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Parents Information for 2017

The Governor's Schools of West Virginia offer valuable and unique experiences for the youth of our state. Parents play a vital part in their children's social, emotional, physical and mental successes, and parental nurturing and high expectations continue to drive students forward.

Please encourage your child to look to the future and apply for one of these prestigious schools.  Many times, students--especially those in high school-- will say that they "don't want to give up their summer."  As a matter of fact, several students who have actually attended GHA have arrived with that attitude, but they had parents who said, "You need to do this."  On closing day, those students were shedding as many tears as the others because they hated leaving.  In the past several years, only one student has not completed the program because she was dissatisfied.  

The Schools for Math and Science are for rising 8th and 9th graders.  In 2017, rising 8th graders attend the sessions at WVU; whereas, rising 9th graders attend the session at West Virginia State University.   Schools for math and science run from 10-14 days.  Students may attend only one session of GSMS. In other words, they may attend after 7th grade or 8th grade, but not both.  This policy has been in effect since 2011.

GSMS for Current Seventh Graders: Session I--July 3-12; Session II--July 14-12, 2016
GSMS for Current Eighth Graders: July 11-24, 2016

The Governor's School for the Arts for rising juniors will be held at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon June 26-July 16, and the Governor's Honors Academy will occur at Fairmont State University, June 26-July 16, 2016.  
Attending a Governor's School requires commitment on the part of the student and his/her whole family.  The schools range from 10 days to three weeks, depending on the age of the participants, and there are no leaves granted for vacations, family weddings, etc.

School-specific information can be found on the individual school tabs, although some important dates follow.

Important dates for GSA, June 25-July 15, at Marshall University
October 1                Student applications will be published
October 15-20         Posters and letters will be mailed to school personnel
December 2          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  6-7               Auditions--University High in Morgantown
January 13-14           Auditions- Washington High in Charles Town
January  20-21           Auditions--South Charleston High in South Charleston
Most auditions are scheduled for Saturdays; however, Friday evening of each audition weekend is held open to handle any overflow.
Important dates for GHA---July 2-22, West Virginia University
November 18       Information will be sent to schools
November 10       GHA applications will be published
February 10         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 from the county superintendent's office by the end of the day.
Important dates for GSMS 2017
For rising 8th graders--WVU--Session I,  June 14-22; Session II, June 23-July 1;
Rising 9th-graders-- West Virginia State University--July 10-23
February 1     Information packets will be mailed to the schools
January 26    Applications will be posted on website 

March 20       State Deadline for submitting Part I of the application (schools may require earlier deadline)
March 25       Postmark date for state deadline. The school deadline will be considerably earlier. Check with counselor, but wait until after January to do so.


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