Accelerate Virtual Engineering Program

Get an early start on your engineering career with this program delivered by GSSM and its college partners. For 10th-12th grades at participating schools.

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Most Accelerate courses are conducted via live interactive video conferencing, and all classes are supplemented by in-person summer learning experiences and research opportunities.

Unlike GSSM’s residential students, Accelerate students remain at their home school districts 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, Accelerate students also have an opportunity to attend week-long Summer Learning Experiences prior to their 10th, 11th, and 12th grade years. Saturday labs take place during all three years of enrollment in the program. More about Summer Learning 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 careers in engineering or related fields after engineering. 
  • Most courses offered by Accelerate are dual-enrollment, which means that students are both high school and college students simultaneously. 
  • Depending on students’ choice of college and major, Accelerate offers them the opportunity to receive as many as 39 semester hours of college credit prior to finishing high school.
  • In addition to required coursework in pre-calculus, calculus, chemistry, physics, engineering, Accelerate provides students with the opportunity to take honors engineering electives in areas such as electrical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, 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, Accelerate students participate in Summer Learning Experiences and Saturday Labs, 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 Learning Experiences and Saturday Labs.

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 and location of students and sites may change annually.

Schools are organized by district.

Charter
  • Bridges Preparatory Academy
  • Green Upstate High School
  • Greenville Technical Charter High School
  • High School for Health Professions
  • Palmetto Scholars Academy
Chesterfield
  • Cheraw High School
  • Chesterfield High School
Darlington
  • Mayo High School for Math, Science & Technology
Dorchester 4
  • Woodland High School
Florence 1
  • South Florence High School
  • West Florence High School
  • Wilson High School
Greenville
  • J.L. Mann High School
Horry
  • Aynor High School
  • Carolina Forest High School
  • Conway High School
  • Green Sea Floyds Middle & High School
  • Loris High School
  • Myrtle Beach High School
  • North Myrtle Beach High School
  • Socastee High School
  • St. James High School
Kershaw
  • Camden High School
  • Lugoff-Elgin High School
Lexington 1
  • Gilbert High School
  • Lexington High School
  • Pelion High School
  • River Bluff High School
  • White Knoll High School
Oconee
  • Seneca High School
  • Walhalla High School
Orangeburg
  • Bethune-Bowman Middle High School
  • Branchville Middle/High School
  • Edisto High School
  • Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Middle/High School
  • North Middle/High School
  • Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School
Pickens
  • D.W. Daniel High School
  • Easley High School
  • Liberty High School
  • Pickens High School
Williamsburg
  • Kingstree Senior High School
York 3/Rock Hill
  • South Pointe High School