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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


The Journey to the State Mock Trial Competition

The GSSM Mock Trial team recently made it all the way to the State Competition. Lots of time, dedication, effort and preparation was required, and they represented GSSM very well. Lotta Keller, GSSM junior, shares the process and how it all went.

Posted by GSSM on March 24, 2015 - 12:29pm

The Breaking of a World Record

GSSM students broke the world record for the largest blanket fort. Junior Jacob Rabinovitch shares the details - from how it began, to the actual building of the fort.

Posted by GSSM on March 20, 2015 - 11:26am

The Adventure of Team 772, Caveman with Rock

Grace Brueggman, GSSM junior and member of the robotics team, shares the trials, tribulations and excitement of competing in the FTC South Super Regional Championships in San Antonio, TX. The team learned many things along the way, such as: bubble wrap is not enough to protect a robot from the U.S. Mail, and other useful tips.

Posted by GSSM on March 15, 2015 - 2:22pm

SmartChat: Ambassador Pope

We know our students are going places! And, we also know that a great way to help them get where they are going is to have business, government and world leaders share stories and career advice with our students. That's why we hold regular SmartChats with impressive people like Ambassador Laurence Pope. Justin Smith, current junior, shares his thoughts about the Ambassador Pope SmartChat.

Posted by GSSM on March 15, 2015 - 1:36pm

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


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The Latest News from GSSM


March 25, 2015 - 3:49pm

GSSM Bringing CREATEng Summer Camp to Locations Across SC

CREATEng is a one-of-a-kind, four-day immersion into engineering and design-based thinking for rising 8th and 9th graders. Working in teams, students will engage in a problem-based curriculum where they apply principles of engineering design to solve daily challenges. Click on the links below for more information about the camp in your area:

March 20, 2015 - 10:50am

GSSM Honors U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) honored U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham during the 23rd Annual Townes Award Dinner, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at the Columbia Marriott.

March 11, 2015 - 2:35pm

GSSM is Accepting Applications for GoSciTech Summer Camp

GoSciTech, held on GSSM's Hartsville campus, will be offered for four separate weeks this summer: June 14-20, June 21-27, July 5-11 and July 12-18. With a wide variety of courses to choose from, students can select which week (or weeks) to attend. Course costs range from $760 to $860 per week, including room and board. Financial aid is available.

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.


Upcoming Events and Important Dates


Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 5:00pm

Rib Fest Fundraiser

Come to Burry Park for some delicious food for a good cause! We're having a "Rib Fest" to support a Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event. Stop by, eat good, feel good!