The Governor's Program for Gifted Children



Conducted on the McNeese State University campus for boys and girls whose score on an acceptable aptitude test is in the 96th percentile or higher, GPGC employs a project-based method in which students engage in independent individual and group projects. This approach enables pupils to maintain and stimulate their interest levels in areas ranging from the humanities to the fine arts to the social sciences. Information acquisition is secondary to the development of thinking and problem-solving skills. GPGC operates two divisions: Junior Division students follow the prescribed curriculum in science, humanities and composition, while Senior Division students (generally 15- and 16-year-olds) take college courses taught by McNeese State faculty. The program is not limited to Louisiana residents, although out-of-state students pay a higher tuition rate.

General Info

Name The Governor's Program for Gifted Children
Location Lake Charles, LA
Year-round Contacts 800-291-7840
Program Focuses & Features Basketball, Creative Writing, Debate, Expository Writing, Fine Arts, Music, Science, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Theater, Track
Grade Range (rising grades) 7-11
Age Range Residential — Coed Ages 12-16
Application Deadline April
Director Joshua Brown, Director
Residential Fee $2550-3550, 7 weeks. College credit.
Year Established 1959
Dates & Sessions June-July; 1 session, 7 weeks long


Joshua Brown, Director