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    The Governor's School of North Carolina is the oldest statewide summer residential program for gifted and talented high school students in the nation.  The program, which is open to Juniors only, with exceptions made for Sophomores in selected performing/visual arts areas, is located on two campuses:  Governor's School West at Winston Salem State University and Governor's School East at Meredith College. The program is a 4-week residential program.  

    For more information, interested students should:

    • visit the Governor's School Website
    • contact Mrs. Calabro in Student Services to turn in your application and essays at gscalabro@wsfcs.k12.nc.us

     2022-23 NC Governor's School Information

    • There will be an informational meeting on 10/11/2022 for students and their parents/guardians to learn more about NC Governor's School and the application process.   

    • An online student help session will be offered on 10/25, This session is for students interested in applying for Governor's School only. 
    • Additional student help sessions will be available online on 11/8 for students interested in receiving additional support.  
    • Completed applications are due to the school counselor, Mrs. Calabro, by 11/18. 



    10/11 Parent/Student Information Night (virtual 6:00) Link

    10/25 Student Help Session 8:00-8:45 and 12:00-2:00 Link

    11/8 Optional Student Check-in before submission 8:00-8:45 Link

    11/18 Completed Applications Due to District Google Folders

    11/28-12/2 District Committee To Score Applications

    12/9 Results shared with Governor’s School Contacts



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  • Frequently Asked Questions about NC Governor's School

    Are the programs the same at Governor’s School East and West?

    Yes, except that in 2022, West offers Ban orchestra and East offers a wind ensemble.  (Please also note that French will not be offered in 2022, Spanish will be offered at both campuses). Also, West will have a mixed chorus (i.e., sopranos, altos, tenors, and bass/baritones) for 2022; the East chorus will include only sopranos and altos. Otherwise, the curriculum of both schools is the same.

    What classes are regularly scheduled at the Governor’s School?

    Students attend their Area I class (the discipline for which they are selected) for one period in the morning and another in the afternoon. They also attend their Area II and Area III classes every three times per week.

    How is a typical Governor’s School class conducted?

    Highly energized and committed teachers invite students to explore new and significant ideas, not principally through lectures but through discussion. Teachers may use an occasional mini-lecture to present a formula in math or physics, demonstrate a new movement in art or music, or explain a recent theory of social groups or literary texts. The hallmark of our intellectual work, however, is the interplay between theory and students’ responses, between the abstract and the personal. Without the common burdens of covering a defined body of material and being tested on it, students and teachers can forge a safe, non-competitive intellectual environment where ideas from many disciplines are entertained and all active learners are taken seriously.

    What kinds of dance, theater, and music are performed?

    The emphasis throughout the arts (and academic) curriculum is on modern and contemporary ideas and forms of expression. This emphasis has been one of the most successful parts of this 59-year-old program for several reasons: it surprises and energizes students with its often unexpected uniqueness; it alerts students to current ideas; it encourages students and teachers to become creative explorers of uncharted territory; it introduces intellectual inquiries that often do not come into view until advanced college and graduate study.

    What options are there after regular classes end in the afternoon?

    Governor’s School provides many options for afternoon and evening hours that complement and extend the work of classes. Major outside speakers who are active contributors to current knowledge in their fields address students once a week. Student performances in dance, theater, and music electrify both campuses. Daily optional seminars or electives range from the Aesthetics of Choreography (dance faculty) to a discussion of Stephen Hawking’s "A Brief History of Time" (natural science faculty). Film series offers not only substantive films but discussions that deepen the understanding of particular offerings and sharpen the ability to see and interpret any film.

    What kinds of recreational and social activities are offered?

    Each afternoon and evening, numerous facilities are open for individual and group recreation. Later in the evening, students can choose social events such as swing dance instruction, ultimate frisbee tournaments, capture the flag competitions, and scavenger hunts. For many, the great social moments are the masquerade ball and, on the final evening, a semi-formal dance. Others say that their best free moments are spent in the spontaneous conversations, gatherings, and activities that students initiate on the benches of quads and by fountains, at meals, and in dormitory halls.

    How strict are the rules at the Governor’s School?

    Governor’s School is clearly situated between high school and college — an ambitious residential school for high school students. It grants students many freedoms associated with university study, especially the freedom of choice between many different intellectual and community experiences. It is also governed by a number of rules and regulations associated with residential life for high school students. These are enumerated in an honor code and the Student Handbook so students will know what is expected of them. Governor’s School is not a rule-bound place, but those few rules that exist are taken seriously. Strict adherence to them exercises student self-discipline and responsibility, ensures student safety, and frees the community to focus on vital and essential new ideas and experiences.

    Do students have to attend the Governor’s School for the entire session?

    Yes. If a student accepts the invitation to attend the Governor’s School, he/she must agree to attend the entire session (NOTE: Any student who does not stay until the closing session on the last day will not receive a Governor’s School certificate, nor be permitted to cite the Governor’s School experience on college and scholarship applications). Students are not excused to attend school, family, or community events (i.e., camps, competitions, reunions, etc.). On rare occasions, students may be excused for events of great urgency that cannot be rescheduled. Such requests may only be submitted after the student selection process, and also may depend on public health conditions.

    May students go home on weekends?

    No. Students must remain at the Governor’s School through the weekends. Also, due to COVID-19 protocols for the 2021 session, students were required to stay on campus and no visitors were allowed for the duration. Students stay in contact with friends and families via phones and various social media. Details for the 2022 session will be determined in May in response to public health conditions.

Last Modified on November 28, 2022