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FSD3 to Move to Virtual Instruction Only
Due to a recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Florence School District 3 and the number of students and staff required to quarantine, the district will dismiss students 30 minutes early today, Tuesday, November 24. In addition, the district is temporarily stopping all face-to-face instruction for the month of December. Beginning November 30 and continuing until January 5, all student instruction will take place virtually.
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Student Meal Pick Up Offered in December
Florence School District 3 is offering meal pick up for all district students while the district is operating virtually.
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Letter from the Superintendent
Let me take this moment to wish all members of the Florence School District 3 family and community a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday. It seems like just moments ago that we re-opened our doors to begin this unusual school year, and here we are at the onset of the holiday season …
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Annual Parent Conference Scheduled
Florence School District 3 will host its annual Parent Involvement Conference on November 19-21, 2020. This year’s free conference for FSD3 parents will be held virtually and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Lucille O’Neal, an author, motivational speaker and mother of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal.
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FSD3 to Continue In-Person and Virtual Classes
Florence School District 3 is preparing for the second semester, which runs February 1 through June 11, 2021. In response to COVID-19, all students will continue to have two learning options: in-person learning or virtual online learning from home.
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Title I Survey Opens
As we continuously seek to improve the Florence County School District Three, we want to know how you, as a parent or guardian, feel the schools and the district are doing to meet your needs.
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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 – 6-11 (phase in grade 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.