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.
The key components of the PULSE initiative are twofold. The first involves expanding learning opportunities for eligible students at Hartsville and Mayo High schools that live in Hartsville through collaborative teaching programs from the Hartsville-based GSSM and Coker College. As an example of this Accelerated Learning Opportunities (ALO) program, GSSM instructors provide qualified Hartsville public school students with enhanced science, math and language classes, such as organic chemistry and advanced physics. Coker College, a leading liberal arts private college in Hartsville, provides college credit courses to eligible high school students in such programs as language (Mandarin Chinese), art, design, music, theater and dance.
The second component of the initiative is the implementation of a pilot Comer School Development Program (SDP) at four Hartsville elementary schools. Learn more.