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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.


Extra-curricular activities abound here at Florence Freshman Center. Competitive academic teams include Science Olympiad, and the Scholars Bowl Team. Leadership and service opportunities are offered and encouraged in the Key Club, the Student Council, FCCLA, FFA 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 both excited about the upcoming school year. Our situation is unique in that we get to serve a new slate of students each year. Each year we strive to establish a culture that promotes success and that further develops the skills necessary for success in high school. Throughout the year we closely monitors all available data related to each of our students. We use data meetings to collectively discuss this information, and to identify strategies that will promote mastery. In addition, we have student data days designed to ensure that each students is aware of their current academic status.

Each month the Freshman Center opens its doors for a monthly parent meeting to discuss upcoming events and address concerns. These meetings are tentatively scheduled for the 1st Thursday of each month. If you are available, please attend. The FFC Administration would also would like to have your email addresse to place in our email data base. Weekly emails will be sent out on Sunday Afternoons highlighting the events of the upcoming week. 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 the principal, Mr. Roderick Sheppard, at rsheppard@florencek12.org, the assistant principal, Mrs. Jennifer Colvard-Davis, at jcolvard@florencek12.org or the counselor, Mrs. Arlene Merry at amerry@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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Florence City Schools

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.

Equal Education/Employment Opportunity Statement

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.