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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 courses range from Communication Skills I to Honors English. 
  • Mathematics courses range from Essential Math I to Honors Geometry. 
  • Science courses range from Exploring the Natural World I to Honors Science.
  • Social studies courses include Social Skills Development I and Honors World History and Geography.
  • Foreign language study includes German, French, Latin, and Spanish.
  • The range of career technical courses is vast; we have the most modern equipment in our classrooms and laboratories.
  • The arts are alive and well at the center.  We have Band, Instrumental Techniques, Chorus, Musical Theater, Music Theory, Strings, Art I, and Drama.

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.

Adapting the model at Tupelo High School, the Florence Freshmen Center has an eight-period day.  Many parents and all the students are aware of the Freshman Mentoring Program (FMP) by this time.  Sixth period is divided into lunch and instructional time.  During the first nine weeks, the teachers used the instructional time to cover the Florence City Schools Parent/Student Handbook with their students.  Students were taught the policies of the center and the requirements for high school.  Beginning the second nine weeks, students who passed FMP, had all A’s and B’s on their report cards, had no discipline referrals, or missed no more than three days of school were allowed the entire sixth period to eat lunch.  Those not allowed the longer lunch were assigned to a core teacher for academic support.  These core teachers spend the instructional time tutoring and mentoring those students who may need the extra help.

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 or

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