How does the Academy differ from regular high schools?The Governor's Honors Academy is a residential school that operates seven days each week, enrolls only academically gifted students and provides a curriculum different from that found in the traditional public or private school. It offers unique opportunities for students to enhance their academic skills; assimilate the accumulated knowledge of the culture; relate to contemporary issues; deepen understanding of themselves and their unique abilities; and engage others in critical-thinking and problem-solving activities.
Who can apply?GHA is open to all eleventh grade students who are residents of West Virginia and attend high school in West Virginia, including public, private, and home schools. Students who plan to graduate after their junior year are NOT eligible. See Student Qualifications for more information. Will I be notified when Part I of the application is accepted?If your application is successfully transmitted, a message thanking you for applying will pop up. If the screen does not change, you have not entered some required data correctly. Review the form and resubmit. You will not receive an email saying your application has arrived.
What if I am to represent my Career/Technical (CTE) center or an associated organization in a state or national competition?Through a special arrangement with the West Virginia Department of Education, CTE students will be given special consideration to attend state or national CTE competition. Will I get a scholarship if I attend GHA?Attending the Governor's Honors Academy is a scholarship in itself. You'll be on a college for three weeks at no cost. Some colleges and universities, however, do offer college scholarships to GHA alums. Check with the financial aid officer at the schools you are considering to see whether a scholarship is available. Whether they can be used with other scholarships also differs from school to school. They can be stacked with the PROMISE Scholarship. How much does it cost? There is no cost to students or their families for tuition, room, meals, activities, books, or instructional materials. Only health and accident insurance, travel to and from the academy site, (WVU), and personal expenses are the responsibility of the students and their families. How do I submit my application?Students must work through the school guidance counselor to apply to GHA. The counselor will check your test scores and GPA to see if you qualify. It's your responsibility to check with your counselor and to complete the application and get the required references. The application is in two parts. Part I takes about five minutes to complete and is to be submitted online. Part II is the paper application and it must be submitted to the school. Students submit the completed application to the designated person at the school before the school deadline. The school turns it in to the county office, and the county superintendent sends in the names of the two Superintendent's Choices--one male and one female-- as well as the applications of students to be included in the state-wide pool. See the application for more information. What if I didn't get a 4 on the Smarter Balance assessment?Smarter Balance is only one of several scores used to consider students for GHA. Others include a score of at least the 90th percentile on a nationally normed test such as the ACT, the ACT PLAN, the SAT or the PSAT. A score of three (3) or higher on an Advanced Placement examination is also a qualifying score. How soon can I expect to know whether I have been accepted? Students chosen to attend GHA will receive a letter from Governor Tomblin approximately one month from the final deadline. This year, letters were also mailed thanking applicants who were not selected as well as letters to the small number of alternates. The names of selected students will be published on the website approximately one week after all the letters were mailed. The roster should be published on or before March 27.
Are grades or credits given at Governor's Scholars? Neither grades nor credit are given; however, all students successfully completing the Program receive a certificate of completion. College applications often provide students with an opportunity to explain their participation in special programs such as the Governor's Honors Academy, and many offer scholarships for such participation.
Is there a GHA scholarship? There is not. Some colleges and universities, however, offer scholarships to GHA completers. You should contact the financial aid office of the college(s) you are considering to see whether such a scholarship exists there.
What type of accommodations do students have? Students live in Honors Hall while on campus. This modern facility has lounges on each floor, and rooms are set up in suites with a shower and restroom facilities for every two rooms.May scholars request a roommate? No. Students will be assigned a roommate. Students are informed of their room assignment on the day of arrival. The Governor's Honors Academy encourages students to meet and make new friends during the three-week residency, and students will have plenty of time each day to visit with friends during mealtimes, at structured social events, and during free time. Students will be informed of their room assignment on the day of arrival. The Governor's Honors Academy encourages students to meet and make new friends during the three-week residency, and students will have plenty of time each day to visit with friends during mealtimes, at structured social events, and during free time.May students go home on weekends? No. Students must remain at the GHA through the weekends. There are activities, some involving travel, seven days a week.Are students allowed to have visitors? No. Parents and other friends are asked not to visit other than during the designated time (opening and closing days).May students bring vehicles? Automobiles and other motorized vehicles are prohibited, as is riding in unauthorized vehicles.