For four weeks, Sartin, Syverson and other selected students will spend the morning in their major area of nomination, exploring topics not usually found in the regular high school classroom. During the afternoons they will choose one additional area in which to study. The curriculum in all the areas is challenging and engaging. Evenings are filled with seminars, activities, concerts, and performances.
Major instructional areas included in the program are: communicative arts (English), foreign languages, mathematics, science, social studies, visual art, theater, music, dance, design, technology, and executive management. Instruction is also provided in four support areas – computers, counseling, library/media, and physical fitness.
In the Governor’s Honors Program, each applicant is required to go through an extensive selection process to be invited. Transcripts of grades and records, nomination forms, endorsements and other pertinent information about the applicants are submitted for review. Students are also interviewed by a screening committee as a part of the selection process at the local level. The local nominees are then sent to statewide screening interviews and auditions. Thousands of students from across the state are interviewed and audition for the opportunity to be a part of Governor’s Honors each year.
The program for 2016 will be held June 19 through July 16 at Valdosta State University.