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 spent 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 30-July 3
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 16-July 6, under the leadership of Dr. Maribea Barnes.
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 13-July 3 at West Virginia University. Dr. Elizabeth Vitullo is the dean.