Your journey starts here…
The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics is the Palmetto State’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 as well as a strong compliment of humanities. At GSSM, you can be a scholar, a poet, an athlete, an engineer, a historian, or an economist. Your destination is up to you.
ARE YOU READY?
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT On behalf of the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics, we are proud to offer our viewbook as a window into a very special place in South Carolina’s—and the nation’s—educational landscape. As GSSM approaches the 30th anniversary of its first graduating class of 1990, we affirm our commitment to excellence and opportunity for all talented and motivated students in our state. The GSSM Journey is a coming-of-age story, a discovery of self, others, and the world, and a universal constant that cuts across ages, cultures, and home places. From Odysseus to Gilgamesh and Harry Potter to Katniss Everdeen, the hero’s journey is one of courage in adversity, finding our place in the world, and doing so while summoning our better angels and the best of our inner selves. GSSM’s Journey, while upholding these universal constants, does not involve fighting dragons or creatures of the dark. Rather, it is a journey of discovery about how the world works, what we can contribute to it, and, most importantly, about discovering ourselves in the process. We engage our students in their GSSM Journey by providing mentoring, inspiration, and support from a wonderful and dedicated group of faculty and staff. We guide students in their journey by preparing them to master the fundamentals of the STEM disciplines, from biology to engineering and computer science to economics, with a strong complement of literature, history, and philosophy to add depth, breadth, and humanity along their quest. We provide opportunities for learning about the process of discovery, the joy of art and music, the character-building offered by competitive sports, and community engagement to share our privilege with others. Like most journeys worth taking, the GSSM Journey is far from linear. It is, in fact, the detours, the unexpected forks, the surprises, the stumbles, and the light that shines after the trials have been met that make it not so much the “road less traveled,” in Robert Frost’s words, but rather the road well taken. Through the GSSM Journey, we prepare students for the journey of college and the journey of life, where more surprises and utter wonders await. Each of our 1,889 alumni journeys is a gift to themselves and to South Carolina. From Aziz Ansari, a recent Emmy award winner, to Carl Garris, a first-year graduate student in medieval history at Columbia, to Lotta Keller, a Yale sophomore double majoring in economics and political science, our GSSM alumni shine on their personal paths. We welcome your interest in finding your own path to excellence at GSSM. Wherever your journey takes you, we also hope that, sooner or later, you will heed T.S. Eliot’s advice in his “Little Gidding”:
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” We look forward to exploring the GSSM Journey with you. Sincerely, Dr. Hector Flores GSSM PRESIDENT
Follow your path With challenging courses, world-class faculty, and unique programs designed to push even the smartest students to learn more, GSSM places you on your path to success.
FOLLOW YOUR PASSIONS
We invite you to explore your favorite subjects in-depth through a variety of unique offerings including: • Elective courses • Expanded summer and year-round research opportunities • International research experiences • Focused January Interim trips and courses • Independent study courses Excited to explore classes like Computational Physics and Neuroscience? Keep in mind you’ll need to take Core Courses to gain access to some Above AP Electives!
PLANNING YOUR CLASSES FOR NEXT SEMESTER?
