School Details

A. C. Flora High School

One Falcon Dr, Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 738-7300

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1241 students 17 students/teacher (SC avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade


High School Assessment Program (HSAP)

In 2011-2012 South Carolina used the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) to test grade 10 students in English/Language Arts and Math. The HSAP is a high school graduation requirement. The HSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 2.
  • This school in 2013
  • Richland 01 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards


End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP)

In 2011-2012 South Carolina used the End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) to test middle and high school sutdents in Algebra 1, Biology 1, English 1, and US History and Government. The EOCEP provides tests in high school core courses and for courses taken in middle school for high school credit.The EOCEP is a standards-based test program, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score a C or above.
  • This school in 2013
  • Richland 01 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

A. C. Flora High School is a public high school in Forest Acres. The principal of A. C. Flora High School is Richard McClure. 1,241 students go to A. C. Flora High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 32% of the 1,241 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at A. C. Flora High School is 17:1. Covenant Classical Christian School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 51% 18%
Black, non-Hispanic 40% 74%
Multiracial 4% 3%
Hispanic 4% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Asian 0.9% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32% 68%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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

  • (5 years ago)

    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!

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

  • (8 years ago)

    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 !

  • (8 years ago)

    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 is a domino effect!

  • (9 years ago)

    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.

  • (9 years ago)

    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.

  • (9 years ago)

    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.

  • (9 years ago)

    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!

  • (9 years ago)

    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.

  • (10 years ago)

    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.

  • (10 years ago)

    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!!!

  • (10 years ago)

    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.

  • (11 years ago)

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

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