Qualifications and How to Apply to GSACH

​​ Qualifications

1. Must be a resident of West Virginia;
2. Must be a 7th or 8th grader at time of application;
3. Must attend school in West Virginia and plan to do so next year. This includes home-schooled students and students in private/parochial/charter schools;
4. Must be dedicated to learning;
5. Must be willing to accept challenges; 
6. Private School students and home-school/charter school students must provide documentation of immunization records required by West Virginia public schools.

Students must also exhibit the following characteristics:

1. A level of maturity commensurate with his/her age group and an excitement for learning;
2. Recommendation of a teacher from the 2022-23 school term;
3. Capacity for sustained dedication to open-ended tasks. Adolescents are generally not noted for their long attention spans to academic work, but students at GSACH should exhibit willingness to approach a new way of learning;
4. Capacity and/or willingness to communicate with others​
With students assigned in a learning team, each member must not only be able to carry out the assigned component of a project, but also effectively communicate findings and needs to the remainder of the group. A student incapable of or unwilling to work in this environment should reconsider applying.

Steps to take in the application process

1. Read the entire web site so that you know what to expect if you are selected to attend GSACH.
2. Talk with your counselor to see when your application should be completed and submitted. The school deadline will be considerably before the statewide deadline, which is February 10, 2023.
3. Remember that there are two distinct parts to the application: the online section and the paper section.
4. If you need help typing your application, ask for it. Your teacher or counselor will be happy to help you if you have no resources at home for assistance.
5. Ask a teacher for a recommendation. Give the teacher two weeks to write the recommendation. You should also give your counselor two-week notice that you will need a copy of your transcript. Just remember: Be considerate of others' time.
6. Think about your answers before starting to type the application. As a matter of fact, it is a good idea to type your answers on a word processor ahead of time and then simply paste them into the actual application
7. Submit your application to your counselor before the deadline.

Apply today to spend June 25-30 on campus at the University of Charleston and taking classes at the Culture Center on the campus of our beautiful State Capitol.