When it comes to education, Florence County families can choose from a wide range of options, including five public school districts and more than a dozen private schools. But the benefits of these schools reach far beyond sheer numbers. With new course offerings and specialized programs, educators throughout the county are working to prepare students for life outside the classroom. Florence School District One is constantly raising the bar, adding more rigorous courses that are relevant to career opportunities. District officials regularly meet with and get recommendations from the business community when developing new curriculum for both the Florence Career Center and the middle and high schools. Trinity Collegiate School, a college preparatory school serving grades seven through 12, offers only honors or advanced placement level courses, and seniors are required to complete a thesis project, which is presented to the entire student body. Since the school opened in 1995, 100 percent of its graduates have gone on to four-year colleges. Hands-on skills are the cornerstone of ScienceSouth, a unique enterprise that provides science and mathematics activities for students and teachers in the Pee Dee region. Through its summer Science Challenge Camps, live science shows and Science on Wheels programs, ScienceSouth has reached nearly 100,000 people. A new 5,000-square-foot facility allows the group to incorporate even more advanced technology into its programming.