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Governor's School

For the Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage


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Governor's School Information


Gifted and talented, rising juniors and seniors from Tennessees high schools.


The best four weeks of your life! Changes are coming to the 2016 Governor's School for the Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage! As usual, students will have the opportunity to explore the uniqueness of Tennessee through science and history, but for the summer of 2016 students will enroll in two college-level courses (HIST 2030: History of Tennessee and BLUE 2150: American Roots Music).

We'll continue to offer field experiences in Paleontology, the Pioneer Experience, and History Engaged! Field trips will include the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Roan Mountain, Rocky Mount Living History Museum, and Jonesborough, Tennessee.  And it wouldn't be GSSETH without contra dancing, jam sessions, and flint knapping!


Dates for the 2016 program are May 29 through June 24, 2016. Applications should be available online at the beginning of September. Check the Tennessee Department of Education website or talk to your guidance counselor for additional information and deadlines.


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  • You will gain a personal and academic edge while learning about college life and becoming better prepared for a college career;
  • You will explore sites and subjects that are not open to most undergraduate college students; and 
  • You will play, learn, and make friends for a lifetime.

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