Magnet Programs/Schools

Magnet Programs

The Magnet Lottery is next Wednesday, February 19, 2020 due to Parent Teacher Conferences. The schedule is as follows:
BEMS 8:30 at the district office
DMS 10:30 at the district office
Mayo 3:30 at the Mayo Conference Center

Thank you for visiting the Magnet Programs webpage! We have eight (8) magnet programs and/or schools awaiting you full of challenging and innovative programs. If you are interested in applying for one or more of our magnet programs and/or schools, click on the "APPLY ONLINE" button to the right.  If you are interested in applying for the magnet high schools, please click on the  "ESSAY TOPICS" button FIRST so you can draft your required essay FIRST before applying. 

The ACCELERATE Engineering Program, a product of the SC Governor's School for Science & Math for rising 9th & 10th graders, is housed at Mayo High School for Math, Science, & Technology. This screen will appear first before the essay portion of the application. You will need to indicate whether you would like to apply for Accelerate and then you may proceed with the application.

If you would like to learn more information on each school's magnet program, please visit the school's website and view their video below. To view the magnet timeline for processing an application, click on the green tabs to the right for "Phase 1" and "Phase 2"


    Brockington Elementary Magnet School for Science and Technology
    serves 3rd-5th grade students and offers a challenging environment with special emphasis on science and computer technology. Students in the magnet program receive a comprehensive, integrated curriculum based on state and national standards.

    VIDEO: Click here to see Brockington's magnet program in action!


    Thornwell School for the Arts Magnet Program
    offers vocal music & instrumental music (strings), theatre, and visual arts to students in grades 3-5. Students are able to explore and perfect their artistic talents.

    VIDEO: Click here to see Thornwell's magnet program in action!


    The Darlington Middle School Math and Science Magnet Program provides real-world experiences through exposure to advanced science concepts, a rigorous technology-infused curriculum and partnerships with the scientific and business communities.

    VIDEO: Click here to see Darlington Middle's magnet program in action!


    The Hartsville Middle School Arts Magnet Program includes chorus, strings, visual arts, and band. In addition, the arts department presents one major theater production each year. All students are encouraged to participate in one of the many opportunities presented through the arts at Hartsville Middle.

    VIDEO: Click here to see Hartsville Middle's magnet program in action!


    The Darlington High School Early College Honors Magnet Program partners with Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) to offer general education college courses while students are still enrolled in high school. FDTC has an arrangement that allows students earning a "C" or higher in each dual-credit class to transfer the credit earned to any state college or university in South Carolina. Out-of-state and private colleges and universities may also accept these courses after evaluating the student's transcript.

    VIDEO: Click here to see Darlington High's magnet program in action!


    The Hartsville High School IB Programme provides Darlington County students with the opportunity to earn an International Baccalaureate Diploma, the most prestigious high school diploma available. The International Baccalaureate Magnet Programme emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, and exposure to a variety of viewpoints. Students are taught the inter-relatedness of various disciplines and issues, an understanding of issues on an international scale, and responsible citizenship.

    VIDEO: Click here to see Hartsville High's IB program in action!



    Mayo High School for Math, Science, and Technology is a TOTAL MAGNET school. The mission of Mayo High School for Math, Science, & Technology is to provide a challenging curriculum with high expectations in a safe, positive environment. The Mayo curriculum provides unique academic programs for qualified students with special interests, talents, and ambitions. The school offers motivated students the opportunity to combine strong academics with specialized instruction in the areas of math, science, and the technologies while offering enhanced courses in the humanities.

    VIDEO: Click here to see Mayo High's magnet program in action!


    ​Delivered by the SC Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) and SC college partners, Accelerate SC's Engineering LaunchPad is a virtual engineering program that allows students to live at home and continue at their local schools while providing the high quality education for which the GSSM is known. The program will be held at Mayo High School for Math, Science & Technology. Classes are LIVE, not pre-recorded, and are presented virtually through computer and teleconferencing equipment that is provided and maintained by GSSM. There is a mandatory summer component for rising 9th & 10th graders.

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