Governor’s School seeks arts students

  • Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) is currently accepting applications for the 2014 summer programs and the 2014/2015 academic high school year until January 8, 2014.
The public residential high school serves students state-wide and is located in downtown Greenville. SCGSAH offers rigorous academics and pre-professional training in five arts areas: Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Music or Visual Arts. Summer Programs are offered in each of the art areas.
SCGSAH is known for its arts and academic achievements and ranks throughout the nation as a competitive, challenging institution. Newsweek Magazine ranked the school in the top 1 percent nationally based on academics.
In addition, the school consistently ranks in the top three public high schools in South Carolina for SAT scores and ranks second in percentage proficiency for AP scores.
The 2013 class of 109 graduates accumulated approximately $26.5M in scholarship offers. Among this graduating class, there was a US Presidential Scholar in the Arts, two National Merit Finalists and nearly half of the senior class was named to the National Honor Society.
Students have an opportunity to learn with the best faculty and take the next steps in their artistic and/or academic careers. Academic instructors all have attained Masters and/or Doctorate degrees.
Artistic faculty members are active in their disciplines led by a collection of distinguished Department Chairs: award-winning, published author Scott Gould, world-renowned dancer and choreographer Josée Garant, nationally accomplished actor/director Daniel Murray, experienced conductor/musician Dr. David Hamilton, and successful artist/sculptor Joe Thompson.
The High School accepts applications in any art area from current high school sophomores.
Music: In addition to sophomores, high school juniors may apply and audition to attend the Music program during their senior year. Applicants must exhibit an advanced level of training that would allow them to thrive within a rigorous music program. The Music Department will consider exceptionally talented current freshman students as Instrumental Early Admission applicants for three years of study.
Dance: Students interested in the Dance program may apply may apply as a rising sophomore or a rising junior.
Summer students also experience the challenges and rewards of intensive arts training. The summer faculty is made up of practicing artists who are dedicated to nurturing creative potential. Summer students have the opportunity to showcase their work in end-of-session recitals, readings and presentations. While learning discipline and craft from instructors who are practicing artists, they also form bonds with emerging artists from all the art areas in a supportive and engaging environment.
Summer Programs include:
Discovery - A two-week program in Creative Writing, Drama, Music or Visual Arts for rising 9th graders. Apply in the 8th grade.
Academy - A two-week program in Creative Writing, Drama, Music or Visual Arts for rising 10th grade students. Apply in the 9th grade.
Summer Dance - A five-week program in ballet and modern dance for rising 7th through 12th graders. Apply in grades 6-11.
This year, the school is offering an online application option via the school website.
Applications are available online at www.scgsah.org under Admissions.
All applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
In addition, Art Matters information sessions will be hosted across the state to explain more about the school and the admissions process. Visit scgsah.org under Admissions for more information or call 864.282.3713.

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