2019 Governor’s School session opening

Published 7:57 am Thursday, June 20, 2019

This summer, 670 of the most distinguished North Carolina rising high school juniors and seniors will explore cutting-edge ideas and concepts in academics and the arts as part of the 2019 session of the North Carolina Governor’s School. The 2019 session runs from June 16 to July 24.

Students from northeastern North Carolina are attending Governor’s School East.

In instrumental music, Lillian L. East from Currituck County Schools and Zane D. Fish from Dare County Schools are attending. In mathematics, Thomas C. Mahler will be attending. Michael T. Brasseur from Perquimans County Schools will study English. Caleb L. Armstrong from Tyrrell County Schools will study natural science. Sarah A. Edmondson from Camden County Schools will study social studies.

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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.

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.

Governor’s School is located on two campuses: Governor’s School East and West. Governor’s School East continues its long tradition of success at Meredith College in Raleigh and Governor’s School West, after many years at Salem College, is having its first summer at High Point University in High Point. Each of these fine institutions of higher education will provide a vibrant, safe and inviting environment for their 335 deserving students and dozens of faculty and staff.



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