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Old 04-15-2013, 05:23 PM
 
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We are considering a move to the Columbia area this summer. We have a child so a great school district is our top priority. We work from home so location to certain areas for work is not a factor. However, it would be nice to be near Lake Murray.

We prefer suburbs to city living and are looking for homes in the $250-300,000 range.

Lexington 1 has been mentioned in previous posts as a good school district, but a lot of the posts about schools are older and I want to make sure I get updated information from locals as schools can quickly go down hill.

Thanks
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:33 PM
 
Location: North Augusta, SC
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Lexington-Richland District 5, which is Irmo-Chapin-Ballentine. Dutch Fork attendance zone.
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:36 AM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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Lexington 1 is still the best performing school district in the area. It was good enough for me to move my child from private school to public.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:21 AM
 
Location: WI
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when we moved here in 09, living near the lake was one of our top priorities (we also work from home). While we are empty nesters it was still important to be in a good district for any potential resale needs. We were told Lex 5 was a very good option, and from what we hear from our neighbors both the Chapin district as well as Lake Murray Elementary are highly thought of.
I can say that your price range could put you in a lake community, the home may not be on the water but you could get in a 'hood that has it's own boat access, etc if desired. And i can say that is a nice thing to have.

good luck!
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:43 AM
 
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Rich-Lex 5 and Lex 1 probably have the best overall reputations, though there are plenty of great schools spread all over the metro area.

What's more important than the district is actual school you're zoned for, because there are some excellent schools within most of the districts. Richland 1 doesn't have a great reputation overall because it encompasses many of the poorer in-town areas, but also has Dreher High School which serves the Shandon area and has a great reputation.

With your budget, you'd probably be best served looking in the Chapin/Irmo/Lexington areas, and like someone pointed out, your budget will get you into a neighborhood with lake access.
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:58 AM
 
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Thank you all for the replies
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:20 PM
 
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Ranking places 2 Lexington-Richland 5 high schools ranked among nation’s most challengin | Education | The State

Relevant news today. Dutch Fork and Chapin were both named to the list of the 1000 "Most Challenging" high schools in the country. The rankings were based upon AP/IB tests taken by the student body.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:24 PM
 
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Other area schools making the list but not mentioned in the article were Dreher, Spring Valley, and AC Flora.

National Schools - The Washington Post
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:35 AM
 
Location: North Augusta, SC
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U.S. News & World's 2013 top ranked high schools:

1. Academic Magnet (Charleston)
2. Charleston School of the Arts (Charleston)
3. Dutch Fork (Lex-Rich 5)
4. Chapin (Lex-Rich 5)
5. Riverside (Greenville)
6. Mayo Magnet High School for Science and Technology (Darlington)
7. South Aiken (Aiken)
8. Greenville (Greenville)
9. Lexington (Lex 1)
10. Nation Ford (Fort Mill)
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:04 AM
 
Location: WI
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i'd add there is a new HS being built to pull in from Chapin and Dutch Fork, that may be "tech based" as well. I dont have more particulars as I dont have a school age child but seems to me it was an interesting option for area students
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