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TV Stations Highlight Carolina Shores During First Year

February 16, 2024
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This article was originally publish on Oct. 5, 2023, and updated on Feb. 16, 2024.

Myrtle Beach TV station WMBF covered the official opening of the new Carolina Shores Acceleration Academy (CSAA), spotlighting the unique opportunity it provides to high school students who are looking for a non-traditional academic environment or want to accelerate their progress toward a diploma.

“A school with a personalized curriculum for each student is expanding its reach in the Grand Strand” section of South Carolina, the TV report began. “It’s called Carolina Shores Acceleration Academy.”

“There is a lot of one-on-one with teachers,” Bryanna Olalde, a student who had struggled in traditional school but found success at CSAA, told the television station. “At public school or in regular high school, you couldn’t really get that.”

Chris Neeley, Superintendent of the South Carolina Public Charter School District, joined leaders of Acceleration Academies, educators and graduation candidates in celebrating the new public charter high school after it opened in September.

“Big strides were made yesterday as we celebrated a monumental ribbon-cutting ceremony,” the charter district wrote in a social media post. “Our newly inaugurated charter school is now ready to welcome students from Horry and surrounding counties. This isn’t just about opening doors to a building but to a world of opportunities where students can unlock their full potential.”

Check out the WMBF story here.

TV news crews returned in February when the academy held another ribbon-cutting to celebrate its partnership with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

The report from WBTW-News 13 quoted CSAA Director Dr. Deirdre Brasch as saying the Chamber partnership will help the academy prepare graduation candidates not only to earn their diplomas but also to envision their college and career opportunities. “It really focuses on the whole student,” she said. “Not just, you know, ‘You’ve got your diploma, good luck.’ We want them to go and be productive members of the local community.”

Check out the WBTW story here.