West Virginia's Governor's Schools Offer Students Free Residential Scholastic Opportunity and Chance of a Lifetime
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The State of West Virginia is proud to offer The Governor's Honors Schools, residential summer sessions for academically and/or artistically talented students from across West Virginia. Consisting of three programs that take place every summer on the campuses of various state colleges and institutions of learning, the programs are based on the premise that West Virginia's youth must be provided with special opportunities for learning and personal development in order for them to realize their full potential.
Students may attend the Governor's School for Math and Science following either the seventh or eighth grade; they apply for the Governor's School for the Arts during their sophomore year; and they apply during their junior year for the Governor's Honors Academy.
School-specific information can be found on the individual school tabs, although some important dates are published on this page.
Important dates for GSA--July 5-25, 2015 at West Virginia Wesleyan College
October 1 Student applications will be published
October 15-20 Posters and letters will be mailed to school personnel
December 3 GSA applications must be postmarked by the end of the day
December 15,16 Students notified of audition time via email
We hope to hold all auditions in the month of January, weather permitting.
January 17 Auditions--Washington High in Charles Town
January 24 Auditions--University High in Morgantown
January 31 Auditions-- South Charleston High School
Most auditions are scheduled for Saturdays; however, Friday evening of each audition weekend is held open to handle any overflow.
Important dates for GHA---June 28-July 18, 2015
November 15 GHA applications will be published and website will be updated
November 15 Information will be sent to schools
February 1 Deadline for submitting on line portion of the student application. Students not completing Part I by this deadline will not be considered.
February 10 GHA applications must be mailed to the Governor's Schools office by the county superintendent's office by the end of the day.
Important dates for GSMS 2015
For rising 8th graders--WVU--Session I, July 8-17; Session II, July 18-27;
Rising 9th-grade West Virginia State University either July 11-24 or July 13-26; dates have not been solidified.
January 5 Information packets will be mailed to the schools
January 5 Applications will be posted on website
February 15 State Deadline for submitting Part I of the application (schools may require earlier deadline)
March 15 Postmark date for state deadline The school deadline will be considerably earlier. Check with counselor, but wait until after the holiday break.
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