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Education in Darlington County

Darlington County has in place a solid academic infrastructure for producing a skilled workforce, as well as ample educational opportunities for children of employees relocating to the area.


SiMT – Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing & Technology

(14) Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology


Contact Info

1951 Pisgah Road
Florence, SC 29502
Toll free: 866-304-SIMT (7468)
Tel: (843) 673-SIMT (7468)

The Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing & Technology (SiMT) provides students with strategic training and manufacturing technology solutions that maximize workforce productivity in advanced manufacturing environments. The learning-centered environment gives potential employees the skills to be proactive in problem solving and enables them to help businesses make rapid improvements in quality, productivity, and profitability.

Local Colleges and Universities


Florence-Darlington Technical College

(15) Florence- Darlington Technical College

Florence-Darlington Technical College

Contact Info

Florence Campus
2715 W. Lucas Street
Florence, SC 29502
Toll-free: 866-661-8000


Hartsville Campus
225 Swift Creek Road
Hartsville, SC 29550
Tel: (843) 383-4500

Founded in 1963 as a part of the South Carolina Technical Education System to attract industry to South Carolina, Florence-Darlington Technical College provides comprehensive technical education, workforce development, and educational services to students, businesses, and industries.

Through instructional programs, business and industry partnerships, and community involvement, the college plays a prominent role in the economic development and quality of life for Florence, Darlington, and Marion counties. FDTC’s enrollment exceeds 6,000 students in more than 60 fields of study, and its 240-acre campus comprises a complex of ten facilities totaling nearly 750,000 square feet.

Coker University

(24) Coker College

Coker University

Contact Info

300 East College Avenue
Hartsville, SC 29550
Tel: (843) 383-8000
Fax: (843) 383-8033

Coker University is a student-centered, comprehensive college dedicated to providing every student with a uniformly excellent liberal arts core that enhances the structured development of key personal skills. The college’s goal is to graduate students who think analytically and creatively and communicate effectively.

Experiences both in and out of the classroom are focused on active student involvement and the practical application of academic knowledge that lead to lifelong learning. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges in the South” by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review.

Regional Colleges and Universities


In addition to colleges located in Darlington County, three additional nearby institutions enrich the region with further opportunities for advanced training.

Primary & Secondary Schools


South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics

(17) SC Governor's School for Science and Mathematics

South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics

Contact Info

401 Railroad Avenue
Hartsville, SC 29550
Tel: (843) 383-3900
Fax: (843) 383-3903

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM), located in Hartsville, is one of 12 public, residential high schools in the United States for academically talented and motivated juniors and seniors. Its two-year program is dedicated to the advanced study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Instructed by Ph.D. professors, nearly 90 percent of alumni work in STEM fields at companies around the globe such as Intel, GE, Google, Microsoft, Citigroup, NASA and more.

With a capacity of 300 students in residence, GSSM educates young minds from across South Carolina while introducing them to Darlington County. Students are required to contribute 80+ hours of community service each year. Mentorship programs, road cleaning efforts and a variety of public services have come from this yearly commitment.

In addition, GSSM’s Duke Energy Center for Outreach & Research delivers novel learning opportunities for students statewide to explore STEM during either day-long educational activities or by attending GoSciTech, a week-long, residential summer camp.

Darlington County Institute of Technology

Darlington County Institute of Technology

Darlington County Institute of Technology

Contact Info

160 Pinedale Drive
Darlington, SC 29532
Tel: 843-398-4796
Fax: 843-395-1044

At Darlington County Institute of Technology, students prepare to excel in the next phase of their lives. From classroom and shop activities to field trips to guest speakers, students are exposed to a wide range of opportunities.

Mayo High School for Math, Science & Technology

Mayo High School

Mayo High School

Contact Info

405 Chestnut Street
Darlington, SC 29532
Tel: 843-398-2650
Fax: 843-398-2647

Mayo High School is a Darlington County School District public four-year magnet high school, with an emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  The curriculum provides unique academic programs for motivated and talented students, combining strong academics with specialized instruction in the areas of math, science, and the technologies while offering enhanced courses in the humanities.

Mayo strives to ensure that all students have the opportunity to pursue and acquire a degree in higher education. Realizing this goal requires technological aptitude as well as the ability to perform complex mathematical skills and grasp the concepts required of higher-level sciences.  The school has an enrollment of 353 students and a staff of 20 teaching faculty.

Darlington County School District

The Darlington County School District serves approximately 10,600 students in grades K-12. The school district offers a well-rounded program of services that meet the needs of all children:

  • 18 traditional schools
  • 7 magnet programs (arts, math & science, early college, and International Baccalaureate)
  • An alternative school for children who do not thrive in traditional environments

Quick Facts About the District*

  • Highest graduation rate in South Carolina
  • Fourth lowest dropout rate in South Carolina
  • More than nine out of every ten high school freshmen will graduate in four years
  • More children are reading at or above grade level by grade three
  • “Excellent” rating overall
  • No poorly-performing schools: lowest rating received by any of 23 district schools was “Average”

*As reported by the South Carolina Department of Education 2013 Annual Report Card


  • Darlington – 7 schools
  • Hartsville – 8 schools
  • Lamar – 4 schools
  • Society Hill – 2 schools

Contact Info

120 E. Smith Avenue
Darlington, SC 29532
Tel: (843) 398-5100

K-12 Private Schools

Darlington County residents have access to several prestigious private schools:

  • Emmanuel Christian School
  • Palmetto School for College Prep
  • Thomas Hart Academy
  • Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School