See a full list of required and suggested courses you should take prior to your junior year. www.scgssm.org/admissions/residential-admissions
Mathematics Core Courses Advanced Math AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC Calculus with Applications Math Analysis Mathematics Electives (ABOVE AP) Abstract Algebra AP Statistics Discrete Structures Linear Algebra Multivariate Calculus Number Theory Ordinary Differential Equations Regression Analysis Computer Science Core Courses AP Computer Science Computer Science Electives Application Design and Implementation using C++ and Linux Data Structures using Java Game Design, Prototyping, and Production Introduction to Artificial Intelligence Introduction to Computer Graphics using Python Programming Interaction and Visual Design Robotics
Science Core Courses AP Biology AP Chemistry AP Physics 1 AP Physics C:EM AP Physics C:M Fundamentals of Physics Principles of Chemistry Biology Electives (ABOVE AP) Advanced Genetics Biological Evolution Botany Human Anatomy and Physiology Molecular Biology Neuroscience Vertebrate Biology Chemistry Electives (ABOVE AP) Analytical Chemistry AP Environmental Science Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Physics Electives (ABOVE AP) Astronomy Computational Physics Fluids, Thermodynamics, and Optics Modern Physics Economics & Finance Electives AP Macroeconomics AP Microeconomics Econometrics International Economics Quantitative Business Methods Quantitative Financial Analysis Technology Ventures
Engineering Electives Applications of Engineering Design Engineering Mechanics: Statics Engineering: Electronics Engineering: Project Design Engineering: SolidWorks Social Science Core Courses AP U.S. History Government and Economics
Foreign Language Core Courses French I French II French III Introduction to Chinese I (DUAL ENROLLMENT) Introduction to Chinese II (DUAL ENROLLMENT) Introduction to Chinese III (DUAL ENROLLMENT) Introduction to Chinese IV (DUAL ENROLLMENT) Spanish II Spanish III
Social Science Electives American Mid-Century AP Comparative Government AP U.S. Government Civil War and Reconstruction Colonial America Irish History Medieval History Native American History Spanish Inquisition World War II
Foreign Language Electives AP French AP Spanish French IV French V Hispanic Caribbean Cultural Studies Spanish IV Spanish V
English Core Courses AP English Language AP English Literature
Research Core Courses Summer Mentored Research
English Electives African-American Literature Christian Literature Drama Introduction to Creative Writing Introduction to Film Introduction to Philosophy Shakespeareâ€™s Plays Studies in Creative Writing: Poetry Topics in Science Fiction
Music Electives AP Music Theory
Research Electives Scientific Investigation I Scientific Investigation II Scientific Investigation III Elective courses are offered on a rotating/demand basis
Guided by the best faculty Our faculty is here to help guide you through your GSSM Journey. Our 31 full-time Residential and 11 Accelerate Engineering faculty are experts in their fields as well as in their classroom. They’re passionate about their areas of expertise and will challenge you to think independently, critically, and beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. They’re here to support you through your GSSM Journey and inspire you to learn more than you ever thought possible. About 90% of GSSM faculty hold a doctorate in their field of expertise.
RECENT INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES Advanced Spanish Complex Variables French for Organic Chemistry French for Science and Math German III Introduction to American Sign Language Latin III Linear Algebra
“Teaching such a committed and dedicated student body makes each class experience very enjoyable. My classes are full of dynamism, curiosity, and active, engaging participation. At GSSM, students fully understand the value and benefits of the communicative methodology (i.e. exclusive use of the target language), and they successfully – and admirably – apply it on a daily basis.”
DR. MARIA GARCIA OTERO Spanish Instructor 6
“I’m the vertebrate biology instructor; the lecture covers the science of phylogenetics (how to classify organisms, and how to use that classification to test biological hypotheses), the evolutionary relationships of the vertebrate lineages, and aspects of the natural history of each group; labs focus on field collection techniques, and on species identification. I enjoy our students – they are intellectually curious, and generally are hard-working. I particularly enjoy taking students out to do field work.”
DR. JEFF JANOVETZ Biology Instructor
Start your research journey Get your first taste of real-world research through GSSM’s top-notch research programs. You’ll spend the summer between your junior and senior years participating in research through the Summer Program for Research Interns (SPRI) or the international Research Experience Scholars Program (RESP). You’ll be mentored by academics and professionals across South Carolina, the country, and the world!
WANT TO TAKE YOUR RESEARCH JOURNEY FURTHER?
GSSM offers Scientific Investigations, a multi-semester elective course in which you’ll develop and execute original, scientific research on campus!
