For eligibility, a student must be a legal North Carolina resident enrolled in eleventh grade in a North Carolina school. There are some exceptions made for tenth grade students in certain nomination areas. Also, the student must have a qualifying score on an approved achievement test. See page 7 for more details.
How is a student nominated for Governor’s School?
Students are nominated only by their school/school system, not by a parent or any other individual. The nomination process has multiple steps at the school and district levels. Teachers, principals, and counselors nominate students to the local public school superintendent, charter school director, or private school headmaster. (If a discipline studied at Governor’s School is not offered in an individual high school, a student still may request to be nominated in that discipline. All nominees must meet the criteria established for the N.C. Governor’s School.) The school/school system determines which of its nominees will be sent for final selection at the state level. NOTE: These schools/school systems are allowed and may elect to use additional methods (e.g., aptitude tests, other measures, local auditions, interviews, etc.) to determine these nominees.