Class Information and Admission Information
- This year’s senior class will graduate 65 students.
- Members of the Class of 2020 were accepted to 112 colleges in 25 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Spain, and France.
- They will attend 30 colleges in 13 states, the District of Columbia, Spain, and France.
- 55% percent will attend in state while 45% percent will attend out of state.
- Class members were admitted to numerous highly-selective schools including the University of Virginia, Georgetown, Emory, Princeton, Davidson, Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, Duke, Harvard, UNC-Chapel Hill, Amherst, MIT, and more.
- Three members of the class were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as National Merit Finalists, and two students were named National Merit Commended Scholars.
- Two students were selected as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholar Program, one of the nation’s highest academic honors.
- 16 students (25 % of the class) met the qualifications to be named South Carolina Palmetto Fellows, the state’s highest lottery funded scholarship award.
- Members of the Class of 2020 were offered merit scholarships in excess of 11.9 million dollars.
Testing and Grades
- The average SAT score was 1263, and the average ACT score was 28.1.
- 45% percent of the class scored 1300 on the SAT or 28 on the ACT or higher.
- 21 students (32% of the class) earned GPA’s of 4.5 or higher and were awarded the designation of Honor Graduate.
- 60 members (92%) of the class completed 260 Advanced Placement courses and exams before completing their Hammond diplomas.
- 68% completed 3 or more AP courses and exams.
- 40% completed 5 or more AP courses and exams.
- 20% completed 8 or more AP courses and exams.
- And two members of the class completed over 10 AP and Post-AP Courses.
Points of Pride
- They are multi-sport, accomplished athletes, nine of whom will continue their careers at the collegiate level in basketball, equestrian, and football. They have competed on ESPN, in All-American Bowls, and in Spain’s Costa Brava Soccer Tournament where they defeated England on the 4th of July.
- They are philanthropists - Eagle Scouts, recyclers, transitional housing volunteers, and bake sale initiators. They’ve made hygiene kits for the unexpectedly hospitalized, set a University of South Carolina mini dance marathon record, developed a peer mentorship program for divergent learners, offered swim lessons to low-income youth, taught English to students in China, and created a reading consortiums at a public school.
- They are artists, students who have been movie extras, free-lance photographers, biological illustrators, dancers studying in intensives across the US, and singers who’ve performed in venues all over the globe including St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Auschwitz Concentration Camp, and even South Carolina’s Gubernatorial Inauguration.
- They are agents of change, volunteering at an orphanage for HIV-afflicted girls in Mumbai, writing health curriculum for low-income high schools in the rural Southeast, researching how to improve the South Carolina foster care system, interning for presidential campaigns, and being named to the US Senate Youth program.
- They are researchers – they’ve studied solid-state chemistry and mathematical biology under the direction of faculty at the University of South Carolina. They have curated websites on the national debt and created an online newspaper to better inform our community.
- They are explorers – One student has traveled to over 33 counties. Others have ventured to the great wall of China, surfed the Bondi Beach in Australia, climbed the Teton Mountains of Wyoming, dove the deep waters of Zanzibar, and lived in the homes of locals in Spain. Among them are Falconers, beekeepers, sailors, and students who have sought any and every opportunity to step outside their comfort zone.