Governor's Honors Program
This will be the 51st summer for this elite program that is offered to the top .25% of Georgia Students each year. The program is June 22, 2014-July 19, 2014, and held in South Georgia on the campus of Valdosta State University.
WHAT IS THE PROGRAM?
It is a four week intensive study of undergraduate, graduate, and professional-level coursework and experience in a given field. Students will spend 27 hours a week in highly advanced classes in their given field.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Nothing. This program is one of the jewels in Georgia’s crown. As it has every summer since 1963, the GA State Legislature fully funds this opportunity- the entire month of classes, books, room, board, and entertainment are all covered by the GA State Legislature.
IF I RECEIVED A LETTER DOES THAT MEAN I’VE BEEN SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE?
No. The letter means that you’ve been nominated to participate. The nomination is a 3 part process- you will take an exam in your selected subject area here at GSMST (date forthcoming). Then, if your score meets the county cut-off score (at the time of this writing, the county-cut off scores have not been made available), you will participate in a county-level interview, as will other nominated students from other Gwinnett County schools. About 1/3 of the participants at the Gwinnett County interviews will be selected to go on to an interview at the State level, where you will receive a second interview. The top 1/3 of the top 1% of those students interviewed will be selected for participation in the program.
DOES SIGNING THE LETTER COMMIT ME TO PARTICIPATON?
At the moment, you are only committing to participating in the GSMST nomination process; you are not yet signing away your summer- we’ll give you much more time to decide that in the future!
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?
See below for links to the GHP website and the 2012 Criteria and Description. This is a great document to check out if you have been nominated in more than one subject area and are not sure which one to choose. It is also recommended that you talk with your nominating teacher(s) if you are unsure. You can also contact Mr. Johnson (Jobie_Johnson@gwinnett.k12.ga.us) or Mrs. Burke (Amy_Burke@gwinnett.k12.ga.us) who are the GHP contacts for GSMST this year.
WHAT DO I DO NOW?
At the bottom of your letter you will find the subject areas you have been nominated to try out for. If you and your parents elect to participate, you must return your sheet to the Counseling Office or Mr. Johnson (room 2.103) no later than Friday, September 6th. Your parents must sign and you must indicate the area you wish to try out in.
If you have been nominated by your teacher, see below for important information and documents.
To read about selection criteria for specific subject areas:
To visit the GHP homepage:
FORMS, CALENDARS, and TESTING INFORMATION