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Welcome to the Florence Freshman Center

FFC Belief Statement

"Hard Work Pays Off"

The Florence Freshman Center and its program provide an educational opportunity in a safe and orderly environment. Our highly qualified teachers challenge our students with the latest in educational techniques as they focus on helping them reach their full potential. Our program both respects and celebrates diversity and believes that all stakeholders are accountable in the process of developing our students socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually to function and compete internationally.

FFC Vision

 Florence Freshman Center and its programs are directed at providing a sound transition from Middle School to High School.


The Florence Freshman Center staff members are excited about beginning a new school designed specifically to ensure the successful transition of ninth grade students from the middle school to the high school.  Freshman students need a caring and consistent educational environment that constantly challenges and encourages them academically.  Not only do we promote high academic performance, but we also encourage our students to become involved in one or more of our many extracurricular activities.  When adolescents feel a sense of belonging in a positive and nurturing environment, their increased self-worth transcends into other areas of possible achievement.

The curriculum here at the Freshman Center is diverse and extensive.  We proudly maintain that the educational opportunities we provide are unlimited and unmatched in any other school in the vicinity, private or public: 

  • English 9 to AP Prep English 9

  • Math - Algebra I to AP Prep Geometry

  • Science - Biology 9 to AP Prep Biology 9

  • History - World History 9 to AP Prep World History 9

  • Foreign Language - Spanish, French, Latin, German and Greek

  • Florence Academy of Fine Arts

Extra-curricular activities abound here at the center.  Competitive academic teams include Science Olympiad, the Math Team, and the Scholars Bowl Team.  Leadership and service opportunities are offered and encouraged in the Key Club, the Student Council, Junior Civitan, National Junior Honor Society, and the yearbook staff.  Chorus, marching band, cheerleading, and competitive athletics provide many opportunities for students to expand their physical talents, while developing lifelong skills concerning teamwork, responsibility, and personal relationships.

The Florence Freshman Center staff is excited and challenged by the tasks before us.  Many successes are evident through such circumstances as the awards won by the cheerleaders at camp, the football team’s big win at homecoming, and the successful volleyball and cross country seasons.  The students did a fantastic job selecting our first homecoming queen and court.  Our choral students were recognized at the district competition.  Our drama students will compete at the state level with their district-winning play Wings.  Our marching band entertained us this fall with their talent and enthusiasm.  And our shining moment academically occurred when 100% of our freshman who took the math section of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam passed it!  These eighty-five students are shining examples of what we strive to produce here at the center.

I have a meeting with interested parents the first Wednesday of each month beginning at 12:00 noon. If you are available, please attend.  I also would like to have your email addresses to put into our email data base.  I will use this data base to keep open communication with you at all times.  It takes a village to raise a child, and we appreciate the opportunity to share in the growth and maturing of yours.  You can email us at rsheppard@fcs.k12.al.us or kdalrymple@florencek12.org.

Florence City Schools - Our Mission & Vision


  • Five-Star Service


  • Aspiring to be #1 in Alabama and among the top in the nation


  • Empower students to explore, create, challenge, innovate and lead


  • We believe all students can learn, succeed and reach their full potential by setting high expectations for both students and staff.

  • We believe failure as an option can be diminished through the provision of equal educational access for diverse learners.

  • We believe the staff of Florence City Schools is a key to students’ success as productive citizens and lifelong learners.

  • We believe the community’s history and resources enhance the quality of the local education system.

  • We believe engaging the student’s family and the community enhances learning and academic achievement.

  • We believe it is the system’s responsibility to educate the whole child in a safe, orderly, and challenging environment.

  • We believe it is the system’s responsibility to develop students who are environmentally aware, adept at integrating technology, and prepared to compete in a global society.


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All public schools in Florence are fully accredited by SACS CASI (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement), one of the first 150 school systems in America to be comprehensively accredited as a district.

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It is the official policy of the Florence City School District that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, disability, sex, religion, creed, national origin or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity or employment.