Accelerate High School Engineering Program

Accelerate is an intensive engineering program delivered by GSSM and its college partners offering virtual synchronous and blended courses to 10th-, 11th-, and 12th-graders across South Carolina.

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Most Accelerate courses are conducted via live interactive video conferencing, and all classes are supplemented by in-person camps, day trips, and research opportunities.

Unlike GSSM’s residential students, Accelerate students remain at their home schools and complete program requirements in addition to their regular coursework.

Accelerate students are also able to participate in exciting experiences! In addition to their coursework, students must attend week-long summer camps before their 10th-, 11th-, and 12th-grade years. Attendance is also required at one Saturday Experience per academic year and at Saturday labs during all three years of enrollment in the program. More about Saturday Experiences, Summer Experiences, and Saturday labs.

Fast Facts About Accelerate

  • Accelerate offers advanced academic preparation for South Carolina high-school students (10th-12th grades) who are interested in pursuing future studies or careers in engineering.
  • Most courses offered by Accelerate are dual-enrollment, which means that students simultaneously receive high-school and college credit upon completing their coursework.
  • Depending on students’ choice of college and major, Accelerate offers them the opportunity to receive as many as 52 semester hours of college credit prior to finishing high school.
  • In addition to required coursework in pre-calculus, calculus, chemistry, physics, engineering, and English, Accelerate provides students with the opportunity to take electives in areas such as computer science, biomedical engineering, and mechanical and aerospace engineering.
  • All instructors within Accelerate have master’s or doctoral degrees in their fields of study.
  • Depending on their grade level, Accelerate students participate several times a year in pre-engineering, chemistry, and physics labs at GSSM’s Hartsville campus.
  • Aside from their coursework, all Accelerate students participate in Summer Experiences and Saturday Experiences, which are designed to give them exposure to real-world engineering challenges through hands-on learning and team-based projects.
  • Accelerate is generously supported by the South Carolina General Assembly and corporate partners. Although there is no cost to participate in the program, parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from Summer Experiences and Saturday Experiences.

Partner Schools

At this time, Accelerate is only open to students at the following schools. Please note: this list is subject to change. The number of students and sites will expand annually.

Schools are organized by district.

  • Royal Live Oaks Academy
  • Green Charter High School
  • Greenville Technical Charter High School
  • Palmetto Scholars Academy
  • Central High School
  • Cheraw High School
  • Chesterfield High School
  • McBee High School
  • Mayo High School for Math, Science & Technology
Dorchester 4
  • Woodland High School
  • J.L. Mann High School
Greenwood 52
  • Ninety Six High School
  • Aynor High School
  • Carolina Forest High School
  • Conway High School
  • Green Sea Floyds High School
  • Loris High School
  • Myrtle Beach High School
  • North Myrtle Beach High School
  • Socastee High School
  • St. James High School
  • Camden High School
  • Lugoff-Elgin High School
  • North Central High School
Lexington 1
  • Gilbert High School
  • Lexington High School
  • Pelion High School
  • River Bluff High School
  • White Knoll High School
  • Seneca High School
  • Walhalla High School
  • West-Oak High School
  • Bethune-Bowman High School
  • Branchville High School
  • Edisto High School
  • High School for Health Professions
  • Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School
  • Lake Marion High School
  • North High School
  • Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School
  • D.W. Daniel High School
  • Easley High School
  • Liberty High School
  • Pickens High School
Richland 1
  • Keenan High School
York 3
  • South Pointe High School