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 COVID-19 pandemic necessitated postponing all academies in 2020, 2021 will
be a busy year. There will be sessions for both years; however, all schools will
be held virtually in 2021.
faculty and staff for all 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.
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 2021, students will spend two
weeks on the Teams platform, learning, interacting, playing, and bonding with
fellow outstanding West Virginia scholars. Co-deans are Cara Bailey and Mallory
Carpenter. The re-scheduled session for 2020 scholars will be June
121-25. The 2021 GHA is scheduled for June 28-July 9.
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, and drawing/painting.
The 2020 GSA is being held at Marshall University, June 5-23. The 2021 session
will be June 26-July 14. The dean is Dr. Maribea Barnes and
Assistant Dean is Adam Dalton.
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. The schedule for GSE will be
released later but will probably be two or three days a week for several weeks. 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 virtual laboratory or field
setting. For current 7th graders, WVU will host two sessions of up
to 48 students each for both 2020 and 2021. 2020 students will participate either June
16-23 or June 25-July 2. The 2021 selections will attend July 14-21or
July 5-12. Dr. Jessica Deshler is the dean of the WVU sessions.
current 8th graders will spend 14 exciting days (June 6-19 for the 2020 group and
July 18-31 for the 2021 class) working in teams to search for answers about
the universe. They will be directed by dedicated experts in radio astronomy
from across the country. Dr. Sue Ann Heatherly, education officer at GBO is the
students applying for one of the state's Governor's Schools must
currently reside and attend school in West Virginia and plan to be a student
the following year. For example, a student who graduates after three years is
not eligible to attend GHA. Neither is a student who knows at the time of
application that he/she will be moving out of state during the summer. Students
who know they are moving to another state are honor bound to notify the director
of Governor's Schools. "Attending school" also includes those
students who are educated in home schools and private/parochial schools. Those
students must provide proof of residency as well as an immunization record that
indicates that all immunizations required by the West Virginia Department of
Education are current.
questions and comments to
of Governor’s Schools
Virginia Department of Education
6, Room 221
Kanawha Boulevard East