NEWS RELEASES 2013-14 :: JUNE 20, 2014


On June 15, 650 rising high school juniors and seniors from traditional public schools, charter schools, private schools and homeschools in nearly every county in the state began a one-of-a-kind educational journey at the 2014 North Carolina Governor's School.  The five-and-a-half week summer residential program provides intellectually gifted high school students the opportunity to explore new ideas and concepts in their chosen discipline as well as take unique, integrative courses focusing on contemporary ways of thinking and the links between theory and practice.

State Superintendent June Atkinson offered her congratulations to the students participating in this year's Governor's School session. "Governor's School allows students to dig deeper into their studies and expand their knowledge in subjects they are passionate about," said Atkinson.  “The program offers an enriching experience for students that will shape the remainder of their academic careers as well as their futures."

The students selected for Governor's School were nominated by local school superintendents, charter school directors or private school headmasters. 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 extraordinary rising juniors in selected performing arts areas. The program, which does not involve credit, tests, or grades, 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. Each campus hosts 325 students.  The 2014 session began on June 15 and will run until July 23.

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 attending 2014 North Carolina Governor's School East and West is available at the Governor's School of North Carolina.

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.