The Governor's School for Science & Mathematics was founded in 1988 under the leadership of former Governor Carroll Campbell and Charles W. Coker, then-president of Sonoco Products Company.

Mission Statement

The mission of the South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is to offer our state's most academically motivated students a unique learning environment that strengthens their ability to think critically, stimulates the joy of learning and fosters the excitement of discovery through hands-on scientific research.

The purpose of GSSM is to positively impact South Carolina's economic development through the cultivation of our current students and alumni, who are our state's future political and business leaders.


When GSSM was established in 1988, the School resided on the campus of Coker College in Hartsville. In 2003, the School and its 128 students moved down the street to a new, state-of-the-art building capable of housing 288 students. In 2010, two new wings were added: the Academic Center, featuring more than 18 classroom and laboratory facilities, and the Student Activities Center, which includes a gym, weight room, engineering projects center, fully-equipped kitchen, game room and space for students to relax. GSSM has consistently maintained the 10:1 student-teacher ratio, world class faculty and innovative curriculum during the expansion efforts. In 2015, the school reached maximum capacity of 288 students.

Envisioning the Future

In January 2018, the GSSM Board of Trustees approved a new strategic plan, which provides a blueprint for GSSM to reach and serve more students, provide more opportunities, and prepare more future leaders in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering for South Carolina. GSSM will be recognized as a national leader in K-12 science and mathematics education, known for developing students who are exceptionally well-prepared to engage in global issues as creative and ethical leaders.