Summer Residential Governor's Schools

Summer residential governor’s schools offer gifted and high-achieving secondary (and sometimes middle-school) students an enrichment program that addresses three areas of student development—academic or artistic (often called Area 1), interdisciplinary (often called Area 2) and social and emotional (often called Area 3). The purpose of governor’s schools is to provide a constructive residential learning environment for gifted students to explore their considerable potential.

Governor’s school programs vary widely from state to state. Funding sources differ, state oversight varies among departments and public-private partnerships, nomination and selection procedures vary, and implementation strategies range as widely as the host institutions of each program.

What unites these programs is dedication to meeting the academic, artistic, and social and emotional needs to gifted, talented, and high achieving youth. The National Conference of Governor’s School exists to unite these disparate programs among many different states in this common purpose.

Governor's schools directory

State governor's schools open to non-residents:

California State Summer School for the Arts

The California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) is a rigorous pre-professional training program in the visual and performing arts, creative writing, animation, and film for talented artists of high school age. CSSSA provides a supportive environment in which students hone acquired skills and explore new techniques and ideas for an intense and exciting learning experience. The School was created by the California Legislature, held its first session in 1987. Its purpose is to provide a training ground for future artists who wish to pursue careers in the arts and entertainment industries in California. The California State Summer School for the Arts is a state agency funded through a unique public-private partnership.

Host: California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

Focus: Arts

Length: 4 weeks


Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship

A former Pennsylvania Governor’s School, the Global Entrepreneurship program (PSGE) was established in 2001 and is a unique and experiential learning environment at Lehigh University. Seventy six students will be selected for the 2013 program. The purpose of the PSGE program is to expose students to the topics of entrepreneurship, globalization, team building, project management, leadership and working within a culturally diverse environment and to ignite the students’ spirit of creativity, innovation and learning.

Host: Lehigh University Iococca Institute

Focus: Entrepreneurship

Length: 4 weeks


University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy

The University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy, formerly the Pennsylvania Governor's School for Health Care, is a four week program held in June and July for 110 students who are interested in learning more about health care and health care careers. The program focuses on exposing students to the health care delivery system, learning about the variety of careers available in the field of health care, understanding current issues in health care, and incorporating what they learn in a medical profession.

Host: University of Pittsburgh

Focus: Health care

Length: 4 weeks