Irmo, SC - School Guide
Irmo, SC Schools Win Top Awards
In Irmo, South Carolina, the buzz is all about education. From kindergarten through Ph.D programs, this town of some 11,000 people is committed to excellence in education.
Irmo is served by School District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties. Typical of the district’s quality is Ballentine Elementary School where two educators have been named Teachers of the Year, a statewide honor. At Oak Pointe Elementary, parents are enthusiastic about the dedication of the teachers and the professional learning environment. Read their comments at www.greatschools.org/south-carolina/irmo. Another award-winner is Irmo Elementary School, a Blue Ribbon School and recipient of the Palmetto Award.
Irmo Middle School received an “A” rating from the U.S. Department of Education, and is also a Palmetto Award Red Carpet School. Dutch Fork Middle School has an undefeated football team, and in addition has produced a Young Entrepreneur of the Year and regional winners in the Mock Court Competition.
The prestigious U.S. News & World Report rankings placed Irmo’s Dutch Fork High School in the top 1000 of over 21,000 high schools nationwide, as well as fifth in South Carolina. With rigorous college preparation and a well-rounded curriculum including sports, music and arts, Dutch Fork High is one of the brightest spots in town. Another is Irmo High School, where a prizewinning band is breaking records and students participate in national programs such as Boys State and JROTC.
One of the most innovative schools in the area is the Alternative Academy for Success in nearby Chapin, which takes students at any level from PreK through high school. This is a smaller, structured learning community where students who may be at risk or facing unusual stress receive personal attention and adhere to strict guidelines on dress, punctuality, and conduct. For more information, visit http://www.lexrich5.org/AlternativeAcademy.
Among the private schools in the area are Union Methodist Kindergarten and Victory Bible Christian School.
The University of South Carolina, the state’s largest and most prestigious public university, is only thirty minutes away in Columbia. With law, medical and business schools, as well as graduate programs in pharmacy, public health and engineering among many others, this is a highly ranked national institution with an impressive history, a tree-shaded campus, and many distinguished graduates (www.sc.edu). Nearby Columbia College is a traditional all-women institution providing empowerment to highly qualified young women in a serious academic environment. Learn more at www.columbiasc.edu.