GSSM’s Residential and Virtual Programs Now Accepting Applications

Hartsville, SC – The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is now accepting applications for its residential program and Accelerate, its virtual engineering program, through February 1, 2017. Online applications are available at

GSSM is the Palmetto State’s only two-year, public, residential high school dedicated to the advanced study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. GSSM also offers high-caliber courses in economics and the humanities, and celebrates an impressive faculty, ninety percent of whom hold PhDs. Motivated juniors and seniors come from across the state to participate in this game-changing program.

“We are committed to the principles of student-centered excellence, opportunity, and inclusion for the students with the highest potential, talent, and motivation to be leaders in the STEM and STEM-related careers they are passionate about,” said Dr. Hector Flores, GSSM President. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve these amazing students.”

“GSSM Enrollment Counselors travel across South Carolina inspiring high performing, self-motivated students with an interest in STEM to consider applying to our programs of study,” said Dr. Letita Mason, GSSM Director of Admissions. “It's always exciting to see a young person's eyes light-up as they consider the creative course offerings and dynamic learning opportunities, which may not be available in their local community. We want to be sure that more families are informed about the wonderfully unique educational resource in Hartsville that is GSSM.”

GSSM residential applicants should be current South Carolina residents, high school sophomores (inquire about exceptions), have at least 10.5 high school credits prior to the end of the 2016-2017 school year, including Geometry, Algebra I and II, English I and II, a social studies course, and a lab science course.

“Our students are well-prepared for admission to selective colleges and universities across the US and abroad,” said Dr. Jenifer Blair, GSSM Director of College Counseling & Advising. “The GSSM experience enriches our students' academic preparation for post-secondary education, provides leadership opportunities, and enables them to receive personalized college counseling and advising.”

In addition to the residential school, GSSM offers a three-year, virtual engineering program, Accelerate, in partnership with school districts across the state. Students in 10th-12th grades earn the first year of college credits toward an engineering or STEM degree.

Accelerate classes are live and presented virtually through computer and audio/visual equipment which allows students to remain in their home high schools and still have access to the high-quality education for which GSSM is known. During the three-year program, students will participate in annual summer camps, Saturday lab experiences and industry internships.

Accelerate applicants should be current South Carolina residents, enrolled in 9th grade and attend high school in one of GSSM’s participating partner districts. In addition, applicants should anticipate successful completion of Algebra II Honors by the end of 9th grade.

For more information about GSSM’s programs, visit or contact the Office of Admissions at or 843-383-3944.

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