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    Dr. Sue Townsend | Superintendent of Education

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        Welcome to RCSD!

        • Welcome to the Rankin County School District! As the third largest school district in the State of Mississippi, we are home to nearly 19,500 students and 3,000 employees! We are made up of eight diverse and supportive communities that house our 28 schools. These communities are Brandon, Florence, McLaurin, Northwest Rankin in Flowood, Pelahatchie, Pisgah, Puckett, and Richland.

          Our VISION, as a district, is to continue our tradition of excellence by providing a world-class education that empowers all to grow through curiosity, discovery, and learning

          At the RCSD, we are on a MISSION to “Bring Everyone’s Strengths Together”! 
We all intentionally focus on empowering our students to reach their maximum potential by embracing opportunities and challenges while cultivating a tradition of excellence in education!

          Did you know?

          • The Rankin County School District is in the midst of upgrading all 28 of our schools!
          • We have 28 career academies across 8 zones including sports medicine, firefighting, engineering, ag science, teacher, and business. With the success of the bond issue, we will be adding 30 additional academies in the future! ( academy video )

          Academic Achievements!

          • The Rankin County School District consistently has a graduation rate above the State Graduation Rate!
          • For the 2017 – 2018 school year our “Third Grade Reading Gate” pass rate was 97.7%, which is above the state pass rate of 93.2%!
          • The Class of 2018 earned over $40 million in scholarships!
          • Nearly 300 RCSD students scored a 28 or higher on the ACT!
          • The RCSD’s total enrollment in dual credit courses increased by more than 18% from 2017 to 2018.
          • The number of RCSD seniors leaving high school with at least 12 college credits grew by 3% from 2017 to 2018.
          • Brandon Middle School, Florence Middle School, and Northwest Rankin Middle School tied for 1st in the state in Algebra I with 100% proficient and advanced.
          • The RCSD’s US History proficiency average is 16 points above the state average!
          • RCSD fourth grade ELA students increased performance from 40% proficiency in 2017 to 62% proficiency in 2018.
          • RCSD third grade student growth increased from 61% in 2017 to 80% in 2018!


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          On August 15, 2017, the RCSD will begin sending courtesy email reminders for students who have LESS THAN THREE DAYS funds in their meal accounts. Reminders will be sent twice a week using email addresses given in InfoSnap.

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          The mission of the Rankin County School District is to prepare every student with the cognitive and social skills necessary to be productive members of an ever-changing global society.

          The mission of the Rankin County School District is to prepare every student with the cognitive and social skills necessary to be productive members of an ever-changing global society.



          Richland County, South Carolina

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          One-Call Response Center 24 Hours (803) 929-6000


          NOTICE (NEW): Richland County’s down payment assistance program (RCHAP)

          As of August 3rd, 2018 Richland County will resume taking application for our Down Payment Assistance Program. Days and times to turn in your applications are Mondays and Fridays from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm.

          Please call 803-576-2089 if you have any questions.

          Home-Ownership Assistance


          The goal of the Richland County Home-ownership Assistance Program is to provide down payment and closing cost assistance to make home-ownership possible in unincorporated Richland County. To receive an application of assistance, an individual or family must attend an Orientation.

          Program Priority

          Richland County Community Development, RCHAP program’s priority is to make home-ownership opportunities available to low-to moderate income households.  The assistance is given in the form of forgivable loans, up to $10,000 is available to be applied to down-payment and/or closing costs for the purchase of single-family dwelling. 

          Qualifications to be eligible

          • Must be a resident of South Carolina 
          • Must be qualified as a household of low to moderate income.  Click here  to view HUD Income Limits, our program uses the 80% limits. (limits change yearly)
          • Cannot have a contract on a house until after completing program requirements

          Eligible Properties

          • Must be a single – family detached dwelling located in the unincorporated area of Richland County. 
          • The selected properties must be built after 1978. 
          • Each property must be able to pass a rigid inspection that will guarantee the home is livable, safe and does not require immediate repair.
          • Max purchase price: Existing home price: $140,000/New Construction: $224,000

          Loan Description

          • The assistance will be provided as a deferred, forgivable, second mortgage.
          • Approved applicants must live in the home for five (5) years from the time of closing for the loan to be forgiven. (If the applicant does not use the home as primary residence for the five-year period, the assistance must be repaid based on a prorated formula.)
          • Maximum Loan amount is up to $10,000

          Program Requirements


          STEP 1: All applicants must attend the RCHAP Program Orientation to receive the official RCHAP application.  Please note the updated policy for orientation attendance, online registration is required. 

          Click here to view the 2018 RCHAP Program Orientation schedule

          Click here to register for the 2018 RCHAP Program Orientation   

          STEP 2: Once you’ve received the RCHAP application, you must attend the home buying classes,  click to view schedule .  You may attend classes prior or before orientation.

          STEP 3:  After attending the RCHAP Orientation and the home buying classes, you may submit the application.  Please refer to the application checklist you received during the RCHAP Orientation with required paperwork needed to submit your application.  No application will be accepted without ALL required documents, including:

          • Pre-qualification or pre-approval letter from reputable lender that is valid & approval is valid for 90 days
          • $50 Application Fee (Cash, Money Order or Cashier’s Check) no Personal Checks.
          • Adhere to policies and procedures of the RCHAP program.

          STEP 4:  Once the application is submitted with ALL the required paperwork, the application process takes up to 45 business days. Please note the application approval time when considering your home-buying process.  

          All applicants will receive a written notification when the process is complete.

          FAQ’s ( click here to view )

          RCHAP Policies and Procedures ( click here to view )

            For more information, call Portia Salvant @ (803) 576-2089 or [email protected]

            Please check our website for updated information.

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