GSSM Welcomes 144 Juniors!

August 21, 2019

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to welcome 144 juniors from across the state of South Carolina.

Throughout the middle of August, students moved onto campus to begin their junior and senior years. Monday, August 19th was GSSM’s first day of class, kicking off the 2019-2020 school year. This year, GSSM celebrates 271 students representing 113 high schools, 50 school districts and 36 counties.

“We are very grateful that our new students have chosen to embark on the GSSM journey,” said Dr. Ershela Sims, GSSM Interim President. “Participation in a specialized academic program such as the one offered by GSSM is quite challenging. However, our students understand the benefits of an experience like this, and they know that we are here to support them and promote an environment for their success.”

One of only 16 of its kind in the nation, GSSM is a two-year, public, residential high school for juniors and seniors, specializing in the advanced study of science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship, and math. GSSM offers a transforming education in science, mathematics, and engineering that cultivates joy in learning and builds the confidence to engage as ethical leaders with the world’s most significant issue

For more information on how to apply for GSSM’s class of 2022, visit

GSSM applicants should be South Carolina residents and have at least 10.5 high school credits before the end of the 2019-2020 school year, including Geometry, Algebra I and II, English I and II, a Social Studies course and a Lab Science course.

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