Horry County Schools’ Socastee Elementary Named a National Blue Ribbon School

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Socastee Elementary is one of only 340 schools nationwide recognized for this honor

Horry County Schools’ Socastee Elementary has been named a National Blue Ribbon School in an announcement made by US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.

Socastee Elementary, educating over 700 students in Child Development through Fifth Grade, is one of 340 schools, (290 public schools and 50 private schools), nationwide to win this prestigious recognition as an Exemplary High-Performing School. The National Blue Ribbon Schools program awards public and private schools for overall academic excellence or progress made in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

"These great schools are fulfilling the promise of American education—that all students, no matter their name or zip code, can flourish when schools provide safe, creative, and challenging learning environments," Secretary Duncan said. "National Blue Ribbon Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts. We celebrate them for their tireless effort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student."

In its 32-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on less than 7,900 of America's schools.

About Horry County Schools

Horry County Schools is inspiring possibilities for student success through a broad range of unique teaching and learning opportunities.

The countywide school district encompasses 51 schools in the nine attendance areas of Myrtle Beach, Carolina Forest, Conway, Socastee, North Myrtle Beach, Loris, Aynor, Green Sea Floyds and St. James. Horry County Schools, with more than 42,000 students, is South Carolina’s third largest school district.

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