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Across our five art areas and multiple programs, the Governor's School offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for South Carolina's young artists. Whether interested in our tuition-free residential high school program or our arts-intensive summer programs, students gain transformative experiences and foundational skills. All of our programs lead students to become valuable members of the nationwide network of Govie alumni. It is the arts education and vast alumni network that helps students pursue their passion and live their dreams.

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Based on the applicant's current grade level, browse below for more information about our programs. For application and audition requirements, please choose the arts area that you're interested in.

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6th Grade Students

Students in the 6th grade can apply for this program.

Summer Dance Program

The Summer Dance Program offers intensive pre-professional training in classical ballet with a modern/contemporary dance component. Students must be 12-years-old by June 1, 2022 to attend.

7th Grade Students

Students in the 7th grade can apply for these programs.

Arts Odyssey Program

This one-week summer program for Creative Writing, Drama, Music, or Visual Arts offers intensive arts exploration.

Summer Dance Program

The Summer Dance Program offers intensive pre-professional training in classical ballet with a modern/contemporary dance component. Students must be 12-years-old by June 1, 2022 to attend.

8th Grade Students

Students in the 8th grade can apply for these programs.

Arts Odyssey Program

This one-week summer program for Creative Writing, Drama, Music, or Visual Arts offers intensive arts exploration.

Summer Dance Program

The Summer Dance Program offers intensive pre-professional training in classical ballet with a modern/contemporary dance component.

9th Grade Students

Students in the 9th grade can apply for these programs.

Academy Program

This two-week summer program is for Creative Writing, Drama, Music, or Visual Arts. The curriculum incorporates studio work, self-directed studies, performance, field trips, lectures, and presentations by faculty and guest artists.

Summer Dance Program

The Summer Dance Program offers intensive pre-professional training in classical ballet with a modern/contemporary dance component.

Residential High School - Dance & Music

The Dance Department offers a three-year program that accepts 10th-grade students who apply in the 9th grade. Learn more about our high school Dance program.

The Music Department accepts especially talented and mature 9th-grade students for the 10th grade Instrumental Early Admission (IEA) program. Learn more about our high school Music program.

10th Grade Students

Students in the 10th grade can apply for these programs.

Residential High School

The Residential High School serves juniors and seniors, as well as sophomores in Music and Dance, providing pre-professional arts training along with a nationally-recognized high school education. Learn more about our high school Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts programs.

Summer Dance Program

The Summer Dance Program offers intensive pre-professional training in classical ballet with a modern/contemporary dance component.

11th Grade Students

Students in the 11th grade can apply for these programs. 

Residential High School - Music

The Music Department accepts applications from 11th grade students to attend for their 12th grade year. Learn more about our high school Music program.

Summer Dance Program

The Summer Dance Program offers intensive pre-professional training in classical ballet with a modern/contemporary dance component.