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The scholars academy an accelerated program for horry county s gifted learners

The Scholars Academy:

An Accelerated Program forHorry County’s Gifted Learners

What we are
What We Are…

Established in 2003 as a partnership between Horry County Schools and Coastal Carolina University, the Scholars Academy program enables gifted learners to meet the requirements for a high school diploma while being challenged by a combination of honors, Advanced Placement, and dual credit courses.

Where we are
Where We Are…

The Scholars Academy is located on the campus of Coastal Carolina University. The high school classroom setting is in Baxley Hall, but students have classes in other locations as well.

Who we serve
Who We Serve…



HighSchool Diploma

















Students enter the Scholars Academy as 9th graders only.

They may remain at the Scholars Academy for 4 years or enter the International Baccalaureate program their junior year.

Students graduate with a high school diploma from their base schools with up to two years college credit.

How We Work…

How we work
How We Work…

Students remain enrolled in their base schools and retain opportunities and eligibility for fine arts, sports, and other extracurricular activities.

Students are bused to and from the base high schools to CCU.

How we work1
How We Work…

Ninth and tenth graders are taught and supervised primarily by teachers from Horry County Schools with some integration into Advanced Placement and dual credit courses.

Eleventh and twelfth graders take a combination of Advanced Placement and college courses.

Ccu campus
CCU Campus

The Wall Building

The Prince Building

The Edwards Building

Bill Baxley Hall

CINO Grille


  • Students are required to take the following courses:

    • AP English Literature

    • AP English Language

    • AP Government & Politics

    • AP US History

    • One AP mathematics


    • One AP science course

    • At least one college course each semester beginning with the spring semester of the freshman year.

Requirements continued
Requirements, continued

  • Students are expected to maintain a 3.0 grade point average on all high school and college courses.

  • Students who make below a C in any course are placed on Academic Probation. Earning a grade below a C in any class the following term results in dismissal from the program.

  • Any student who makes below a C in a college course must reimburse the district for the cost of the course and the textbook(s).

  • Students complete 24 Hours of Community Service each year.

Advanced Placement Opportunities

Face-to-face learning opportunities in the following Advanced Placement courses are currently available to students at Scholars:

  • AP Calculus AB

  • AP Calculus BC

  • AP Statistics

  • AP Biology

  • AP Chemistry

  • AP Physics

  • AP English Literature & Composition

  • AP English Language & Composition

  • AP Government & Politics

  • AP World History

  • AP US History & Constitution

  • AP Comparative Government

Ninth grade

Fall Term

English 1 Honors or

English 2 Honors

Geometry Honors or Algebra 2 Honors

Physical Science Honors

AP Government

Freshman Seminar

Music Ensemble

Spring Term

English 1 or 2 Honors

Algebra 2 Honors or

Pre-calculus Honors

Chemistry Honors

AP Government

Economics Honors

Dual Credit Foreign Language (110)

Physical Education

Tenth grade

Fall Term

AP Language & Composition

AP US History

Biology Honors

Algebra 3-Trig Honors, AP Calculus, or AP Statistics

Dual Credit Foreign Language (120)

Music Ensemble, Yearbook or Newspaper

Spring Term

AP Language & Composition

AP US History

Physics Honors

Pre-calculus Honors, AP Calculus, or AP Statistics

Dual Credit Foreign Language (130)

Physical Education

Music Ensemble, Yearbook, or Newspaper

Eleventh grade

Fall Term

AP Literature & Composition

AP World History or dual credit history

AP Calculus or AP Statistics

AP Biology or AP Chemistry

Dual credit electives

Spring Term

AP Literature & Composition

AP World History or dual credit history

AP Calculus or AP Statistics

AP Biology or AP Chemistry

Dual credit electives

Twelfth grade

Fall Term

  • AP Calculus or AP Statistics

  • AP Physics or AP Biology

  • AP Comparative Government

  • College English

  • College mathematics (Calculus III, etc.)

  • Teacher Cadet

Spring Term

  • AP Calculus or AP Statistics

  • AP Physics or AP Biology

  • AP Comparative Government

  • Dual credit electives

  • College English or math

  • Teacher Cadet


AP Success Rates

We administered 13 different AP content area exams in May 2008, to all students who took an AP course.

Success rate of students scoring 3-5 was 95%.

The percentage of 4’s and 5’s scored on all exams was 74%.


