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    Education/Workforce Development


    Excellence in education is a top priority in the Hartsville community. Numerous programs supported by business and industry provide additional opportunities for students at all levels to excel. Our local schools have received numerous awards for outstanding achievement, academic standards and merit. Hartsville is home to nationally-ranked Coker College and the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics. Families have a wide variety of educational choices for high school students to choose from, including:

    The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Hartsville High School

    Private and home school opportunities

    • Advanced Learning Opportunities for Hartsville high school students
    • Hartsville Home Educators
    • For parents interested in homeschooling, Hartsville Home Educators (HHE) creates a community for support, information and encouragement for those interested in homeschooling. Through field trips, seasonal activities and cooperative learning resources offered by HHE, children interact together in a number of social settings.

    TEACH Foundation

    • The TEACH Foundation is a not for profit, 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the administration arm for the PULSE initiative which includes accelerated learning programs at Hartsville High School, students living in Hartsville attending Mayo High School and the Comer School Development Program in four area elementary schools.
    • PULSE stands for Partners for Unparalleled Local Scholastic Excellence. This one-of-kind public-private partnership has been formed to implement a comprehensive scholastic excellence program in Hartsville public schools that expands curriculum opportunities and further improves student achievement through collaborative academic and social development initiatives. The partners include Darlington County School District, the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM), Coker College and Sonoco. Sonoco is funding the initiative through a $5 million grant that will be paid over five years.

    Some other homeschool resources:

    Accredited Online Colleges 

    • With the rise of the internet, online education has become a more integral part of our higher education system. Top colleges and universities are now offering online options as part of their curriculum. Visit AccreditedOnlineCollege.org. Their database is a thorough list of institutions and degree programs, with in-depth information including the specific accreditations of each institution
    • Online Colleges that offer Laptops for Students If you’re an incoming college freshman with a limited budget, one way to offset the cost of buying a laptop is to find a university program that offers one as part of its overall tuition package.