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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 to show you the practical applications of your studies. Best of all, you’ll learn more about the subjects you’re most interested in with 48 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 academically high-achievers. 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.

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, open art studio, 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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Govie Life and More


January Interim: Trekking Through NYC and Boston

Senior Elizabeth Mugo shares the details of the annual TechTrek! Students visit tech start ups, business centers, colleges and universities ... and catch some sights along the way.

Posted by GSSM on January 20, 2015 - 11:28am

January Interim: Charting the Galapagos

Junior Emily Babb shares her experiences during her January Interim trip to Quito and the Galapagos Islands and how it made an impression on her, both scientifically and linguistically. There's no better learning environment than the real world!

Posted by GSSM on January 20, 2015 - 11:20am

The Awesomeness of Exam Week

What?!?! Exam week is awesome? Senior Elizabeth Mugo shares her top five reasons why she loves exam week at GSSM. See what you think! Maybe there's something to say for bonding over stress.

Posted by GSSM on December 10, 2014 - 2:47pm

A Day in the Life of a Govie

At GSSM, students live on campus and have a college-like schedule ... but what does that really mean? What is it like to live at your school? What is a typical day like? Senior Crystel Sylvester provides some answers in this week's blog post: A Day in the Life of a Govie!

Posted by GSSM on November 13, 2014 - 3:28pm

The Making of a GSSM Goody Bag

One might think that since our students live on campus, their parents just sit at home and wait for them to return. This is not true! Govie Parent Kathy McElvenny shares with us one of the many ways that our student's parents contribute to their time on campus. Just in time for Halloween, we present a real treat of a blog!

Posted by GSSM on October 31, 2014 - 11:22am

Advice for Preview Day Attendees from a Current Student

Senior Elizabeth Mugo has come a long way! In this blog, she shares her experience as a shy prospective student attending a Preview Day and what she would do differently if she had to do it again. Thanks for the wise words, Elizabeth!

Posted by GSSM on October 17, 2014 - 9:25am

SPRI: A Reflection

Preparation is happening at GSSM! Senior Gavin Roser shares how his summer of real-world economic research affected him and changed his perspective on his GSSM education. Now we know why all of our seniors look so confident...

Posted by GSSM on September 16, 2014 - 10:43am

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


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The Latest News from GSSM


January 26, 2015 - 9:53am

GSSM to Honor Clemson Professor Emeritus Dr. John C. Morse

GSSM will honor Dr. John C. Morse with its inaugural Distinguished Research Leadership Award during the 26th Annual Research Colloquium, Saturday, January 31, 10 a.m., Hartsville, SC. Morse began mentoring GSSM students in 1991 through the then newly established Summer Program for Research Interns (SPRI). Morse has been the longest actively serving mentor in program history and many of his students have gone on to pursue careers in scientific research as a result of his unique direction and unmatched influence.

January 15, 2015 - 9:40am

GSSM Students to Host Statewide Robotics Scrimmage

Students at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) are hosting the school’s first-ever FTC Cascade Effect Scrimmage on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at 401 Railroad Avenue, Hartsville, SC 29550. This scrimmage is open to all FIRST Tech Challenge teams across the state and will provide participants the opportunity to prepare for the South Carolina Regional Competition later in the month.

December 11, 2014 - 3:47pm

#ConnectHartsville combines local businesses, students in drive to build better social media branding and promotion

Downtown Hartsville became the site of a potent collaboration of some of the community’s greatest resources in the past few months, as local businesses and students from the S.C. Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) came together to learn more about how to build social media presence for businesses by working with the real thing.

December 8, 2014 - 2:00pm

GSSM Begins Search for New President

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) seeks an experienced executive to lead the School as the current president has elected to retire. The president is the chief executive officer of the School and reports to the Board of Trustees. The presidency requires an advanced degree, preferably in science, engineering or mathematics, with a terminal degree preferred. Five years’ experience in a senior leadership position is required, with both academic and business experience preferred.

November 25, 2014 - 12:39pm

Govie Gazette: November 2014

Check out the November 2014 Govie Gazette: Sports updates, a teacher profile of Dr. Culbertson, horoscopes, the Halloween Dance and newsworthy science discoveries.

November 25, 2014 - 12:35pm

Way to go GSSM Academic Teams

Two GSSM Academic Teams were among the 10 teams from seven schools that competed at the Demon Deacon Challenge this Saturday at Wake Forest. Our A team steamrolled the competition going 9-0 for the day and winning by an average score of 370 to 87. Zach Bills (1st overall) and Ross Ferguson (7th overall) were the top scorers for the A team. The team has gone undefeated for the semester (17-0) with 2 tournament wins. As a result of their efforts, they have qualified for both the High School National Championship Tournament in Chicago and the National Scholastic Championship in Washington, DC.

November 10, 2014 - 11:13am

Final Results from Cross Country Championships

Congratulations to all of the students who ran in the November 8, 2014 Cross Country Championships! The boys finished in 7th place. The girls did a great job, but didn't have enough participants to score as a team. Wonderful season!

November 4, 2014 - 11:03am

GSSM Students Win SC Finance Challenge Competition

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) celebrates four students who won the SC Finance Challenge competition, sponsored by SC Economics. Daniel Beasley, son of Wes and Julie Beasley of Florence; Joel Fonseca, son of Manuel and Lynn Fonseca of Florence; Gavin Roser, son of Vince and JoAnn Roser of Spartanburg; and Sydney Erin White, daughter of David R. and Carol M. White of Florence, all participated in the statewide, online competition that took place from October 6 through October 24, 2014.

October 24, 2014 - 10:06am

Govie Gazette: October 2014

Check out our student-led, student-written school newspaper: the Govie Gazette! This issue features stories on the Lady Eagles volleyball team's undefeated season, a teacher profile of Dr. Kroeger, a movie review of "As Above So Below", a spotlight on the Hartsville Museum, information about this season's basketball teams, horoscopes, upcoming events and more!


Upcoming Events and Important Dates


Monday, January 5, 2015 - 9:00am to Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 4:00pm

January Interim

Students spend almost three weeks exploring a new topic from a wide variety of unique course offerings during January Interim. Gliding, cooking, art, film, dance, and travel!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 1:00pm

College Planning Workshop

The GSSM College Guidance staff is hosting a College Planning Workshop for parents of juniors on Wednesday, January 21st from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm in the Gym. The workshop will cover various topics including standardized testing, college visits, the application process, financial assistance, and the parent’s role.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 9:00am to Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 7:00pm

Winter Break

Time to prepare for the second semester!

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 10:00am

Preview Day - February

Get an up-close and personal look at GSSM by attending Preview Day at our campus in Hartsville. Preview Day is a great way for students to learn more about GSSM's two-year academic program, as well as dorm life, athletics and extracurricular activities.