• Class of 2020 Graduation Dates and Senior Celebration Dates Announced

    Graduation ceremonies for Horry County Schools’ Class of 2020 are as follows:

    • Aynor High School: Wednesday, June 3 at 10 a.m. on the Aynor High School Football Field
    • Carolina Forest High School: Ceremonies will begin on May 26 and will continue until all are complete. Scheduled by Appointment. Carolina Forest High School Gym
    • Conway High School: Tuesday, June 2 9 at a.m. on the Conway High School Football Field
    • Early College High School: Wednesday, June 3 at 8 a.m. at the Carolina Forest High School Gym
    • Green Sea Floyds High School: Wednesday, June 3 at 10 a.m. at the Green Sea Floyds High School Gym
    • Loris High School: Tuesday, June 2 at 9 a.m. on the Loris High School Football Field
    • Myrtle Beach High School: Tuesday, June 2 at 9 a.m. at Doug Shaw Stadium
    • North Myrtle Beach High School: Tuesday, June 2 at 9 a.m. on the North Myrtle Beach High School Football Field
    • Socastee High School: Wednesday, June 3 at 9 a.m. on the Socastee High Football Field
    • James High School: Tuesday, June 2 at 10 a.m. on the St. James High Football Field

    - An individual ceremony option will be available for students who do not wish to participate in a group ceremony. These ceremonies will be held by appointment.
    - The Adult Education Center recognition ceremony will be postponed until a later date.
    - Rain dates for outdoor ceremonies will be scheduled the next consecutive day weather permitting.

    Senior celebrations will be held for 2020 graduates who also attend District program schools, as follows:

    • Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology: Tuesday, May 26 - Thursday, May 28. By Appointment at the Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology
    • Academy for Technology and Academics: Tuesday, May 26 - Thursday, May 28. By Appointment at the Academy for Technology and Academics
    • Scholars Academy: Tuesday, May 27. By Appointment at the Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

    Graduation Information for Community Members

    If you are interested in learning how you can help celebrate the class of 2020 click here.

    Graduation Message Update, April 23, 2020

    Horry County Schools is committed to celebrating the Class of 2020.  The Horry County Board of Education, the District and school leaders appreciate all the seniors and parents who reached out to us.  Graduation options and suggestions that are similar to those that are being discussed across the country will be taken into consideration.  Options include, but are not limited to, the use of football stadiums, alternate facilities, as well as the possible scheduling of an in-person ceremony at a later date.  We are all dedicated to finding a satisfactory resolution in the upcoming weeks.

    A message from Dr. Rick Maxey, Superintendent, updated April 22, 2020

    As you have probably heard by now, Governor Henry McMaster has extended the closure of South Carolina’s public schools through the end of the academic year. As educators, students, and parents, we would much rather be enjoying normal spring events such as school sports, concerts, musicals, plays, field trips, and other activities that lead up to summer vacation. But this spring is an unprecedented one, not only for us locally, but for our state, our country, and the world. Consequently, we have had to alter our lives individually and socially to combat the impact of the COVID-19 virus. And, of course as everyone knows, Horry County Schools, like other public school districts across the state, has had to adapt and move instruction primarily to a virtual learning environment.

    As a result of the Governor’s announcement, Horry County Schools will continue with its present forms of instruction for grades CD-11 through the end of the scheduled academic year which ends on June 3rd. Detailed Information concerning grading for underclassmen can be located on the district’s website. As a reminder, senior course work must be completed and finalized by May 15th.

    In today’s press conference with Governor McMaster, State Superintendent Molly Spearman indicated that the executive order, which the Governor will sign next week, will allow schools the flexibility the last two weeks of the district’s school calendar to collect materials such as textbooks, digital devices, musical instruments, uniforms, etc. This will also give students an opportunity to collect their personal belongings. In order to do this in the most orderly manner and in compliance with social distancing requirements, in the near future, individual schools will communicate to parents and students the dates that they will establish for collections and the procedures that are to be followed. I encourage you to monitor your school’s website and social media, as well as your email, for this upcoming information.

    In closing, I want to congratulate our Class of 2020, and most of all, I want to reassure you, and your parents, that you are not forgotten. Over the last couple of weeks, our high school principals have worked tirelessly to plan for ceremonies that celebrate and acknowledge this important milestone that you have reached. While you, your families, and all of HCS desire traditional ceremonies, in light of the Governor’s closure of public schools, our HCS principals and I agree that the safest and most practical way for honoring each of you is for our graduations and our senior ceremonies to be conducted virtually.

