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
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
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.
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