BPS expands offerings through partnership with SC Governor’s School

Presenter speaking to group of parents

Bridges Preparatory School (BPS) recently announced a partnership with the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM). 

Through this partnership, BPS high school students are able to enroll in the GSSM Accelerate program. This program is an intensive, three-year program for high school students interested in careers in engineering, or a related field. 

“We are proud to partner with the SC Governor’s School,” said Daniel Tooman, BPS 9-12 Principal. “The Accelerate engineering program is the only one like it available in our community. Our students will be pushed academically with rigorous courses while completing the first year of a collegiate engineering program while in high school.

The Accelerate classes are offered virtually and are supplemented by in-person summer learning experiences, labs, and research opportunities. Students are expected to complete the program requirements in addition to their regular coursework. 

“We are thrilled to offer our students this unique opportunity to pursue their interest in the engineering field,” said Robin Fogg, BPS College and Career Counselor. “Our students will be exposed to real-world engineering challenges through hands-on learning experiences, while earning college credit.”

Through this program, students have the opportunity to graduate high school with as many as 39 semester hours of college credit. In addition to the dual enrollment course offerings, students have the opportunity to take honors electives in specific engineering specializations, such as biomedical, aerospace, and environmental engineering. 

On November 30, an information session was held for BPS families interested in learning more about the Accelerate program. Over 60 families registered and attended this event.

“Our partnership with the Governor’s School springboards our strategic plan of giving our students the tools and choices to chart their academic and professional futures in South Carolina and globally,” said BPS CEO Gary McCulloch. “A high standard of education is the expectation of our board, our school, and the Governor’s School. I am thrilled about the opportunity that this partnership will bring to our school community.”


For more information about Bridges Preparatory School’s partnership with the SC Governor’s School, please contact Mrs. Robin Fogg at rfogg@bridgesprep.org