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Governor's School for the Arts (GSA)

The Best Three Weeks You Never Imagined!

June 26-July 16, 2016 at West Virginia Wesleyan College

......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 2016 session of this outstanding opportunity to help young artists develop their talents and expand their horizons will take if  place on the beautiful campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College. 

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  

Take a peek at what happened at GSA 2015 by clicking on the following link. You'll never forget what your fellow students say on the video.      

 GSA on Facebook   

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 (West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts 2015). 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 2015.  If you check out the GSA Roster 2015, you may even find the name of a student with whom you can discuss such an incredible opportunity.

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 OR be ranked in the top 50% of their class.


Important dates for GSA--W.Va. Wesleyan College, June 26-July 16, 2016
October 15       Applications published
November 10    Information will be sent to school principals, counselors, and teachers in all seven areas of the arts
December 18     Applications must be postmarked by the end of the day. Part I must be submitted on line or application will not be considered.
January 4 & 5     Audition letters will be sent via email
January 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30   Auditions
January 15    RA applications will be published (See main Governor's Schools page--'Prospective Faculty and Staff" link at bottom right of page.


Counselors: Review the following section of the website to see the responsibilities on your level. For Counselors and County Coordinators

Sherry Keffer, Director of Governor's Schools Department of Education and the Arts
Building 5, Room 205
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305
304 558-2440
All of West Virginia's Governor's Schools are provided at no cost to the students or their parents.
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