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The application window is now open for a potentially life-changing opportunity for young artists.

Greenville’s own Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is accepting applications for the 2018 – 2019 school year, now through Jan. 5, 2018. There is a benefit to applying early: students pay no application fee through Nov. 30. The early decision application deadline for dance students is Oct. 20.

Though it is located in the middle of downtown Greenville bordering Falls Park, SCGSAH is for all South Carolina students in grades 11 and 12.

“When I tell people about the Governor’s School, they're often surprised to learn that we are a public high school that serves students from all over the state,” Christina Vandiver, the school’s public relations director, said.

Though SCGSAH students receive all coursework necessary to complete their high school diploma, they do so while living on campus and while receiving training in their chosen art area, which may include creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual arts. Students are in academic classes for half of the day and in arts classes for the other half. They hone their talents with instruction from established artists, while living in community with their artistic peers.

“They perform a lot, so they are getting a lot of experience with being in front of an audience,” Vandiver said.

The public is invited to attend many of the performances at no charge.

Applications are also being accepted through Jan. 5 for 2018 summer programs.

“It’s essentially a two-week program where students are immersed in their art area,” Vandiver said. “They live on campus.”

Summer dance intensives are different, running for five weeks for rising grades 7 – 12. All summer programs give students something they would not find at a typical summer camp.

“They are getting access to the resources they need to pursue that thing they are passionate about,” Vandiver said.

Open Doors: First Look is Nov. 4. Tour campus, enjoy demonstrations by each art area, speak to faculty and students and attend an information session. To register, visit www.scgsah.org/open-doors.php or call 864-282-3713.

Group tours and information sessions are also offered Sept. 23, Oct. 7 and 11, Nov. 18 and Dec. 2. Email admissions@scgsah.org or call 864-282-3713.

SCGSAH residential high school facts

■ Upon graduation, students also receive a Scholars Diploma, recognizing their time spent in humanities classes, which feature seminar-style discussions that emphasize (and help students develop) shared understandings of the role of the artist as a citizen, the nature of the humanities, the role of values in studying art, the nature of art and the role of the critic.

■ Any South Carolina resident in the 10th grade can apply. Students are selected through a process involving auditions, portfolio reviews, master classes, interviews and a review of academic and school records.

■ Tuition is free for students accepted into the residential high school program. There are meal plan and boarding fees, as well as financial aid to assist students with a proven need.

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