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The South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics is an innovative high school for academically motivated juniors and seniors pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and math—one of only 12 specialized, residential high schools in the nation.

Building a Foundation for Success

Great careers start with a great education. With individual attention and a specialized curriculum, our students cultivate academic mastery and practical, real world skills. GSSM graduates are ready for the rigorous course work required in higher education and are more prepared to succeed in tomorrow’s competitive, high-tech job market. Watch our video:

How does GSSM give you more?

More Opportunities

GSSM offers you a well-rounded education that places special emphasis on science and mathematics. The course work is hands-on: small classes, extended field trips, directed laboratory investigation and mentored research will show you the practical applications of your studies. Best of all, you’ll learn more about the subjects you’re most interested in with over 45 STEM courses to choose from and customized independent research opportunities.

More Challenges

Motivated students need opportunities to work ahead of the curve. Many students say that before GSSM, school was too easy and they made good grades effortlessly. The academic challenges at GSSM reflect your advanced capabilities and require you to stretch yourself intellectually, reacquainting you with the satisfaction of accomplishment and the thrill of proficiency. Learn More About Academics

More People Like You

Our students generally go from being the smartest kids at their high schools to one of many academic high-achievers, and you’ll find you have a lot in common with your intellectual peers at GSSM. Because every student is smart and motivated, GSSM classes advance through subjects faster and cover more ground, better preparing you for college, graduate school and ultimately the workforce. Ask a Student

More Independence

Living on campus prepares you for the autonomy of college life, and most of our students say that the residential experience is the best part of GSSM. Spending time with other students informally, outside of class helps to foster deep, lifelong friendships. Discover Residence Life

More Than Just Academics

GSSM has varsity sports, intramural games, musical groups and competitive teams. We take day trips and sponsor spirit weeks. We have an annual talent show and a local coffee shop. Most importantly, our students have thriving social lives and enjoy hanging out with their friends, just like at any other high school. Experience Student Life

GSSM Speaks

Govie Life and More


Congratulations 2014 Outstanding Alumnus!

The GSSM Alumni Association is proud to announce that Shontavia Jackson Johnson '99 is the winner of the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award. Read more about Shontavia's accomplishments and time at GSSM here.

Posted by GSSM on April 17, 2014 - 8:52am

Alumni Career Day

GSSM held the 4th annual Alumni Career Day on Saturday, April 5. Students heard about careers ranging from veterinarian to fighter pilot!

Posted by GSSM on April 9, 2014 - 3:25pm

Attending The Townes Award Dinner

More than 400 people attend the annual Townes Award Dinner. Most of the attendees are business and government leaders, along with GSSM parents, faculty, staff and alumni. Only about 20 of the guests are current students. So, one might wonder what students think about attending this fancy event. Wonder no more! Senior Alexis Myers shares her experience at the 2014 Townes Award Dinner.

Posted by GSSM on March 28, 2014 - 2:30pm

Got a quarter? We do!

As the campaign to raise money to provide meals to hungry people draws to a close, GSSM Senior Emily Hattaway shares with us the impact this has effort made on the Hartsville community and world.

Posted by GSSM on March 26, 2014 - 11:54am

Outstanding Alumnus Award

The GSSM Alumni Association annually presents the Outstanding Alumnus Award to recognize and honor an exceptional alumnus. Voting is now open for the 2014 award.

Posted by GSSM on March 20, 2014 - 11:06am

Life After GSSM

Carl Garris, GSSM class of 2013, is now a freshman history major at the University of South Carolina. It is easy to see how living in a dorm during high school would prepare you for college dorm life ... but what about the rest of the transition? It sounds like he hasn't skipped a beat!

Posted by GSSM on March 4, 2014 - 1:03pm

A Parent Perspective (Part II)

What's it like to send your 16 year old to GSSM? Current GSSM Parent Kathy McElvenny (mom of John) shares another blog detailing her experience and emotions adjusting to having her son live two hours away.

Posted by GSSM on February 6, 2014 - 10:41am

Art ... and fun! ... in the Interim

Senior Jalen Fuller shares his thoughts about the "mellow transition" back from the holiday season know as "Interim". He was inspired during the Art in the Interim course, as many have been. Check it out!

