GSSM accepting applications for Residential and STEM Foundations Programs

May 11, 2022

GSSM Accepting Applications For Residential and STEM Foundations ProgramsHartsville, SC – The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science + Mathematics (GSSM) is still accepting applications for its Residential and STEM Foundations. Online applications are available at

GSSM is South Carolina’s only two-year, public, residential high school dedicated to the advanced study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. GSSM also offers high-caliber courses in economics and the humanities and celebrates an impressive faculty, 90 percent of whom hold PhDs. Motivated juniors and seniors come to the GSSM campus in Hartsville, SC, from across the state to participate in this life-changing program. The residential program’s first-class academic experience is enhanced by state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, creative classroom experiences, and independent study options. Students enjoy college- and graduate-level classes and mentored scientific or economics research in the summer between their junior and senior years.

Living and learning together creates a community of engaged, like-minded scholars. GSSM residential students live in a suite-style residence hall that operates on a house system, which helps instill a sense of belonging and promotes school spirit. Nearly 70 percent of students play varsity sports. GSSM has a total of 16 varsity teams and numerous state championships. There are also a myriad of clubs and organizations for students, along with opportunities to engage with the Hartsville community through service projects.

GSSM residential applicants should be current South Carolina residents, high school sophomores (inquire about exceptions), and have at least 10.5 high school credits before the end of the 2021-2022 school year, including Geometry, Algebra I and II, English I and II, a social studies course, and a lab science course.

Applications are also open for STEM Foundations: GSSM’s Online Diploma Program. 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.

For more information about GSSM’s programs, visit, contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected] or 843-383-3901 x 3963, or contact our Enrollment Counselors: Heather Dunham (843-992-0148) or Carlton Hicks (843-773-0061).


About GSSM

One of the few specialized public residential high schools of its kind, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science + Mathematics (GSSM) exists to push motivated young learners beyond their perceived levels of academic ability. Founded in 1988 under the leadership of the late Governor Carroll Campbell, GSSM has consistently raised the bar for STEM education in the Palmetto State. GSSM’s two-year residential high school program—as well as its virtual high school program, summer camps, and outreach programs—all invite young people to explore the subjects they love in a diverse, inclusive, and uncommonly supportive academic environment. Here, challenge is viewed as a gateway to opportunity. GSSM students embrace the school’s rigorous approach to education and in so doing begin to realize their full potential. Learn more by visiting