Hartsville High International Baccalaureate Magnet Programme
The International Baccalaureate Programme was founded in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland. Its goal was to ensure that students were adequately prepared for the European University system. The IB Programme assesses students using International Standards. Currently there are approximately 2,900 IB Diploma schools in over 140 nations. 877 IB Diploma Schools are located in the US, including 27 in South Carolina. Hartsville High School was accredited as an IB World School in December 2007. HHS graduated its first IB class in 2010. The HHS IB Programme is a Magnet School and students living in Darlington County may apply for admission. The IB Programme is located on the campus of HHS and is a school within a school.
The International Baccalaureate Programme sets rigorous standards for each discipline. Most IB classes require a two-year commitment from students and are taught during the junior and senior years.
Students are assessed through both Internal Assessments and External Assessments. Internal Assessments are graded by the classroom teacher, with a random sample checked each year by the IB Organization. External Assessments (Exams) are given during May of each year and are sent to IBO for grading. IB scores range from 1 to 7 in most subjects, with a score of 4 or higher passing.
In May 2015, 75 individual students took a total of 188 External IB Assessments. 100% of HHS IB students passed the following assessments: English Extended Essay (6th consecutive year), IB Music SL, History Extended Essay, Psychology Extended Essay (4th consecutive year), Math Studies SL (6 of 7 years), Music Extended Essay (2nd consecutive year), Visual Arts Extended Essay (2nd consecutive year), and Theory of Knowledge (6th consecutive year). Hartsville High students exceeded International Average Scores in four areas, English HL, History of the Americas HL, Math Studies SL, and Music SL. The percentage of HHS students who passed IB Courses was 84%.
HHS had 9 students earn International Baccalaureate Diplomas. This is an 82% passing rate – a Hartsville High School record. IB Diploma candidates take six IB exams during the junior and senior years, successfully research and submit an Extended Essay, complete a Theory of Knowledge paper, and successfully earn 150 hours in the Creativity, Activity, Service requirement. The Class of 2016 currently has 17 IB Full Diploma candidates and the Class of 2017 has 10 IB Full Diploma candidates.
The HHS IB Class of 2015 had nine students earn the International Baccalaureate Diploma. These students were: Toby Burchfield, Emily Childers, Danielle Cottingham, Victoria Davis, Adam Gainey, Alston Grantham, Colin Hungerpiller, Chandler Melton, and Jacob Weesner.
Other notable accomplishments of the Hartsville High School IB Class of 2015 include: an average SAT Score of 1651 / 2400; an average ACT score of 24.64; 11 Palmetto Scholars; 100% of IB seniors qualified for a South Carolina Lottery Scholarship; 17 Darlington County Board of Education Scholars; and 8 Darlington County Board of Education Honor Graduates. The 43 HHS Class of 2015 IB Seniors were offered $5,285,750 in scholarships.