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FCSD3 Encourages Use of Anti-Bullying, Safety Communications Tool
01/26/2023
In an effort to increase the safety of its students, Florence County School District Three has partnered with School Messenger to add a new anti-bullying and safety communications tool called QuickTip.
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Board Approves 2023-2024 School Calendar
01/20/2023
The Florence School District 3 Board of Trustees approved the 2023-2024 school calendar during its regular monthly meeting Thursday.
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Five Students Named 2023 Junior Scholars
01/20/2023
Five Florence School District 3 students have been named as 2022-2023 South Carolina Junior Scholars.
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Board Members Take Oath, Elect Officers
01/20/2023
One newly elected member and four reelected members of the Florence County School District Three Board of Trustees were sworn in at the beginning of the board’s regular monthly meeting Thursday, January 19.
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FSD3 Celebrates 2023 School Board Recognition Month
01/18/2023
Florence School District 3 joins school districts throughout the state and nation to celebrate School Board Recognition Month in January.
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FSD3 Teacher Recruitment Fair Set for Feb. 18
01/06/2023
There is still time to register for Florence School District 3’s teacher recruitment fair scheduled for Saturday, February 18, at The Stables in Lake City.
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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.