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
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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: 
The Choral Music curriculum will focus on the exploration of traditional vocal techniques as well as modern technological developments and their application to choral and vocal forms. Vocalists will have the opportunity to perform and record music from classic and contempoary repertoires, and students will be exposed to cutting-edge software fo develop compositions and recordings. 
Development Engineering has also been referred to as "humanitarian engineering" or "engineering for change". It focuses on creating technology for developing communities in need and engineering projects to help them fill those needs. For example, students might develop small houses from recycled materials for communities recovering from hurricanes or solar generators to power classroom computers for communities not connected to a power grid. 
Drama is one our our oldest art forms, yet it continually envolves in order to meet the needs of our changing society. Students will learn to analyze, create, and perform dramatic works that speak to the audiences of today. They will study classic dramatic texts, practice performance skills, write scripts and gain exposure to a wide variety fo roles in theatre-making, ncluding acting, directing, playwriting, and set design. Students will also have the opportunity to experiment with digital film, audio, and editing and examine the differences between performance fo rtraditional stage and screen and performance for new hand-held devices like smart phones and tablets. 
English/Language Arts will offer students opportunities to explore the art of rhetoric as writers and readers of classic literature, and as consumers of film and digital communication. Students will balance reading and discussing published works with composing their own writing in order to make their voices heard. Students will examine and compose in traditional genres such as poetry, shrot fiction, and creative nonfiction. They will also explore creative writing in areas related to new media, such as television writing, screenplay writing, social media writing, and writing for video games. 
The Instrumental Music curriculum will focus on traditional and modern composition, performance, and recording techniques. Instrumentalists will have the opportunity to perform individually and in groups, and gain exposure to new technologies used to enhance musics from a wide variety of style periods and genres. 
Students in Mathematics will explore mathematical ideas and applications in a variety of areas such as biological science, cryptography, aerospace engineering, and complex numbers. Students will consider the theoretical and philosophical implications of mathematical science and math's fundamental impact on the broad array of modern technologies. They will also be exposed to the aesthetics of math through the study of things like Julia sets, Mandelbrot sets, conformal maps, and the Koch Snowflake. 
Students will study a wide range of recent breakthroughs in the natural sciences. They will conduct experiments and have opportunities for hands-on experiences in fields such as physics, chemistry, geology, genetics, medicine, wildlife management etc. They will also discuss the ethical and social implications of the latest technological breakthroughs in the sciences. 
Students in the social sciences will examine what it is to be human through the study of anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, history and other fields. They will learn how the long and broad arcs of technological development have affected the way people communicate, evolve culturally, and resolve conflict. They will also learn how the latest technologies and methodologies have changed the way the social scientists persue their craft. 
The Visual Arts program will give students the opportunity to inform and expand their creative vision while exploring new techniques. The goal of the program is to blend traditional fine art media and craft with emerging technology. Students will investigate correlations between the physical art object or process and the digital world. For example, student's might combine traditional sculpture techniques with 3D printing and motion capture to create and animate characters. Students will participate in discussions, critique their own work and that of their peers, and examine the art world in the larger historical and cultural context. 

Eligibility Requirements

AGS Student Interviews

Past AGS students talk about their experiences and why others should attend.

Testimonials from 2021 AGS students

2019 AGS Photos




 The residential character of the Governor’s School is essential to its aims and purposes.  This total immersion fosters an academic seriousness that would be impossible to achieve in a less structured setting.


 Informal sessions discussing topics of special interest with faculty form a part of the experience of practically every student at the Governor’s School. These may grow into voluntary tutorial meetings in which students learn, for example, the basics of freehand drawing or creative writing.


The educational experience of the Governor’s School is enriched by three components beyond the classroom curriculum: a series of guest speakers, a series of films of intellectual significance, and the program’s own series of student performances. 






Arkansas Governor's School
Arkansas Tech University
215 W. O Street
Russellville, AR 72801

Phone: (479) 356-2037
Email: ags@atu.edu