Allen and Littleton Chosen for NC Governor's School

Two rising Seniors at Mitchell High School have been selected to attend the North Carolina Governor’s School. Bethany Allen, daughter of Mitchell and Wendy Allen of Spruce Pine, will be attending in the area of English.  Keikichi Littleton, daughter of Thomas Littleton and Dr. Barbara Stagg, will be attending in the area of Dance.
The Governor's School of North Carolina is a five-week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades.

The Governor's School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for  academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. The program, which is open to rising seniors only, with exceptions made for rising juniors in selected performing/visual arts areas, is located on two campuses of up to 305 students each:  Governor's School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem (begun in 1963), and Governor's School East at Meredith College in Raleigh (begun in 1978). The program is administered by the Public Schools of North Carolina, the State Board of Education, and the Department of Public Instruction through the Exceptional Children Division.  A Board of Governors, appointed by the State Board of Education, acts as an advisory body.
All students study in three curricular areas:
The basic study of the student's nomination, that emphasizes contemporary texts, compositions, artistic expressions, issues, and ideas and the theories that flow from them. Each campus focuses on ten academic and performing/visual arts disciplines:
 • English
 • French (East)
 • Spanish (West)
 • Mathematics
 • Natural Science
 • Social Science
 • Art
 • Choral Music
 • Instrumental Music
 • Theater
 • Dance 

Study that explores connections between and among the Area I disciplines. As integrative concepts emerge, the class attempts to construct an understanding of contemporary ways of thinking and of the culture that arises from them. 

Study that grounds the learning from Areas I and II in student's own personal experience, and applies that understanding to their social worlds; that is, they try to discover links between ideas and actions, theory and practice.
Area I, II, and III classes are augmented by a rich array of visiting speakers, performances, exhibitions, field trips, demonstrations, optional seminars, and film series.  (Social and recreational events complement the academic focus.)
Faculty and staff are drawn from bright, dedicated teachers and professionals across the country, from public and private schools, colleges and universities, and independent artists and scholars. Most faculty members are in residence on campus and with the teaching assistants/counselors and students form a true community of learners.
Eligibility Requirements
1. Only those students who are legal North Carolina residents (exchange students are not eligible) or attend federal schools in the state, and are presently enrolled in the eleventh grade in North Carolina public schools (e.g., local school districts, charter, federal) or non-public schools (e.g., private, homeschools, etc.) may be nominated.  Exceptions for rising junior nominations are made in choral music, dance, and instrumental music.
2. A student must be a legal resident of North Carolina at the time of attendance.
3. No former Governor’s School student is eligible. However, students who are nominated as rising juniors, but do not attend, may be re-nominated as rising seniors.
4. All students must meet the aptitude/achievement criteria as established by the Board of Governors for North Carolina Governor’s School.
a. Most recent aptitude test scores: composite or subtest scores documenting percentile ranges from 92% through 99%.
b. Achievement test scores: composite, subtest, or End-of-Course scores in appropriate area of nomination shall be used documenting percentile ranges from 92% through 99%. Scores other than EOCs must have been given in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade.  Scores from EOC tests taken in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades will be accepted.
c. Aptitude/achievement criteria are used only for eligibility purposes. Once these criteria are met, aptitude and achievement test scores are not used in the selection process

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