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Application Checklist

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  • Online application due February 15, 2018
  • Short Answer Questions
  • Essay
  • Acknowledgements and Permissions Form signed by applicant and parent(s)
  • High school transcript with first semester grades and list of second semester courses
  • Standardized test scores
  • School counselor evaluation
  • Math teacher evaluation
  • Science teacher evaluation
  • English teacher evaluation

Join us for an Accelerate SmartTalk

A representative from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics' Accelerate Program will be hosting an information session in all of our partner school districts. We hope you can join us to learn more about this amazing opportunity! Dates, locations and times are being added regularly.

Register today!

Admissions Requirements

  1. Current resident of the state of South Carolina
  2. Enrolled in 9th grade at the time of application
  3. Attend one of our participating partner districts and/or schools
  4. Complete Algebra 1 prior to the beginning of 9th grade
  5. Project successful completion of Algebra 2 Honors by the end of 9th grade

Because of the nature of Accelerate, 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, and Accelerate emails may not reach you. Free email providers, such as Gmail or Yahoo, are good alternatives. Emails from GSSM will come from and/or

About Accelerate

Delivered by the SC Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics and SC college partners, Accelerate is a virtual engineering program that allows students to live at home and continue at their local schools while providing the high quality education for which the GSSM is known. Classes are LIVE, not pre-recorded, and are presented virtually through computer and teleconferencing equipment that is provided and maintained by GSSM.

Enrollment in Accelerate is a privilege conferred by GSSM according to established policies. Accelerate is not suitable for all students. In addition to exceptional ability in mathematics and science, a strong interest in engineering and problem solving is necessary. Students must take all of the prescribed Accelerate courses for their grade level and maintain academic excellence throughout the program.

Students must attend a residential summer Base Camp lasting approximately one week starting the summer before 10th grade. Attendance is also required at several Saturday events during each school year. These include, but are not limited to, special participatory experiences for all grade levels and science laboratories during the junior and senior years. These are typically held either in Hartsville or on a SC university campus or facility.

Academic conduct or performance deemed unsatisfactory by GSSM and/or Accelerate can result in a student’s dismissal from Accelerate at any time during the program.

Nondiscrimination Statement

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science and 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 to Mr. Ernie Boyd, Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, 401 Railroad Ave, Hartsville, SC 29550, 843-383-3906. For further information on federal nondiscrimination regulations, including Title IX, contact the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at or call (800) 421-3481.