SCGSAH now accepting applications for 2024-2025

Christina Vandiver

The SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, a public, residential high school for artistically talented students, is now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year and summer programs. All South Carolina residents in grades 6-11 are eligible to apply online at

The Governor’s School’s tuition-free, residential high school currently serves 10th-12th grade students who receive pre-professional training in creative writing, dance, drama, music and visual arts. In the fall of 2024, the school’s new film department will open with its first class of aspiring filmmakers. The dance department will also offer a new full modern and contemporary dance track for students interested in careers in modern dance and choreography.

In addition to its highly acclaimed arts programming, the school provides a high school education that has been nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Washington Post, and Niche, with SAT and ACT scores consistently ranking above state and national averages. Many students receive arts and academic scholarships to the most prestigious colleges, universities and conservatories.

The reviews and rankings site,, ranked the Governor’s School as the “Best High School for the Arts in SC,” as having the second “Best Public High School Teachers in SC,” and the third “Best College Prep High School in SC.”

During the summer, the Governor’s School hosts around 350 students for overnight summer programs in creative writing, dance, drama, film, music and visual arts. These arts-immersive experiences allow students to explore their talents while learning the fundamentals of their chosen arts discipline. They are guided by practicing artists in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Governor’s School students are consistently recognized in regional and national arts competitions including YoungArts, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Youth America Grand Prix, Music Teachers National Association, and U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.  Esteemed alumni have been named South Carolina Teachers of the Year and Emmy, Tony, Grammy and Webby award winners.

All interested students apply online at and complete various application and/or audition requirements depending on their chosen program. The priority application deadline for all programs is January 10, 2024. Applications will be received until all openings are filled. Financial assistance is available for all programs through the Governor’s School Foundation.

The Governor’s School is hosting its annual Go Govie! Day on November 4 when all interested students and their families have the opportunity to tour campus, attend arts demonstrations, and learn more about the school’s programs. Register online at