Announcing STEM Foundations: GSSM’s Online Diploma Program

HARTSVILLE, SC – GSSM is thrilled to announce 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 diploma program 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 guidance counseling. Students admitted to this program will begin their junior year in fall 2021 and graduate in spring 2023.

GSSM will hold Q&A sessions on Zoom Monday, June 7 from noon to 1pm and Tuesday, June 15 from 8pm to 9pm. RSVP on the GSSM Facebook page.

Application and tuition are completely free.

GSSM will also provide technical support and equipment as needed to ensure students in the STEM Foundations program have the best possible access to synchronous instruction and other online resources.

A structured program from home.

Classes in this program will be taught synchronously on a college-like schedule. Classes will meet for approximately an hour 3 to 4 times per week. Outside of class time, students will have access to faculty office hours, peer tutoring, and guided study time.

A STEM-focused education.

Students will take 5 courses each semester together with a seminar series. In their junior year, each student will take biology, chemistry, English, history, and math. In their senior year, students will take computer science, engineering, English, math, and physics. For the lab sciences, students will be provided with materials for safe labs that will be completed at home. Most STEM Foundations courses will be offered at the college level. Read our full course catalog here.

A dedicated faculty.

All courses in the program are taught by GSSM’s faculty, over 90% of whom have PhDs in their discipline. Students interact with faculty members during class time and can ask one-on-one questions during office hours.

Apply today.

Learn more about the program on our site.

The priority deadline is June 30, with rolling admissions afterwards.

The admissions team will hold Q&A sessions on Zoom Monday, June 7 from noon to 1pm and Tuesday, June 15 from 8pm to 9pm. RSVP on our Facebook page.

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

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