For three weeks before the second semester begins, students at GSSM participate in a "mini-mester", or January Interim, where they focus on one elective course. Interim classes are a great way for students to ease into the new year, and the wide variety of course offerings allows students to tap into undiscovered talents and explore new hobbies. 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.

2021 Interim Classes

Iinterim classes will be held Wednesday, May 5 to Wednesday, May 19.

  • The Beauty of Mathematics (virtual)
  • Art in the Interim (virtual)
  • Origami: The Art of Paperfolding (hybrid)
  • Patchwork Quilting: Stitching Together Textile Art and Geometry (in person)
  • MakerSpace (hybrid)
  • Mathematical Problem Solving (hybrid)
  • Mental Health through Pop Culture: Psychology of Adrian Monk (in person)
  • Everyday Survival Skills (formerly Strength and Conditioning/ Sports Medicine Injury Prevention, Injury Care, Injury Recovery) (in person)
  • Gliding at the Bermuda High Soaring School (in person)
  • Sports in the Interim (in person)
  • Never Been Done (in person)
  • Equine Science and Horsemanship (in person)
  • Ethics, Beauty, and the Environment (hybrid)
  • Music Performance in the Interim (in person)
  • The Cooking Lab (virtual, at home only)
  • Computational Biology (formerly Genomics Workshop: Computational Biology) (virtual)
  • Introduction to American Sign Language and Deaf Culture (virtual)
  • Being Francophone in America (in person)
  • What Nature Knows: Community, Autonomy, and Stillness in the Technological Age (formerly How to Do Nothing) (virtual)
  • South Carolina Marine Biology (new, in person)
  • Buddhist Philosophy (new, hybrid)
  • Creative Pursuits (new, virtual)
  • Trek and Capture the Carolinas (new, in person)
  • Underwater Exploration through SCUBA certification (new, in person)

View the 2021 May Interim Course List and Descriptions

Interim course and trip payments can be made here.


  • All students can choose to stay enrolled in the course they were scheduled to take in January, if it is still offered and there are spaces available. Students should indicate this choice on the first line of their Interim Course Student Request Form. Students may also choose to try to enroll in another class. Students who want to change interim classes will pick their top 3 preferences. Students will be enrolled in classes based on the following criteria:
    • Previous enrollment in the class for January
    • Class status: seniors first, juniors second
    • Time and date when their preference form is turned in.
  • Pay attention to mode the course will be taught in:
    • Only students in residence at GSSM can take in-person classes.
    • All students may enroll in virtual or hybrid classes. Students not in residence will be given preference in virtual classes. Students in residence should consider taking an in-person or hybrid class.
  • You may choose the course you enrolled in for January as your 2nd or 3rd choice, but, if you do so, you will not be given preferential enrollment for it.
  • Because of health concerns, no interim courses will involve overnight travel during 2021.
  • 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 Mr. Dorsel.  
  • 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 (