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Midlands Schools

We understand that m oving to a new area can be a difficult adjustment for families, especially for their children. Whether your children have special considerations or whether you are interested in the best schools purely for re-sale, we can help.  

If schools are as important to you as finding that perfect home, let us help by providing up to date information on individual Columbia area schools.  

Contact us for a first-hand experience of the local schools.

Richland County School District One

Brockman Elementary School is the only Montessori school in Richland One, which encourages individualized, personal learning and independent growth. 

The Carolina School for Inquiry is a unique elementary offering in the Richland One district. It provides an atmosphere which supports curiosity, learning, growth, respect, and kindness. Small class sizes, multi-age classes, interactive learning, field trips, and a foreign language program are strong assets of the school. 

Crayton Middle School is the only school in Richland One offering the renowned International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, which strives to provide students with a holistic learning experience. 

Hand Middle School offers a small, single-gender program within their typical co-ed classes. It is the only Richland One school to do so. 

A.C. Flora High School is the only school in Richland One offering the International Baccalaureate Programme for juniors and seniors. Students who have completed the Middle Years Programme at Crayton may elect to continue this method of learning, taking a series of International Baccalaureate exams before graduation. Colleges and Universities may accept IB scores as credits.  

Richland One Middle College is an academic program to aid in transitioning from high school to post-secondary studies and careers. 

Heyward Career and Technology Center, open to middle and high school students, offers advanced learning in the fields of business, marketing and information systems, engineering and industrial technology, and health and human services. 

Olympia Learning Center, for middle and high school students, offers personal, non-traditional learning programs emphasizing core subjects and career development. 

The Challenger Learning Center is an aeronautics and space center emphasizing math, science, technology, and engineering. The variety of programs supplements core education provided by each of the schools in Richland One.

Richland County School District Two

  • 18 elementary schools (11 magnet programs)
  • 7 middle schools (9 magnet programs)
  • 5 high schools (10 magnet programs)
  • 2 alternative schools

Dent Middle School offers the only single-gender study program in Richland Two. The Two Academies at Dent Middle School operates as a school within a school, providing small, single-gender classes to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  

Richland Northeast High School offers the only International Baccalaureate programme in Richland Two.

Lexington County School District One 

  • 16 elementary schools
  • 7 middle schools
  • 5 high schools

Lexington One offers 7 centers for advanced study (public health and medical studies, world languages and international business, advanced agribusiness research, sustainable solutions, law and global policy development, advanced STEM studies, multi-media arts, design and production)

Lexington Technology Center prepares students for the transition from high school into post-secondary studies and careers. 

Lexington One Virtual School offers a series of online courses for students who are unable to attend school regularly or who wish to complete courses over the summer.

Lexington County School District Three

  • 1 elementary school
  • 1 middle school
  • 1 high school

The Lifelong Learning Center offers adult education opportunities and a First Steps program for children from infancy to age 5.

Lexington County School District Four

  • 1 elementary school
  • 2 middle schools
  • 1 high school

The Early Childhood Center offers educational opportunities for pre-kindergarten children. 

Swansea High Freshman Academy is a freshman program which strives to ease the transition from middle to high school. 

Midlands Middle College is a high school program offered to juniors and seniors. The small class sizes allow students to earn a high school diploma, enroll in Midlands Technical College courses while attending the Middle College, and to explore possible career options.

Lexington-Richland School District Five 

  • 12 elementary schools
  • 4 middle schools
  • 5 high schools
  • 1 alternative academy

Edgefield County School District

  • 4 elementary schools
  • 2 middle schools
  • 2 high schools

The Strom Thurmond Career Center offers a combination of core academics and career training in the following areas: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Architecture & Construction, Arts, Technology & Communications, Business, Management & Administration, Finance, Health Science, Human Services, Manufacturing, Marketing, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, and Transportation Distribution & Logistics. 

Edgefield County School District also offers online courses.

Kershaw County School District




Ben Lippen School, founded in 1940, is home to approximately 800 students. This elementary, middle, and high school features academic programs rooted in developing a Christian faith. Their boarding program offers international students the chance to study at Ben Lippen, creating a diverse environment for all students.

Cardinal Newman has a history dating back to 1858. Its 430 students thrive in the Catholic junior high and high school, which prides itself on strong education, tradition, and service. 

Hammond School, since 1965, educates 900 students on its 107 acre campus. This elementary, middle, and high school seeks a diverse student population. The curriculum emphasizes morals, ethics, academic integrity, and individual character development. The large campus also offers opportunities beyond the classroom to form a holistic educational experience. 

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, founded in 1951, educates 870 students on a 133 acre campus. This elementary, middle, and high school challenges students in individual growth and academics, creating an educational, social, and spiritual atmosphere supporting diversity. 

Since 1983, the Montessori School of Columbia operates as an elementary school. This school encourages independent and group learning to support communication, contribution, adaptability, and time management skills. Students develop confidence, self-esteem, and their unique individual characteristics. 

St. Joseph’s Catholic School was founded in 1954. This elementary school’s mission includes innovative learning, family growth, and tradition, supported by a Christian atmosphere.




Glenforest School, founded in 1983, supports those with learning difficulties in an alternative educational environment. 

Sandhills School offers a program of remediation for students with difficulty reading, spelling, and writing.

Hope Christian Academy, founded in 2007, is an elementary, middle, and high school for those with learning disabilities.




The University of South Carolina is home to more than 30,000 students and 1,500 faculty. The University offers a great state college experience steeped in history and academics. 10 of the 11 buildings on the Horseshoe (site of the original campus) are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Rutledge College was the University’s first building, circa 1805; it was used as a temporary State House following the Civil War. The South Caroliniana Library was the first free-standing college library in the US. Offering a multitude of programs to suit any interest, students at the University are encouraged to develop an academic path which will broaden their experiences both at USC and later in life.

Columbia International University is an Evangelical Bible college founded in 1923 as the Columbia Bible School. It is home to 1,300 undergraduate, graduate, and seminary students. 

Columbia College is a private, four-year women’s college in north Columbia with 1,300 students. Begun in 1854 with a mission to “educate young women for fruitful service to church, state, and nation,” Columbia College has since become home to many first-generation college students from diverse and international backgrounds. 

Benedict College was established in 1870 by Bathsheba Benedict. The Baptist Home Mission strove to educate emancipated slaves to become “powers for good in society”. It is currently home to 3,000 students.  

Allen University was founded in 1870 by the African-Methodist Episcopal Church, the first South Carolina university begun by African Americans for the education of African Americans. Its 700 students may choose to pursue 8 academic majors and 17 concentrations. Allen University is also a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.  

Midlands Technical College has 6 campuses with a total of 18,000 students. Founded in 1974, Midlands Tech develops career skills and offers more than 100 associate degrees, diplomas, and certificate programs. It aims to make college affordable for students of all backgrounds. 

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