Governor's School for the Arts (GSA)

Chicago skyline"That Toddlin' Town" where GSA students will visit in summer 2017.


The Best Three Weeks You Never Imagined!

June 25-July 15, 2017 at Marshall University

......and it's FREE

Just when you're starting to think that things can't get better, they do. For current sophomores, a chance to experience a summer that's so good you cannot even imagine it lies in the Governor's School for the Arts (GSA). The 2017 session of this outstanding opportunity to help young artists develop their talents and expand their horizons will take ion the vibrant campus of Marshall University

Imagine spending three weeks honing your skills in the arts you love!

  • Acting
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance---ballet and modern
  • Digital Art--from photo editing to creating virtual games
  • Instrumental Music
  • Studio Art
  • Vocal Music  

If you are a tenth-grader who writes, dances, sings, plays an instrument, acts, draws/paints or works in digital media, take the time to explore this site and talk about it with other students who have attended. They report that the Governor's School for the Arts (GSA) is the "most awesome experience" of their lives. Read through the entire site before making your decision. If it seems that this is just the opportunity you've been looking for, take the first step and start the application process. It could change you forever.

Whatever you do, you should take a look at the awesome video clips and photos created by Jared Thompson and Aaron Kuhn and posted on Facebook (GSA 2016). Daily broadcasts let family and friends know what was happening at this premier school. In addition, you should read the testimonials and Student Handbook from 2016. 
Applicants to the School for the Arts must currently be sophomores who live and attend school in West Virginia. Students who attend public and private schools as well as those who are home-schooled are eligible. Selected students are also expected to attend school within West Virginia next year. Home-schooled students must present verification of West Virginia residency.

Although requirements are discussed at length on another page, it is important that you know from the beginning that students should have earned at least a 2.5 GPA for their freshman year.

Take a peek at what happened at GSA 2016 by clicking on the following link. You'll never forget what your fellow students say on the video.      

Click here for the Handbook and Required forms.