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
Since the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated postponing all academies in 2020, 2021 will be a busy year. There will be sessions for both years on each host campus, provided that face-to-face learning is possible in 2021.
The Governor's Honors Academy (GHA) is for students who are currently high school juniors. In 2021, 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. The re-scheduled session for 2020 scholars will be June 17-23. The 2021 GHA is scheduled for June 27-July 15.
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 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.
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 up to 48 students each for both 2020 and 2021. 2020 students will attend 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.
Sixty current 8th graders will spend 14 exciting days (June 6-19 for the 2020 group and July 18-31 for the 2021 class) 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.