The State of West Virginia and the West Virginia Department of Education are pleased to offer, at no cost, premier summer programs for students following their seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades in school.
The faculty and staff for all of the West Virginia Governor's Schools are carefully selected, and they share exciting, motivating, specially designed instruction. Students attend workshops, classes, and a variety of stimulating extra-curricular activities in the areas of arts, humanities, mathematics, science, and technology. Except for providing health care insurance and transportation to and from the school site, Governor's Schools are entirely free for students. They are administered by the West Virginia Department of Education. The Governor's Honors Academy (GHA) is for students who are currently high school juniors. In 2019, students will spend three weeks on the beautiful campus of Marshall University with 175 fellow outstanding West Virginia scholars. Co-deans are Cara Bailey and Mallory Carpenter. June 28-July 18.
The Governor's School for the Arts (GSA) is for current high school sophomores who exhibit talent in the literary, performing and visual arts. Students attending the GSA are taught by practicing professionals in their respective fields of writing, dance, music, acting, drawing, painting, and possibly digital media. The 2019session of GSA is being held at Marshall University, June 14-July 5, under the leadership of Dr. Maribea Barnes and Assistant Dean Adam Dalton.
The Governor's School of Entrepreneurship is for current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who are interested in creating, inventing, and starting a business that can thrive and prosper in West Virginia. It is scheduled for June 21-July 11 at Marshall University. The co-deans are Tricia Ball and Olen York.
Governor's STEM Institute (formerly GSMS) is for students currently in the seventh or eighth grade. Students work with mentors and faculty on a specific research theme in a hands-on laboratory or field setting. For current 7th graders, WVU will host two sessions of 48 students each, making the opportunity available for a greater number of students. Sixty current 8th graders will spend 14 exciting days (June 28-July 11) at the Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County as they work in teams to search for answers about the universe. Dr. Sue Ann Heatherly, education officer at GBO is the dean.