South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics

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South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics
SCGSSM logo.jpg
401 Railroad Ave.
Hartsville, South Carolina, United States
Coordinates 34°22′23″N 80°03′54″W / 34.373°N 80.065°W / 34.373; -80.065Coordinates: 34°22′23″N 80°03′54″W / 34.373°N 80.065°W / 34.373; -80.065
Type Public boarding school
Motto Smart is Fun! GSSM: 24/7 Smart!
Established 1988
President Dr. Murray Brockman
Grades 11-12
Number of students 183[1]
Campus Residential Dormitories mixed with Labs, Classrooms, and a Gymnasium
Color(s) Navy Blue and Silver
Mascot Eagle
Newspaper The Govie Gazette

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) is a public boarding high school in for students in grades 11 and 12, located in Hartsville, South Carolina. The school concentrates on science and mathematics, but offers the full spectrum of the humanities as well. The school has 14 teachers, 11 have earned Doctorates and 3 with Masters degrees. Students regularly score the highest SAT average in the state (2038 in 2013)[1] The school was named among Newsweek's "top 20 elite high schools" in 2009.[2]

In 2009, GSSM began the Research Exchange Scholar's Program program with exchange students from Pforzheim, Germany[3] and Daejeon, Korea. In 2013, GSSM planned on sending 3 students to England but the idea was scratched due to not enough support

Beyond the education provided to students in residence, the school provides outreach programs to high school students in Greenville, Beaufort and Greenwood with their GO SciTech Program. Students in Darlington County Schools also benefit from a joint program with GSSM, Yale University, and Coker College funded by Sonoco.


The school was founded in 1988 by Governor Carroll Campbell and Charles W. Coker on the grounds of Coker College and constructed with private funds. A new campus was constructed with public funds and opened in 2010.[4]


Admission to GSSM is by application and open to any resident of South Carolina in his or her sophomore year of high school. More than 200 students apply each year for the coming junior class, with about 64 accepted in 2006 (varying from year to year so that the student body size at the start of each year is 128). Applications are normally due by March before the school year in which the students will begin attending. It should be noted that a score on one of the following standardized tests is required for admittance: PSAT, SAT, or the ACT. [5] This number has continued to increase and the number of accepted juniors in 2013 was 123. The remaining students are placed on a waiting list, which is pulled from should any of the originally selected students decide not to accept.

Student Life[edit]

SCGSSM State Soccer Championship 2012

97% of students participate in school's 31 clubs and societies. 83% of students participate in varsity athletics with cross country, swimming, volleyball, tennis and soccer teams consistently ranked highly and/or participating in state championships.[1]

Boys' cross-country competed in the state championship, finishing in the Top 15. In 2007, Boys Cross Country captured 3rd place in the state, while also having the 9th and 10th place individual finishers. Track had four individuals make it to lower state championships in 2007. GSSM also boasts the boys' state one-mile and two-mile champion. Soccer won the Region VIIA championship, losing in the state semi-finals. In 2012, the Boys Soccer Team won the Lower-State Championship losing in the State Final to St. Joseph´s Catholic School. This was the school´s first state championship berth. The team was led by captains Cam Taylor, Max Franks, and Ryan Pubentz.[6]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Aziz Ansari[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "2013 Report Card". State of South Carolina. 
  2. ^ "Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics among Top 20 public elite high schools". South Carolina Department of Education. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Mission and History". South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics. 
  5. ^ "Where Excellence is the Norm" (PDF). Autumn 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-23. 
  6. ^ "SCGSSM Varsity Sports". August 2004. Retrieved 2006-11-25. 
  7. ^ "NBC's Parks and Recreation star has SC ties". WIST. 

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