    Horry County Schools has nine different attendance areas, each with its own high school, and likewise, each with its own community, history, and traditions. Therefore, each high school and secondary program will create ceremonies that feature you and celebrate your high school experiences, accomplishments, and aspirations, while reflecting those special traditions that are unique to your school. All HCS virtual graduation and senior ceremonies will be pre-recorded and will be posted on your school’s website on the day and time that your school’s ceremony is scheduled.

    Since each ceremony will be planned by individual schools, your principal will be sharing information with you in the coming days regarding the specific plans and information they will need from you. During the month of May, our schools and district will be highlighting the Class of 2020 on our websites and on social media. The first event #BeTheLight, is scheduled for May 1st. To recognize you, all HCS high schools will turn on their stadium lights at 20:20 military time (8:20 PM) for 20 minutes to honor you for your many successes in academics, athletics, fine arts, and numerous other high school endeavors. We are also inviting the citizens of the many communities of Horry County to join us in this recognition by turning on their porch lights at the same time.

    Class of 2020, on behalf of the Horry County Board of Education and all Horry County Schools staff members, I want you to know we are proud of you, and we will always remember you.

    I congratulate you on the accomplishments you have achieved so far, and I look forward to hearing of the many great things the Class of 2020 will do in the future.


    Dr. Rick Maxey

    A Letter to the Class of 2020 from Dr. Rick Maxey, Superintendent

    April 3, 2020

    Dear HCS Senior and Senior Families,

    We are committed to celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2020, and our sincere desire is to hold graduation and senior ceremonies for our high schools if we can. While we cannot predict when the Governor will lift the current restrictions on large gatherings, we will continue to explore options for celebrating the Class of 2020.

    Due to restrictions preventing the gathering of large groups of people, graduation and senior ceremonies may not be feasible this year. However, we may have the opportunity to schedule ceremonies at an undetermined time in the future or maybe even schedule virtual ceremonies. For now, all we can say is that we will release details regarding ceremonies once we learn more. 

    In the next few weeks, your high school principal will announce dates and times to allow you to pick up graduation announcements/supplies in a safe manner that is in accordance with the restrictions placed upon the public by the Governor’s Office. Please monitor your school’s website, social media, as well as your email for this upcoming information.


    Dr. Rick Maxey

    View the letter here.

  • Proms/Gala Information

    Due to the latest information from the governor’s office regarding school closures through the remainder of the year, all HCS proms and galas will be postponed. The new dates will be announced when available. If we are unable to host prom this year, all ticket purchases will be refunded.

    2019-20 Final Grading Guidance

    High School Credit-Bearing Courses (For Seniors and Underclassmen)

    To accommodate the flexibility granted by the United States Department of Education, final grade calculations have been revised for South Carolina public schools. To give districts the ability to report grades sufficiently, the South Carolina Department of Education has offered guidance that reframes the structure of high school credit-bearing course work, both semester and year-long courses.

    Semester Courses

    The second-semester grade will reflect work completed and mastery demonstrated during the third and fourth quarters combined (with each quarter accounting for 50% of the second-semester final grade) and will not include a final examination. The second-semester final grade will be composed of all third-quarter and fourth-quarter grades. Final high school report cards will show only one grade for second-semester courses.

    Year-long Courses*

    The final grade will reflect work completed and mastery demonstrated during the first, second, third, and fourth quarters combined (with each quarter accounting for 25% of the final grade) and will not include a final examination.

    *Middle school students enrolled in high school credit-bearing courses will be subject to this guideline.

    All credit-bearing courses should follow the requirement of the Uniform Grading Policy (UGP) with numerical grades recorded.

    Guidance Relating to Seniors Only

    According to the South Carolina Department of Education’s guidance, the period of time for course completion, demonstration of mastery, and course remediation for seniors must be finalized by May 15th. All grades for seniors should be entered into PowerSchool by May 22nd.

    Note: Unless further guidance is provided, deadlines for all other students should follow the current calendar of the district. No exams will be given for seniors or underclassmen.

    Reference: Memorandum: COVID-19 Grade Reporting Guidance, SCDE, March 31, 2020