Horry County Schools wins national recognition for STEM program

vgrooms@thesunnews.comMarch 6, 2014 

Horry County Schools is one of two school districts in the state that have been recognized by the 20th annual Magna Awards program, sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s American School Board Journal.

The district received Honorable Mention, over 20,000 student enrollment, for the program “Opening Doors to the Future: STEM at the Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology” from among 250 submissions.

The district’s STEM program is for students with a strong interest in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, and they are in the program all four years of high school. Acceptance into the program, now in its third year, has been competitive from the start, and only about 150 rising ninth-graders are chosen each year, with no waiting list.

The awards honor school boards that take bold and innovative steps to advance public education and honor school districts across the country for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools. Winners were selected by an independent panel of school board members, administrators and other educators.

Lexington County School District One was a first-place winner, over 20,000 student enrollment, for the program “World Languages Program, Grades K-12.”

“The Magna Awards showcase great programs that are taking place throughout the country under the strong leadership of school board members,” said Paul Krohne, SCSBA executive director. “Having two South Carolina school districts recognized as among the best in the nation is something every South Carolinian should be proud to champion.”

Award winners will appear in a special section in the April issue of “ASBJ” and formally recognized April 5 at the Best Practices for School Leaders Luncheon, part of NSBA’s 74th annual conference.

For more information on the awards, go to http://www.asbj.com/magna.

Contact VICKI GROOMS at 443-2401 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_VickiGrooms.

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