HHS IB Accreditation


High School received notification on 13 December 2007 from Mr. Jeffrey R. Beard, Director General, International Baccalaureate Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, that its application to participate in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) has been accepted. 

I am pleased to inform you that your school has been authorized to teach the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme starting Fall of 2008. May I take this opportunity to congratulate you on this significant accomplishment and welcome you to our growing IB community.
In a prepared statement, Hartsville High School principal Dr. Charlie Burry said:

We are extremely pleased to be notified of our authorization to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Hartsville High School. Our IB Coordinator, Mr. Johnny Andrews, and our IB teachers put many hours of work into the application process and have Hartsville High School well-prepared to meet the high standards of the IB Programme.

This is truly a landmark in the history of Hartsville High School as we will now be able to offer the most rigorous and highly respected college preparatory course of study in the world to the students of Darlington County. Our participation in the IB Programme is going to mean a great deal to our students, our school, our community, and local business and industry.  

We appreciate the support of the Hartsville High faculty, our students and their parents, the Darlington County school board and district administration, Coker College, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, and Sonoco Products Company in making our efforts to become an IB World School a reality.
The IB Diploma Programme is a two-year program for high school juniors and seniors. This course of study was developed to provide a rigorous, holistic education for students throughout the world. The broadly based curriculum incorporates international standards with a variety of assessment tools. IB classes are taught from an international perspective. Students are encouraged to apply lessons from the classroom to real world issues. The IB Programme celebrates international diversity and gives students the chance to develop genuine foreign language skills. IB Diploma candidates are assessed in six academic areas over a two year period.
Hartsville High School joins 2,291 schools in 139 countries which are classified as IB World Schools.