Charleston, W.Va. – Locations and universities across the state of West Virginia will host approximately 544 students this summer as part of the 2024 class of Governor’s Schools. Gov. Jim Justice, in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), offers these eight residential programs that have once again expanded with diverse and unique learning opportunities.

The Governor’s Schools program began in 1984 to provide students the chance to explore cutting-edge theories in the arts and sciences and develop a greater understanding of how art, culture and knowledge change with time. In addition to refining their talents and abilities, these young scholars develop lifelong friendships and are instructed and mentored by practicing professionals in their areas of interest.

This is the inaugural year of the Governor’s School for Tourism (GST), allowing students to gain knowledge of the tourism industry in West Virginia by traveling the state to learn what sets it apart from other travel destinations.

Dates and locations for each Governor’s School are:

Governor’s Computer Science Institute
June 16 – June 22
West Virginia University
Governor’s Honors Academy
June 16 – July 3
Fairmont State University
Governor’s School for Tourism
June 20 – June 29
Locations Statewide; West Virginia University
Governor’s School for Literacy through Arts, Culture and History
June 23 – June 28
West Virginia Culture Center; West Virginia State University
Governor’s School for the Arts
June 23 – July 13
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Governor’s School of Entrepreneurship
July 7 – July 21
Marshall University
Governor’s STEM Institute – Session 1
July 6 – July 13
West Virginia University
Governor’s STEM Institute – Session 2
July 14 – July 21
Governor’s STEM Institute
July 7 – July 20
Green Bank Observatory

Governor’s Schools information is available on the WVDE website.

For media inquiries, contact Christy Day, West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications, at 304-558-2699 or

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