525 Spring Street
Darlington, SC 29532
Welcome to Darlington High School, home of the Falcons, where Academic Excellence is our goal. The vision of Darlington High School is to promote a safe, caring, positive learning environment that supports the belief that teachers have the right to teach and students have the right to learn. The academic program of studies at Darlington High School is designed to meet the needs of each student who enters our doors. Our academic offerings include College Prep courses, Early College Credit, Honors courses, and Credit Recovery. Darlington High School's “College Magnet Program” allows a student to earn up to 27 hours of college credits while in high school an equivalent of scholarships approximating $14,175. In addition to providing a great value financially, the Honors College earns distinction through a purposefully designed program for excellence. Students in the Honors College begin preparing for the more rigorous college classes by completing a more demanding academic schedule in the 9th and 10th grades. Beginning in the 11th grade, students are allowed to take up to three college courses: English 101, History 201, and History 202. During the student's senior year, they have the ability to take six additional college courses: English 102, Psychology 101, Government 101, Political Science 101, Economics 101, and Teacher Cadet. At the program’s culmination, students have had the opportunity to graduate high school with 27 hours of college credit, 3 credits short of a full year of college free of charge. But, Darlington High is not done yet. The program is looking to add Math and Science classes in the near future, which could result in even more college credits completed before high school graduation. We are extremely excited about our newly-renovated science labs. These labs will enable our students to receive state-of-the-art science instruction.
In light of all these opportunities for academic excellence, Darlington High School is the school for the college-bound students to excel! As a High School that Works, our school strives to meld academic and technical studies while ensuring that every course is challenging and engaging. Students benefit from integrated long and short term projects. Darlington High School is on the cutting edge of outstanding educational practices. Students are given numerous opportunities to pursue their interests and nurture special talents while completing their academic course of study. As a Renaissance School, multiple school-wide incentives for students and faculty that are achieving and demonstrating Falcon PRIDE are provided. Our athletic teams are among the best in the region and compete for state titles yearly. The Falcon band and Fine Arts programs are growing and involving more students each year. Darlington High School is breaking barriers to allow all students to excel. Come join us at DHS as we pursue educational excellence!
From staff reports
| Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014 8:16 am
DARLINGTON _ Ten schools in the Darlington County School
District have received 15 Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for general
performance and/or closing the achievement gap, according to a South
Carolina Department of Education report released Wednesday.
The SCDE recognized 592 schools and career centers from across the state, down from 677 schools in the previous year.
Darlington County School District receiving Palmetto Gold Awards are:
_ Carolina Elementary School, General Performance;
_ Darlington County Institute of Technology, General Performance;
_ Darlington High School, General Performance and Closing the Achievement Gap;
_ Hartsville High School, General Performance and Closing the Achievement Gap;
_ Lamar High School, General Performance and Closing the Achievement Gap;
_ Mayo High School for Math, Science & Technology, General Performance and Closing the Achievement Gap;
_ North Hartsville Elementary School, General Performance
_ Rosenwald Elementary/Middle School, General Performance.
Darlington County School District receiving Silver Awards are:
_ Brunson-Dargan Elementary School, General Performance;
_ Darlington Middle School, Closing the Achievement Gap;
_ Rosenwald Elementary/Middle School, Closing the Achievement Gap.
to the South Carolina Department of Education Web site, General
Performance reflects Absolute and Growth ratings on the annual School
Report Card. Closing Achievement Gap reflects on-time high school
graduation rates of students belonging to historically underachieving
Of the award recipients, only 65 schools were awarded the
gold designation for both general performance and closing the
achievement gap. Four of those schools – Darlington High, Hartsville
High, Lamar High, and Mayo High School for Math, Science &
Technology – are located in Darlington County.
"I am extremely
proud of our schools,” said Darlington County School District
superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram. “I think these awards show our schools'
focus and attention to details in raising the academic bar for our
students. We are making strides toward closing the achievement gap and
I'm proud of what they have accomplished so far. However, we still have
work to do and I commend our schools for their continued efforts on
behalf of our students."
The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards
program (PGS) began with the Education Accountability Act of 1998,
giving recognition to schools for high levels of academic achievement
and high rates of improvement. The PGS recognizes schools based on the
criteria in the statewide Accountability Manual approved by the
Education Oversight Committee (EOC) for both general performance and
working towards closing the achievement gap. Within those two
categories, a school may be awarded either the gold or silver
designation. This is the sixth year that closing the achievement gap has
been included as part of the program.
The Outstanding First Year Teacher Award recognizes teachers who show
exceptional promise in their first year of teaching. Eleven teachers
were nominated for the award. A panel of judges narrowed the field down
to three finalists, which they then met in panel interviews. In addition
to Snyder, the other two finalists were Lacy Purvis of Pate Elementary
and Kim Edgerton of Cain Elementary.
Snyder is a graduate of Indiana University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education, Language Arts.
"Drew is a teacher of outstanding character and ability. Her
performance in the classroom is consistently superior," said Dr. Greg
Harrison, principal of Darlington High School. "Drew has been a great
role model for fellow teachers and students, as well as a tremendous
asset to our school. She, without a doubt, is one of the strongest first
year teachers that I've observed over the past few years! Darlington
High School is a better school because she is on our team…"
In her application, Snyder explained her philosophy of education: "An
excellent education, to me, is a right and a necessity. …Education is
the key to change. Providing every child with an excellent education
rooted in critical thinking, problem solving, and autonomy is the only
way to make sure our country remains strong economically, socially, and
educationally. I believe that school and subjects taught in school need
to have a strong footing in real world experiences and situations. Our
job market is changing rapidly. Students need to practice skills in
class that will help them in their future careers. As an English
teacher, I believe the study of literature and other texts is acutely
important to success in any field. The basis of Language Arts is
critical thinking. If a student can analyze a text, they can analyze a
news article a friend emails to them. They can analyze the job
application and the essay questions on their college application, and
interpret feedback from superiors. …I am not teaching my students to be
16-year-olds. I am teaching them to be self-sufficient adults."
Snyder also talked about her biggest challenge and learning
experience: "…I have learned that respect and humility is number one in
any human interaction. I have learned to approach all situations and
people as a chance to learn and a chance to serve. I have learned that
leadership is not something to be asserted from above, but to be
cultivated and built from the ground up. …When I think of
accomplishments or experiences in my life that I am most proud of, none
of them were easy. There is no reward without at least a little bit of
discomfort and uncertainty. I hope I can show my students that taking a
leap of faith is scary, but could be the decision that shapes the rest
of their lives." As the District Outstanding First Year Teacher, Snyder will be a
member of the Darlington County Leadership Council and the Darlington
County Teacher Forum. She will have multiple networking and teacher
leadership opportunities throughout the upcoming year.
Congratulations, Ms. Snyder!
DHS's 2013-14 Teacher of the Year
Ms. Shannel Williams
Ms. Williams currently teaches 9th grade Algebra 1 CP and Geometry Honors at the Freshman Academy. Ms. Williams who was honored at the Teacher of the Year Banquet as
one of the top 5 "Honor Roll Teachers of the Year" on September 12, 2013.
Congratulations, Ms. Williams!
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