The mission of the Virtual programs are to provide exceptional virtual education using both real-time and blended course-delivery methods to cultivate the interests and talents of motivated students across South Carolina.

Founded in 2013, the Accelerate program provides students with an integrated set of courses that deliver high-quality science, engineering, math instruction, valuable skills in critical analysis, and professional communication taught in English courses. Students who participate in this dual enrollment program complete the first year of a college general engineering program while in high school.

In 2018, Teaching, Engaging, and Advancing Minds for Undergraduate Preparedness (TEAM UP) was developed. It introduces students to engineering disciplines through gateway courses that enable students to learn problem-solving skills, understand the engineering design process, and help inform their decisions about college majors and professions. Students who participate in this program enter college with a strong foundation in mathematics and are prepared to major in engineering.

In addition to the two application-based virtual programs, GSSM also offers single STEM courses to partner schools through our Synchronous Virtual Course Program (SVC). The SVC program was developed in 2014 through the GSSM Center for Science Education and Outreach.

The SVC program’s goal is to increase student interest in STEM while encouraging them
to pursue STEM-related careers.