Frequently Asked Questions


What does PULSE stand for?

PULSE stands for Partners for Unparalleled Local Scholastic Excellence.

What is PULSE?

PULSE is a public-private partnership designed to improve academic performance and achievement. The PULSE initiative has two key components: 1) accelerated learning opportunities for students living in Hartsville and attending either Hartsville or Mayo High School and 2) the implementation of the Comer School Development Program (SDP) at four Hartsville elementary schools.

Who are the partners?

The PULSE partners include the Darlington County School District, Coker College, the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics and Sonoco.

How is PULSE funded?

PULSE is being funded by the Sonoco Foundation. The Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sonoco Products Company, gave a grant of $5 million distributed during the first five years of PULSE.

How will the PULSE initiative be administered?

The TEACH Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization has been created to administer the PULSE initiative. It was formed under the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce.

Which schools are participating in the Comer SDP?

The four schools are Thornwell School for the Arts, Washington Street Elementary, West Hartsville Elementary and the Southside Early Childhood Center.

If I home school my child, can he/she participate in any of the ALO opportunities at Hartsville High School?

At this time, students enrolled at Hartsville High School who live in Hartsville may participate.