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Across our five art areas and multiple programs, the Governor's School offers 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

This intensive five-week summer program offers rising 7th-12th-grade students (who apply during their 6th-11th grade school year) pre-professional training in classical ballet with a modern/contemporary dance component. Students must be 12-years-old by June 1, 2021 to attend. Learn more about our Summer Dance Program.

  • Program Dates: June 20 - July 24, 2021
  • Application Deadline:
    • October 23, 2020 for Early Decision Dance
    • November 30, 2020 for application fee waiver
    • January 6, 2021 for Regular Decision Dance
  • Program Fee: $2100, plus $25 application fee. Financial aid is available. 
  • Out-of-state students can apply for this program.

7th Grade Students

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

Arts Odyssey Program

This one-week summer program for rising 8th and 9th-grade students, who apply in the 7th or 8th grade, offers an intensive arts exploration in Creative Writing, Drama, Music, or Visual Arts.

  • Students can apply for up to two art areas, but can only attend for one.
  • Students do not audition for this program.
  • Program Dates: June 20 - 25  or  June 27 - July 2, 2021. Students can only attend for one week.
  • Application Deadline: December 11, 2020. Applications received after this date will only be considered if space is available.
  • Program Fee: $500. Financial aid is available.
  • Only South Carolina residents are eligible to apply.

Summer Dance Program

This intensive five-week summer program offers rising 7th-12th-grade students (who apply during their 6th-11th grade school year) pre-professional training in classical ballet with a modern/contemporary dance component. Students must be 12-years-old by June 1, 2021 to attend. Learn more about our Summer Dance Program.

  • Program Dates: June 20 - July 24, 2021 
  • Application Deadline:
    • October 23, 2020 for Early Decision Dance
    • November 30, 2020 for application fee waiver
    • January 6, 2021 for Regular Decision Dance
  • Program Fee: $2100, plus $25 application fee. Financial aid is available. 
  • Out-of-state students can apply for this program.

 

8th Grade Students

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

Arts Odyssey Program

This one-week summer program for rising 8th and 9th-grade students, who apply in the 7th or 8th grade, offers an intensive arts exploration in Creative Writing, Drama, Music, or Visual Arts.

  • Students can apply for up to two art areas, but can only attend for one.
  • Students do not audition for this program.
  • Program Dates: June 20 - 25  or  June 27 - July 2, 2021. Students can only attend for one week.
  • Application Deadline: December 11, 2020. Applications received after this date will only be considered if space is available.
  • Program Fee: $500. Financial aid is available.
  • Only South Carolina residents are eligible to apply.

Summer Dance Program

This intensive five-week summer program offers rising 7th-12th-grade students (who apply during their 6th-11th grade school year) pre-professional training in classical ballet with a modern/contemporary dance component. Students must be 12-years-old by June 1, 2021 to attend. Learn more about our Summer Dance Program.

  • Program Dates: June 20 - July 24, 2021 
  • Application Deadline:
    • October 23, 2020 for Early Decision Dance
    • November 30, 2020 for application fee waiver
    • January 6, 2021 for Regular Decision Dance
  • Program Fee: $2100, plus $25 application fee. Financial aid is available. 
  • Out-of-state students can apply for this program.

9th Grade Students

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

Academy Program

This two-week summer program is for rising 10th grade students who desire intensive training in 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.

  • Students can apply for up to two art areas, but can only attend for one.
  • Program Dates: July 11 - 24, 2021
  • Application Deadlines:
    • November 30, 2020 - To receive application fee waiver
    • January 6, 2021 - Final deadline
  • Program Fee: $950. Financial aid is available.
  • Only South Carolina residents are eligible to apply.

Summer Dance Program

This intensive five-week summer program offers rising 7th-12th-grade students (who apply during their 6th-11th grade school year) pre-professional training in classical ballet with a modern/contemporary dance component. Students must be 12-years-old by June 1, 2021 to attend. Learn more about our Summer Dance Program.

  • Program Dates: June 20 - July 24, 2021 
  • Application Deadline:
    • October 23, 2020 for Early Decision Dance
    • November 30, 2020 for application fee waiver
    • January 6, 2021 for Regular Decision Dance
  • Program Fee: $2100, plus $25 application fee. Financial aid is available. 
  • Out-of-state students can apply for this program.

Residential High School - Dance and Music

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

  • Students live on campus throughout the typical school year.
  • Students can apply for up to two programs, but can only attend for one.
  • All students audition to attend.
  • Application Deadlines:
    • October 23, 2020 - For Early Decision Dance
    • November 30, 2020 - To receive the application fee waiver
    • January 6, 2021 - Final deadline for all applications
  • Program Fees: Tuition is free. There is a meal plan fee of $3,450 and a residence hall fee of $150. Financial aid is available.
  • Only South Carolina residents are eligible to apply.

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.

  • Students live on campus throughout the school year.
  • Students can apply for up to two programs, but can only attend for one.
  • All students audition to attend.
  • Application Deadlines:
    • October 23, 2020 - For Early Decision Dance
    • November 30, 2020 - To receive the application fee waiver
    • January 6, 2021 - Final deadline for all applications
  • Program Fees: Tuition is free. There is a meal plan fee of $3,450 and a residence hall fee of $150. Financial aid is available.
  • Only South Carolina residents are eligible to apply.
Summer Dance Program

This intensive five-week summer program offers rising 7th-12th-grade students (who apply during their 6th-11th grade school year) pre-professional training in classical ballet with a modern/contemporary dance component. Students must be 12-years-old by June 1, 2021 to attend. Learn more about our Summer Dance Program.

  • Program Dates: June 20 - July 24, 2021 
  • Application Deadline:
    • October 23, 2020 for Early Decision Dance
    • November 30, 2020 for application fee waiver
    • January 6, 2021 for Regular Decision Dance
  • Program Fee: $2100, plus $25 application fee. Financial aid is available. 
  • Out-of-state students can apply for this program.

 

11th Grade Students

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

Summer Dance Program

This intensive five-week summer program offers rising 7th-12th-grade students (who apply during their 6th-11th grade school year) pre-professional training in classical ballet with a modern/contemporary dance component. Students must be 12-years-old by June 1, 2021 to attend. Learn more about our Summer Dance Program.

  • Program Dates: June 20 - July 24, 2021 
  • Application Deadline:
    • October 23, 2020 for Early Decision Dance
    • November 30, 2020 for application fee waiver
    • January 6, 2021 for Regular Decision Dance
  • Program Fee: $2100, plus $25 application fee. Financial aid is available. 
  • Out-of-state students can apply for this program.
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.

  • Students live on campus throughout the typical school year.
  • All students audition to attend.
  • Application Deadlines:
    • November 30, 2020 - To receive the application fee waiver
    • January 6, 2021 - Final deadline for all applications
  • Program Fees: Tuition is free. There is a meal plan fee of $3,450 and a residence hall fee of $150. Financial aid is available.
  • Only South Carolina residents are eligible to apply.