The Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics is now accepting applications from current high school sophomores through Feb. 15.

One of only 12 of its kind in the nation, GSSM is a public, residential high school specializing in science, technology, engineering and math. Beyond its curriculum, GSSM offers other opportunities including the Summer Program for Research Interns, the Research Exchange Scholars Program and January Interim.

These programs provide students with scientific, graduate-level internships, study abroad experiences and options to participate in non-traditional courses. The school also offers new components through its BlueCross BlueShield Economics and Finance Institute, including classes and experiences in business and entrepreneurship.

“Attending GSSM can potentially be a ‘game changer’ for a student’s life,” said GSSM EVP of Strategic Direction Kim Bowman. “Whether they are in a school that is not challenging them enough, or if they are attending one of our state’s best schools, attending GSSM will give them a huge advantage for their future.”

A GSSM prospective student is a high school sophomore, a South Carolina resident, has a PSAT score of at least 110 (math and verbal only), has at least a 3.5 GPA on the S.C. Uniform Grading Scale, will have taken the HSAP by the end of their sophomore year and will have completed geometry, algebra I and II, English II and one lab science by the end of sophomore year.

GSSM is highly selective, taking into consideration courses taken, grades, class rank, standardized test scores, teacher recommendations and extracurricular activities. The school considers not only aptitude but also proven performance and demonstrated interest in science and mathematics.

Online applications are available at

For more information on the S.C. GSSM, call Brigitte Barnett, director of recruitment, at (803) 201-9168 or email