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NEWS RELEASES 2007-08 :: APRIL 15, 2008


Eight hundred North Carolina rising high school juniors and seniors have been selected to attend the 2008 Governor's School, a six-week summer program for academically or intellectually gifted students.

N.C. Department of Public Instruction Exceptional Children Director Mary Watson congratulated the students on their selection. "Each summer we have the privilege of hosting 800 of the brightest and most talented high school juniors and seniors for a six-week residential program of intellectual and cultural study and exploration. The faculty and staff of Governor's School and the Department of Public Instruction look forward to the students of the 2008 Session of Governor's School contributing to the distinguished legacy this program has built," Watson said. She added that this year's class was selected from among nearly 1,800 public and private school nominees, all of whom are worthy of recognition.

Local school superintendents, charter school directors or private school headmasters nominate students to attend Governor's School. Each school system is allotted a certain number of nominations based on its 10th and 11th grade populations. Students are nominated in one of 10 curriculum areas: Art, Choral Music, Dance, Drama, English, Foreign Language (French and Spanish), Instrumental Music, Mathematics, Natural Science and Social Science. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests or grades. Students do not pay a fee to attend the program as the N.C. General Assembly funds all program costs.

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. It also is the model on which all other states' programs have been fashioned. 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 2008 session runs from June 15 - July 26.

The complete list of Governor's School East and West participants is available online at For more information, please contact the NCDPI Communications division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 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.