New Catholic high school to be built in Carolina Forest

Officials hope to open the new St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic High School on 50 acres of land located on Carolina Forest Boulevard in 2016, the Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of Charleston announced Wednesday.

"St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic High School will be authentically Catholic, academically challenging, and fulfill an urgent need. This project has the full support of our Diocese and I look forward to the opening of Seton Catholic High School in the future," said the Bishop Guglielmone.

The idea of a Catholic high school in the Myrtle Beach area dates back to 2000 when a consulting group studied the region and found that there was the need for a Catholic high school in Horry County.

After more than 13 years of research, the Horry County Catholic parishes and the diocese are now moving forward with a capital campaign to fund the project.

The goal is to raise a minimum of $3.5 million to cover the costs of construction of the 15,400 square foot phase one building; furniture; fixtures; equipment; administrative, fundraising, architectural and engineering fees; and an operational subsidy for the first three years.

"Dependent upon reaching fundraising benchmarks, we hope to open the new school in the fall of 2016 with a ninth grade class. Each year, an additional class and grade will be added until the full four-year program is attained," said Father James Leblanc, School President and Pastor of St. Andrew Catholic Church.

The mission of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic High School will be to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which its students will be educated both in character and in conscience, to be steadfast in their faith, dedicated to social responsibility, and committed to developing all their God-given talents.