Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! We are excited to have this opportunity to serve the families of this great community called Florence. The faculty and staff members of Florence City Schools (FCS) work hard to provide students the opportunity to attain the success and experience needed for their tomorrow, today. Whether it is in the area of academic achievement, athletics, fine arts, workforce development, or any extracurricular activities, we strive to empower our students to explore, create, challenge, innovate, and lead. Students are provided a plethora of options and opportunities to reach their full potential. Through our 19 AP courses, 70 career tech offerings, 15 competitive sports with 63 teams, and education from pre-K to career, FCS is striving to provide the students, parents, and this community with what is essential to be a bastion of economic and educational excellence for many years to come. Over the past two years, FCS students were awarded more than $25 million in scholarships to universities all over the country. Our students no longer have to wonder if they can be successful when they leave our institutions. They will know because of the dedication, hard work, and forward thinking of our faculty, staff, and parents. None of this is possible without the great support that you, the community of Florence, provide.
The overwhelming support of the community is clearly evident through the City of Florence’s commitment to providing 45% of the district’s funding. Florence City Schools’ partnership with over 33 business and community entities. The unique partnerships among FCS, UNA, Northwest-Shoals Community College, and the University of Alabama demonstrate how teamwork yields success. Enthusiasm from our community for the success of our student-athletes will lead to unmatched across the state. Our athletic programs continue their journey to new levels of success that is clearly evident in each team’s success and in our commitment to state-of-the-art facilities for our student-athletes. Our community believes in, expects and supports excellence on and off the field.
With 70% 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. 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”. NICHE rankings currently rate our school system as the 9th best in the state. Our high school is currently ranked 10th best in the state. 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 are the pacesetter when it comes to our 1-to-1 initiative in pre-K through 12th grades. Florence Virtual High School provides online courses for students to take charge of their own learning. Our dual enrollment opportunities are second to none in the state.
Please remember, Florence is our community. Florence City Schools is your school system. We are united in an effort to support our children and community. This is One Florence.
Dr. Jimmy D. Shaw Jr.
Florence City Schools