What is the NC Governor’s School?

A picture of the Meredith College campus. This one of the universities where Governor’s school takes place. Photo courtesy of http://www.meredith.edu/

Governor’s school is a 5 week residential summer program for students who have a high academic level in different areas such as mathematics, Spanish or social sciences.

The program gets around 600 students who are divided in two different groups: Western North Carolina, at Salem College in Winston-Salem, and Eastern North Carolina, at Meredith College in Raleigh.

It was first established in 1963 by Terry Sandford, North Carolina’s former governor. The program’s first meeting took place in June of 1963 with around 400 students on the campus of Salem College.

Most of the students are rising seniors although juniors are also accepted and they are nominated by their teachers.

At Leesville teachers have already began to nominate students for the program but there isn’t an exact numbers of possible nominees.

For Eric Greene, Dean of Students at Leesville, the program is a great experience for those who attend.

“Every student I have worked with who has been selected to Governor’s School tells me it is one of the best experiences of their life,” said Greene.

Students who get accepted will have a primary course of study known as Area I in which they will spend most of their class time. The students also attend two additional areas of study.

To learn more about this summer program, you can visit the Governor’s School of North Carolina webpage or stop by the Student Services office.



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