Graduates are responsible citizens who are strong critical thinkers, collaborators, and communicators who successfully meet and face challenges to compete in an ever-changing global society.
- Black/African American: 24%
- White: 49%
- Hispanic: 18%
- Asian: 1%
- Native American: 1%
- Two or more races: 7%
- ELL: 11%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 70%
HCS Early College High School (ECHS) is a small, personalized learning environment with up to 400 students that blends high school and college into a coherent educational program. Located on the Conway campus of Horry-Georgetown Technical College, our school is designed so that middle quartile students, most first generation to attend college, may earn up to two years of college credit at the same time as they are earning a high school diploma. ECHS is a school "where everyone knows your name."
A focus for our school is building relationships through an interactive advisory class, school-wide AVID, and rigorous academics. The school-wide student outcomes are personal responsibility, social responsibility, communication, and critical thinking, which are embedded into every aspect of the curriculum. An AVID high school, students are supported through an elective course where curriculum focuses on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading. Supporting first-generation college students to believe they have the ability to achieve in higher education is supported through full immersion in a college-going culture and supporting them through the relationships developed through the school, community, and college. ECHS provides students with laptops and uses Google Applications for Education to encourage online collaboration and to provide easy access to instructional materials. Annual student-led conferences allow students to reflect on their academic progress and set goals for continued success. Students are also engaged in the community through service learning, which is integrated into academics, advisory, and clubs. ECHS Trailblazers lead the way to becoming the "best they can be."