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Congratulations, Class of 2021!



Nuts for Reading Event
01/25/2022
Join us Wednesday, January 26, from 6-7 p.m. for a Waterford/Upstart virtual Nuts for Reading Family Event for families of 4K students.
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FSD3 Schedules COVID Vaccine Clinic
01/25/2022
Florence School District 3 will hold a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students and employees only on Saturday, January 29, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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FSD3 2022-2023 Magnet School Lottery Application
01/24/2022
Florence School District 3 is accepting applications for the 2022-2023 from students interested in attending Olanta Creative Arts & Science Magnet School (5K - 6th grade) and J. Paul Truluck Creative Arts & Science Magnet School (6th - 12th grade).
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Free COVID Testing Offered to Students, Staff
01/19/2022
Florence School District 3 has partnered with TrueCare24 to provide free COVID-19 testing for students and staff only.
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FSD3 Seeks Input on 2022-2023 Calendar
01/15/2022
Florence School District 3 seeks feed back from all stakeholders on two draft calendars for the 2022-2023 school year. The survey will show both calendars with a comparison of important dates and holidays.
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FSD3 Moves to Virtual Instruction
01/13/2022
Florence School District 3 has designated Friday, January 14, and Tuesday, January 18, as virtual days for all students and staff.
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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.