Award Year: 2014

Socastee Elementary School

4950 Socastee Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, SC, 29588-7223

(843) 650-2606

Ms. Diane M. Thompson, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Horry County Schools

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Our mission at Socastee Elementary is to "do what is right for children" every day by putting service to students above all else!

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 17%
  • White: 44%
  • Hispanic: 32%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • ELL: 32%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Students, parents, and teachers at Mad Science during Club Night!

Students, parents, and teachers at Mad Science during Club Night!

Socastee Elementary, located in Myrtle Beach, SC is the heart of the Socastee community. It is a geographically small yet diversely populated community that thrives on the unity of its people. The school passionately believes in the importance of building strong, positive relationships within our school community. The Socastee Heritage Foundation works with our community to support our school through festivals, fundraisers and special events focused on the local history of Socastee since 1711. The school believes that it is it's responsibility to foster an environment where children feel safe, loved, and nurtured physically as well as emotionally.

As a Title I school, Socastee Elementary serves over 700 students in grades CD-5. The school has a very diverse student population with 25.2 % of ESOL students, 7.3% Gifted and Talented, 43% Caucasian, 57% African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Middle Eastern as well as 78% free or reduced lunch. Twenty-four percent of our students are served in interventions and twenty-three percent of our students are transient. Even though we have a very diverse population that brings unique challenges, Socastee Elementary consistently performs in the top five percent of "Schools Like Us."

At Socastee, we take pride in our community and family partnerships as well as the level of trust built in the past five years between the school and our strong family-oriented Hispanic population. The school believes that this has contributed significantly to our academic success by making our school an extension of the home!