One of the few specialized public residential high schools of its kind, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) exists to push motivated young learners beyond their perceived levels of academic ability. Founded in 1988 under the leadership of the late Governor Carroll Campbell, GSSM has consistently raised the bar for STEM education in the Palmetto State. GSSM’s two-year residential high school program—as well as its virtual high school program, summer camps, and outreach programs—all invite young people to explore the subjects they love in a diverse, inclusive, and uncommonly supportive academic environment. Here, challenge is viewed as a gateway to opportunity. GSSM students embrace the school’s rigorous approach to education and in so doing begin to realize their full potential.

Challenge Yourself

Many smart students feel that high school is "too easy;" that it doesn't challenge them intellectually or let them study the things they want to learn.

GSSM is different. 

With 50+ STEM classes and opportunities to study everything from robotics to biochemistry, GSSM lets smart students devote themselves to their interests and prepare for bright futures. Our rigorous curriculum guarantees that students are ready for the advanced course work required in college, and later, GSSM grads find they are well-positioned to succeed in a competitive, high-tech job market.

GSSM At-A-Glance

  • One of the top STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) high schools in the country
  • College-level and graduate-level learning opportunities that align with your intellectual capabilities
  • Advance through subjects faster and cover more ground
  • All the resources you’d expect at a traditional high school, plus additional benefits like personal college admissions counselors
  • 10:1 student-teacher ratio and world-class faculty

The Residential Experience

All GSSM students in the residential program live on-campus in Hartsville, SC. Although some students may be nervous about leaving home for the first time, the great majority of our students make friends and feel "at home" here pretty quickly. After all, on the first day of school, every other student is in the same boat as you!  Residence Life

Outside the Classroom
Residential students enjoy 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.  Campus Life

The Virtual Experience

GSSM has had exponential growth over the past few years—so much that we've expanded our online learning programs to extend GSSM to students throughout the state. Now, many students can earn college credits toward STEM degrees at their home high schools through our Accelerate virtual engineering program. Virtual Programs