Governor School of North Carolina
The Governor's School of North Carolina is a five and one-half week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades.
The Governor's School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. The program, which is open to rising seniors only, with exceptions made for rising juniors in selected performing/visual arts areas, is located on two campuses of up to 325 students each: Governor's School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem (begun in 1963), and Governor's School East at Meredith College in Raleigh (begun in 1978). The program is administered by the Public Schools of North Carolina, the State Board of Education, and the Department of Public Instruction through the Exceptional Children Division. A Board of Governors, appointed by the State Board of Education, acts as an advisory body.
Contact Mr. Greene by October 7th in Student Services if interested.
Do you have to be in the top 5% of your class in order to apply
No, you do not have to be that much of a smartie pants. However, you do need to show that you are a good student, well rounded, and independent enough to stay on campus for 5 weeks with other students.
How long is the summer program?
The Governor School Program runs in length of 5 weeks. Students must stay the entire time! There is one weekend where students are allowed to travel home for the weekend if they so choose to do so.
What is required of me to apply?
Students must submit 2 essays, 2 recommendations, a several page application with must be done on line now to prevent judges from not being able to read some students handwriting. Academic testing must be submitted on behalf of your Governor School Contact. This year we will also find out if Achievement Testing will come back into the application process. For the last couple years Governor School decided to forgo the Achievement Testing as part of the Application Process.