NEWS RELEASES 2013-14 :: AUGUST 19, 2013


This summer, 606 of the state's brightest and most talented rising high school juniors and seniors attended the 2013 North Carolina Governor's School. The five-week residential program provides intellectually gifted students the opportunity to explore new ideas and concepts in their chosen discipline along with integrative courses that study contemporary ways of thinking and the links between theory and practice.

State Superintendent June Atkinson congratulated the students on their participation in this year's Governor's School session. "Governor's School provides students with a wonderful opportunity to explore their talents and delve deeply into their areas of interest without the worry of grades. It's an enriching experience that will help to shape the remainder of their academic careers."

Local school superintendents, charter school directors or private school headmasters nominated the students selected for Governor's School. 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 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 is open to rising seniors only, with exceptions made for rising juniors in selected performing arts areas. The program takes place 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 2013 session ran from June 16 - July 20.

In 2010, the General Assembly enacted a $500 per-student tuition fee to help offset program costs. It is the responsibility of the public school system, charter school or private school that nominates a student to pay his or her tuition if selected. Each school or school system determines how it will assess and collect the fee. The North Carolina Governor's School Foundation, in partnership with other charitable organizations, provides scholarships to cover the costs of tuition for a select number of students.

The list of students who completed Governor's School East and West is available on the Governor's School of North Carolina website.

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.