Recent News

FSD3 Opens Needs Assessment Survey for 2024-2025
02/29/2024
Florence School District 3 is seeking input from all stakeholders to identify needs to begin the planning process for the 2024-2025 school year.
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Two FSD3 Educators Receive State Literacy Awards
02/29/2024
Two Florence School District 3 educators received state literacy awards by the Palmetto State Literacy Association at the organization’s annual conference in Hilton Head on February 24.
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Board of Trustees Recognizes Junior Scholar
02/21/2024
Florence School District 3’s Board of Trustees recognized Iyama Gaskins during the board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday for her selection as a South Carolina Junior Scholar.
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Board Extends Superintendent’s Contract After Positive Evaluation
02/02/2024
Florence School District 3's Board of Trustees voted unanimously in a meeting Tuesday to extend the superintendent's contract for an additional year. With the extension, Superintendent Dr. Laura Hickson's contract will continue through June 30, 2027.
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Students Compete in 2024 Spelling Bee
02/01/2024
Florence School District 3 hosted its annual spelling bee at Blanding Street Auditorium on February 1 with students competing in five age groups.
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District Celebrates Life of Dr. Ronald E. McNair
01/26/2024
Florence County School District Three celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Ronald E. McNair with a student-focused program at The Bean Market on Friday, January 26.
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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.