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Lexington School District One, located in the central midlands of South Carolina, is the largest school district in Lexington County, both geographically and in terms of student enrollment.
About 17,000 students attend school in the Gilbert, Lexington, Pelion and White Knoll areas — the areas making up Lexington County School District One.
The district has 19 schools: nine elementary schools, one intermediate school, four middle schools, four high schools and one technology center.
The district also has an Alternative Learning Center and is finishing a building program which has produced an elementary school (Lake Murray Elementary), two new high schools (White Knoll High and Pelion High) and a 28-room expansion at Pelion Elementary School. The new Gilbert High School open next year.
Lexington One continues to experience rapid growth. Lexington One’s student population grew faster than any of the state’s other 86 districts from the 1987-88 school year to the 1997-98 school year — growing from 10,355 students to 15,526 students for a 49.9 percent change.
Each year the district grows between 500–700 students or about one school per year.
Lexington One enjoys an earned reputation for academic excellence. About 74 percent of Lexington One’s high school graduates go on to college.
In fact, for the tenth consecutive year, Scholastic Aptitude Test scores show that Lexington County School District One’s seniors continue to exceed both state and national SAT score averages.
The number of Lexington One eighth graders recognized as South Carolina Junior Scholars continues to increase. In 1999–2000, 194 students earned this distinction.
About 63 percent of teachers in this district have master’s degrees or above.
The district also boasts award winning marching and symphonic bands, and choral, strings and athletics programs.
A recent Lexington County publication states: Lexington County has what it takes to make a good life. ...There’s something that we think is every bit as important as sites, services and incentives. Something that’s unique to our area. It’s the life style. ...We’re just across the river from Columbia, the state capital, so you have easy access to all of the conveniences and advantages of a major city, as well as to the academic and athletic benefits of a major university, the University of South Carolina. You see, we may be just minutes from the city, but we’re miles from its hectic pace. So you get all the benefits of the city, but without sacrificing the comforts of home.
We’ve got nice, friendly neighborhoods here. School districts that are among the nation’s best. — “The Ultimate Fringe Benefit,” Lexington County Administrator Office
The quality of Lexington County School District One schools has helped to sustain and nurture a vigorous and growing local economy.