43rd Annual Arkansas Governor's School
July 5 - August 1, 2022
The Arkansas Governor’s School is a four-week summer residential program for upcoming high school seniors who are residents of the state of Arkansas. The program is funded by the Arkansas State Legislature as a portion of the biennial appropriation for Gifted and Talented Programs through the State Department of Education. State funds provide tuition, room, board, and instructional materials for each student who attends the four-week program on the site of a residential college campus, sponsored by the State. The Arkansas Governor’s School is a non-credit program that seeks to create a unique experience for a select group of Arkansas’ best students—the potential leaders of the 21st century. Both inside and outside the classrooms, AGS provides highly motivated, creative students with an intellectual atmosphere impossible to sustain in ordinary academic settings. The excitement of intellectual and artistic pursuits and the expectation of significant conceptual gains permeate all aspects of the participants’ lives for the full four weeks.
The 43rd Arkansas Governor’s School will take place Tues. July 5 through Mon. Aug. 1, 2022. Students will attend classes on the Arkansas Tech University campus and stay in the residence halls. The following procedures are in place to promote the health and safety of all AGS students and staff.
- Students and staff are encouraged to be up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccination.
- In addition, students and staff are asked to take a COVID test 72 hours prior to arrival and a second test the day before arriving. Only those who test negative with both tests should come to campus. Tests can be ordered free from the CDC at covid.gov/tests.
- Students and staff are required to immediately report any symptoms of illness to AGS or ATU Health Center staff. Staff are encouraged to send students who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms to the ATU Health Center and report it to the AGS office. The list of COVID-19 symptoms can be found below.
- Students and staff who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be required to take a COVID-19 test. They will have the option to take a rapid test at the ATU Health Center or test at home.
- ALL students sick with a contagious illness and those who test positive for COVID-19 will be isolated and parents contacted to come pick up their student. Students who return home due to illness will be allowed to return once they have isolated for at least 5 days AND have recovered from their illness. Recovery from COVID-19 is defined as being fever-free for at least 24 hours and symptoms are improving.
- Staff who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or are sick with a contagious illness will stay at home or isolate for at least five days and not return until they have recovered from their illness. Recovery from COVID-19 is defined as being fever-free for at least 24 hours and symptoms are improving.
- Students and staff who test positive for COVID 19 will be expected to assist AGS with identifying others who are deemed as close contacts.
- Individuals who are identified as being exposed to COVID-19 will need to take a COVID-19 test at the ATU Health Center or have their parents pick them up to quarantine at home for at least 5 days if their COVID-19 vaccine is not up-to-date. If they develop symptoms, they will follow the procedures given above.
- Individuals who are identified as being exposed to COVID-19 and are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccine (2-shot primary series PLUS 1 booster dose for most) will not be required to quarantine.
- If contact tracing identifies transmission of COVID-19 within the AGS community, to limit further transmission, the session will be transitioned to remote operations.
- Masks are not currently required to be worn on the Arkansas Tech University campus. This is subject to change based on CDC recommendations and university and state regulations.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided for student and staff use. Students will be asked to keep their space clean to promote a healthy environment for all. Resident Assistants will help encourage cleanliness in the individual residence hall rooms.
- Students will participate in various field trip opportunities. Students and staff will follow the mask and contact rules of all facilities visited
- All AGS policies will be re-evaluated as conditions, rules, and regulations change. AGS students and staff will follow all ATU, CDC, and state guidelines as they develop.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms.
(Copied from the CDC website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.)
Students are selected on the basis of their special aptitudes in one of nine fields:
- Only students who are residents of Arkansas and who are presently in junior classes
at a public or private high school or are homeschooled are eligible to be nominated
to apply. These must be students who are entering into their senior year of high school.
Students who plan to graduate from high school before attending AGS are not eligible
to be nominated or apply to AGS.
- Nominees should have demonstrated
- creativity in academic or creative fields,
- above average ability in the nominated discipline area,
- a high degree of self-motivation required to satisfy the program’s demanding requirements,
- the intellectual, social, and emotional maturity required to thrive in an environment
that emphasizes theoretical and process-related learning.
- Nominees must be willing to commit to the entire program. Students who would like
to participate in other programs or activities that run concurrent to AGS should not
- All qualified students should be considered for nomination regardless of socioeconomic status, cultural, or language differences.
AGS Student Interviews
Past AGS students talk about their experiences and why others should attend.
WHAT MAKES ARKANSAS GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL GREAT?
Phone: (479) 356-2037