Governor's School

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Discus: High School Life and Pre-college Issues: May, 2003 and Earlier Archive: Governor's School
By Faxmachine (Faxmachine) on Wednesday, April 09, 2003 - 04:15 pm: Edit

What is it EXACTLY? What are,if any, the requirements for it? How selective is it?

By Anothersuitcase (Anothersuitcase) on Wednesday, April 09, 2003 - 09:34 pm: Edit

Governor's School is a residential summer program set up by the state (but not all states have it, like Florida.) If you're a public school student, the county pays for everything (the price tag for each student anywhere from $1500 to $5000); private school students have the private schools pay for them (or they pay themselves.) I don't know how it's like in other states, but in Virginia it's pretty competitive and, especially for UVA applicants, it can be prestigious. Different states have different Governor's Schools, but here are Virginia's:

-NASA Engineering* (12 acceptees)
-Marine Biology* (12 - 30 acceptees?)
-Life Medicine* (30 acceptees)

-Humanities (200 acceptees)
-Math & Science (200 acceptees)
-Fine and Performing Arts (20-25 Vocalists, 12-15 Pianists, etc. that add up to 200 acceptees)
-Foreign Language (200 acceptees for Spanish, French, German, Latin, Japanese, and Russian)
-Agriculture (100 acceptees)

*One-on-one mentor programs, which explains why they accept so few

You can only apply as either an up-coming Junior or Senior (I'm an up-coming Junior), and you can only attend Governor's School once (if you attend one, you can't apply to any the next year.)

Requirements essentially depend on the School you're applying to, but you have to be nominated by your high school to even fill out an application. If you're applying to attend as a cellist, you need to have the training listed, the groups played with, the honors/awards, etc. (and, of course, an audition - two if you get moved on to the next admission level.)

By Krazylulu77 (Krazylulu77) on Saturday, April 12, 2003 - 11:10 am: Edit

Here is the website for Pennsylvania Governor's Schools of Excellence:

In PA, acceptance is pretty competitive as well. Some schools are easier to get into (such as Agricultural Studies and Global Entrepreneurship) since less people apply to those. I'm not sure exactly how many people are accepted to each of the schools, but for the Sciences, 90 people are selected and for Health Care, 110 people from the state. In PA, most of the schools are open only for high schools juniors (soon-to-be seniors). At our school, anyone could apply (we didn't have to be nominated). If you're interested, applications are usually available in late October and are due sometime in January.

By Hahaha (Hahaha) on Saturday, April 12, 2003 - 08:54 pm: Edit

Is there any governor's school in California?

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