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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A+
South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics is a top rated, public school located in Hartsville, SC. It has 257 students in grades 11-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.
About South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics...
Address
401 Railroad Avenue
Hartsville, SC 29550
Telephone
(843) 383-3900
Website

South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1380
129 responses
Average ACT
31
111 responses
AP Enrollment
100%
Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$27,213
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$621
National
$949
Median Home Value
$106,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 48 responses
Report
  • Breakfast of Champions
    19%
  • Exam Weeks
    17%
  • Night before graduation
    13%
  • First Dance
    10%
  • Prom
    10%
  • Convocation
    8%
  • Whip Cream Fight
    8%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
257
Free or Reduced Lunch
0%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.11 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.11 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.11 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.12 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.12 responses

South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics Reviews

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I started at GSSM in 2017, and I'll graduate in 2019. The school is great overall! The faculty really cares, the students are amazing, and the classes are interesting and engaging. The workload is crazy, but teachers are almost always availible after hours for tutoring, and there are tutoring centers open from 8-10 every weeknight. The dorms are pretty decent, and each floor has two lounges that are normally pretty clean and quite. The campus is small but there is always something to do; there's a movie room, pool, a student kitchen, videogame room, art studio, music studio, and a full training/workout room. Student clubs are super active. It's hard to stay put-together, but I wouldn't trade GSSM for the world. The administration needs a serious reality check, but the student-admin communication channels are always open, so change is more than possible.
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Although the administration has some downfalls, the academics and environment is amazing! There could be improved organization, but the school offers a variety of classes that make attendance worth it. They also have a lot of student led clubs and activities so that there is something for everything.
The smaller class sizes at GSSM mean that each student gets more individual attention from teachers and the opportunity to be much more engaged in class. Almost all the teachers offer office hours where students can go for homework help or any other issues. One negative would be the necessity to adhere to South Carolina's educational requirements, as well as the school's additional requirements, as there were some courses I would have rather taken instead of required courses. However, many of my classes will articulate to the college I am attending (Clemson), and will allow me more freedom with the courses I take in college. The residential experience at GSSM is truly unique and, along with the small number of students, has allowed me to become very close with my peers and make some of the best friends I have ever had. I have also been able to be more involved with clubs and sports--I am captain of our soccer team, president of our art club, and treasurer of our student council.