RESEARCH LOCATIONS 2016–17 SCHOOL YEAR
South Carolina 3D Systems - Rock Hill Carter Veterinary Services - Hardeeville Charleston Water System - Charleston Claflin University - Orangeburg Clemson University - Clemson College of Charleston - Charleston Furman University - Greenville Greenwood Genetic Center - Greenwood GSSM - Hartsville Integrated Systems - Darlington MUSC - Charleston Nephron Pharmaceuticals - West Columbia SC DNR - Columbia Startsville - Hartsville USC - Columbia USC Aiken - Aiken USDA Agricultural Research Services - Florence Waddell Mariculture Center - Bluffton Winthrop University - Rock Hill United States Cornell University - Ithaca, New York Council of Economic Advisers - Washington, D.C. Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, Massachusetts International German Cancer Research Center German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence High School Attached to Shanghai Normal University Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
“I studied whether a mutation in the PGP-3 protein in C. elegans could model the F508 mutation in the CFTR protein in Cystic Fibrosis patients and whether changing the environment corrected the mutation. Being able to study Cystic Fibrosis means a lot to me because someone very close to me has Cystic Fibrosis and is impacted by it every day.”
GSSM Class of 2017
ON HER YEAR-LONG RESEARCH DURING SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATIONS
Explore your passions with GSSM Sometimes coming back from winter break can be a shock to your system! That’s why GSSM offers January Interim, a threeweek course designed to ease you back into school work and give you a chance to explore subjects you only dreamed you could study in high school. Pick a course/ trip and get ready for a journey you’ll never forget. All interim courses/trips are credit carrying.
RECENT INTERIM COURSES
A Survey Course in Organic and Polymer Chemistry Art in the Interim Bermuda High Soaring School Gliding Introductory Course Chess in the Interim Codes and Cyphers Equine Science and Horsemanship How Stories are Told: An Exploration of Race, Gender, and Culture in Media Introduction to Filmmaking Kite Aerial Photography and Photogrammetry Mental Health through Pop Culture: Psychology of Adrian Monk Music Performance Origami: The Art of Paper Folding Practicum in Mock Trial Robotics SCUBA Symmetry, Geometry, and Group Theory The Hero in Film Winter Olympics in the Interim
RECENT INTERIM TRIPS
A Journey through Time into the American Southwest An Ecological and Environmental Understanding of the Biodiversity of Costa Ricaâ€™s Natural Wonders From Rome to Athens, the Roots of Western Civilization Grecian Odyssey Japan: Ancient and Modern Journey through the Galapagos Tech Trek: Silicon Valley
Highlights along the journey
ACADEMICS 50+ STEM courses offered annually 20 Advanced Placement courses 16 Average class size for core courses 8 Average class size for higher electives
ATHLETICS 16 Varsity Sports 70% Participation VARSITY TEAMS Boys and Girls Basketball Boys and Girls Cross Country Boys and Girls Golf Boys and Girls Soccer Boys and Girls Swimming Boys and Girls Tennis
INTRAMURAL SPORTS Basketball
“Our community and our school takes pride in diversity—you could even say it’s in our DNA. We all come here from different parts of the state and some of us the world, under the unified goal of placing ourselves in an environment which will strengthen our academic skills. Along the way, this one goal, which unifies us all, is a really beautiful thing. You begin to notice that GSSM isn’t just a school for the academically talented, it’s an environment that encourages innovation and collaboration among individuals.”
WILL BILLBROUGH Class of 2018
Beach Volleyball Dodgeball Flag Football Soccer Ultimate Frisbee
Boys and Girls Track Cheer Team Girls Volleyball
“The GSSM journey impacts more than just the student, it impacts the family. For us, it began with my son’s desire to be a part of an educational environment which would ultimately become his family in more ways than one. As he left the familiarity of his home and community, we were excited, yet left without his presence, laughter, and dirty laundry. While holding back tears and experiencing gut wrenching pain, I stood beside my 16-year-old son and supported him as he walked out of my doors into one of the most illustrious experiences that he will ever have in life. I will never regret letting him soar.”
