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 the Students Who Completed the 2019 Session of Governor's School

The Office of the North Carolina Governor's School congratulates all students who completed Governor's School East at Meredith College and Governor's School West at High Point University in 2019. Public school units, non-public schools, parents, families and communities should be proud of these students' success.

Nomination Packet for the 2020 Governor's School

The Nomination Packet for the 2020 session is below. This includes all overview information about Governor’s School and sample forms. Individual fillable forms are available below for download. NOTE: The nomination period for Governor's School 2020 has closed. Contact the Office of the North Carolina Governor's School with specific questions.

2020 Nomination Packet

Individual Forms

DIRECTIONS: First download and save the form to your computer. Then open that saved version in a pdf-reading program (e.g., Adobe Acrobat Reader) to enable all features and to enter/save data. ALL FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED ELECTRONICALLY; handwritten forms will be returned.

Auditions

While academic selections are based only on the nominations, all students nominated in the visual/performing arts are invited to and must participate in auditions that complement their nomination materials. General audition information is always available on page 8 of the Nomination Packet. Invitations with specific reporting times, parking locations, etc., will be sent to individual students in late December/early January.

Audition Schedule

Each title is linked to audition discipline details.

Dance

Sat., Feb. 1 (afternoon only) – Statesville HS in Statesville OR
Sat., Feb. 22 (afternoon only) – Site in Raleigh to be named soon
NOTE: Dance students can attend either audition and do not have to declare which; however, they can attend only one, not both.

Choral Music

Sun., Feb. 9 – Meredith College in Raleigh; each student will be assigned to either the morning or afternoon session.

Theater

Sun., Feb. 9 – Meredith College in Raleigh; each student will be assigned to either the morning or afternoon session.

Visual Art

Sun., Feb. 9 – Meredith College in Raleigh; each student will be assigned to either the morning or afternoon session.

Instrumental Music

Sat., Feb. 22 – Site in Raleigh to be named soon; each student will be assigned to either the morning or afternoon session.

Alternate Audition Option

If a nominee in performing/visual arts, except for Dance, cannot attend a scheduled audition event for any reason (e.g., schedule conflict, travel issues, finances, etc.), the school may request permission (Permission Form coming soon) to administer and video-record an audition at the school to privately upload to YouTube or Vimeo. The alternate audition is structured and rigorous, closely replicating the in-person audition experience and offering neither a selection advantage nor disadvantage.

Following a successful form request from school personel (not students or parents), specific procedural information will be sent. (The Dance audition is an interactive class, so a recorded option is not feasible. To accommodate these students, two in-person options are offered.)

Contact Information

Sherry Thomas, Director
Exceptional Children Division

Tom Winton, Coordinator
Exceptional Children Division
919.807.3767 (p)

Tish Bynum, Special Assistant
Exceptional Children Division
919.807.3582 (p)

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