Tennessee Governors School for the Arts

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers


Who is eligible? The brightest and most talented 10th and 11th graders currently enrolled in Tennessee's public, private and home-schools are eligible. In other words, students who will be juniors and seniors in the 2009-2010 academic year. To be eligible, students should rank in the top of their high school class in performance/capability or highly talented in the arts.

What does it cost? You will receive a full tuition scholarship for program expenses. In addition, orms, tuition, and meals will be provided for you. The program is funded by the Department of Education through funds appropriated by the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee. There is a minimal charge to each student to cover the costs of performances, venues, costumes, and other supplies necessary for the performing and visual arts.

How will the students be selected? Selections for music, theatre, dance, and filmmaking are made as a result of an audition. Selections for art are made as a result of a portfolio review. Every student who submits an application by the deadline date is granted an audition and/or portfolio review.

May I apply for more than one School? Yes, however you will only be able to attend one Governor's School since the dates of the programs overlap. If you are accepted to more than one school, please notify each school of your decision to attend or not.

How will I know when to come for my audition/portfolio review? Go to the Governor's School for the Arts website to find information on audition and portfolio review appointment times.

If I accept to one Governor's School, will I have a chance to accept another one later if vacancies occur? No. You need to make sure you are going to attend before you accept.

Do I earn any special credits? YES. Each student successfully completing a Governor's School summer session will receive three hours credit. Each student will also receive a certificate of merit signed by the Governor.

Does an up-to-date transcript need to be included? YES. Please provide the most recent grades available at the time of application. Can students with disabilities apply? Yes, if they meet the criteria.

Do I stay for the entire four weeks? YES. The program is intensive and highly individualized. Classes and special activities will be planned for the entire four weeks, INCLUDING WEEKENDS. Absences from scheduled activities will not be permitted except in the case of emergencies with permission from the Director. You will not be excused to attend other camps or seminars, to take family vacations, attend weddings, have senior pictures taken, etc.

How many students will be selected? GSFTA accepts 230 students in music, visual arts, theatre, filmmaking, and dance. When will students be notified of selections? All students will receive a letter in the mail notifying them whether they have been accepted or not, or if they are an alternate. Letters will be sent by February 15th, 2010. Students will receive separate notification letters from each of the schools to which they applied.

May I bring communication devices, such as cellular phones and beepers? Cell phones may be brought, but must be kept in student dorm rooms. They are strictly prohibited in buildings where classes or other programs are held. Laser pointers and beepers are prohibited.

Is the application confidential? YES. Personally identifiable information will not be released.

FOR MORE FAQ'S, GO TO: www.gsfta.org or http://www.mtsu.edu/~gschool