High Schools


Florence County has 7 high schools and one career center to serve grades 9-12. These schools range in size from 1,200 to 1,500 students, while the career center serves over 1,400 students. These schools are fully accredited by the South Carolina State Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Academically Competitive

Approximately 65 percent of the district s graduates pursue a higher education degree. The majority of students are accepted by the college of their choice; district graduates consistently earn scholarship awards based on their academic performance.

The district offers a comprehensive instructional program with over 200 course selections. The courses are offered at three performance levels; general, academic, and enriched. Assignment to course level is based on student performance, teacher recommendation and parental approval.

Florence County offers a core program designed for college-prep; the curriculum includes English, math, science, social studies, and a foreign language. Advanced Placement courses are available in English, calculus, American history, economics, chemistry and biology. These programs are supplemented by the Gifted & talented English program for grades 9 and 10.

For students who plan to pursue a rigorous academic track, Florence District 1 can offer students four years of foreign language in French, German, and Spanish. Latin is offered through a two-year program. Classes are also available in precalculus, advanced math, physics, and advanced biology and chemistry.

Education Stats

  • Number of 4 year colleges/universities: 2
  • Total enrollment 4 year colleges/universities: 5,665
  • Number Two-year schools: 1
  • Total enrollment Two-year schools: 8,212
  • Number Less-than-two-year schools: 1
  • Total enrollment Less-than-two-year schools: 476
  • High school dropouts (1990): 809
  • High school graduates (1990): 64.3%
  • With bachelor’s degree (1990): 14.8%
  • % of children attending private schools (1990): 6.0
  • State per pupil expenditure (1992-93): $4,624
  • SAT Scores (1994-1995):
    • Students taking SAT (state): 56%
    • Verbal score (state): 479
    • Math score (state): 474