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Governor's School of N.C. Opens Application Window for Rising Seniors

Posted on 10/15/2021


Attention rising high school Seniors, the application window to attend the Governor's School of North Carolina summer program is now open. 


The Governor's School of North Carolina is a multi-week summer residential program for gifted and talented 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 it does not involve credit, tests, or grades. Students are selected to attend through a competitive process after being nominated by their public school unit or non-public school.


The Governor’s School of North Carolina is the oldest statewide summer residential program for gifted and talented 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 college campuses: Governor’s School West at a site to be determined and Governor’s School East at Meredith College in Raleigh.


The program is administered by the State Board of Education and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction through the Division of Advanced Learning & Gifted Education. A Board of Governors, appointed by the State Board of Education, acts as an advisory body.


Each summer, selected students are invited to Governor’s School to help build a learning community. Students are encouraged to explore and ask questions, with the purpose of learning for its own sake and discovering new possibilities that complement their high school instruction, without the regular pressures of tests, scores, and grade point averages. While individual achievement and growth are always addressed, Governor’s School emphasizes corporate and collective efforts, ranging from orchestral and choral music to partnered experiments and whole-class projects. The academic disciplines include: • English • World Languages (Spanish at Governor’s School West) • Mathematics • Natural Science • Social Science The performing/visual arts disciplines include: • Art • Choral Music • Instrumental Music • Dance • Theater


The application packet includes program descriptions, dates, frequently asked questions, nomination procedures, details on auditions, and more. Only schools and school systems (not parents or students themselves) may nominate students to the state level for selection consideration. Schools and school systems establish local processes and timelines to gather applications and other nomination documents. Students should contact their local school/school system if they are interested in being nominated. Each nomination requires a completed Student Application, two completed Recommendation Forms, and a current high school transcript.


Contact your high school guidance counselor for Nominations for the 2022 Governor's School are due no later than Monday, December 13, 2021.


Full details about the program can be found here