Applying to the Early College Magnet Program

Applying to the Darlington High School Early College Magnet Program is easy!    (Click here for the application once the application window opens.) We encourage you to follow the steps below, and please contact us if you need more information about how to apply.

Step 1: Magnet Presentations to 8th Grade Students
Students will hear presentations at their school from the three district magnet programs.

Step 2: Come to the DCSD Innovative Fair @ Darlington Middle School
Come on out to the magnet fair and learn about each of the magnet programs. Bring your child who is applying and spend time talking to a representative from each of the schools to figure out which is the best choice for your child. That said, it is important to apply to all three programs.  That way if your child is accepted to all three, you can choose which one your child wishes to attend.

Step 3: Apply
Applications are available online after the Innovative Fair.
 Applications are based on (not in any particular order):
  1. Teacher recommendations
  2. Grades
  3. Behavior record
  4. Attendance
  5. Writing sample

* Magnet eligibility letters will then be mailed December 2020.

Step 4: Interviews


Each magnet program schedules dates and times for students be interviewed by the school to ensure that each child is a good match for the program.  After students have submitted their application, the district office sends a letter advising students if they are eligible for an interview. At that time students must call the school and schedule an appointment.  Please the school's main office at 843-298-2730 to schedule an interview.

Step 5: Wait for Acceptance Letter and Choose Your Program
You will receive a letter from the district letting you know to which program(s) your child was accepted.  Please follow any instructions in the letter with regard to notifying schools or your desire to attend.  If you were not accepted to any of the programs to which you applied, you may appeal the decision with the district.

Step 6: Submit your Confirmation March
Once your child has received an acceptance letter to the Early College Honors Program at DHS, you need to return your confirmation letter by the deadline. Failure to submit your confirmation will result in your child NOT being in the program, being ineligible to take dual credit college courses, and needing to apply again next year.