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Accelerate

Accelerate Logo 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
  • Complete highest-level math available at your school during 9th grade for admission into Algebra II Honors, Pre-Calculus for Engineers or Calculus for Engineers I

We will accept applications for the 2015-16 school year in early 2015.

Goals

  • 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 32 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

We are no longer accepting new applications for the 2014-15 school year.

Curriculum Includes:

  • Honors Algebra II, if needed
  • Honors Pre-Calculus for Engineers
  • Honors Pre-Engineering
  • Calculus for Engineers I and II (AP Calculus AB)
  • Calculus III (AP Calculus BC)
  • Calculus IV (Multivariate Calculus)
  • Chemistry 101 and 102 for Engineers
  • Physics for Engineers I and II
  • Engineering 101 and 102
  • English Composition 101 and 102
  • Honors Literature of Problem Solving
  • Honors Engineering a Better Society

Students earn as many as 32 college credits. Course credits articulated through Florence-Darlington Tech. Download a sample curriculum.

Pilot Partner School Districts - 2014-15 School Year
Dorchester Two - Summerville High School
Greenville County - J.L. Mann High School
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

*Not adding new students for 2015-16

Future Partner Districts - Beginning Summer 2015
Berkeley County School District
Darlington County School District
Spartanburg School District Five
Spartanburg School District Six
Spartanburg School District Seven

Learn more about the pilot program and partner school districts.

Accelerate Information Session Schedule 2014-2015

Want to learn more about Accelerate? We're hosting information sessions for prospective students and parents at the following locations over the next few months. All sessions begin at 6:00 p.m. Dates and locations are tentative. Please refer to this list for the most up-to-date information.

  • 10/27/14 Spartanburg 7: Spartanburg High School
  • 10/28/14 Spartanburg 6: Dorman Freshman Academy
  • 11/11/14 Berkley: Timberland High School
  • 11/17/14 Dorchester: Summerville High School
  • 12/2/14 Lexington: Lexington Technology Center
  • 1/6/15 Lexington: Lexington Technology Center
  • 1/7/15 Spartanburg 5: Byrnes Freshman Academy
  • 1/27/15 Darlington: Darlington High School - The Freshman Academy
  • 1/28/15 Darlington: Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology
  • 1/29/15  Orangeburg 5: Location TBD

For more information on Accelerate, email accelerate@gssm.k12.sc.us.

Educational Partners
South Carolina School Districts
Florence-Darlington Technical College
Clemson University
The Citadel
University of South Carolina

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

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

For information about corporate sponsorship, contact Kim Bowman, GSSM EVP for Strategic Direction at kim@scgssm.org

Technology & Partnership Requirements for Participating SC High Schools

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

Timeline

  • Applications available January-February 15, 2015
  • Semi-finalist invitations mailed March 1, 2015
  • Statewide interviews completed March 31, 2015
  • Finalist invitations mailed April 15, 2015
  • Base camp held on GSSM's campus July 12-17, 2015

For more information on Accelerate, email accelerate@gssm.k12.sc.us.