NEWS RELEASES 2010-11 :: APRIL 4, 2011


This summer, 600 of the most distinguished North Carolina rising high school juniors and seniors will attend the 2011 Governor's School. This year's attendees were selected from more than 1,700 public and private school nominees to attend the six-week summer program for academically or intellectually gifted students.

State Superintendent June Atkinson congratulated the students on their selection to Governor's School. "The Governor's School has a renowned legacy for stimulating the creativity and inquisitiveness of our most gifted students. I'm confident that this year's students will continue to build on this legacy."

State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison said that Board members have always been strong advocates of Governor's School. "We need to provide students with opportunities to explore their talents, to push boundaries, and to think outside the academic box. Putting like minds and talents together creates a learning environment full of possibilities that will push these students to greater achievements in school and in life," Harrison said.

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, English, Foreign Language (French and Spanish), Instrumental Music, Mathematics, Natural Science, Social Science and Theater. 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.

Participating students are required to pay a $500 tuition fee to attend Governor's School to help offset program costs. 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. 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 2011 session runs from June 12 - July 23.

The complete list of Governor's School East and West participants is available online at

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.