ALO

Accelerated Learning Opportunities

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The Accelerated Learning Opportunities (ALO) Program offers rigorous math, science and humanities high school courses that allow students to exhibit superior abilities. Courses offer exciting and challenging opportunities Hartsville High School students would not ordinarily have.

RESULTS (2011-2016)

Served 841 high school students

Students chose from 14 course offerings during the 2015-16 school year

Three successive years of all students passing AP tests, earning college credit

99% of ALO math and science students attended a 4-year college upon graduation

ALO students have published scientific papers, earned prestigious scholarships and been selected for competitive internships at organizations like NASA

Future Courses

ALO GSSM courses at Hartsville High School for 2017-18:

  • AP Calculus AB (1 credit)
  • Applications of Geometry - Honors (0.5 credit)
  • Game Theory - Honors (0.5 credit)
  • Introduction to Aviation - Honors (0.5 credit)
  • Mandarin Chinese I, II, and III (1 credit)
  • Neurobiology - Honors (1 credit)
  • Nuclear Science - Honors (0.5 credit)
  • Organ Systems - Honors (0.5 credit)
  • Pre-Engineering - Honors (0.5 credit)
  • Robotics Engineering - Honors (0.5 credit)
  • Technology and Society - Honors (1 credit)
  • Veterinary Anatomy and Husbandry - Honors (0.5 credit)

“We are exposing students to new opportunities, changing their thinking patterns and inspiring them to reach their full potential. In doing so, we are improving the learning environment in ways that impact the entire high school.”
— Dr. Jerome Reyes


Meet the ALO Coordinators 

Dr. Jerome Reyes

Dr. Jerome Reyes

Dr. Jerome Reyes, PULSE coordinator for the SCGSSM

Dr. Reyes joined the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics as the PULSE coordinator in 2011. In this role, he works with Hartsville High School students in the accelerated learning opportunities program (ALO). 

Dr. Reyes received his first bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Morehouse College and his second in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a master’s degree and Ph.D. in operations research. Dr. Reyes is the former associate professor of Mathematics at Norfolk State University, where he taught courses from freshman-level algebra to senior-level Design of Experiments. 

“We took some of the brightest students at Hartsville High School, and catapulted them beyond their academic comfort zones. Few things have been as rewarding in my teaching career.”
Dr. Reyes

Contact Dr. Reyes at the Governor's School, 843.858.2399.


Justin Dunham, Darlington County School District PULSE Facilitator

Justin Dunham

Justin Dunham

Dunham joined the PULSE initiative in September 2014. He coordinates the Jumpstart, Children First program at the Darlington County Head Start Butler site and the Comer School Development Program at four Hartsville elementary schools: Southside Early Childhood Center, Thornwell School for the Arts, Washington Street and West Hartsville.  

Dunham earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina. He began his career in education through the national non-profit organization, Teach for America. He started his career working for the DCSD, teaching Earth Science, Physical Science and Astronomy at Darlington Middle School. 

He has affiliations with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters, Teach for America and the National Science Teachers Association.

Contact Dunham at 843.250.3319 or justin.dunham@darlington.k12.sc.us


Meet the ALO Instructors

2016-2017 academic year

The Accelerated Learning Opportunities (ALO) program is successful, in part, due to the caliber of instructors from Coker College and the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics.

  • Hongwei Ma, HHS ALO Mandarin Chinese instructor
  • Dr. Ye Li, GSSM ALO Mandarin instructor
  • Venesa Reyes, ALO Pre-Engineering & Robotics Engineering instructor
  • Dr. Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone, ALO Technology & Society instructor
  • Dr. Jerome Reyes, ALO AP Calculus instructor