GSSM Named Top-Performing U.S. School by The Washington Post

April 25, 2016

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) has been named one of “America’s Top-Performing Schools with Elite Students” by The Washington Post. GSSM was the only South Carolina school included in the list.

The 25 schools, listed in alphabetical order, were described as “non-neighborhood schools with SAT or ACT averages above the highest averages for neighborhood schools nationally.”

GSSM is a two-year public, residential high school for academically talented juniors and seniors. It offers college-level courses and hands-on curriculum with a special focus on science, math, engineering, technology and research, along with concentrations in economics and entrepreneurship. Forty-six percent of GSSM’s STEM courses are taught above the AP-level. GSSM is one of only 12 specialized residential programs in the nation. The school has been nationally recognized for its strong mix of intellectual challenges, dedicated teachers, rigorous research opportunities and overall excellence. 

Beyond its distinctive curriculum, GSSM offers unique learning opportunities including the nationally recognized Summer Program for Research Interns (SPRI), the Research Experience Scholars Program (RESP) and January Interim. These innovative programs provide students with mentored, graduate-level internships, international travel experiences and options to explore non-traditional courses. The School is also educating the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders through the BlueCross BlueShield Economics & Finance Institute and the next generation of creative engineers through the Duke Energy Engineering & Innovation Institute

GSSM has the highest statewide scores in both the SAT and ACT. With an average SAT score of 1966 and an average composite ACT score of 30.6, GSSM was well above the statewide averages for both tests, 1442 and 20.4 respectively.

“We are honored to be selected as a top-performing school with elite students by The Washington Post,” said Dr. Hector Flores, GSSM president. “GSSM’s students are some of the best in the state and are selected only after a long and rigorous application process.”

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