Recent News

Back-to-School Conference Set for August 13
08/03/2022
Florence School District 3 will host its annual Back-to-School Parent Conference on Saturday, August 13, at the Lake City High School gym.
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O6 Afterschool Program Coming to J.C. Lynch
07/26/2022
The Original Six Foundation (O6) announced an expansion of the organization’s O6 Afterschool program into Florence School District 3. The program, which partners with schools and certified teachers to provide homework assistance and helps students improve study habits and homework strategies, will be offered at J.C. Lynch Elementary in Coward starting in September.
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Filing Opens Aug. 1 for FSD3 Board of Trustees
07/26/2022
Any candidate seeking to run for the FSD3 Board of Trustees in the November 8 general election must file with the appropriate county board of voter registration & elections or the City, School District. The filing period opens at noon on Monday, August 1, and closes at noon on Monday, August 15.
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FSD3 Announces Teacher, Employees of the Year
07/25/2022
Florence School District 3 announced its 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year and other employees of the year during its Opening Ceremony to kick off the new school year on Monday, July 25.
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FSD3 Offers Bus Driver Incentives
07/20/2022
All FSD3 bus drivers will receive an incentive to drive a bus for the 2022-2023 school year.
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Back-to-School Virtual Parent Meeting
07/18/2022
Florence School District 3 Superintendent Dr. Laura Hickson will host a Virtual Parent Informational Session on Tuesday, July 19 at 7 p.m. as we prepare for a successful new school year.
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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.