Apply to the Mississippi Governor’s School

Follow the steps below to complete your application:

  • Complete all fields of Form A.  You must attach your résumé, essay, and photo to Form A in order for it to be complete.
  • Ask your school guidance counselor to complete Form B, including the necessary attachments.

Applications are due for the priority application deadline no later than December 15, 2017. The final application deadline is January 26, 2018. Completed applications must be in prior to the extended deadline in order to be considered for the program.

*The latest version of Adobe Acrobat is needed in order to complete this application.

Form A- Applicants and Parents

The priority deadline is December 15, 2017, the application deadline is January 26, 2018.


Please use the link above for this form.  Please do not begin the application without the required information, as you will not be able to save the application and return to it once you begin to complete this form.  In order to complete this form, you will need to have the following information available to you:

  • your personal information, including a recent photo of yourself,
  • your school information, including the school address, district, accreditation status, etc.,
  • contact information for you principal/headmaster and school guidance counselor,
  • the names and email addresses of two teachers who have been your instructors in the past year,
  • your typed signature, as well as that of a parent or guardian,
  • a current résumé which details your work experience, service, talents, memberships in organizations, honors received, extra-curricular activities, community involvement, and other mentionable achievements, and
  • an essay written about this year’s theme, “Expressing Your Personal Voice in a Time of Global Conflict”.

The following characteristics are required for your essay’s format and content:

  • a title which shows consideration for the theme,
  • at least five well-developed paragraphs*, including one introduction paragraph, at least three body paragraphs, and one concluding paragraph,
  • the use of correct grammar and mechanics, and
  • your name and school in the heading of your essay.

*Typical paragraphs are five to ten sentences in length.

FORM B- School Counselors

The priority deadline is December 15, 2017, the application deadline is January 26, 2018.


This section is to be completed by school guidance counselors. A link to form B will be provided to you once the applicant has completed form A.
Counselors, in order to complete this application you will need to have all necessary documentation before you begin this form.  The additional documentation that is required from school records should be scanned and converted into documents that will be uploaded as part of the application.
Please note that you will not be able to save your progress once you begin the application.

Demographic Qualifications for the Mississippi Governor’s School

An applicant must meet ALL of the following qualifications:

  • The student must reside in Mississippi, be currently enrolled in ether the tenth or eleventh grade of an accredited Mississippi secondary school, and cannot have attended a previous session of the Mississippi Governor’s School.
  • The student must have the ability, maturity, desire, and willingness to cope successfully with advanced academic concepts, materials, and activities.
  • The student must have a positive attitude toward the exploration of new and/or different concepts and areas of study including leadership, personal growth, and recreation.
  • The student must be able to adjust to being away from home for an extended period of time and must be committed to participating fully in the three week program (including weekend activities).

Performance Qualifications for the Mississippi Governor’s School

Applicants are required to have achieved at least one of the following qualifications*:

  • a composite score of 120 or above on an individual IQ test,
  • a gifted eligibility ruling based on the state of Mississippi’s regulations for gifted education,
  • has participated in a state-recognized gifted program,
  • is included in the top 10% of the student’s class,
  • has a composite score of 25 or above on the ACT (sophomores may substitute PLAN scores),
  • has a selection index of 175 or above on the PSAT,
  • has a score of 1700 or above on the SAT,
  • can provide documentation of specific academic aptitude beyond age-peers,
  • can provide documentation of creative or productive thinking ability at an advanced level and beyond age-peers,
  • can provide documentation of leadership ability at an advanced level beyond age-peers, or
  • can provide documentation of Fine and or/Performing Arts ability at an advanced level beyond age-peers.

Documentation is required for each qualification used in the application.  Please be sure to attach the documentation for each qualification. You may choose to combine all documentation into one document, or you may attach each piece of documentation separately.  PDF format is preferred.

Specific documentation for items h-k must be provided to demonstrate ability beyond peers.  This can be documented in the form of a commentary/recommendation by a professional in the field of the student’s exceptional ability.

*Applicants need only meet one of the performance qualifications listed here; however, if the student meets multiple qualifications, please provide documentation for as many qualifications as possible, as this will increase the student’s chances of acceptance into the program.

Note:  Only applications that are complete and submitted by the due date will be considered in the admissions process.  An application form is not considered complete unless it contains ALL of the information requested in Forms A-B.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all official documentation has been completed by the school counselor or administrator.