Governor's school programs are funded, in part or in full, by state legislatures and/or governor's offices. As a result, governor's schools are available exclusively to residents of the funding state or commonwealth. Students living in states that do not have a governor's school program are unable to attend. As a result, the National Conference of Governor's Schools encourages parents and youth in states without governor's school programs to lobby their elected representatives to propose and fund such programs.


For students who do not enjoy the opportunity to attend a governor's school, national programs for gifted students are available, like Duke University's Talent Identification Program (TIP) or Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth (CTY). Be aware that these programs are neither free nor state-sponsored.