What is GHP?



The Georgia Governors Honors Program is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students who will be rising juniors and seniors next summer.  The program offers instruction which is significantly different from the typical high school classroom and which is designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to become independent, lifelong learners.


From June 22, 2014, to July 19, 2014, the finalists will live on the Valdosta State University campus.  They will attend classes in the mornings and afternoons and will be offered a wide variety of social and instructional opportunities every evening.  There will be performances by students as well as culminating events hosted by each area.   Meals and all instructional supplies are provided by the program.  The only costs to the student are travel expenses to the interviews and to the program itself.





GHP is not just high-powered coursework. Students will not encounter college level” lecture classes. All instruction is directly engaging, either through research or discussion or production.  Students will be challenged to take charge of their own learning.


GHP is not a reward for accomplishment—it is a challenge to potential.  As one alumnus put it, The hardest thing

about GHP is that being the best is only what got you here. Its not enough to get you through it.”


There are no grades at GHP, and students receive no credit towards graduation for attending.