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Our Mission

     Laurence Manning Academy was founded in 1972 on the commitment to providing students in grades K3 through 12 with a high quality education within a safe, friendly, and morally rich Christian environment.  Over forty years later, Laurence Manning Academy continues to prepare our students to successfully work, lead, live, worship, and play in the ever-changing landscape of the new millennium.

      Laurence Manning’s family of dedicated and energetic faculty, staff, and administrators offers a learning environment that promotes student growth at all levels of instruction.  Laurence Manning students receive a quality education as well as a personal experience that enables the development of the whole person.   Laurence Manning encourages its students not only to set academic goals for themselves, but also to evaluate and motivate themselves in all areas of their school activities and faith.    Students are held accountable for their work and conduct, thereby developing a sense of responsibility and commitment to successfully completing their goals.

     Student participation in our athletic and extra-curricular programs is the perfect complement to their academic experience.  Students are encouraged to take an active role in their choice of clubs, service organizations, arts programs, and athletics offered at LMA.  

Our Curriculum

A Basic Diploma will be awarded to a student who satisfactorily completes 24 units of high school courses.  These courses must include the following:

4 units English

3 units Math

1 unit Bible (recommended elective)

3 units Social Studies (U.S. History, World History, Government/Economics)

1 unit Physical Education

3 units Science

1 unit Computer Science (recommended elective)

8 units Electives

A College Preparatory Diploma will be awarded to a student who satisfactorily completes 26 units of high school courses.  These students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA on the LMA weighted 4.0 scale, and no grade below 75. Theses courses must include the following:

4 units CP English

4 units Math (Alg I & II, Geometry are required)

3 units Social Studies (U.S. History, World History, Government/Economics)

1 unit Bible (recommended elective)

4 units Science (3 lab sciences required: no more than two from thesame field)

1 unit Physical Education

2 units of same Foreign Language (3 units are strongly recommended)

1 unit Computer Science (CHE recommended for college admission)

1 unit of SAT Prep (strongly recommended for CP track)

1 unit of either Art Appreciation or Speech and Drama (CHE recommended electives)

4 units Electives

An Honors Diploma will be awarded to a student who satisfactorily completes 28 units of high school courses with no grade below an 80. The student must also graduate with a cumulative 3.0 grade average on the LMA weighted 4.0 scale. These courses must include the following:

4 units English (at least 2 Honors)

4 units Math (Alg I & II, Geo, Adv. Math)

4 units Science (3 labs required with no more than 2 from same field)

1 unit Bible (recommended elective)

1 unit Physical Education

3 units Foreign Language (Same Language)

3 units Social Studies (U.S. History, World History, Govt/Econ)

1 unit Computer Science

1 unit SAT Prep

1 unit Art Appreciation or Speech and Drama

5 units Electives

In January 2008, construction was completed on the Nalley Building, our sixteen classroom academic and administrative facility.  The Nalley Building is home to our high school and includes state-of-the-art computer and science laboratories, along with our main administrative offices.

The Lee Building is home to our lower school classes and to their respective administrative offices. Classrooms are equipped with computers and many classrooms currently utilize SmartBoard technology to enhance the students’ classroom experience. 

The Middle School wing (connecting the Lee Building with our gymnasium) is home to our middle school students, the school’s newly renovated and expanded library,  and  the middle school computer sciences laboratory.

The Youth Development Center is located behind the Lee building and is home to our kindergarten and first grade classes.  Our Media Arts facility is also located behind the Lee Building and provides music, art, and elementary level computer facilities. 

Our athletic facilities include a football/baseball stadium (with new bleachers and press box), softball field, soccer field, gymnasium (basketball and volleyball), and weight-room.   Our cafeteria and a picnic area are located in front of our gymnasium. 

Our Campus

         Our campus is located in the town of Manning, South Carolina, a community rich in historic relevance, natural beauty, and friendliness.    Minutes from the shores of beautiful Lake Marion, our campus currently includes six academic buildings which are home to our classrooms, school library, computer and science labs, music and art rooms, and our administrative offices.

To schedule a personal admissions conference and campus tour, contact us at 803-435-2114 or e-mail us at

Laurence Manning Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, athletics and other school administered programs.

Academic Statistics

Class of 2018 (top 25%):  Average SAT score of 1140

Class of 2018 earned over 4.12 million dollars in merit-based scholarships

Classes of 2017 and 2018 have been accepted to and/or are attending the following colleges and universities:

Anderson College - Auburn University -  University of Alabama - Appalachain State University

Central Carolina Technical College - Charleston Southern University - The Citadel                   Clemson University - Coastal Carolina University - Coker College - College of Charleston Columbia College  - Columbia International University - Converse College - Duke University

Erskine College - Florence-Darlington Tech - Horry-Georgetown Tech - Johnson and Wales

Kettering University - University of South Carolina - USC at Sumter - USC at Beaufort 

USC at Salkahatchie - USC Upstate - Francis Marion University - Lander University 

Liberty University - Limestone College - Mercer University - Midlands Technical College 

Newberry College - North Greenville University - Ohio State University -

Tri-County Technical College  - Trident Technical College - Orangeburg-Calhoun Tech  Presbyterian College - Savannah College of the Arts - Southern Virginia University

Vanderbilt University - Tulane University - Winthrop University - Wofford College

South Carolina Independent School Association

Advanced Accreditation