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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    C+
  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 280 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) 383-3902
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
185 responses
Average ACT
31
137 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
Sparse Suburban
Median Household Income
$28,070
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$624
National
$949
Median Home Value
$108,400
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
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 60 responses
Report
  • Breakfast of Champions
    18%
  • Night before graduation
    15%
  • Exam Weeks
    15%
  • Prom
    12%
  • First Dance
    8%
  • Convocation
    7%
  • Spirit Week
    7%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
280
Free or Reduced Lunch
0%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.14 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.14 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.14 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.15 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.15 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.15 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.15 responses

South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics Reviews

95 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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Pros:
Advanced Courses (Modern Physics, Vertebrate Biology, Differential Equations, etc.)
Lots of friends and support: Living with 200 closes friends makes socializing a lot easier for the introverted students.
College Counselors: The three counselors we have work very hard to make sure the juniors and seniors are prepared for applications.

Cons:
The disparity between teachers: Some teachers that offer the same class will give completely different rigor standards. One teacher might be very easy and the other one might drive you insane.
Food: Prisoners most likely get better food than students. Always serving rice and boiled vegetables, nothing really sustainable.
Administration: The individuals that run this school do a poor job at appropriating funds and ideas. Recently, an article came out describing how the president of the school destroyed a meeting's transcript because it criticized his performance.
You won't find anything else like the Governor's School here in South Carolina. The opportunities you are given here are incredible: a totally paid-for summer research internship, travel abroad, a great sports program, and many chances to be involved. The faculty is dedicated and the academics challenge you, but the community is beyond supportive. There is an amazing college counseling staff as well. While you do have to pay for some extra fees like the meal plan, tuition and room/board are free and absolutely worth it. I have loved my time in Hartsville and the Governor's School.