Explore. Experience. Excel.


A cherished GSSM tradition

What better way to start the year than to focus on one thing that interests and inspires you? INTERIM classes let you ease into the new year, tapping into undiscovered talents and exploring new personal frontiers.

Several courses include travel, nationally or internationally, and field experiences. In years past, groups have visited places like Silicon Valley and the Galapagos Islands.

Course topics are diverse and include science, technology, art, music and drama. Interim courses are taught by members of the GSSM faculty, along with visiting professors from South Carolina colleges and universities.

2023 January Interim Courses

  • Patchwork Quilting: Stitching Together Textile Art and Geometry (cost $40) 
  • The Cooking Lab (cost $20) 
  • Origami: The Art of Paperfolding (cost 0) 
  • Mental Health in Pop Culture: Movie Moments (cost 0) 
  • Chess in the Interim (cost Students will need to pay $20 for a USCF membership and pay for meals during the travel day to Charlotte Open.) 
  • World Building in the Films of Studio Ghibli (cost about $15) 
  • Honeybees: The Biology, History, and Impacts of a Domesticated Super-Organism (cost $50) 
  • Songwriting (cost 0) 
  • Equine Science and Horsemanship (cost $350) 
  • Computational Biology (cost 0) 
  • Drone Building and Flight Time (cost $1500) 
  • Underwater Exploration through SCUBA Certification (cost $1200)

  • Winter Sports in the Interim (cost $200) 
  • Music Performance (cost 0) 
  • Glider Piloting at the Bermuda High Soaring School (cost $2500) 
  • The Ethics of Fashion (cost about $25) 
  • Art in the Field: A Creative and Personal Exploration of Nature (cost $225) 
  • Buddhist Perspectives (cost 0) 
  • Engineering Projects (cost 0) 


Interim Travel Courses: 

Exploring Spain and Portugal (cost $3444) 
Puerto Rico: Isla del Encanto (cost $3075) 
Exploring India and Nepal's Culture, History, and Environment (cost $4,646) 
A Smithsonian Interim (cost $875) 

For international travel courses and the travel course to Puerto Rico, families will pay the tour companies directly. Note that for most of these trips, payments will be due very soon. Contact the teacher of these interim travel courses for more information.


  • Some courses might not occur if the minimum number of students is not met. If the maximum number of students is exceeded, placement will be based on requests in the order they are received.
  • If you are requesting the same class for the second year in a row, you must receive permission from Dr. Martin.
  • Courses vary in content and cost. If a student registers for a course that has a fee, the student is responsible for payment in full for the course, even if he/she later withdraws or is dismissed from GSSM prior to or during interim. If this occurs, GSSM will not reimburse payments made, and the student remains responsible for the full payment of the course fee.
  • If you have any questions about interim, please contact Dr. Matt Martin (