There are 6 National Merit Semi-Finalists in the district this year. Three of them are Scholars Academy students:

Denrey Christy, AHS

Ben Ujcich, CFHS

Logan Chestnut, CHS

State champions 06 07 and 07 08 we the people
State Champions:06-07 and 07-08We the People

Sophomore Class 06-07

Sophomore Class 07-08

Sa students win in math
SA Students Win in Math

Denrey Christy and Clayton Turner took 1st and 2nd places on the mock BC Calculus exam at the Regional Math Competition. Kaylen Warren and Lisa Lynn Schexnayder took 2nd and 3rd in the AB Calculus competition. Denrey Christy also won 2nd place in the individual category at the AVX/CCU Math Competition.

Sa students win in science
SA Students Win in Science

AP Biology students earned awards at the Sandhills Region IV Science Fair at Francis Marion University with 1st place finishes in the Social/Behavioral Category, 1st and 2nd place team finishes, and several individual 2nd and 3rd place wins.

Induction into phi eta sigma
Induction into Phi Eta Sigma

Phi Eta Sigma, a national honor society for college freshmen, has invited 34 Scholars Academy students to join based on their number of college credit hours and a college GPA of 3.5.

Anna Dierksheide, CFHS

2009 Seniors SAT Data

Scholars Gov Sch AMHS State Nation

Average Reading 661 674 625 486 501

Average Math 706 682 626 496 515

Average Writing 650 669 618 470 493

Composite 2017 2025 1869 1452 1509

GPA Comparison with CCU Freshmen

The cumulative GPA of Coastal Carolina University freshmen at the end of the spring 2009 semester was 2.822. Comparatively, Scholars Academy seniors’ GPA was 3.8.

Scholars Academy Graduates….

The graduating class of 2009, only 13 students, earned 3.6 million dollars in scholarship money. Currently, these and former SA graduates are attending:

  • Duke University

  • Johns Hopkins University

  • Virginia Tech

  • Stanford University

  • Wofford College

  • University of Central Florida

  • Coastal Carolina University- Honors Program

  • College of Charleston-Honors College

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  • University of South Carolina- Honors College

Cwra scoring and our cwra results
CWRA Scoring and our CWRA Results

Holistic assessment

of common skills

  • Critical Thinking

  • Analytic Reasoning

  • Written Communication

  • Problem Solving

    Measurement of

    college readiness

    Blue squares = 177 colleges

    Orange squares=schools that also tested high school seniors

    Solid orange square=SA seniors

2009 cwra results stated
2009 CWRA Results Stated…

“Without adjusting for academic ability, your participating seniors performed, as a group, better than 99% of the institutions of higher education that tested college freshmen as part of the CLA in fall 2008.” Adjusting for ability as indicated on SAT and ACT…”your seniors performed well above the expected performance of first-year student samples at CLA colleges with similar mean EAA.”

…from the CWRA College Readiness Report

Student learning opportunities
Student Learning Opportunities

“Canstruction” Project

AP Chemistry Halloween Show

Balloon Powered Car Races

Student learning opportunities1

Teacher Cadets

Student Learning Opportunities

Poetry Out Loud

Hands-On Calculus

Erin Kelly, SHS, with

CCU professor

Students in the St.A.R.T. program:

  • participate in real on-going

    research with CCU


  • learn advanced research

    techniques and develop an

    original research project

    ● enter research projects in

    local and regional science


    ● present research at CCU’s

    “Celebration of Inquiry”

    during the spring

Sa traditions
SA Traditions

The Coffeehouse


The Dance

SA Traditions

Huntington Beach

State Park

Base School Student Involvement

  • Sports: track, cheerleading, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, cross country, volleyball, football, soccer, and swimming

  • Orchestra and band

  • National Honor Societies, Beta Club,

  • Academic Teams

  • Mock Trial

  • Student Government

  • FCA

MBHS Marching Band

Applicant selection process
Applicant Selection Process

Round One:


Aptitude/Achievement Scores

Academic Course Grades

Discipline & Attendance Records

Application Responses

Academic Recommendations

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Applicant Selection Process

Round Two:

Student Interview


Prerequisite for Admission Consideration: Honors Algebra 1

Strongly Recommended Prerequisites:

Honors Geometry and Honors English 1

Opportunity to visit at scholars
Opportunity to Visitat Scholars

Eighth Grade students may schedule a time to visit the Scholars Academy once a completed application is on file.

Please call 349-4117 to schedule a time to visit during the months of December, January, or February.

Tours last 1.5 hours and will be conducted by Scholars Academy upperclassmen.


2009-2010 applicationsare available on our website at or from your guidance office.Applications are not evaluated until the closing date of January 31, 2010.

Applications received after the deadline will only be considered if space is available.

Horry County Schools

Accelerated Secondary Programs