Top 10 Best Lancaster County Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 26 public schools serving 16,049 students in Lancaster County, SC (there are 2 private schools, serving 334 private students). 98% of all K-12 students in Lancaster County, SC are educated in public schools (compared to the SC state average of 92%).
The top ranked public schools in Lancaster County, SC are North Central High School, Indian Land High School and Harrisburg Elementary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Lancaster County, SC public schools have an average math proficiency score of 40% (versus the South Carolina public school average of 38%), and reading proficiency score of 47% (versus the 48% statewide average). Schools in Lancaster County have an average ranking of 8/10, which is in the top 30% of South Carolina public schools.
Minority enrollment is 43% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the South Carolina public school average of 52% (majority Black).

Best Lancaster County Public Schools (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
North Central High School
(Math: 55-59% | Reading: 85-89%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
3000 Lockhart Road
Kershaw, SC 29067
(803) 432-9858
Grades: 9-12
| 548 students
Rank: #22.
Indian Land High School
(Math: 50-54% | Reading: 91%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
6100 Charlotte Hwy
Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 286-8470
Grades: 9-12
| 1,539 students
Rank: #33.
Harrisburg Elementary School
(Math: 69% | Reading: 66%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
10251 Harrisburg Road
Fort Mill, SC 29707
(803) 283-8484
Grades: K-5
| 921 students
Rank: #44.
Indian Land Elementary School
(Math: 67% | Reading: 65%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
4137 Doby's Bridge Road
Fort Mill, SC 29707
(803) 548-2916
Grades: K-5
| 1,007 students
Rank: #55.
Van Wyck Elementary School
(Math: 65% | Reading: 60%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
4945 Charlotte Highway
Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 313-6650
Grades: PK-5
| 721 students
Rank: #66.
Buford Elementary School
(Math: 62% | Reading: 49%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
1906 North Rocky River Road
Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 286-0026
Grades: PK-5
| 724 students
Rank: #77.
Indian Land Middle School
(Math: 50% | Reading: 57%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
8361 Charlotte Highway
Fort Mill, SC 29707
(803) 578-2500
Grades: 6-8
| 960 students
Rank: #88.
Andrew Jackson High School
(Math: 30-39% | Reading: 75-79%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
6925 Kershaw-camden Highway
Kershaw, SC 29067
(803) 475-2381
Grades: 9-12
| 622 students
Rank: #99.
Buford High School
(Math: 30-34% | Reading: 75-79%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
4290 Tabernacle Road
Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 286-7068
Grades: 9-12
| 563 students
Rank: #1010.
Discovery Charter Of Lancaster
Charter School
(Math: 40-49% | Reading: 40-49%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
302 West Dunlap Street
Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 285-8430
Grades: K-5
| 109 students
Rank: #1111.
North Elementary School
(Math: 47% | Reading: 41%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1100 Roddey Drive
Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 283-9918
Grades: PK-5
| 570 students
Rank: #1212.
Heath Springs Elementary School
(Math: 45-49% | Reading: 35-39%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
158 Solar Road
Heath Springs, SC 29058
(803) 273-3176
Grades: PK-5
| 365 students
Rank: #1313.
North Central Middle School
(Math: 30% | Reading: 51%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
805 Keys Lane
Kershaw, SC 29067
(803) 424-2740
Grades: 6-8
| 425 students
Rank: #1414.
Lancaster High School
(Math: 15-19% | Reading: 70%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
625 Woodland Drive
Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 283-2001
Grades: 9-12
| 1,379 students
Rank: #1515.
Mcdonald Green Elementary School
(Math: 40-44% | Reading: 30-34%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
2763 Lynwood Drive
Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 285-7416
Grades: K-5
| 347 students
Rank: #1616.
Buford Middle School
(Math: 34% | Reading: 41%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1890 North Rocky River Road
Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 285-8473
Grades: 6-8
| 410 students
Rank: #1717.
Kershaw Elementary School
(Math: 40% | Reading: 27%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
108 North Rollins Drive
Kershaw, SC 29067
(803) 475-6655
Grades: PK-5
| 512 students
Rank: #1818.
Andrew Jackson Middle School
(Math: 24% | Reading: 29%)
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
6865 Kershaw Camden Highway
Kershaw, SC 29067
(803) 475-6021
Grades: 6-8
| 473 students
Rank: #1919.
South Middle School
(Math: 15% | Reading: 27%)
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
1551 Billings Drive
Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 283-8416
Grades: 6-8
| 600 students
Rank: #2020.
Erwin Elementary School
(Math: 15-19% | Reading: 15-19%)
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
1477 Locustwood Avenue
Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 285-8484
Grades: PK-5
| 417 students
Rank: #2121.
Clinton Elementary School
(Math: 10-14% | Reading: 10-14%)
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
110 Clinton School Road
Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 285-5395
Grades: PK-5
| 446 students
Rank: #2222.
A. R. Rucker Middle School
(Math: 8% | Reading: 17%)
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
422 Old Dixie Road
Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 416-8555
Grades: 6-8
| 557 students
Rank: #2323.
Brooklyn Springs Elementary School
(Math: 6-9% | Reading: 6-9%)
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
1637 Billings Drive
Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 283-8471
Grades: PK-5
| 398 students
Rank: n/an/a
8361 Charlotte Highway
Fort Mill, SC 29707
(803) 286-6972
Grades: 5-6
| 969 students
Rank: n/an/a
Lancaster County School District Career Center
Vocational School
625 Normandy Road
Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 289-4885
Grades: 9-12
| 0 students
Rank: n/an/a
861 Keys Lane
Kershaw, SC 29067
(803) 432-8416
Grades: PK-5
| 467 students
[+] Show Closed Public Schools in Lancaster County, SC

Lancaster County Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
4848 Goldmine Highway
Kershaw, SC 29067
(803) 896-3343
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
625 Normandy Road
Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 285-7404
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
5160 Mt. Pisgah Road
Kershaw, SC 29067
(803) 475-6791
Grades: PK-5
| 149 students
500 Hampton Road
Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 283-3915
Grades: PK
| n/a students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Lancaster County, SC?
The top ranked public schools in Lancaster County, SC include North Central High School, Indian Land High School and Harrisburg Elementary School.
How many public schools are located in Lancaster County, SC?
26 public schools are located in Lancaster County, SC.
What percentage of students in Lancaster County, SC go to public school?
98% of all K-12 students in Lancaster County, SC are educated in public schools (compared to the SC state average of 92%).
What is the racial composition of students in Lancaster County, SC?
Lancaster County, SC public schools minority enrollment is 43% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the South Carolina public schools average of 52% (majority Black).

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