Recent News

All FSD3 Students Eligible for Free School Meals
06/28/2022
Florence School District Three is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2022-2023 school year. Section 104(a) of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 amended section 11(a)(1) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1759a(a)(1))(the law) to provide an alternative to household applications for free and reduced-price meals in local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with increased levels of low-income students. This alternative is referred to as the Community Eligibility Provision. All students enrolled in the school/district may participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no charge to them. Families will not have to fill out meal applications.
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Updated Return to Learning Plan for 2022-2023
06/26/2022
Florence School District 3 has updated its Return to Learning Plan for the 2022-2023 school year.
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JPTMS Students Named Book Challenge Finalist
06/16/2022
Teacher Rebecca English and her Gifted and Talented class at J Paul Truluck Creative Arts and Science Magnet School have been announced as finalists in the 2021-2022 National Book Challenge hosted by Studentreasures Publishing.
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FSD3 Offering Seamless Summer Meal Program
06/03/2022
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. FSD3 will also provide bulk meal pickup to include five days of breakfasts and lunches available to all children 18 and younger and individuals with disabilities up to age 21 on the Tuesdays, June 7; Tuesday, June 14; and Tuesday, June 21 from 10-11:30 a.m. Lake City High School located in the rear parking lot.
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My First Library Program to Help FSD3 Students
05/11/2022
The Original Six Foundation (O6 Foundation) has announced that the 2022 My First Library program will serve 30 South Carolina schools, including four in Florence School District 3.
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Online Student Registration Open
05/03/2022
It’s time to register your child for 2022-2023 school year. All student registration must be completed online via the Power School Registration portal.
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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.