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GSSM programs accepting applications

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from S.C. Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics
Hartsville – The S.C. Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) in Hartsville is now accepting applications for its residential and virtual programs.
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, 85 percent of whom hold doctorates. Motivated juniors and seniors come to GSSM from across the state to participate in this life-changing program.
“We welcome your interest in joining the best STEM school in South Carolina and one of the best in the nation,” said Dr. Hector Flores, GSSM president. “We are privileged to serve an exceptional group of talented and motivated students from throughout the state of South Carolina.”
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 the junior and senior year.
Living and learning together creates a community of engaged, like-minded scholars. GSSM residential students live in a suite-style dormitory 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, and GSSM teams won nine state championships last year. There are also many clubs and organizations for students, along with opportunities to engage with the 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 prior to the end of the 2018-2019 school year, including geometry, Algebra I and II, English I and II, a social studies course and a lab science course.
There is no tuition or housing cost to attend GSSM’s residential program. Parents pay for meals and other fees.

Virtual programs
GSSM also offers two virtual engineering programs in partnership with school districts.
Accelerate provides students with intensive coursework, innovative learning experiences and team-building activities that expose them to areas of study within various engineering fields. Most classes allow students to earn college credit through dual enrollment.
TEAM UP introduces students to various fields of engineering and enables them to understand the engineering design process and acquire STEM content knowledge. Successful completion of TEAM UP leaves students exceptionally prepared to study engineering in an undergraduate program.
Accelerate and TEAM UP classes are presented live through computer and audiovisual equipment, allowing students to remain in their home high schools and still have access to GSSM’s high-quality education. 
Accelerate and TEAM UP applicants should be current South Carolina residents, enrolled in ninth grade, and attend high school in one of GSSM’s participating partner districts. In addition, applicants should anticipate successfully completing algebra II honors by the end of ninth grade.  There is no tuition cost for Accelerate or TEAM UP.
The application deadline for GSSM residential and virtual programs is 5 p.m. Feb. 15.
Applications and more information are available at www.scgssm.org, or contact the admissions office at admissions@gssm.k12.sc.us or (843) 383-3944.