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One Falcon Dr
Columbia, SC 29204

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March 24, 2014
My oldest daughter is finishing up her freshman year at A.C. Flora and we have been very impressed with the school. As an honors student, she's continued to be challenged and excel. The IB and theatre arts programs are outstanding. This is a top public high school in a great neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent

July 07, 2013
A. C. Flora high school is a great school that offers a balanced education for all students. I am most proud of the way the current principal, Richard McClure strives to focus on all students not just those in AP/IB programs. I am especially proud of their Falcons in Flight program which mentor and tutor students at risk of failing.

- submitted by a parent

July 23, 2010
I have a son who was at this school for his Freshmen and Sophomore year. I heard mix reviews prior to him attending. We were very disappointed and moved him into District Two schools. My son who was a an Honors student was constantly harasses in the halls. Discipline is awful. The Principal doesn't seem to have a clue to the chaos going on in the halls. The school caters to a few kids, who's parents seem to run the school. Kids and teachers seem to be flocking out of the school on a yearly basis. Several parents expressed our concerns to the Principal but he was clueless. The teachers seem to care and several are quite good but the learning environment and the safety of kids is not addressed. Stay away!!!! Should be a 0 for the Principal

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October 05, 2009
I graduated from Flora and my daughter did as well. Both of us received an excellent education from dedicated, smart teachers. Flora continues to rank high in the scores of its current students on various national tests. It's a great school!

- submitted by a community member

March 30, 2009
Our daugher has nearly finished 9th grade at Flora, and we have been largely disappointed. She has several excellent teachers, and the IB program is reputedly a good option for juniors and seniors. Unfortunately, the school seems quite disorganized. Safety is an issue and basic communication to parents/students is poor. Many of the basic classes are overcrowded or full--for instance, my daughter was stuck in a 'High School 101' elective that's a complete waste of time, because there were no available seats in any other elective or academic course. While we entered this IB high school with high hopes, we are applying to transfer her to a different high school next year.

- submitted by a parent

July 23, 2007
This is aevante and I am rating this school because of how hard working the teachers are and how the principal is spectacular at demanding the teachers,also the school is in perfect shape.

- submitted by a student

July 20, 2006
Thank God ....We now have a new principal ! Hopefully, the old principal was not able to drive away all the wonderful teachers at A C Flora. I only hope the new principal can fix all the damage. The IB program at Flora is the best! The parent involvement and the athletes at Flora are great !

- submitted by a parent

April 11, 2006
It is really sad the school district just sat and let this school age the way it did. So now our kids are having to sit in over crowded portables while they renovate the school. If you have poor facilites you have poor attendance, low test scores, inadequate teachers, etc...it is a domino effect!

- submitted by a parent

March 08, 2006
Teachers typically cannot keep students inline, unless they are involved in honors or IB programs. In those cases, children are in very capable hands and will be well prepared.

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January 30, 2006
This is a wonderful school, with the exception of a very poor principal and administration. Shame on the school board for taking an excellent school with top-quality teachers, and putting it in the hands of an incapable woman. However, the benefits far prevail. I sent my son to A.C. Flora, and I would not hesitate to call it the number one high school in SC, what with the great teachers, and superb International Baccalaureate Program.

- submitted by a parent

January 02, 2006
Bw careful! With the new adminstration that Richland One has put in place at Flora, the school is going downhill fast. The dedicated and wonderful teachers are no longer happy teaching there, nor are the students or parents happy with the school. No discipline or consequences. School is out of control. Phone and email problems have not been fixed. Some teachers don't respond to parents. Don't let the school adminstration use new construction as the excuse. Nice, polite, good students have walked out of class due to the inept newer teachers this adminstration has hired. IB program will soon become a joke once the dedicated teachers retire. Teacher quality rated low because of the newly hired teachers, not the ones that were already there and soon to reach retirement.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2005
AC Flora High School is an outstanding school and provides wonderful opportunities for every student, whether it be sports, music, etc. The academic program at AC Flora is unsurpassed with dedicated teachers and staff members. I do not believe that any other school in South Carolina has as high parent involvement as Flora does. AC Flora is the place to be!

- submitted by a student

May 06, 2005
This high school has something for everyone. Academics are a top priority and graduating students attend Yale, Georgetown, and other prestigious schools. Athletics are well supported and last spring both the tennis and golf teams were state champions. The arts are widely recognized as being superior; several former students act in Hollywood and New York. There is a sense of community at Flora with a very strong parent group. The teachers are excellent and caring, and a large percentage of them are National Board certified.

- submitted by a teacher

October 06, 2004
I am proud of the fact that my children have attended AC Flora High. This school isn't the place for everyone, but for those who are in school to improve themselves,it is a great place to be. There is something for everyone. The international baccalaureate program, the first in Columbia, has been highly successful in bringing academics to a new level. Students may participate in a variety of sports. There are many outstanding athletes. The nationally certified teachers assure credibility to a Flora education. Flora's teachers can teach anyone who is willing to try to help themselves! Thanks for all that you do for our children. Lastly, I doubt that there is a stronger or more active high school parent organization in the state.

- submitted by a parent

September 22, 2004
Excellent school! Aiming high...working hard. There are plenty of outstanding teachers and dedicated staff members. Our principal is new this year but I feel she deserves the benefit of any doubt and the support of the staff, student body and parents. Go FLORA!!!

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2004
The only thing you need to do is look at the first review that was posted about this institution, to understand the poor education that A.C.Flora provides. The teachers (most at least) at this school should not be allowed to teach.

- submitted by a student

August 26, 2003
I didn't there there would ever be a public high school with such high quality as AC Flora.

- submitted by a parent
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A. C. Flora High School
One Falcon Dr, Columbia, SC  29204
(803) 738-7300
Last modified A. C. Flora High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
A. C. Flora High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top