STEM Foundations combines the excellence of a GSSM education with the convenience of learning from home. Created for rising juniors in the state of South Carolina, STEM Foundations is an online school with a high-level STEM-focused curriculum. Utilizing a cohort model, courses meet synchronously and are taught online using Zoom. Students have online access to teachers’ office hours, academic advising, academic tutoring, college counseling, and student support services. Students admitted to this program will begin their junior year in fall 2022 and graduate in spring 2024.
We want students in this program to have a sense of community. In our seminars and classes, we will work with students to build this sense of community. Outside of class, students will work with Student Assistants who will serve as role models and tutors. Student Assistants are seniors and will help incoming juniors learn how to navigate the transition to being GSSM students. Depending on the comfort level of students in the program, students will interact with their cohort during the school year for in-person weekend activities, interim, and social events. Students can create their own clubs and can have access to some of GSSM’s existing residential clubs and organizations. GSSM will work with local high schools to allow participation in athletics.