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Ocean Drive Elementary Named A National Blue Ribbon School

Blue ribbon U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that Ocean Drive Elementary School is among the winners earning National Blue Ribbon Schools designation for 2020. This designation is the highest honor a school can receive from the U.S. Department Education.

Horry County Schools (HCS) Ocean Drive Elementary was one of 367 schools in the nation, and six schools in the state, to earn this coveted award, given only to schools that are Exemplary High Performing or those with Exemplary Achievement in Closing the Achievement Gap. Ocean Drive Elementary earned its National Blue Ribbon Schools distinction for Exemplary High Performance, measured by student achievement being in the top 15 percent on state assessments for English language arts and mathematics.

Now in its 38th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, students, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. The 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony will be held virtually on November 12th and 13th.

Ocean Drive Elementary is the 14th District school to receive the National Blue Ribbon Schools award. Within the past decade, other winners include Ocean Bay Elementary School (2019), HCS Early College High School, (2017); Forestbrook Middle School, Myrtle Beach Intermediate School, and Lakewood Elementary School (2015); Socastee Elementary School (2014), Forestbrook Elementary (2012); and Midland Elementary, (2009).
HCS still holds the national record for having three schools from one district win in a single year, as well as having one school win three separate years.FPO