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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:

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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

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Thank you for your support!

As we embark on a new fiscal year, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the last 12 months. Thanks to your generous support of our unique School and mission, we were able to provide GSSM students with outstanding educational opportunities unmatched by any other high school in South Carolina.

Posted by GSSM on July 14, 2014 - 11:15am

SmartStart Summer Socials

Each year, GSSM's senior families host regional gatherings for juniors and their families to get to know each other and the senior families in their part of the state. Join us at one of our nine socials this summer!

Posted by GSSM on June 26, 2014 - 2:56pm

Why I Give to GSSM

GSSM Alum Kathryn (Pedings) Behling '04 shares not only why she gives financially to her Alma Mater, but also the impact GSSM has had on her life and career. We appreciate your continued support, Kathryn!

Posted by GSSM on May 9, 2014 - 9:25am

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

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June 27, 2014 - 8:51am

Accelerate Campers Debate Energy Sources

Accelerate students, after a week-long exploration into six forms of alternative energy, will showcase what they have learned during an energy source debate. The camp, held June 22-27, on the University of South Carolina's (USC) campus in partnership with the South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) and the USC College of Engineering and Computing, is part of GSSM's new virtual engineering program, Accelerate.

June 20, 2014 - 8:30am

Second Year of Accelerate Begins with Engineering Camp at USC

Students in the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics’ (GSSM) new virtual engineering program, Accelerate, kick off year two of the three-year program with an engineering camp at the University of South Carolina (USC). Accelerate’s unique curriculum includes virtual classes at locations across the state, Saturday experiences on GSSM’s campus, and week-long summer camps, resulting in as many as 32 college credits toward an engineering degree.

June 18, 2014 - 10:00am

GSSM Celebrates Six National Merit Finalists

Post graduation, the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) continues to celebrate the accomplishments of its talented seniors. GSSM congratulates six students who were named National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). The finalists’ abilities, skills and accomplishments will be considered as the winners of the National Merit Scholarship Awards are chosen by July 2014.

June 18, 2014 - 9:58am

GoSciTech 2014 Begins on GSSM's Campus

GoSciTech, the School’s annual, residential, summer camp experience, kicked off on Sunday, June 15, 2014. The camp, which takes place on the GSSM campus in Hartsville, will run for four weeks: June 15 - 21, June 22 - 28, July 6 – 12, and July 13-19.

June 18, 2014 - 9:47am

GSSM Kicks Off iTEAMS Camp for Rising 7th & 8th Graders Technology-based summer camp in Greenwood & Greenville Counties

On June 16, 2014, the South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM), in partnership with Greenwood County School Districts and Greenville School District, kicked off its iTEAMS camps for Greenwood and Greenville County students. iTEAMS will be held June 16-19 at Greenwood High School and Hughes Academy for rising 7th and 8th graders who have a strong interest in computer science, technology and entrepreneurship.

June 5, 2014 - 4:37pm

Piedmont Natural Gas Supports GSSM’s Summer Program in Spartanburg

GSSM is pleased to announce Piedmont Natural Gas has contributed $5,000 in support of iTEAMS Spartanburg, GSSM’s four-day technology, computer science and innovation camp for rising 7th and 8th graders, held in 10 counties across the state. GSSM will be hosting iTEAMS at no cost to campers at Carver Middle School from July 7-10, 2014.

June 3, 2014 - 2:12pm

GSSM Class of 2014 Graduates

Ninety-four students graduated from the SC Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Hartsville.

May 27, 2014 - 1:20pm

GSSM Partners With Time Warner Cable Connect A Million Minds

Time Warner Cable reached their goal of connecting a million minds to STEM. Through their investment in Accelerate, GSSM's virtual engineering program, and GoSciTech, our residential summer camp, Time Warner Cable has helped students across SC experience our STEM education programs. We're proud to be a partner with Time Warner Cable's Connect A Million Minds mission.

May 20, 2014 - 10:19am

2014 Academic Awards Ceremony

The 2014 Academic Awards Ceremony was held Sunday, May 18, 2014 in the GSSM Gymnasium. Students were recognized for excellence, scholarship, dedication and hard work during their time on the GSSM campus.

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Monday, July 21, 2014 - 8:30am to Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 3:30pm

iTEAMS Camps

Starting in June, GSSM will be hosting iTEAMS day camps in 10 locations across the state. Students will learn how to develop mobile apps, design video games and develop an interactive object while exploring the latest technologies.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

SmartStart Summer Social - Beaufort

GSSM's SmartStart Summer Socials are a great way for juniors and their families to get to know each other and the senior families in their part of the state before school starts. Join us in Beaufort!

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

SmartStart Summer Social - Greenville

GSSM's SmartStart Summer Socials are a great way for juniors and their families to get to know each other and the senior families in their part of the state before school starts. Join us in Greenville!

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

SmartStart Summer Social - Charleston

GSSM's SmartStart Summer Socials are a great way for juniors and their families to get to know each other and the senior families in their part of the state before school starts. Join us in Charleston!

Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

SmartStart Summer Social - Fort Mill

GSSM's SmartStart Summer Socials are a great way for juniors and their families to get to know each other and the senior families in their part of the state before school starts. Join us in Fort Mill!

Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

SmartStart Summer Social - North Augusta

GSSM's SmartStart Summer Socials are a great way for juniors and their families to get to know each other and the senior families in their part of the state before school starts. Join us in North Augusta!

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

SmartStart Summer Social - Florence

GSSM's SmartStart Summer Socials are a great way for juniors and their families to get to know each other and the senior families in their part of the state before school starts. Join us in Florence!

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 9:30am

2014-15 School Year

Move in begins for the 2014-15 school year! Juniors join us first, followed by the seniors. Download a tentative academic calendar for the 2014-15 school year here...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 7:00pm

Fiesta Texicana

Save the date for Fiesta Texicana! Grab your boots and join your GSSM amigos for a spicy Southwestern Soiree where Tex-Mex meets the Pee Dee.