Governor's Schools Provide Opportunity to Prepare for the Future


The State of West Virginia is pleased to offer, at no cost, premier summer programs for students following their seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades in school.

The faculty and staff for all of the West Virginia Governor's Schools are carefully selected, giving students a specially designed curriculum. Students attend workshops, classes, and a variety of stimulating extra-curricular activities in the areas of arts, humanities, mathematics, science, and technology.

Except for transportation to and from the school site, Governor's Schools are entirely free for students. They are administered by the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts. The West Virginia Department of Education also assists with in-kind support.  
The Governor's Honors Academy (GHA) is for students who are currently high school juniors. In 2017, students will spend three weeks with 183 fellow outstanding West Virginia scholars. The Academy will be held at West Virginia University, July 2-22. Dr. Ryan Claycomb is the dean

The Governor's School for the Arts (GSA) is for current high school sophomores who exhibit talent in the literary, performing and visual arts. Students attending the GSA are taught by practicing professionals in their respective fields of writing, dance, music, acting, drawing, painting, and possibly digital media. The 2017 session of GSA is being held at Marshall University, June 25-July 15 under the leadership of Dr. Maribea Barnes.
The Governor's School for Math and Science (GSMS) is for students currently in the seventh or eighth grade. Students work with mentors and faculty on a specific research theme in a hands-on laboratory or field setting. Programs for students who are currently in the seventh grade will be held at WVU. There are two sessions of 48 students each, making the opportunity available for a greater number of students. The first session will be June 14-June 22; the second will be June 23-July 1. The dean at WVU is Dr. Ryan Claycomb; Bill and Gretchen Gibson are the directors.

For the 2017 session, current eighth-grade students will apply to attend the school at West Virginia State University in Institute. The dates have not been set. Selected statewide for their outstanding performance and interest in the fields of mathematics and science, these young scientists will spend two weeks working alongside teachers and scientists as they complete projects in sustainability. The program director at West Virginia State is Dr. Sean Collins.

All students applying for one of the state's Governor's Schools must currently reside and attend school in West Virginia and plan to be a student the following year. For example, a student who graduates after three years is not eligible to attend GHA.  Neither is a student who will be moving out of state during the summer. Students who know they are moving to another state are honor bound to notify the director of Governor's Schools. "Attending school" includes those students who are educated in home schools and private/parochial schools. Home-schooled students must provide proof of residency. 
Direct questions and comments to: 
Sherry Keffer
Director of Governor’s Schools
Capitol Building 5, Room 205
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305
Phone: 304-558-2440