Myrtle Beach school reunites boys, girls

Waccamaw Middle School is halting its single-gender program a month into the school year, according to a letter sent out Wednesday to parents.

This was the first year the middle school tried separating classes by gender for math, English and language arts.

“The attempt at single gender thus far has not worked as well as envisioned. More long-term planning is necessary to fully accomplish the goals of single gender instruction to include more training for staff and scheduling appropriate co-educational options on campus,” the letter from Principal William Dwyer said.

The school will try to rebuild the program from the “ground up” with more training and resources.

The school will revisit single-gender programs the first nine weeks of the second semester, the letter stated.

Single-gender programs use a tailored curriculum to cater to the needs of boys and girls in an effort to help boost student achievement.

The number of single-gender schools has increased around the state after new federal regulations became effective in November 2006.

In August, there were 198 schools with single-gender programs, 77 of which were primary or elementary schools.

By law, parents can choose whether their child should participate in single-gender programs.

If they choose to opt out, their child should have a co-educational alternative provided that is geographically accessible.