Florence City Schools

Florence City Schools 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 a rigorous instructional program.  FCS offers 15 AP courses, 52 Career/Technical courses, 14 competitive sports with 61 teams, and education from the "cradle to the career".  Our award-winning fine arts program is nationally recognized. 

Over the past three years, FCS students were awarded more than $20 million in scholarships to universities such as MIT, Tulane, West Point, Vanderbilt, Auburn University, UNA and the University of Alabama.

The overwhelming support of the community is clearly evident through the City of Florence's commitment to provide 35% 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 collaborative partnership among FCS, UNA, Northwest-Shoals Community College, and other institutions of higher learning demonstrates how teamwork yields success.

With 66% of all FCS faculty holding a master's degree or greater and 25 teachers National Board Certified, 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 recent first-time ranking by U.S. News and World Report on America's Best High Schools as #17 out of 370 (or the top 5%) in Alabama and #1468 (or top 9%) in the nation. Our elementary schools likewise have attained prestigious awards, including recognitions such as an Intel School of Distinction for national mathematics excellence 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 iPad initiative in grades 10-12, with a full move to electronic textbooks this fall in those grades.

For more information, visit our website at www.florencek12.org

University of North Alabama
 
The University of North Alabama prides itself on strong academics supported by a dedicated faculty and staff. Toward that end we offer a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate programs coupled with excellent academic support services.

In preparation for a recent accreditation review, the UNA academic community embraced a theme of "Building Success through Discovery." The intent of the program is to integrate student research within each major of the undergraduate curriculum-to give students the tools to "imagine, investigate, and communicate." Faculty mentoring will be at the forefront of this innovative approach to student learning.

Consistent with the changes in student demographics in recent years, the University has developed undergraduate and graduate degrees in interdisciplinary and professional studies. These programs cater to non-traditional adult learners. The UNA goal is to find an academic niche that meets the educational and career goals for all students.

Perhaps most important is that our 275+ full-time faculty have as their highest priority serving as advisors and mentoring to the 7,200+ students who make up the student body at UNA. These dedicated faculty members understand today's financial investment in a university education and take seriously their role in achieving success for all students who accept their academic obligations.

For more information, visit our website at www.una.edu