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FSD3 Offering Free Student Meals Summer 2024
06/21/2024
Florence School District 3 will provide free breakfast and lunch meals that meet Federal nutrition guidelines to all students 18 and younger participating in school-based programs or activities in the district.
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FSD3, Partners to Promote Reading with Mini-Libraries in Community
05/23/2024
Florence School District 3 is partnering with the Friends of the Lake City Library and local artist Herman Keith for Florence 3 Reads, an effort to enhance the district’s 30 for 30 Reading Initiative, which began two years ago.
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FSD3 Student One of Five Essay Contest Winners
05/17/2024
A Florence School District 3 student is one of five in South Carolina to be named a winner of the fourth annual Strong Men & Women in South Carolina History student writing contest sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) and Dominion Energy.
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Two FSD3 Teachers Named 180 Award Recipients
05/17/2024
Two Florence School District 3 teachers were recognized by the board of trustees Thursday after being named recipients of the 180 Educator Awards.
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Cooper Named LCHS Girls' Basketball Head Coach
05/09/2024
Shaquetta Cooper has been named Lake City High School’s head coach of the Lake City High School girls’ varsity basketball program.
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FSD3 Holds Future Teacher College Signing Day
05/03/2024
Florence School District Three held a Future Teacher College Signing Day for seniors who plan to major in education after graduating high school in the lobby of Lake City High School’s gym on Wednesday, May 1.
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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 Chief Operations Officer 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.