The South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities is a public residential high school for emerging artists. The school gives artistically talented high school students from across the state the opportunity to study their art in a supportive environment of artistic and academic excellence. Arts concentrations include Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts.
The nine-month residential high school is modeled after a master-apprentice community with an arts faculty who are all practicing artists, as well as educators in their areas of expertise. In addition to rigorous pre-professional arts training, students receive an intense and innovative academic education that fosters connections to the arts while meeting all the requirements necessary for a South Carolina high school diploma.
Dancers can attend the residential high school from tenth through twelfth grades. All other art areas are two-year programs for eleventh and twelfth grade students.
Students apply and audition to attend the school. There is no tuition to attend, although there are minimal processing and meal plan fees. Life at the Governor's School is a constant collaboration. Emerging artists from different backgrounds and all five art areas work together, learn from one another, and grow to form bonds that last long past graduation.
Summer programs include Discovery, Academy, Summer Dance and Teachers' Institutes.
Both Discovery (for rising ninth grade students) and Academy (for rising tenth grade students) are two-week programs that include concentrations in Creative Writing, Drama, Music and Visual Arts.
Summer Dance is a five-week program for dancers ranging from seventh to eleventh grades.
We welcome visitors to the Governor's School campus. During the year, there are a number of performances that are free and open to the public. (These may be found on the Performance Calendar on this site.) As a public school, we ask that if you are visiting at another time you make an appointment with the person you wish to see and check-in at the administration building reception desk to meet your host. If you wish to arrange for a general tour, please contact Jennifer Cooper or call 864-282-3713.