Posted by GSSM on January 30, 2014 - 12:28pm

A Day in the Life of a Govie: Interim

You may be wondering what January Interim is all about. Well, Senior Parmida Parsa shares "A Day in the Life of a Govie During Interim" to answer your questions! Learn about her experience in the Equine Science and Horsemanship course.

Posted by GSSM on January 24, 2014 - 3:32pm

A Brief Guide to Having Fun at GSSM

Junior Gavin Roser shares what he's learned so far at GSSM ... about having fun. Govies have always known how to mix learning with pleasure. In this week's blog, Gavin provides future Govies with a guide to follow to ensure the tradition continues!

Posted by GSSM on January 2, 2014 - 11:35am


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The Latest News from GSSM


April 21, 2014 - 11:58am

GSSM Robotics Team to Compete in FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship

GSSM's robotics team has been invited to compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championship Tournament. One hundred twenty-eight teams will advance from Super-Regional Championships and International Tournaments to the World Championship to compete for the top spots in the FTC. The 2013-2014 FTC World Championship is April 23-26, 2014, at the Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri.

April 14, 2014 - 9:24am

Plum Creek Supports GSSM's Summer Program

GSSM is pleased to announce Plum Creek Foundation has contributed $7500 in financial aid in support for attending GoSciTech, GSSM’s residential science and technology summer camp, to students from Lexington, Richland, Berkeley, Colleton or Newberry counties.

April 10, 2014 - 12:35pm

GSSM Students Take Home 23 SCJAS Awards

Eighteen students from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) recently brought home 23 awards from the SC Junior Academy of Science (SCJAS) Annual Spring Meeting. The 2014 conference was held April 5, 2014, at Trident Technical College in North Charleston, South Carolina.

April 10, 2014 - 11:37am

GSSM Students Named 2014 Young Entrepreneurs

GSSM is pleased to announce that the South Carolina Department of Commerce has named Senior Madeline K. Sansbury and Junior Allie Young among South Carolina’s 2014 Young Entrepreneurs.

March 25, 2014 - 12:21pm

Governor's School Accepting Applications for New CREATEng Summer Camp

CREATEng is a one-of-a-kind, four-day immersion into engineering and design-based thinking for rising 9th graders in Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester and Greenville counties. Working in teams, students will engage in a problem-based curriculum where they apply principles of engineering design to solve daily challenges.

March 24, 2014 - 11:29am

GSSM is Hosting iTEAMS Camps in Locations Across the State

iTEAMS, or Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship Among Middle Schoolers, is a day-camp held in districts across the state for four days at no cost. iTEAMS aims to inspire students to pursue careers in the fields of computer science and technology through innovative hands-on, team-based projects. Working cooperatively and using the latest technologies, students will create a video game, mobile app or interactive object.

March 21, 2014 - 9:18am

GSSM Accepting Applications for GoSciTech Summer Camp

GoSciTech, held on GSSM's Hartsville campus, will be offered for four separate weeks this summer: June 15-21, June 22-28, July 6-12 and July 13-19. With a wide variety of courses to choose from, students can select which week (or weeks) to attend. Courses cost either $725 or $750 per week, including room and board.

March 20, 2014 - 11:05am

GSSM Hires Director of Engineering Programs

GSSM is excited to welcome Dr. Karen Den Braven to the team as director of engineering programs. This is a new position designed to guide the expanding engineering focus of the School’s residential and outreach offerings.


Upcoming Events and Important Dates


Friday, April 11, 2014 - 4:00pm to Monday, April 21, 2014 - 7:00pm

Spring Break

A well-deserved Spring Break for our Govies! Students are dismissed after classes on Friday, April 11 and return by 7pm on Monday, April 21.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 6:00pm


Prom time once again! Find a date or group of friends, rent a tux or buy a dress and come prepared to dance!

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 5:00pm to Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 12:00pm

Alumni Reunion

GSSM alumni return to Hartsville for the annual alumni reunion.