77 being preferred. If one is using Mozilla Firefox, one must use version 67, 68, or 69, with browser version 69 preferred. As new versions of Firefox and Chrome are released, students are obligated to keep their browsers up-to-date to have access to the school's sites.

You do not know what browser version you are using? Instructions on how to check and update Firefox are available here. Instructions on how to check and update Chrome are available here.

Enforcement of the above noted browser requirements will begin no later than October 15, 2019.


Smart Phone E-mail Access is available

To use this feature:

  • Connect using your e-mail address and password
  • Once connected, the setup and access should be automatic by using the auto discover feature of the phone (auto discover is active on the mail server)
  • If connecting manually, use holtonmail.hgs.k12.va.us as the server name

You can reach the non-flash mail access web page here: http://www.hgs.k12.va.us/mobile

Unfortunately, due to variation in phones, OS of phone systems, etc., we cannot offer any advice and/or support beyond the above for phone e-mail access.

Please note that depending upon your connection, when connecting for the first time using your phone, you may have to log into your e-mail entering rather than using just . Password entry remains unchanged.


Governor's School Introduces A New Video Series

Considering a Governor's School class but would like to know more before you take the leap? To provide more information about classes for prospective Governor's School students, the first series of information videos are now available. The videos are interviews with class instructors as well as current and former students. By viewing the videos, prospective students will learn about the class format, course content, and students' experiences. Series videos will continue to be posted throughout the year. Follow the links below to the web pages on which the currently available videos are posted.

Advanced Multimedia Applications
Human Anatomy & Physiology
All History Department Courses:
Appalachian History, Western Civilization, and World Civilization

Please Note: The videos are "Under Construction."
Please check back...they should be available soon

So grab a Governor's School admission application, a box of popcorn, and prepare to learn about a great opportunity.


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