• Profile of the South Carolina Graduate

    Family-Friendly Guide to SC Academic Standards 

     

    MATH

    • The mission of Horry County Schools K-12 Mathematics is to provide a premier world-class educational experience in mathematics. Our commitment to excellence through instruction, continuous professional development, well-designed curriculum, technology enhanced learning, and real world connections will help insure that students achieve college and career readiness in order to compete in an ever changing society. 
    • Students will be challenged to develop skills in analysis, reasoning, creativity, collaborative learning, and self-expression as they gain knowledge of mathematics. We will maintain high academic and behavioral expectations and put service to students above all else. 
    • SC Career- and College-Ready Standards for Mathematics

     

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 

    • Reading, writing, communicating, thinking critically, and performing in meaningful, relevant ways within and across disciplines are essential practices for accessing and deeply understanding content. Immersion in the language and thinking processes of each discipline guides students to develop and cultivate a deeper understanding of particular disciplines.
    • College- and career-ready students must be able to expertly navigate curriculum, paying close attention to practices unique to a particular discipline. Disciplinary Literacy works in concert with Inquiry-Based Literacy Standards to prepare students for the demands of the 21st century. These practices also offer opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding of the content in traditional and non-traditional ways.
    • SC Career- and College-Ready Standards for English Language Arts

     

    SCIENCE

    • In Horry County, we support and strive to achieve the goal of the Framework for K-12 Science Education by the National Research Council of the National Academies (2012): "To ensure that by the end of 12th grade, all students have some appreciation of the beauty and wonder of science; possess sufficient knowledge of science and engineering to engage in public discussions on related issues; are careful consumers of scientific and technological information related to their everyday lives: are able to continue to learn about science outside school; and have the skill to enter careers of their choice, including (but not limited to) careers in science, engineering, and technology.”
    • The 2014 South Carolina science standards include Science and Engineering Practice standards.  TheScience and Engineering Practice standards are differentiated across grade levels and core areas. The term “practice” is used instead of the term “skill,” to emphasize that scientists and engineers use skill and knowledge simultaneously, not in isolation. These nine science and engineering practices are:

    1. Ask questions and define problems

    2. Develop and use models

    3. Plan and conduct investigations

    4. Analyze and interpret data

    5. Use mathematical and computational thinking

    6. Construct explanations and design solutions

    7. Engage in scientific argument from evidence

    8. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information

    9. Construct devices or design solutions

    SOCIAL STUDIES

    • The National Council for the Social Studies, the largest professional association for social studies educators in the world, defines social studies as "the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world." (www.socialstudies.org)
    • Middle School
      • Grade 6: Early Culture to 1600
      • Grade 7: Contemporary Cultures: 1600 to Present
      • Grade 8: South Carolina: One of the United States
    • South Carolina Social Studies Academic Standards