"Loris High School is helping all students develop the World Class Skills of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate by creating a culture of high expectations and developing numerous programs to assist students. Loris High School believes all students can be successful and we work diligently to personalize the learning experience to meet the diverse needs of all our students. Loris High School understands the skills necessary for students to have in order be successful in an advanced technological world.
Each student is issued his/her own technology device which enables them to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. These devices are implemented on a consistent basis in all classrooms and supplement the curriculum. In addition, digital content software is used to support learning as well as encourage student remediation. Teachers review data provided by this digital software and develop lesson plans accordingly. Digital software allows students to progress at their own pace while allowing more advanced students to move forward in the curriculum at a faster pace. For students who enter our school with poor reading skills a literacy intervention program called Reading 180/System 44 is offered. This data is reviewed weekly. Once a student demonstrates proficiency they may be exited into the regular curriculum. Loris High School also offers a program called Extended Options which gives students extra academic support. This program provides the opportunity for students to receive extra help after regular school hours. Transportation and food are provided for this program. The Upward Bound Program offered through Horry Georgetown Technical College also provides remediation to students and helps them prepare to further their education beyond high school. Loris High School provides opportunities for students who wish to begin earning college credits while still in high school. In addition to the seven Advanced Placement courses offered on the school's campus, the district has partnered with Horry Georgetown Technical College to offer dual credit courses. Students may also pursue credit for various courses through our Virtual Online Program, which is a partnership with South Carolina Virtual and Horry County Virtual.
Loris High School recognizes the importance of teachers using research-based instructional strategies. We conduct Professional Learning Communities twice a month. During these meetings teachers are trained in the implementation of technology and research-based instructional strategies. Planning and collaboration will be the focus for our school during the 2019-2020 school year. Collaboration will occur within subject areas, with the instructional coach and co-teaching teams. During the scheduling process for 2019-2020, as many teachers as possible in the same disciplines are being assigned common planning blocks. This collaboration is very important in ensuring strong lesson plans are developed which will ensure success for all students. School data is consistently monitored and evaluated to ensure the curriculum is aligned and rigorous. We have a very strong CATE Program which supplements our mission of ensuring students are career and college ready before graduation. At Loris High School, students are able to explore careers in such areas as Agriculture, Computer Science, Forestry and Marketing. Our school also offers a Medical Magnet Program which provides the opportunity for students to explore various careers in the medical field. The Medical Magnet Program continues to expand because of strong student interest. Job shadowing and internships were part of the Medical Magnet Program in 2018-2019 and the numbers are projected to increase for 2019-2020. During the 2018-2019 school year we offered Bio-Medical thru PLTW. These opportunities place students in various jobs in the medical field of their interest.
To help our students become better global citizens, we encourage students to be active in the many extracurricular activities offered on our campus. These activities help foster an environment conducive to student success. We are excited to report that several of our students were recognized on both the district and state levels for their participation in activities such as DECA, Varsity Track and Field, Future Farmers of America (FFA) as well as our Virtual Enterprise Program. Students are also encouraged to participate in community service projects and activities such as Toys for Tots. During the 2019-2020 school year, Loris High School will continue to build upon our anti-bullying initiative called "Rachel's Challenge.". This program works to teach our students about personal integrity and self-direction. During the 2018-2019 school year we developed a Peer mentoring program.
Loris High School is grateful for the continued support of all our stakeholders, and we look forward to the continued success of our students.
Richard Crumley, Principal
Josh Cutright, SIC Chair