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490,000 residents of the Virginia peninsula, reaching from the Chesapeake Bay to the historic Williamsburg area. The region is home to NASA Langley Research Center, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Northrop Grumman Newport News, Canon Virginia, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Hampton University, The College of William and Mary, Christopher Newport University, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and installations of all branches of the United States Military.

High School

High School GSST was founded in 1985 and is one of nineteen Governor's Schools in Virginia that serve as regional magnet programs for gifted students. GSST provides high-achieving students with advanced courses in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) along with a rigorous grounding in research methodology and a community of their peers. Students are drawn from 21 high schools in seven school divisions (Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg- James City County, York County, Gloucester County, and Isle of Wight County) and spend approximately half of their school day (3.25 hours) at the GSST. In addition to rigorous, college-level course work, seniors conduct an Honors Research/Mentorship project outside school hours. Students completing the program earn a Virginia Governor's Seal.


The rigor of the GSST program rests on the exceptionally strong math and science backgrounds of its eleven faculty members. All hold degrees in mathematics, science, or computer science; six hold masters degrees and five hold doctorate degrees.


All courses are taught at a college level and many are accredited as dual enrollment courses by local colleges. Curricula promote active scientific learning through extensive laboratory investigations which incorporate advanced scientific technologies. Communication skills are developed through multimedia presentations to peers and professionals.

The Governor's School at New Horizons is a current and a founding member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology (NCSSSMST).