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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 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 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.

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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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

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


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The Latest News from GSSM


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!

October 22, 2014 - 12:36pm

Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams!

Congratulations to the boy's and girl's cross country teams! The boys team won the Region Championship on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. They also posted six All-Region runners. The girl's team are the Region runner-ups. They posted four All-Region runners. Great job, Govies!

October 17, 2014 - 3:25pm

GSSM Welcomes New Students

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) recently welcomed 143 juniors from across South Carolina. GSSM students moved onto campus in mid-August and classes started August 19, 2014. This year, the School celebrates its largest student body since its inception in 1988, with 259 students representing 117 high schools and 33 counties.

September 29, 2014 - 1:47pm

GSSM to Host Open House for Prospective Students

GSSM is hosting a Preview Day for prospective high school students and their families on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at 401 Railroad Avenue, Hartsville, SC 29550. This open house event will provide attendees the opportunity to tour GSSM’s campus and attend information sessions with current students, faculty, and alumni.

September 24, 2014 - 10:57am

GSSM Celebrates National Achievement Semifinalist

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce that Carla-Jane Pax has been named a National Achievement Semifinalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

September 23, 2014 - 3:32pm

GSSM Welcomes New Director of Admissions

GSSM is pleased to welcome Steven Cote as its new director of admissions. Cote will work closely with the GSSM recruitment, marketing and outreach teams to seek out academically talented and motivated students to attend GSSM, as well as to assist students and parents with the early college application process. Cote joins GSSM as the School begins accepting applications for the class of 2017. The application deadline is February 15, 2015.

September 15, 2014 - 9:27am

GSSM Alumnus and Georgetown County Native to be Featured "SmartChat" Speaker

GSSM is pleased to announce that Dr. Taliver Heath, GSSM class of 1990 and Senior Staff Software Engineer for Google, will address the student body as part of the School's SmartChat Speaker Series. His presentation will take place at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, on the GSSM campus in Hartsville, SC.

September 12, 2014 - 11:59am

SmartTalk Information Sessions Across the State

Prospective students and their families are invited to attend SmartTalk information sessions being held across the state during September and October. Hear from our recruiters, faculty, staff, alumni, Govie parents and current students about all of the amazing things happening at GSSM!

September 12, 2014 - 11:49am

GSSM Celebrates 22 National Merit Semifinalists

GSSM is excited to announce that 22 members of the class of 2015 were recently named National Merit Semifinalists 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 of National Merit Semifinalists in any high school in South Carolina, this is also the most semifinalists in GSSM's 26 year history.

September 12, 2014 - 11:33am

GSSM Announces New Faculty Members

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce new residential and virtual teaching faculty for the 2014-15 school year. GSSM is a two-year, public, residential program located in Hartsville, SC, for juniors and seniors from across the state. The School’s three-year, virtual engineering program, Accelerate, is for sophomores, juniors and seniors and delivered in partner school districts statewide.


Upcoming Events and Important Dates


Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 6:00pm

SmartTalk Information Session - York - New Date!

We're holding SmartTalk information sessions for prospective students and parents across the state. Meet our recruiters and hear from GSSM faculty, students and alumni about all of the awesome things happening at GSSM!

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 1:00pm

Preview Day - November

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.

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 5:30pm

Two Paths to the Top Information Session

If you are a top-achieving artistic or academically talented high school student, consider applying to one of South Carolina’s Governor’s Schools—the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville or the Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics in Hartsville. Representatives from both of the Governor's Schools will be hosting an information session in Columbia. Learn about the opportunities available for our state's most academically and artistically talented students through these two impressive, residential programs.

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 1:00pm

Preview Day - January

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.

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.