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Congratulations, Class of 2021!



My First Library Program to Help FSD3 Students
05/11/2022
The Original Six Foundation (O6 Foundation) has announced that the 2022 My First Library program will serve 30 South Carolina schools, including four in Florence School District 3.
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Online Student Registration Open
05/03/2022
It’s time to register your child for 2022-2023 school year. All student registration must be completed online via the Power School Registration portal.
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FSD3 Announces 22-23 Administrative Appointments
04/14/2022
Florence School District 3’s Board of Trustees approved recommendations made by Superintendent Dr. Laura Hickson for principals at four schools and five district administrative appointments for the 2022-2023 school year.
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2022-2023 Budget Public Hearings Scheduled
04/06/2022
Florence School District 3 has scheduled two public hearings on its projected 2022-2023 budget, Thursday, April 14, at 5 p.m. and Thursday, May 19, at 5 p.m. in the board meeting room located behind the district office at 125 South Blanding St., Lake City.
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FSD3 Upgrades to LED Exterior Lights
04/04/2022
Florence School District 3’s Maintenance Department recently completed the installation of 157 LED exterior light fixtures at eight campuses throughout the district.
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FSD3 Hosts Social Emotional Learning Series
03/28/2022
Florence School District 3 will host its bimonthly virtual social emotional series for parents, guardians and community members on Monday, March 28, from 7-8 p.m.
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About US

Florence School District 3, located in lower Florence County, is the second largest of the five school districts in the county. The district is at the midpoint between Columbia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - approximately 65 miles east of Columbia and 65 miles west of Myrtle Beach.

The district is home to many well-known graduates, such as Challenger astronaut and physicist Dr. Ronald E. McNair, as well as many doctors, lawyers, educators, judges and business leaders.

A 9-member Board of Trustees, elected from seven single-member districts, governs the school district.

As part FSD3’s school choice initiative, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year schools will undergo name changes and areas of specific focus. Name changes and grade offerings include:

  • Olanta Creative Arts & Science Magnet School – 4K-6
  • Lake City Early Childhood  School of Arts – 4K-2
  • Main Street Elementary School of Arts – 3-6
  • J.C. Lynch Elementary School of STEM – 4K-6
  • Scranton STEAM Academy – 4K-6
  • J. Paul Truluck Creative Arts & Science Magnet School – 6-12
  • Dr. Ronald E. McNair School of Digital Communication and Leadership – 7-8
  • Lake City Early College High School – 9-12

Olanta Creative Arts & Science Magnet School is open to students in grades K-6 and J. Paul Truluck Creative Arts & Science Magnet School is open to students in grades 6-11. Enrollment is open to both FCSD3 students and students from other school districts.

The 2019-2020 school year begins J.C. Lynch Elementary School's Montessori journey. JCL has five primary classrooms composed of 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds. with the 2020-2021 school year, JCL's 5-year-old students will transfer into first grade Montessori classrooms. 

Parents of students interested in attending either of the magnet schools must complete an application. Students will be selected for enrollment by a lottery system.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Florence School District 3 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. All district programs operate in compliance with the provisions of Title VI, Title VII, Title IX and other applicable civil rights laws. The Senior Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, has been designated to coordinate compliance in the provision of educational programs/services accessibility and the nondiscrimination requirements contained in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Director of Human Resources has been designated to coordinate compliance in employment and related services.