One dilemma parents face when deciding on a school for their child is the age-old debate of public versus private education.

As the principal of a nationally accredited private Christian school in Myrtle Beach, Sean O’Connor understands all too well the emotions, questions, and concerns that accompany the school selection process. But, according to O’Connor, the choice doesn’t have to be difficult, and families don’t have to sacrifice their beliefs for quality education.

“At Risen Christ Christian Academy we care deeply about each and every student and their success in the classroom and in life,” O’Connor said. “Our students thrive in our school and they are respected and appreciated for who they are. We love Jesus and are able to teach the students of Jesus’ love for us.”

Private education at Risen Christ affords children from six weeks old to 12th grade the opportunity for highly individualized learning in a safe, family-focused environment.Class sizes are purposefully kept small to foster close relationships between teachers and students and allow for more direct learning opportunities, O’Connor said.

“The small class sizes allow our teachers to learn each child’s strengths and ways they can grow, allowing them to tailor their lesson plans accordingly,” he said. “We are able to greatly challenge our students academically because of our small student-to-teacher ratio.”

One-on-one learning opportunities occur daily at Risen Christ. In fact, the academy’s school day runs 30 minutes longer compared to nearby public schools, which allows for 90 hours more academic time over the course of a school year. Students use this time to begin homework, work individually with teachers, or work with peers, O’Connor said.

In addition to encouraging compassionate educational environment, Risen Christ Christian Academy is committed to making sure students have a safe and secure building in which to learn.

“We take the safety of our students and staff very seriously and are proactive in our safety planning,” O’Connor said. The school’s exterior doors are equipped with access-controlled magnet locks that hold 5,000 pounds of pressure, and all classrooms, hallways, entrances and playgrounds are monitored by security cameras. The school also has in place lockdown procedures that include door barricades in every classroom. And as an added layer of security, every classroom and office has a silent panic alarm that immediately alerts authorities when pressed.

“Students perform well when they’re in a safe environment,” he said. “That environment is created in the classroom where students are respected and know they can ask questions, answer questions, and involve themselves in discussions without getting laughed at from their peers or teachers.”

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Hosted at the Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy Facility at the Barefoot Golf and Resort

Starting time: 3:15pm until 4:30pm

Dates: April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30 and June 6th Skills Challenge and Awards


April 25, 2017 – Introduction to the Game of Golf – discuss the principles of Golf – begin basic intro to Putting and the putting green

May 2, 2017 – Recap of principles and putting basics and begin learning basics of chipping and the short game

May 9, 2017 – Recap of principles and chipping and begin learning irons and discussing the full swing

May 16, 2017 – Recap of principles and irons and full swing and begin learning fairway woods and the full swing

May 23, 2017 – Recap of principles and fairway woods and begin learning the Driver and the full swing

May 30, 2017 – Recap of principles and begin learning the actual principles of playing on the golf course – play a hole

June 6, 2017 – Recap of principles and conduct organized skills challenges and graduation awards presentation

Thank you to everyone for your support and help!

Special thanks to The Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy for Hosting!

School Office (843) 272–8163

Robin L. Waters, PGA Cell: (843) 267-5328