Myrtle Beach Schools include both public and private schools and a four-year university.
When our children were young, Nick’s career as a club and resort manager kept us on the move. We first came to the Grand Strand for him to open Pawley’s Plantation in Pawley’s Island. The community was tiny compared to what it is today. For instance, the one traffic light in town was known as “the Pawley’s light.” There was one gas station, one grocery store, and one school.
Since that time, Pawley’s Island, like the rest of the Waccamaw Neck has grown and now there are four schools serving the community’s kindergarten through 12th grade students.
Choosing where to send your children to school is one of the most important things we do as parents. We want to make the right decisions for their education and for their social and emotional well-being. Fortunately, our choices for Myrtle Beach Schools are good no matter where we live at the Beach, and the school district ratings are excellent.
Myrtle Beach offers a variety of both public and private schools at all grade levels. Home schooling is also popular and there is a strong home schooling community in the area. There are also excellent post-secondary educational opportunities that include trade schools and colleges for those seeking academic degrees.
Most of the younger learners in Myrtle Beach attend Horry County schools. There are 51 public schools in the county serving over 40,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12. Eight of those schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.
In addition there are three charter schools and three academies offering concentrated study in technology, science, arts and Early College High School. SAT scores are above both the South Carolina state average and the national average and 76% of graduating students go on to post-secondary schools.
Thirteen private schools offer religious-based studies to students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Ten of these are Christian schools, two are Roman Catholic, and one is Jewish. There are two more nonsectarian schools, one kindergarten only and one alternative school for grades 7-12. There also three Montessori schools for pre-schoolers, two in Pawley’s Island and one in Socastee. Click here for information on Murrells Inlet schools, and Georgetown County and Brunswick County school districts.
For students who want to continue their studies after high school, there is a variety of Myrtle Beach colleges and universities as well. Coastal Carolina University, home of the Chanticleers, is a public liberal arts institution which offers 67 areas of study toward the baccalaureate degree, and eight master's degree programs. CCU recently began offering its first doctoral program, the Ph.D. in Marine Science: Coastal and Marine Systems Science, a fitting course of study considering the natural laboratories that surround us.
Adjacent to CCU and just across University Blvd is Horry-Georgetown Technical College, a two-year community/technical college that offers more than 80 associate degree, diploma, and certificate programs. HGTC also offers Continuing Education training for adults of all ages and backgrounds.
The Myrtle Beach campus of Webster University is a private nonprofit, accredited university that offers a balance of arts, sciences and professional undergraduate and graduate degrees. Courses of study are both on campus and online.
ITT Technical Institute focuses on technology and offers Bachelor of Science and associate’s degrees in ten areas of study. Schools include Information Technology, Electronics Technology, Drafting and Design, Business and Criminal Justice.
The Strand College of Hair Design offers certification in cosmetology, nail technician, and esthetics. The goal of the school is to prepare students for the South Carolina State Licensure Exam.
If golf is your game, and you want to make a career out of it, the Golf Academy of America Myrtle Beach campus offers a two-year program culminating in an associate's degree in Golf Complex Operations and Management. Be aware, however, that you’ll be required to play golf in Myrtle Beach at least twice a week.
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