Horry County is the third largest school district in South Carolina, and, consistent with national trends, has experienced rapid and significant growth in its ELL population over the last seven years, from approximately 900 ELLs in 2007 to over 4,000 at the start of the 2015-16 school year. Currently, our English language learner population represents over 40 world languages from 68 countries. The top five languages in our district are Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, and Portuguese.
The HCS ESOL program provides students with the opportunity to reach proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing as measured on the World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) English language proficiency assessment, the Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-state (ACCESS) for English Language Learners. In addition, Horry County must also comply with the federal requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) amended as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). One of the five performance goals of NCLB requires LEP students to become proficient in English while reaching high academic achievement standards in reading/language arts, mathematics, and science. NCLB also requires that LEP students participate in annual academic achievement assessments in reading/language arts, mathematics, and science.
Horry County Schools is committed to providing all students equal opportunity to benefit from educational programs and services. Further, Horry County Schools is committed to supporting scientifically research-based and effective appropriate programs, practices, training, and accountability so that all students can become proficient in English and can achieve the state’s academic content and student academic achievement standards.
Melissa Westbury, Title III/ESOL Coordinator
Natalie DuRant, ESOL Coach
Emily Borrello, ESOL Coach
Cecelia Nance, ESOL Coach