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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: A Tale of Three Cities

Junior Jacqueline Tobin shares the details her journey to China during January Interim. Sounds like this trip has inspired a lifetime love of traveling! Thanks for letting us live vicariously through you. What a trip!

Posted by GSSM on January 29, 2015 - 1:56pm

200Keys Conference

What is 200Keys? South Carolina’s premier teen tech and entrepreneurship conference run by our very own GSSM students. Find out all the details from Anya Bali, one of the students helping to plan the event! Oh, and register today at!

Posted by GSSM on January 29, 2015 - 12:08pm

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


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The Latest News from GSSM


February 19, 2015 - 8:49am

Dr. Brockman Honored by The Counselors of Real Estate

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics' (GSSM) President Dr. Murray Brockman will be honored by the Carolinas Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate during its 7th Annual CREative Thinkers Awards luncheon on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Carmel Country Club in Charlotte.

February 16, 2015 - 9:45am

Boys Basketball Season Successes

Justin Johnson, GSSM's Assistant Athletic Director & the Head Boys' Basketball Coach, shared the highlights from the basketball season. Great job to the boys team as well as Coach Johnson!

February 13, 2015 - 2:48pm

GSSM Students to Hold Second Annual 200Keys Conference

Students from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM), will hold the second annual 200Keys Conference, an entrepreneurship experience for teens, on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at IT-oLogy, Columbia, S.C. Tickets cost $10 and are available at

February 12, 2015 - 4:35pm

GSSM Celebrates 20 National Merit Finalists

GSSM is excited to announce that 20 members of the class of 2015 were recently named National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). These academically motivated students are now eligible for continued competition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Not only is this the highest number of National Merit Finalists in any South Carolina high school, it is also the most finalists in GSSM's 27-year history.

January 28, 2015 - 2:29pm

Selen Berkman and Crystel Sylvester to be recognized by NCWIT

GSSM junior Selen Berkman, daughter of Minis and Mert Berkman of Greenville, is one of six S.C. high school students to receive the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing. GSSM senior Crystel Sylvester, daughter of John and Ruvina Sylvester of Dorchester, has been selected as a runner-up.

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.


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