Florence City Schools -- Empowering students to explore, create, challenge, innovate and lead.

Florence Falcon Family,

Florence City Schools (FCS) has a strong reputation for providing excellence in academic achievement, athletics, and extracurricular activities. Students are provided a plethora of options and opportunities to reach their full potential. Through an engaging and rigorous instructional program, FCS provides 20 AP courses, 65 career tech offerings, 14 competitive sports with 63 teams, and education from the early learning to career. Our high school graduation rate is 96%; the highest in northwest Alabama and one of the highest in the state.  Our award-winning fine arts program is nationally recognized with students provided an opportunity to earn a major on their diploma through the Florence Academy of Fine Arts (FAFA). FHS students from the Class of 2016 were awarded more than $18.2 million in scholarships to universities such as Yale University, Texas A&M, Wake Forest University, Chicago College of Performing Arts, Auburn, UNA and the University of Alabama.

The overwhelming support of the community is clearly evident through the City of Florence’s commitment to provide 44% of the district’s funding. Florence City Schools’ partnership with Southwire Corporation through 12 For Life is an outstanding example of the unwavering commitment of our business community to student success. The unique partnerships among FCS, UNA, Northwest-Shoals Community College, and other institutions of higher learning demonstrate how teamwork yields success.

With 71% of all FCS faculty holding a master’s degree or greater, FCS prides itself on recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining the best and brightest in the education profession. Currently, we have 12 administrators actively pursuing their Doctorate Degrees in Instructional Leadership through Advance12 and teachers pursuing their Masters and Educational Specialists degrees through Impact80.  We have risen to a new level of success in academics as demonstrated by our rankings by U.S. News and World Report: "America’s Best High Schools" and Newsweek: "Best High Schools". The 2016 Niche National Rating ranked FCS in the top 8% in Alabama; our elementary schools in the top 4% in Alabama; our middle schools in the top 9% in Alabama; and Florence High School in the top 3% in Alabama.  Our K-8 schools likewise have attained prestigious awards, including recognitions such as National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Intel School of Distinction finalist for national mathematics excellence, Alabama Torchbearer models, NASSP’s continued designation as a Breakthrough School and a model for excellence for child nutrition in national publications. In technology, we have become the pacesetter for others to follow through our 1-to-1 technology initiative and digital curriculum in grades K-12. Also, students in grades 7-12 have the opportunity to take charge of their own learning via Florence Virtual School.

The Florence City Board of Education and I invite you to journey with us for the 2016-2017 school year. We aspire to be #1 in Alabama and among the top in the nation in academics, technology, athletics and extracurricular activities by achieving our mission to empower students to explore, create, challenge, innovate and lead. Please join us on the journey to success!

Go Falcons!

Connie Wallace
Interim Superintendent/CSFO
Dr. Jimmy Shaw
Assistant Superintendent of Instruction
Main Contact, Superintendent's Office:

Beth Dickerson

Secretary to Superintendent



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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.