Recent News

FSD3 Releases Return to Learn Plan Video
08/07/2020
Florence School District 3 has released a "Return to Learn" video ahead of the the September 8 opening of schools.
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FDTC Graduates First LCECHS College Class
08/06/2020
Thirteen Lake City Early College High School students recently became the first class from the school to ever graduate from Florence-Darlington Technical College’s (FDTC) Early College Program and earn their associate degrees.
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Reopening Virtual Meeting Scheduled for Aug. 11
08/03/2020
Florence School District 3 Superintendent Laura Hickson will host virtual town hall meetings for parents, students and other stakeholders regarding the district's plans to reopen schools for the 2020-2021 school year.
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Virtual Program Student Application
07/30/2020
The link below will take you to the Virtual Program application. The deadline to apply is August 7.
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Board Approves Revised Re-entry Plan
07/30/2020
Florence School District 3’s board of trustees Thursday approved a revised reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year and opted to start all students with virtual instruction before phasing in face-to-face instruction beginning Sept. 8.
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Donate A Desk
07/28/2020
Individuals and businesses interested in helping Florence School District 3 students create a learning space in their homes to study and complete assignments can donate online.
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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-5
  • 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 – 6-9 (phase in grades 10-12)
  • 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-5 and J. Paul Truluck Creative Arts & Science Magnet School is open to students in grades 6-10. 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.