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To reach high school students beyond its residential enrollees, the South Carolina Governor's School of Science & Mathematics Accelerate program offers a live, virtual engineering education to students throughout the state. Educating talented students since 1988, GSSM tailors its Accelerate curriculum to students who receive an integrated set of courses that delivers superior science, engineering and math instruction, along with valuable communication skills in a dedicated English course. Accelerate provides students opportunities for collaboration, social engagement, and research that hinges on the program's model of integration, requiring networking across the disciplines and physical space.

Applicants must:

  • Be in 9th grade
  • Attend one of our participating partner districts/schools
  • Have completed Algebra I prior to beginning 9th grade, and project successful completion of Algebra II (if available) by the end of 9th grade.  If Algebra II is not available, then students need to project completion of Geometry by the end of 9th grade.


  • To re-engineer engineering education in SC, supporting our universities with top in-state students in their world-class engineering programs
  • To provide a continuing source of engineering talent to statewide businesses
  • To secure South Carolina's position as a leading STEM state
  • To live out GSSM's commitment to delivering the best possible STEM education opportunities to the widest audience of SC students

Program Highlights

  • The Accelerate program provides intense, advanced academic preparation and exposure to the real-world of engineering during 10th, 11th and 12th grades in high schools across South Carolina
  • Successful completion of Accelerate will result in as many as 43 semester hours of college credit, depending on college choice and major as well as individual student commitment, motivation and performance
  • Details of admission and course credit are administered by the universities and their individual engineering programs
  • Accelerate offers opportunities for success in engineering and other fields, opportunities to begin higher-level courses earlier, and opportunities to take a broader range of elective courses
  • Curriculum oversight is provided by our partner colleges, enhanced by engineering firms, taught by qualified faculty and supported by community educators and engineers
  • Accelerate includes significant emphasis on real-world, team-based projects carried out throughout the academic year, as well as through Saturday experiences and summer camps
  • Accelerate includes a first-summer “base camp” at GSSM’s Hartsville campus followed by two, one-week summer experiences on college campuses, with the ultimate goal of having students enter into an industry internship prior to the start of college
  • Accelerate curriculum stresses mastery of foundational tools of engineering, physics, calculus, chemistry, and English, and membership in a virtual community of like-minded students
  • Extracurricular activities are designed to enhance engineering concepts with added emphasis on leadership, public speaking, communication and career planning

Curriculum Includes:

  • Advanced Algebra, if needed
  • Honors Pre-Calculus for Engineers
  • Honors Pre-Engineering
  • Calculus for Engineers I and II
  • Calculus III 
  • Calculus IV (Multivariate Calculus)
  • Chemistry 101 and 102 for Engineers
  • Physics for Engineers I and II
  • Engineering 101 and 102
  • Engineering Design & Modeling
  • Engineering Capstone Project
  • English Composition 101 and 102
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Honors Literature of Problem-Solving

Students earn as many as 43 college credits. Course credits articulated through SC colleges. Download a sample curriculum.

Learn more about Accelerate at one of the following information sessions:

8/31/15 Berkeley: Timberland High School, 6p-8p
9/3/15 North Charleston: Palmetto Scholars Academy, 6p-8p
9/10/15 Spartanburg 6: Dorman Freshman Academy, 6p-8p
9/15/15 Darlington: Lamar High School, 6p-8p
9/29/15 Dorchester Two: Summerville High School, 6p-8p
10/13/15 Darlington: Mayo HS MST, 6p-8p

For questions about the information sessions, contact Dr. Zaria O'Bryant at

Pilot Partner School Districts - 2015-16 School Year

Berkeley County School District - Timberland High School
Darlington County School District - Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology
Dorchester Two - Summerville High School, Fort Dorchester High School, Ashley Ridge High School
Greenville County - J.L. Mann High School and Greenville Senior High Academy
Horry County - Academy for Arts, Science, and Technology
Lexington One - Lexington Technology Center
Orangeburg Five - Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Bethune Bowman Middle High School and North Middle High School
Pickens County - D.W. Daniel High School*
Richland One - W.J. Keenan High School
Spartanburg School District Five - Byrnes High School
Spartanburg School District Six - Dorman High School
Spartanburg School District Seven - Spartanburg High School

*Not adding new students for 2015-16

Learn more about the pilot program and partner school districts.

For more information on Accelerate, email

Educational Partners
South Carolina School Districts
Clemson University
The Citadel
University of South Carolina

Corporate Partners
The following corporate partnerships have invested in Accelerate's launch and pilot program:

American Honda Foundation
BMW Manufacturing Co.
The Boeing Company
Comporium Communications
The Daniel-Mickel Foundation
Duke Energy
The Graham Foundation
Google Data Centers Grant Fund of the Tide Foundation
IEEE Foundation General Fund
Integrated Systems, Inc.
International Paper Company
Milliken & Company
Nucor Steel
Sonoco Products Company
Time Warner Cable
Westinghouse Electric Company

For information about corporate sponsorship, contact Kim Bowman, GSSM EVP for Strategic Direction at

Technology & Partnership Requirements for Participating SC High Schools

  • 5 Mbps of dedicated bandwidth per classroom
  • Designated location for distance/virtual education
  • In-building tech support
  • Student supervision consistent with school policies

For more information on Accelerate, email