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HCS Named 2022 Cognia System of Distinction

November 4, 2022

Horry County Schools has been named a 2022 Cognia™ System of Distinction, a program that recognizes pre-K–12 education institutions that exemplify excellence in education and service to learners. 

Cognia is a global, nonprofit improvement organization dedicated to helping institutions and other education providers grow learners, teachers, and leaders. Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, and professional services within a framework of continuous improvement. Serving 36,000 public and private institutions from early learning through high school in more than 90 countries, Cognia brings a global perspective to advancing teaching and learning.

More than 1,500 institutions were eligible for Cognia’s 2022 Cognia Schools and Systems of Distinction. Of those, Cognia selected only 96 schools for distinction, and HCS was one of only 38 systems selected for distinction.

“Horry County Schools is to be commended on their recognition as a System of Distinction,” said Dr. Mark A. Elgart, president and CEO of Cognia. “Cognia Accreditation is already a mark of distinction recognized around the world. Being named a System of Distinction further recognizes the commitment to education quality Horry County Schools has for its learners,” he added.

HCS participated in Cognia’s rigorous Accreditation Engagement Review process, which is based on research-based performance standards. The process includes a third-party review by education experts of evidence, interviews, and classroom observations. The evaluation covers Leadership Capacity, Learning Capacity, and Resource Capacity, as well as a demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement.