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Florence Falcon Family,

As we begin the 2017-18 school year, please allow me to extend my gratitude to the faculty and staff of Florence City Schools and to the community in granting me the privilege of serving as Superintendent of our school system. As a former FCS student, teacher and administrator, it is my pleasure to be in the driver’s seat as we begin our journey this year.

Florence City Schools has a vision of offering our students tomorrow, today. In order to prepare for the successes of tomorrow, we need to put them in situations today to make that possible. In order for that to happen, Florence City Schools offers an abundance of opportunities for students to exceed and excel in instruction and learning. Through a rigorous instructional program, Florence City Schools offers 20 AP courses, 70+ career technical education courses, 13 competitive sports and 60+ teams. It is our goal to instruct students from cradle to graduation. FCS has a Pre-Kindergarten Program at both Forest Hills Elementary School and Harlan elementary School. Our high school graduation rate is among the best in the state (96%) and nation at (93%). We are working diligently to increase that rate to an even higher percentage.

We are blessed in Florence City Schools to have tremendous community support. We cultivate partnerships with local and regional partners, such as Southwire Corporation and Alabama Chanin. Our students are afforded the opportunity for on-the-job experience in “real world” jobs in both our 12 For Life and Launch Programs in which they earn academic credit as well as a salary and invaluable work experience. Partnerships with local institutions of higher learning open the door for students to dually enroll to earn college credit at a greatly-reduced cost and begin their formal college career ahead of schedule. Florence City Schools’ employees are also afforded opportunities to apply for enrollment in advanced degree programs at greatly reduced costs to advance their career and earning potential. With 69% of Florence City Schools’ faculty holding a master’s degree or above, FCS prides itself on hiring the best and brightest instructional staff to teach our children. FCS has demonstrated success in academics as demonstrated by our recent previous rankings by U. S. News and World Report: America’s Best High Schools” and Newsweek: Best High Schools”. Our schools likewise have obtained prestigious awards such as National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Intel School of Distinction finalist for national mathematics excellence, Alabama Torchbearer models, and NASSP’s designation as a Breakthrough School. In technology offerings for our students and staff, we have become the pacesetter for others to model our 1:1 technology initiative and digital curriculum in grades PK-12 and virtual curriculum in grades 7-12.

The enthusiasm in our community, who are solidly behind our Falcons, is unmatched and has encouraged our athletes to rise to the top in sports. Due to outstanding athletic performance, over 50 student athletes signed scholarships to play at the next level over the past three years. Our community believes in, and expects, excellence on and off the field as we do.

The Florence City Schools Board of Education and I invite you and your family to join us in offering the very best opportunity for students to experience an outstanding school year! We value our Falcon families, our community, our students and our employees. Remember, Florence City Schools is your school system. The city of Florence is our Community. We are one Florence.

Go Falcons!

Jimmy D. Shaw, Jr., Ed.D.
Florence City Schools


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Dr. Jimmy Shaw

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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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