Top 100 Best High Schools 2013 – South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities – Newsweek – 59/100
South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities
School Classification: M, S
AVG SAT: 1692
AVG ACT: 24
AVG AP SCORE:3.4
NEWSWEEK SCORE: 3.68
15 University St, Greenville, SC 29601, United States
The South Carolina Governor’s School For the Arts & Humanities (SCGSAH) is an elite residential high school for the emerging artists of South Carolina. It is located in Greenville, South Carolina. Students apply and audition to attend the residential high school or its summer programs, and they concentrate in either creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual arts. It is one of the most prestigious schools in the United States.
The school began with summer programs in the early 1980s, spearheaded by founder Dr. Virginia Uldrick. The campus was built in 1998 after funds had been acquired from both the public and private sectors; the state legislature stipulated that funds raised by the school’s Foundation equal those allocated by the state.
Boarding students live on campus and dedicate half of each school day to academic studies and half to pre-professional training in their art area.
The arts faculty are active in the fields they instruct. Students are selected for their program based on a number of criteria, differing for each area of artistic study. No tuition is charged for those who are qualified to attend, but each enrolled student is required to purchase a meal plan. Financial assistance is available. The Governor’s School Foundation covers those curricular expenses not covered by state funding.
Among American high schools, The Governor’s School has been ranked as high as 42nd by Newsweek Magazine. It consistently ranks in the top 500 high schools nation-wide.
In 1980, South Carolina’s Governor Richard W. Riley issued an executive order establishing the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. It was held each summer as an intensive, state-funded arts enrichment program on the campus of Furman University.
Dr. Virginia Uldrich acted as the longtime director of the Furman-based summer program. She lobbied for the formation of a high school where a nine month, residential program could be held, along with additional summer programs and teacher institutes. The state legislature agreed to directing $14,000,000 towards the building of the school if additional funds were raised from private donors.
In 1999, campus only partially completed, the school opened for its first academic year. The campus was named in Virginia Uldrich’s honor, and she acted as the school’s first president.
The mission of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is to serve the artistically talented high school students of South Carolina through programs of pre-professional instruction in an environment of artistic and academic excellence. The school is a resource for all teachers and students in South Carolina.