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Public School Districts

Richland County School District One
1616 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201
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Richland County School District One is located in the metropolitan area of central South Carolina. It encompasses 482 square miles, including the cities of Columbia, Forest Acres and Eastover, as well as rural areas of Richland County. Some 27,000 students in grades pre-K through 12 attend the district's 51 schools, and approximately 5,000 participate in the adult education program.

Richland School District Two
6831 Brookfield Road
Columbia, SC 29206
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Richland School District Two is a suburban school district serving the rapidly growing northeast section of Richland County. District 2 includes 9 elementary, 4 middle, and 3 highschools. The district is recognized as a leader in the state and has received national awards.

Lexington School District One
P.O. Box 1869
Lexington, SC 29071
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More than 15,000 students attend school in Gilbert, Lexington and Pelion, the areas that comprise Lexington County School District One. The district has 16 schools: eight elementary, one intermediate, three middle, three high schools and one applied technology center. The district also has an alternative learning center program.

Lexington School District Two
715 Ninth Street
West Columbia, SC 29169
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Lexington Two, School District believes in the small, neighborhood school where individual attention isn't a thing of the past. Families in Cayce, West Columbia, Pine Ridge, South Congaree and Springdale enjoy the best of small-town living without a lengthy commute to downtown Columbia.

Lexington School District Three
338 W. Columbia Avenue
Batesburg, SC 29006
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Lexington County School District Three is located 30 miles west of Columbia. The district encompasses the town of Batesburg-Leesville and the surrounding areas, including a small portion of Saluda County.

School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties
1020 Dutch Fork Road
Ballentine, SC 29002
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As a leader in educational excellence, School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties is committed to providing a wide range of opportunities to promote student learning and success for its 13,500-plus students in 17 schools--10 elementary, three middle, three high schools and an alternative academy.

Kershaw County School District
1301 DuBose Court
Camden, SC 29020
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The mission of the Kershaw County School District, which unifies the county through partnerships with parents and communities, is to prepare students to excel and contribute as productive and responsible citizens in a global society by ensuring innovative and challenging learning experiences.

Fairfield County School District
PO Drawer 622
Winnsboro, SC 29180
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The Fairfield County School District serves approximately 3,800 students, with many high quality programs in place to meet their needs. Fairfield County School District provides full-day child development programs for three- and four-year-olds, as well as full-day kindergarten for five-year-olds.

Newberry County School District
P.O. Box 718
Newberry, SC 29108
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The Newberry County School District has approximately 6,000 students attending the district's eight elementary schools, two middle schools, three high schools, a career center and a learning center.

Private Schools
Among the area's many private schools are the following: For more complete information, please contact us directly.

Ben Lippen Schools
PO Box 3999
Columbia, SC 29230
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Ben Lippen, a Scottish phrase meaning "mountain of trust", is an evangelical Christian school for grades K - 12, founded in 1940.

Cardinal Newman School
4701 Forest Drive
Columbia, SC 29206
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A Catholic, coeducational college preparatory school located in Forest Acres, Cardinal Newman enrolls students in grades 7-12.

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School
3000 S. Beltline Boulevard
Columbia, SC 29201
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Established in 1951, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School is the oldest and largest independent day school in the Midlands. Heathwood Hall's Upper School twice has been named a national Blue Ribbon School by the United State's Department of Education -- the only independent school in South Carolina so recognized.

Hammond School
854 Galway Lane
Columbia, SC 29205
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Founded in 1966 by a group of parents interested in developing an independent college-preparatory school, Hammond enrolls preschoolers through grade 12.

The Timmerman School
2219 Atascadero Drive
Columbia, SC 29206
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With a tradition of excellence in private education since 1953, Timmerman School offers advanced accreditation certificates for preschool through grade 8.

Higher Education

Allen University
1530 Harden Street
Columbia, SC 29204
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Allen University was founded in 1870 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church. It has a distinguished history and is widely recognized for its development of African-Americans who have made significant achievement and contributions in varied areas of specialization, nationally and internationally.

Benedict College
1600 Harden Street
Columbia, SC 29204
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Benedict is an independent, co-educational college which was founded in 1870 and has a mutually supportive relationship with Baptist churches, but is not church-controlled. This predominately African-American college has approximately 1,800 students from over 20 states and seven foreign countries..

Columbia International University
7435 Monticello Road
Columbia, SC 29203
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Columbia International University (CIU) is a multidenominational, biblically based Christian institution with one of the leading missionary training programs in the world. Although CIU is denominationally unaffiliated, it serves students from many different denominations and independent churches.

Columbia College
1301 Columbia College Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
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Centrally located in Columbia, this private, four year college of liberal arts and sciences has been rated by US News and World Report as being among the ten best liberal arts colleges in the South. Founded in 1854, Columbia College is the 10th oldest women's college in the world.

South University
3810 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29203
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Founded in 1935, Columbia Junior College is a co-educational, non-sectarian proprietary school. The college offers associate degrees and diploma programs, and assists students in developing marketable career skills and enhancing personal life goals.

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
4201 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29203
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This fully-accredited graduate school of theological education is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America which prepares persons for the ordained and lay ministries of the church. The seminary offers three degrees: the Master of Divinity, a four-year program leading to ordination; the Master of Arts in Religion, a two-year curriculum preparatory for lay professional ministry; and the Master of Sacred Theology.

Midlands Technical College
PO Box 2408
Columbia, SC 29202
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Midlands Technical College is a two year, comprehensive public community college. It offers a wide variety of programs in career education, four year college transfer options and continuing education. Small classes, individualized instruction and student support services are provided.

University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
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The University of South Carolina's historic main campus is located in Columbia and enrolls more than 26,000 students from over 100 countries, putting it among the top 10 universities in the United States in its class. USC was chartered in 1801. Undergraduate students receive a solid background in the liberal arts and sciences, while concentrating on their specializations. More than 70 programs of study leading to a bachelor's degree are offered. The graduate program ranges from the traditional disciplines to innovative professional specializations. Masters degrees are offered in more than 150 disciplinary areas, the Ph.D. in more than 60, and doctorates in law, medicine, pharmacy and public health.

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