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NEWS RELEASES 2005-06 :: MARCH 17, 2006


Eight hundred North Carolina rising high school juniors and seniors have been selected to attend the 2006 Governor's School, a six-week summer program for academically or intellectually gifted students.

N.C. Department of Public Instruction Exceptional Children Director Mary Watson commended the students on their selection. "Governor's School provides some of the state's best and brightest students with a unique opportunity to explore and develop their talents," Watson said.

Students attending Governor's School are nominated by their local school superintendent, charter school director or private school headmaster. Each school system is allotted a certain number of students based on its 10th and 11th grade populations. Students are nominated in one of 11 areas: Art, Choral Music, Dance, Drama, English, French, Spanish, Instrumental Music, Mathematics, Natural Science, and Social Science. Students are not assessed a fee to attend the program as all program costs are funded by the N.C. General Assembly.

The Governor's School of North Carolina 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 the performing/visual arts area, is located on two campuses: Governor's School West and East. Governor's School West is located at Salem College in Winston-Salem and Governor's School East is located at Meredith College in Raleigh. The 2006 session will run from June 18 - July 29.

The complete list of Governor's School East and West participants is available online at For more information, please contact the NCDPI Communications division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.