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 in 2019. Public school units, non-public schools, parents, families and communities should be proud of these students' success.

April 1, 2020 Update - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19); Student Forms; Tuition; Scholarships

The Office of the North Carolina Governor's School continues to consult with agency leadership and partners at Meredith College and High Point University about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and its effects on the upcoming Governor's School session. The safety and health of everyone associated with Governor's School is the top priority. At this time, regular preparations are continuing as if Governor's School will happen. Students are encouraged to plan in the same manner. Updates will be announced on this website and shared with students, families and schools as soon as they are available.

  • Student Forms - The various student forms (e.g., Health Information, Physical Examination, Honor Code, etc.) and handbooks are currently on hold until the program status is confirmed. Once available, the deadline for forms packet submission will be June 1.
  • Tuition - Schools/school systems are asked to suspend submission of tuition payments until program matters are resolved. Any currently submitted/processed payments will be refunded if tuition is canceled.
  • Scholarships - The North Carolina Governor's School Foundation has completed its need-based scholarship program and is notifying individual students/families. The Office of the North Carolina Governor's School will email scholarship vouchers to school/school system contacts by Friday, April 3. 

Employment Opportunities Now Available

Vacancies and the employment application for the 2020 Governor's School are now posted on the Employment page. 

Nomination Packet for the 2020 Governor's School

The Nomination Packet 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; the packet is available for reference purposes only. Contact the Office of the North Carolina Governor's School with specific questions.

2020 Nomination Packet

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

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