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Ashland Commons

Local Information

Columbia is the vibrant capital of South Carolina, and the home of the University of South Carolina.

Full information and many useful links to City services and department information can be found at the official City of Columbia website

Recreation

From Little League to the excitement of the Southeastern Conference sports from nearby professional baseball, basketball, football and hockey, to some of the finest golf courses in the Southeast, from fishing to golf Columbia is the place for you!

Home of the University of South Carolina Fighting Gamecocks, Columbia is the site of a full array of exciting Southeastern Conference sports. Columbia is also home to the Columbia Inferno, a professional hockey team and member of the East Coast Hockey League. Within easy driving distance for the professional sports enthusiast are the Atlanta and Charlotte teams for Major League Baseball, NFL and NBA excitement.

Columbia’s city parks offer tens of thousands of baseball and softball enthusiasts, tennis players and swimmers a chance to take an active part in sports in their community. Nearby lakes and rivers offer great challenges and rewards for those who enjoy the best boating, fishing, canoeing and kayaking around.

For information on all City of Columbia parks and other recreation facilities and opportunities, click here.

Shopping & Dining

Columbia, South Carolina offers an amazing variety of shopping opportunities, sure to please the most discriminating shoppers. Several area shopping districts invite leisurely strolling among the many charming stores, galleries and restaurants, allowing you to appreciate the beauty and character of this unique Southern capital city. For a description and searchable list of shopping venues, click here.

Schools

Ashland Commons residents are fortunate that their children will attend the acclaimed schools of Lexington District 5.

For full information on this excellent education resource, visit the District’s website.

Steeped in a tradition of academic excellence, School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties has earned a reputation as one of the top school districts in South Carolina and one of the finest in the nation. District Five offers an educational program that challenges and stimulates thinking and problem solving and fosters superior achievement. The comprehensive educational program focuses on both academic and personal success for all students at all ability levels from early childhood education through grade 12, including adult and community education programs.

Located just 10 miles northwest of Columbia, the state’s capital, the district includes the northwestern portion of Richland County and the northern section of Lexington County. We have a total of twenty schools, with twelve elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools and an Alternative Academy. The district serves more than 16,600 students that live within the boundaries. Nine of the schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, with 2 of the high schools receiving the award twice. Also, six of the schools have earned the Palmetto’s Finest Award, South Carolina’s highest recognition for schools of excellence.

MISSION, VISION, GOALS

The mission statement of the district, in partnership with the community, is to provide challenging curricula with high expectations for learning that develop productive citizens who can solve problems and contribute to a global society. As a community we envision that School District Five will empower all students to meet or exceed expectations for academic, social, and emotional growth and success, that we will provide opportunities for students to develop creative and critical problem-solving skills, as innovative learners, to meet dynamic global changes, and that we will maximize our use of resources through collaborative partnerships with our community, our business and education partners. District Five’s students will be prepared to pursue excellence for tomorrow’s challenges; hence, our motto Pursuing Excellence for Tomorrow’s Challenges.

School District Five’s fundamental values are best described in the following beliefs:

• Students are the primary focus of all decisions.
• Every person has the right to a safe, supportive and respectful
environment.
• Education creates possibilities.