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8th Grade Students & Parents!
You are encouraged to attend an informational meeting for the HCS Secondary Programs. The programs include but are not limited to Early College High School, Scholars Academy, and STEM (AAST and CHS). In preparation for high school it is important to find out if any of these programs are an option for your child and if any are a good fit for your child’s future goals. This year, our regional meeting will be at Aynor High School on November 15, 2016 at 6pm in the AHS Auditorium. The meeting will last about an hour and a half and will cover all the programs.
The meeting will be repeated at the following locations and dates.
Green Sea Floyds High School---November 1
Myrtle Beach High School--- November 3
Carolina Forest High School---November 10
Aynor High School---November 15
Saint James High School--- November 17
Click here to access the HCS Secondary Programs page for more information about the programs. Please be aware that this information and dates are in the process of being updated on the page.
OPEN HOUSE for STEM, ECHS, and Scholars Academy
You and your child are also invited to visit programs schools during their open house for program specific information. Further information can be found on the program school websites
AAST (STEM) Open House—December 1st
Scholars Academy Open House—December 8th
ECHS Open House—December 8th
CHS (STEM) Open House—January 24th
Some Information on the Secondary Program Application Process
On December 1, 2016 program applications will be available on the HCSD website and on the individual program’s website.
All interested students must complete the application and is due Friday, February 03, 2017.
The application portal will be shut off at 12am.
HCSD will evaluate each applicant based on aptitude (test scores such as MAP and PASS), previous coursework (Grades), and interest.
Interest will be determined by a screening process, which may include a written essay, a computerized survey, or an interview, that is conducted at the child’s school.
Beginning on February 27, 2017 students will be notified of their acceptance into programs.
Each student will receive a commitment form, which must be returned to the school, guaranteeing his/her participation in the program.
All acceptance/commitment forms must be returned to the school by March 22, 2017 to guarantee a space in the program.
ECHS-Early College High School will offer admissions to approximately 100 students, SA-Scholars Academy will offer admissions to approximately 50 students, and STEM at AAST-Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics will offer admissions to approximately 120 students.
There is no maximum number of students that will be accepted into the IB programs.
Students may apply for the IB program in grades 8 – 10, provided they have had the appropriate coursework.
Students may only enter ECHS, SA, and STEM as rising 9th graders.
Students may only enter the majors programs at ATA and AAST as rising 11th graders (apply in 10th grade).
There will not be a waiting list for ECHS or SA regardless of the number of commitment forms that are received for each program. STEM will have a waiting list that will expire on June 1st.
Acceptance into a Program
Students are strongly encouraged to consider all options prior to completing the application process and making a commitment.
Click here to access the HCS Secondary Programs page for more information. This information is in the process of being updated.