Gaye Driggers, Principal
Welcome to the Forest – Home of the Panthers!
In the fall of 1997, the Carolina Forest Education Center opened its doors to students in grades 6 -10 from areas of Conway, Myrtle Beach, and Socastee. With phenomenal growth, we soon became Carolina Forest High School and began to build a tradition of excellence in academics, athletics, and the visual and performing arts.
The 2018-2019 school year was one of many accolades. Carolina Forest is currently listed as one of South Carolina’s Best High Schools by the U.S. News and World Report magazine. Of the 24 varsity sports at Carolina Forest High School, 19 made the state playoffs, with five teams winning the Region 6-5A Championship. Academic achievements exceeded the district and state levels, with our Advanced Placement scores continuing to exceed the national averages. Our RoboKatz robotic team continues to rank among some of the best in the Palmetto region. We are in our second year of our STEM Project Lead the Way program, offering engineering, bio-medical, cybersecurity and architectural courses.
Our visual and performing arts speak for themselves. We presented 12 sold-out performances of the Broadway musical, Newsies. The CFHS string orchestra program competed at the Carowinds Music Festival and received Superior ratings in every category as well as 1st Place at the high school level. The CFHS marching band, the largest in Horry County Schools, competed at the Carowinds Music Festival and received Superior ratings in every category. Twenty-five CFHS students were selected to the SCBDA Region V All-Region Band, while 30 students were selected for All-County. Our theatre students performed The Book of Everything at the South Carolina Theatre Association (SCTA) Annual High School Festival and were awarded 3rd place out of 32 schools. Our CFHS Show and Concert Choirs both received Superior ratings and won First Place Show Choir at the "Big Apple Classic" in New York, NY and presented numerous sold-out performances during the year. The visual arts program increased in enrollment and course offerings, with several students being chosen as award winners in national and local competitions and art shows.
With all the destruction that Hurricane Florence caused, the true character of our Carolina Forest cluster schools’ staff and community were displayed during the 2018-19 school year. It was impressive to see our school and community come together and provide aid for those who experienced loss. Our NJROTC staff and students led the way with their service to their school and Carolina Forest Community, earning the Distinguished Unit Award.
In the 2019-2020 school year, CFHS will continue to build stronger relationships within our school family and the Carolina Forest community. CFHS will continue to offer rigorous course work through Advanced Placement courses, our on-campus AP Academy, Virtual Enterprise classes, Project Lead the Way STEM courses, our popular agricultural science program, and visual and performing arts classes that remain leaders in HCS.
When you get a chance, I encourage you to visit our campus and see for yourself the displays of our academic and athletic accomplishments. I also encourage you to visit our website, follow us on Facebook, and follow us on twitter at #cfpantherlife and take note of all the academic and athletic programs CFHS has to offer.
Our students, faculty, staff, parents, and community have been instrumental in our successes. I thank you all for your continued support, and I hope you will continue to take an active part in our school.
Gaye Driggers, Principal