NEWS RELEASES 2009-10 :: APRIL 9, 2010


This summer, 600 distinguished North Carolina rising high school juniors and seniors will attend the 2010 Governor's School. This year's attendees were chosen from over 1,700 public and private school nominees to attend the 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 our gifted students with a unique opportunity to learn in a setting designed to stimulate collaboration and creativity," Watson said. "We look forward to welcoming students to the 2010 Session and cannot wait to watch them contribute to the distinguished legacy this program has built over the past 47 years."

Before selected, students first were nominated to attend by their local school superintendents, charter school directors or private school headmasters. Each school system, charter school and private school was allotted a certain number of nominations based on its 10th and 11th grade populations. Students were 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 Governor's School curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests or grades.

This is the first year a tuition fee is required for selected students to attend Governor's School. Due to the state's economic situation, funding to cover program costs was reduced, which resulted in a $500 tuition fee for each student. Tuition payments are the responsibility of the public school system, charter school or private school that nominated the student. Each school or school system will determine how it will assess and collect the fee. Options include paying the fee from local budgets, obtaining a corporate sponsor or requesting parents to cover the cost.

The Governor's School of North Carolina, founded in 1963 by former Gov. Terry Sanford, is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. It also is the model on which other states' programs have been fashioned. 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 2010 session runs from June 13 - July 24.

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 160 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.