The Governor's School of North Carolina is a five and one-half week summer residential program for intellectually gifted 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 does not involve credit, tests, or grades. The program, which is open to rising seniors only, with exceptions made for rising juniors in selected performing/visual arts areas, is located on two campuses of up to 325 students each: Governor's School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem (begun in 1963), and Governor's School East at Meredith College in Raleigh (begun in 1978).
There are three requirements for eligibility: residency, enrollment, and achievement.
1. RESIDENCY – You must be a North Carolina resident; exchange students are not eligible. Any student attending a North Carolina federal high school (e.g., Lejeune High School), regardless of residency, is eligible.
2. ENROLLMENT – You must be: A. Attending a North Carolina public or non-public school, and B. Enrolled in the eleventh grade at the time of nomination (exceptions are made to allow for students in tenth and eleventh grades in Dance, Choral Music and Instrumental Music), and C. Scheduled to return to attend school after the Governor’s School session (i.e., not having graduated).
3. ACHIEVEMENT – You must meet the achievement criterion as established by the Board of Governors for the North Carolina Governor’s School. This means a national percentile score of 92% or above on an approved achievement test OR a state percentile score of 92% or above on an allowable North Carolina End-of-Course (EOC) Test. For an achievement test, you can use the overall/total composite score or a specific area composite/cluster score, but the test must have been administered during the 9th, 10th or 11th grade. Scores from EOCs taken in any grade (e.g., some students take the NC Math 1 EOC Test in middle school) will be accepted. End-of-Grade test scores will not be accepted. See the chart below for the allowable test scores for your nomination area.
How to Apply
• STEP ONE: Meet with Mr. Kubota in the Guidance Office to assure that you are eligible for nomination and to receive more information about the application process.
• STEP TWO: Complete the Student Application. See the sample in this Nomination Packet, but download and electronically complete the forms from the Governor’s School website (www.ncgovschool.org).
There are three sections to complete:
1. Basic Information & Nomination Discipline
2. Essays – You will have two essays to complete, each in response to a prompt. Essay #1 is for every student, regardless of nomination area. Essay #2 is specific to your nomination area, so make sure you use the correct prompt. – FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. Exceeding the character limit, writing to an incorrect prompt, and other errors will result in a reduced rating. – UNDERSTAND THE PROMPTS. If you are not sure what a prompt means, ask a trusted educator. – DO YOUR OWN WORK but have others review. The essays should be your own product, not someone else’s ideas, but it is fine for others to guide you and offer helpful edits.
3. Personal Readiness – This form is where you list your recent school/community activities and awards and your thoughts on those that are most important to you. It is also where you describe what makes you ready for a summer residential experience in a learning community.
• STEP THREE: Get two Recommendations. You must have two Recommendation Forms completed (electronically) and submitted by those who can attest to your academic/arts strengths, personal character, and readiness for the Governor’s School experience. – Family members may not complete/submit recommendations. – At least one recommendation must be from a high school teacher, preferably in the nomination area. If a nomination-area teacher is not available, choose another teacher. – Recommenders should download the Recommendation Form and complete it electronically. – Upon completion, the recommender should print the form, sign it, place it in a sealed envelope and submit it to you or the appropriate local school official. You, as the student, should not read it. – Only two Recommendation Forms will be accepted. No other documents (e.g., substitute letters, additional recommendations, etc.) will be accepted.
• STEP FOUR: Turn in all forms and essays in to Mr. Kubota no later than October 27! The school will supply your additional information (e.g., achievement test score, transcript, etc.).
Students can only be nominated by their school, and schools are limited in nominations based on their current 10th and 11th grade enrollment. For the 2017 nomination process, Ashe County High school will be able to nominate three (3) students in Academics and six (6) students in performing/visual arts to the Governor's School of North Carolina.*
If more than three students submit an application for the NC Governor's School, the ACHS Scholarship Committee will be utilized to identify the top three candidates for nomination. By early November, Mr. Kubota will contact all applicants and let them know if they have been nominated. Ashe County will send student nominations to NCGS in early November.
Auditions in Art, Choral Music, Dance, Instrumental Music and Theatre will be held in February. All students who are nominated in these areas and who meet the eligibility requirements for Governor's School will be notified individually and invited to audition.
In order to assure geographic representation from throughout North Carolina, the first nominee from each county will be automatically selected to attend. This nominee will be identified by the ACHS Scholarship Committee.
Nominees will be informed of the selection/non-selection in early March, those that are selected must inform the NCGS that they intend to attend by early April.
*Nominations are unlimited for students who play double-reed, brass, percussion or string instruments, or if their vocal ranges are alto, tenor or bass. Nominations are also unlimited for those in the French content area, however, fluency is recommended.