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NEWS RELEASES 2006-07 :: MARCH 30, 2007


Eight hundred North Carolina rising high school juniors and seniors have been selected to attend the 2007 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 congratulated the students on their selection. "Governor's School provides some of our more academically gifted students with a unique opportunity to explore and develop their talents in a specific curriculum area while building strong friendships with other students who share similar interests," Watson said.

Local school superintendents, charter school directors or private school headmasters nominate students to attend Governor's School. Each school system is allotted a certain number of nominations based on its 10th and 11th grade populations. Students are nominated in one of 10 curriculum areas: Art, Choral Music, Dance, Drama, English, Foreign Language (French and Spanish), Instrumental Music, Mathematics, Natural Science and Social Science. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests or grades. Students do not pay a fee to attend the program as the N.C. General Assembly funds all program costs.

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 selected performing/visual arts areas, 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 2007 session runs from June 17 - July 28.

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.