International School for the Arts
We Build Bright Futures
Irmo High School has a tremendous history of success in the arts, athletics, and academics. As District 5’s fine arts magnet school, the tradition continues for our students and alumni. As part of our fine arts magnet, students at IHS have long opportunities for study and performance in music, theater, dance, and visual art. We offer unique and challenging courses in guitar, piano, world percussion and world dance, stained glass and other advanced artistic techniques, and technical theater coursework in our state of the art theater. With this combination of coursework, our students receive professional quality experiences and training. Our students also have tremendous opportunities for academic excellence. Our growing International Baccalaureate program sends students to prestigious universities throughout the country, and provides excellent preparation for college level work from a global perspective. In addition, we provide an extensive offering of AP courses for our students. Our staff is focused on student success with a wide variety interventions to support students' needs. While Irmo is most widely known in the athletic world for its soccer and basketball programs, we have a championship history in many sports. Character is also a focus at Irmo. Our students give to the community extensively through service projects and community involvement which allows students to grow as leaders and public servants.
We have a diverse and dynamic school located in the heart of South Carolina, and convenient to Lake Murray and the many other amenities of our region and our great state. Please consider making Irmo your high school home.
Irmo High School International School for the Arts… A Proud Past, A Bright Future.
About our Principal
“Dr. Hardy’s extensive educational and professional background at several Midlands area high schools and middle schools make her an ideal fit for the job,” said School District Five Superintendent-elect Dr. Christina Melton. “She knows how to execute a school’s vision, and we have no doubt she’ll continue Irmo High School’s ‘Proud Past and Bright Future’ legacy. We’re excited to welcome Dr. Hardy to the team.”
Hardy’s career in education began as a high school English and drama teacher at Camden High School in Kershaw County School District, where she later served as an assistant principal from 2004 to 2005. She also served at several schools in Richland School District Two including Dent Middle School, where she was assistant principal, and Blythewood High School, where she held the roles of lead teacher and summer school principal.
Hardy earned both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of South Carolina. Hardy received her doctorate in educational leadership in 2010 from Nova Southern University. Among her awards and honors, Hardy has been named the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English (SCCTE) Outstanding Administrator for 20172018.
“I am honored to have been selected as principal of Irmo High School with its long standing tradition of success in academics, the arts, and athletics,” Hardy said. “I look forward to empowering and engaging the Irmo and District Five communities with an unwavering commitment to excellence.”