Governor's School of North Carolina

Governor's School LogoThe Governor's School of North Carolina is a 5½-week summer residential program for gifted and talented high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and it does not involve credit, tests, or grades. Students are selected to attend through a competitive process after being nominated by their public school unit or non-public school.

Congratulations to All Students Selected for the 2020 Session of Governor's School

The Office of the North Carolina Governor's School congratulates all students selected for Governor's School East at Meredith College and Governor's School West at High Point University this summer. Public school units, non-public schools, parents, families and communities should be proud of these students' success.

Promotional Video

Get a quick overview of the North Carolina Governor's School for 2021 with this video

Informational Meetings

The Office of the North Carolina Governor's School is partnering with many local schools/school systems in September and October to conduct virtual informational meetings about Governor's School, local nomination details and state selection processes. Please contact your school counselor to find out if a meeting is scheduled for your school/school system. 

Nomination Packet for the 2021 Governor's School

The Nomination Packet includes all overview information about Governor’s School. The updated packet for the 2021 session is available below. Forms for students and recommenders are available for download in the Student Application & Recommendations section.

2021 Nomination Packet

Student Application & Recommendations

  • Student Application - Only a public school system, or a special, federal, charter or non-public school can nominate a student to the State level. The Student Application is to be completed by the student and sent electronically to the appropriate local school official. 
  • Recommendations - Students must have two recommendations, one of which must be from a high school teacher (preferably in the subject in which the student will be nominated). The second can be from another teacher, a school counselor or other school official, a non-school coach or community leader, etc. Family recommendations are not allowed. The recommender must download and complete the Recommendation Form and then send it electronically to the appropriate local school official, not to the student or parent. 

Contact Information

Sherry Thomas, Director
Exceptional Children Division

Tom Winton, Coordinator
Exceptional Children Division
984.236.2577 (p)

Tish Bynum, Special Assistant
Exceptional Children Division
984.236.2576 (p)

Governor's School of North Carolina
NC Dept. of Public Instruction
6356 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-6356