PULSE (Partners for Unparalleled Local Scholastic Excellence) is a first-of-its-kind program that expands curriculum opportunities and improves student achievement in Darlington County. Through PULSE, high school students in the Hartsville area have the opportunity to combine courses offered at Hartsville High School, the Governor's School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) and Coker College. The program gives students access to courses offered at the International Baccalaureate (IB) level, Advanced Placement (AP) level, Honors level and fine art classes at the college level.

This curriculum is comprised of rigorous math, science, foreign language and fine art courses. Some of the courses include calculus-based physics, organic chemistry, Mandarin Chinese, various applied music and dance courses, and an introduction to computer graphics. Primary funding for the PULSE program comes from a $5 million grant made over five years from Sonoco.

Acceptance into the program may be determined in part by the student's transcripts, letters of recommendations, and/or testing or auditions. Parents and students interested in PULSE courses should contact the PULSE coordinator at the school where the courses are offered. Courses will be scheduled during regular school hours with accommodations whenever possible.