KATHY BOOKER Mother of Jackie Booker, GSSM Class of 2018 12
STUDENT ACTIVITIES 54 Clubs & Organizations including:
4-H Art French Club Glee Club Key Club Math Team Microgravity Club Model UN
National Honor Society Outing Club Photography Robotics Speech & Debate Student Council Tabletop Club Youth in Government
ALUMNI ALUMNI CAREERS
1,889 100% 77% 70% 65%
Around the world Attend college Work in STEM fields Pursue advanced degrees
Business/Finance 12% Tech/Engineering/Innovation 27% Law 4% Medicine 17% Research/Field Scienece 12% Education 13% Non-Profit/Foundation 5% Government 4% Other 6%
Enroll in SC colleges and universities 13
Live the Journey Pack your laundry detergent, pillowcases, and toothbrush, and get ready to embark on your journey! GSSM is a residential school, so you’ll live in a residence hall. You’ll have a roommate and suitemates, get to decorate your room, and do laundry down the hall-just like a college student. Each residential room at GSSM comes equipped with: • two XL twin beds that can be bunked • two two-shelf bookcases • two three-drawer chests • two desks • two desk chairs
11’ 6-1/2” DESK
BUNK BEDS MINI FRIDGE
SHARED BATHROOM 9’ 11”
GSSM’s residence halls operate on a House System, meaning you’ll be sorted into Fidelitas, Fortem, Libertatem, Lux, Praesidium, or Veritas (depending on your assigned floor). The House System helps instill a sense of belonging and promotes school spirit through friendly competition. There are regularly scheduled long weekends when you can go home, relax, and reconnect with friends and family.
While at GSSM you’re required to complete 50 hours of community engagement (but don’t worry, you can always do more!). You’ll help support the local community through shared responsibilities, including bus maintenance, assembly prep, and community service projects on and off campus.
Explore Hartsville GSSM is located in scenic Hartsville, Darlington County’s largest city, a 2016 All-American City honored by the National Civic League. Along with GSSM, Hartsville is home to Coker College and Sonoco Products Company.
GSSM RECOMMENDATIONS Entertainment AMC Classic Hartsville 2 1 TIP Tickets are just $2.89
118 W Carolina Ave 2
Center Theater 212 N 5th St
Hartsville Museum 3 222 N 5th St 4
TIP Govies get free membership!
Hotels 5 Fairfield Inn 200 S 4th St
7 Other 8
Cookout 626 S 5th St
Crema Coffee Bar 136 W Carolina Ave
Golden Dragon II 111 S 4th St
Goodwill 903 S 4th St
Groucho’s Deli 146 E Carolina Ave
Minnie’s Giftique 142 E Carolina Ave
Walmart 1150 S 4th St
Belk 807 S 5th St
111 E Carolina Ave
Dining & Snacks Berri Lane 9 119 W Carolina Ave
Hampton Inn & Suites 203 E Carolina Ave
The Midnight Rooster 14 136 East Carolina Ave
Shopping 1000 Lives Gaming 19 131 W Carolina Ave
Pita Pit 156 E Carolina Ave
Sonic 328 N 5th St
Sophia’s Pizzeria 128 E College Ave
Kalmia Gardens 1624 W Carolina Ave
300 E Carolina Ave
Subway 701 S 5th St
The Vista 317 Railroad Ave
Mantissa Executive Suites and Spa 130 E Carolina Ave
TIP Govies can use the Coker Library
The Great Outdoors Burry Park 24 131 Cargill Way
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Journey together The GSSM Journey brings together students from all over the state and globe. Together we enhance our community through wide-ranging social, cultural, and religious experiences. Through these experiences comes diversity of thought, which might be one of GSSM’s greatest strengths! Our supportive environment is designed to create a learning experience out of every aspect of life. We strive for inclusive excellence in everything we do. It’s one of our core values. Being in our 24/7 environment helps, of course, but so does the thirst for knowledge that our students all share. We hear it all the time: Friendships that start at GSSM last a lifetime.
