Dual Enrollment Application Requirements

Accelerate Application Components

All applications must be submitted online. If you have difficulties or questions during the application process, please contact us at admissions@governors.school.

Open: October 1, 2022

Close: February 21, 2023

Math Admissions Test (Virtual): Tuesday, March 14, 2023, and Thursday, March 16, 2023

Decisions Released: Monday, April 10, 2023*

Decisions Response Deadline:  Friday, April 14, 2023*

*All dates are subject to change


Prior to submitting an application, students must collect, prepare, and compile certain documents. These documents include the following:

  • Proof of South Carolina residency
  • Acknowledgements and Permissions Form signed by the applicant and his or her parent(s)
  • Standardized Test Optional: Official standardized test scores are optional. For more information on our test optional policy, please visit our test optional page.
  • High-school transcript with first-semester grades and a list of second-semester courses
  • School counselor evaluation
  • Math teacher evaluation
  • Science teacher evaluation
  • English teacher evaluation
  • Short Answer Essay- tell us about your passions and/or accomplishments.
  • After Application Submission: Admissions will review all completed applications and invite qualified Accelerate Engineering applicants to take part in the Math Admissions Test (virtually via Zoom).
  • Math Admissions Test (Virtual): TBD
Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for admission to Accelerate, students must

Be a current resident of the state of South Carolina. Proof of residency is required at the time of applying. Be enrolled in the 9th grade at the time of submitting an application.


*Because Accelerate primarily communicates with applicants via email, students must have an email address. We strongly recommend that you supply us with at least two email addresses, one for the student and a different one for the parent, so that we may contact you in a timely fashion. Please do not use a student’s school or district email address; these email providers often block emails from outside the school or district. Free email providers, such as Gmail or Yahoo, are good alternatives. Emails from GSSM will come from @governors.school, @gssm.k12.sc.us or from @scgssm.org.

  • Attend high school in one of our partner districts or at one of the program’s partner schools. See the Partner Schools section below for more details.
  • Have completed Algebra I prior to the beginning of 9th grade.
  • Have completed or be on track to complete Algebra II by the end of 9th grade.
  • Have a working email address, which they (or their parents) check frequently.*

    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

    Accelerate Math Assessment

    Accelerate applicants will take part in a Math Assessment test as part of the application review process. The assessment will take approximately 45 mins with 30 questions that do not allow for use of a calculator or any electronic device. The questions are designed to measure a student’s understanding of Algebra I and Algebra II*. This is required for invited applicants only. This test is used only for admissions purposes. For students who are admitted to the school, another assessment will be given to determine final math placement.

    *Scoring will take into consideration a student’s status for having completed or currently being enrolled in Algebra II.

    Info Sessions & Enrollment Counseling

    Curious to know what Dual Enrollment Program can do for you? Attend an informational session hosted by a GSSM Director of Accelerate and Synchronous Virtual Courses, Dr. Zaria O'Bryant. 

    Learn about the Dual Enrollment Program with partnered school districts, the application process, and more! Info sessions are approximately 30-45 minutes.

    Information Sessions Information

    Monday October 17, 2022, 6:00p:            Charter School (Simpsonville)/Green Upstate Charter School 

    Thursday October 27, 2022, 6:00p:           Lexington One/Lexington Technology Center

    Wednesday November 9, 2022, 6:00p   Darlington County/Mayo High School for Math, Science, and Technology

    Thursday November 10, 2022, 6:00p:       Chesterfield County/Palmetto Learning Center- Postponed due to potential inclement weather.

    Tuesday November 15, 2022, 6:00p:         Pickens County/Central Services

    Wednesday November 16, 2022, 5:00p   Rock Hill/ South Pointe High School

    Thursday November 17, 2022, 6:00p:       Greenville County/J.L. Mann High School

    Tuesday November 29, 2022, 6:00p:         Dorchester 4/ Woodland High School (Tentative)

    Wednesday November 30, 2022, 6:00p:   Charter School (Beaufort)/Bridges Preparatory Academy

    Thursday December 1, 2022, 4:30p      Horry County/Academy for Arts, Science and Technology

    Wednesday December 16, 2022, 5:00p    Rock Hill/ South Pointe High School

    Wednesday January 18, 2023, 5:00p         Rock Hill/ South Pointe High School

    Thursday January 26, 2023, 6:00p         High School for Health Professions (Virtual)

    Nondiscrimination Statement

    The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, or disability in admission to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be made South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics, 401 Railroad Ave, Hartsville, SC 29550. For further information on federal nondiscrimination regulations, including Title IX, contact the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at OCR.DC@ed.gov or call (800) 421-3481.

    More Information

    Learn more about GSSM through one of our upcoming info sessions.