• The HCS Scholars Academy application is NOW CLOSED.

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    THE 2023 APPLICATION PROCESS (for the CLASS OF 2027) will

    OPEN WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2023

     and

    CLOSE ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2023

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  • A Collaboration Between Horry County Schools (HCS) and Coastal Carolina University (CCU)

    The HCS Scholars Academy (SA or SAHS) was established in 2003 through a partnership between Horry County Schools (HCS) and Coastal Carolina University (CCU) to provide advanced learners with a quality education in a supportive learning environment. Its mission is to educate these students at a rate and with the level of academic rigor commensurate with their abilities, so that they graduate as confident, responsible, lifelong learners who are prepared to succeed in higher education and in the world beyond.

    The HCS Scholars Academy minimum entrance requirements include completion of Algebra I and English I. Completion of Geometry is also strongly recommended. 

    The student selection criteria include PSAT scores, statewide test data, grades, and discipline records.  From approximately 200 student applicants, 60 students will be invited to write a timed essay for review by District Office personnel.  Approximately 50 students will then be selected for each incoming class at HCS Scholars Academy.