Award Year: 2016

Waccamaw Intermediate School

320 Wildcat Way
Pawleys Island, SC, 29585-5367

(843) 237-7071

Dr. Timothy Carnahan, Principal at time of Nomination

Georgetown County School District

School Website


The mission is to provide a nurturing and safe environment of diverse learning experiences that enable all students to become caring and productive lifelong learners

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 20%
  • White: 77%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Our school goal is: engage every student everyday

Our school goal is: "engage every student everyday"

Waccamaw Intermediate opened in 2008 as a self-contained model school for grades 4, 5, and 6. This model has allowed our staff to meet the social, emotional, and educational needs of our students. When you walk through the doors of Waccamaw Intermediate, three things will stand out: the environmental culture, level of student engagement, and our emphasis on literacy. You see a school family with an openness to improvement focused on student achievement. Students, teachers, and parents show each other respect. A high level of trust exists among our staff and community. Our students and staff are excited about learning and coming to school. Our teachers are confident professionals who work hard to ensure that students believe in themselves and their abilities to learn.

"Engage every child every day" is our school motto. Our goal is to ensure that students are engaged in appropriately challenging texts at least 75% of the time devoted to reading/writing instruction. We are preparing our students to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. We have embraced the High Progress Literacy Classroom approach to learning across all disciplines. Teachers use the Reading, Writing, and Researching model to ensure that subjects are integrated throughout the day. This method allows our teachers to focus on the target of "authentic" reading and writing 75% of the time students are being instructed. Through this approach, our students consistently earned scores that rival the best in our state.