NEWS RELEASES 2014-15 :: JUNE 23, 2015


Gifted high school students from across the state are exploring cutting-edge ideas and concepts in academics and the arts as the 2015 Session of the North Carolina Governor’s School is underway. The five-and-a-half week summer residential program welcomed 650 rising seniors and some exceptional juniors to its two campuses – Governor’s School East (Meredith College, Raleigh) and Governor’s School West (Salem College, Winston-Salem). The lists of selected students are available at

State Superintendent June Atkinson, who will be speaking with students and touring the grounds at the Governor’s School East campus on Wednesday at 2 p.m., congratulated the students on their selection. “Students who attend Governor’s School are true scholars and artists, and their talents and passion are admirable. The innovative Governor’s School curriculum will challenge and cultivate their skills and give them an experience that will pave the way for future success in academics, in the arts, and in life.”

Students selected for Governor’s School are first nominated by their local school superintendents, charter school directors or private school headmasters. The program is open to rising seniors only with exceptions made to include rising juniors in selected performing arts areas. Each school system, charter school and private school is allotted a certain number of nominations based on its 10th- and 11th-grade populations. There are 10 specialization areas for nomination: English, Foreign Language (French or Spanish), Mathematics, Natural Science, Social Science, Art, Choral Music, Instrumental Music, Theater and Dance. Students are challenged to discover and explore links between ideas and actions, theory and practice.

Faculty and staff of the Governor’s School include distinguished teachers and professionals from public and private schools, colleges, and universities across the country. Others are independent artists and scholars. To further enrich the student community, many faculty members are in residence on campus as well.

To help offset program costs, the General Assembly enacted a tuition fee of $500 per student in 2010. 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, and each school or school system determines individually how it will collect these funds. Some require families to pay the tuition fee. In those instances, the North Carolina Governor’s School Foundation partners with other charitable organizations to provide scholarships for students who are required to pay tuition but are in financial need.

Gov. Terry Sanford founded the Governor’s School of North Carolina in 1963. The program, which does not involve credit, tests or grades, is the oldest statewide summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students in the U.S.

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.