The application process for students is two-pronged. Part I of the application is to be submitted online no later than March 20, 2017. Part II, the paper copy, must be completed and submitted to your school guidance counselor by the date the school sets. The first page of the paper application contains the same information that is submitted online, but you are to complete both. After you have completed Part I and submitted it, you will receive a pop-up message thanking you for your application. The message will serve as verification that you have submitted the online application, so print it and make it Page 1 of the Part II packet. To do this, depress the CTRL and P keys at the same time and the thank you/verification will print. Do not forget the March 20 deadline for Part I.
Part II is the paper application that is submitted to your school guidance counselor. You must check with the counselor to see when the application is due. Be sure to ask your teachers for their references in plenty of time. In addition to the directions on this page, there are also directions on the application itself.
The county selection committee considers all applications from the county and recommends to the superintendent the students whose applications are to be sent to Charleston. Those names and applications are to be sent to Sherry Keffer at the Department of Education and the Arts by March 25, 2017.
Directions for accessing both parts of the application
Part I: Complete the page online as directed
Part II: Before downloading the application, download and install the latest version of Acrobat Reader. It is free. You may also experience problems with Part II if you have upgraded to Windows 10 and are using the Microsoft Edge browser. There's an easy fix. Before downloading the application, go to the upper right corner of the screen, click on the dots and then click on "Open with Internet Explorer." Everything will/should work just fine after that.
Then download Part II and follow the directions that are printed here. The forms are pdf's. You can type directly on them. ALL APPLICATIONS ARE TO BE TYPED. If you are unable to type, have your parents, your counselor or some other adult or high school student type for you. Please ask your counselor to help you with this if it is a problem. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.
Pages 1-3 of the student application are to be filled out by the student, and pages 3-4 are to be signed by the student and his/her parent(s).
Pages 6-9 are recommendation forms for the teachers to complete. You should print copies of the form and give them to the teachers you have asked to recommend you. Ask them to visit the website to download them so that they can type directly on the form. Page 10 is for the school counselor or principal. If you have questions, ask your counselor for help or call Sherry Keffer. Submit your completed application to the appropriate person at your school.
Examples for 7th graders for completing the top of page 1
Since there are two sessions of the GSMS for current seventh graders, applicants need to check the appropriate box on the application to designate the session for which they wish to be considered.
Example: ____Session I ____Session II ___Either
Remember: Only the online form is to be submitted directly to the Department of Education and the Arts. You should submit it by the time you have to turn in your paper applications at school. Applications, even those of home-schooled students, must be processed through the county. County choices must be postmarked by March 25, 2017. Check with the school guidance counselor for the school submission deadline. It may be as early as three weeks before the final deadline.
Students: it is your responsibility to submit the application in a timely manner.
Part I is now live and can be completed and submitted. See the menu bar on the left of the page. It takes about five minutes. Be sure to print the confirmation page according to the directions,
Part II--7th grade application Part II--8th grade application