Where your path can take you next! While you’re at GSSM, the Office of College Counseling and Advising will help you determine where your path will take you next! During GSSM’s college fair, college planning seminars, and field trips, you’ll be introduced to representatives from a variety of colleges and universities. Our students have gone on to attend schools across the nation and globe, including traditional colleges, liberal arts colleges, and specialized institutions.
“As I prepare to begin work on my PhD at Columbia University, having traveled a long way from home, I’m reminded that I did much the same thing six years ago, when I set out for Hartsville to begin a life-changing two years at GSSM. I had no idea what wondrous and fascinating roads GSSM would lead me down. So, my message to the Govies is this: Carpe Diem! Seize this day and find yourselves swept off to places of which you’ve scarcely dreamed.”
GSSM Class of 2013, GSSM Convocation Speaker, Fall 2017 19
Apply now SO YOU’RE READY TO START YOUR GSSM JOURNEY?
We welcome South Carolina’s best and brightest students—like you—to apply to our one-ofa-kind program. You must be a current resident of South Carolina, have completed at least 10.5 credits (including Algebra I & II, Geometry, English I & II, a social studies course, and a lab science course) prior to the end of the school year in which you apply, and demonstrate emotional and mental maturity. You’ll need to submit an application, high school transcripts, test scores, and teacher recommendations by February 1 for consideration.
WHAT DOES THE GSSM EXPERIENCE COST?
GSSM is a state-supported residential high school; tuition and fees are paid by the state of South Carolina. The cost of a meal plan for the full academic year is $2,000, subsidized by the state. Students with documented financial need qualify for a full or partial waiver of the meal plan cost. A payment plan is available.
Apply online at www.scgssm.org by February 15
If you have a passion for arts and humanities, explore the possibilities at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities located in Greenville, South Carolina. Learn more at www.scgsah.org
Jump-start your journey GSSM has additional educational opportunities for students in 7th through 12th grades. Find out what program is right for you!
OUTREACH & SUMMER CAMPS Computer science, technology, and robotics summer day camps for rising 7th and 8th graders in partner school districts across the state.
Engineering and designthinking summer day camp for rising 8th and 9th graders in partner school districts across the state.
Week-long, residential summer camps for rising 8thâ€“10th graders designed to engage and challenge STEMforward students. GoSciTech is held annually on GSSMâ€™s Hartsville campus.
Saturday or afterschool workshops designed to initiate or extend middle schoolers STEM studies.
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Three-year, virtual engineering program for 10thâ€“ 12th graders in participating school districts, designed to develop the next generation of creative and technical thinkers by offering motivated SC high school students an innovative and accelerated path toward college engineering degrees.
Two-year, public, residential high school dedicated to the advanced study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for 11th & 12th graders. GSSM also offers high-caliber academic concentrations in economics as well as a strong complement of humanities offerings.
OPEN HOUSE INSIDE GSSM is an annual day of imagination, inspiration and innovation for the whole family! During INSIDE GSSM, interact with students and faculty, explore the School, and have lots of interactive fun while visiting GSSMâ€™s Hartsville campus.
YOUR OPTIONS BY GRADE LEVEL Rising 7TH
iTEAMS Xtreme CREATEng GoSciTech Accelerate Residential
Non Profit Organization U.S. POSTAGE 401 RAILROAD AVENUE HARTSVILLE SC 29550
PERMIT NO. 265 Columbia, SC
Get started on your GSSM Journey today! Learn all about the SC Governor's School for Science & Mathematics' programs in our viewbook. More i...
Published on Nov 15, 2017
Get started on your GSSM Journey today! Learn all about the SC Governor's School for Science & Mathematics' programs in our viewbook. More i...