I recently attended a meeting where the Horry County Schools superintendent presented a PowerPoint on the state of the school system. My synopsis is below but you can also click here to view the full presentation.
The HCS district is the third largest in South Carolina with an enrollment of over 42,000 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, and offers gifted programs, career and technical programs, early college entry, and virtual classrooms. It is the largest school district on the Grand Strand.
There were two things in the presentation that shocked and surprised me.
The first was that, according to the report, 68% of district students live below the poverty line and are eligible for subsidized meals.
The second was that 24% of students are eligible for gifted and talented programs.
Other statistics focused on the results of district-wide academic programs. For instance, in 2013 SAT scores for area students’ were 89 points above the South Carolina state average and 38 points above the national average. 78% of all students graduate in 4 years or less with a state high school diploma, and 76% of students go on to post-secondary schools of education and training.
Since 2010, students’ test scores in grades 3 through 8 have consistently led the state in the areas of reading, math, science, and social studies. School district ratings are also high for the quality of the instructional staff, and Horry County Schools was ranked first in South Carolina and 8th in the nation for the number of teachers earning national certification.
The academic year runs from mid-August to June and includes 180 school days. Students must attend at least 170 days to receive course or grade credit.
The district has nine attendance areas and serves over 40,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12. The attendance areas are:
There are over 56 special academic programs and schools in Myrtle Beach and Horry County; 27 primary and elementary schools, 11 middle schools, 9 high schools plus three academies for the arts, science, technology, and academics, one early college high school, and one virtual learning school. In addition there are four charter schools.
Eight schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. These schools are:
(Source: U. S. Department of Education)
Kindergarten.................. 25 student average
Grades 1..........................20 student average
Grades 2-3.......................21 student average
Grades 4-5.......................24 student average
Grades 6-8.......................22 student average
Grades 9-12.....................23 student average
Some of the district’s programs include Early College High School, Accelerated Middle School, Virtual School, and International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement.
Gifted instruction begins in 3rd grade and visual and performing arts instruction is available at all grade levels.
Special Education programs serve eligible students ages 3 to 21.
Each school year brings changes, especially with area growth. So be sure to check the HCS website for news of boundary changes, bus routes and so on. In July and August of each year, HCS publishes schools supply lists for elementary and middle school students. Above is the current zoning map.
If you live outside of Horry County, the link below will take you to other area school districts.