Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Gifted & Talented Enrichment

Arkansas Governor’s School (AGS)

Arkansas Governor's School is a four-week residential, educational summer program designed for upcoming high school seniors with exceptional abilities, creativity, and maturity. Participants attend classes and special events, including concerts, theatrical productions, lectures, and films. They participate in service projects, recreational activities, and social gatherings. The atmosphere of AGS is charged with intellectual, cultural, and social excitement. Participants take away a heightened appreciation of their own talents, a deeper sense of their relationship to their communities, and a more intense intellectual curiosity.

Students must be nominated by their schools to apply. Counselors, gifted and talented coordinators, or teachers should be working through the nomination criteria with interested students. Completed applications are due from schools at the end of January. Applications are reviewed by a state-appointed selection committee and selections are announced in April.  For more information visit the Arkansas Governor's School official website.

Academic Enrichment for Gifted/Talented in Summer (AEGIS)

Academic Enrichment for Gifted/Talented in Summer programs are educational experiences for gifted students in Arkansas at no cost to families.  Students entering grades 7-12 may apply to various programs, both residential and commuter, offered around the state.  Programs lasting from one to two weeks in the subject areas of science, mathematics, literature and communications, social studies, computer science, arts and music, and foreign languages are available. Proposals for enrichment programs are accepted and reviewed each year. 

For more information please go to AEGIS Programs for Summer 2019.  

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