Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Florence High School

Public | 10-12

 
 

Last modified
Community Rating

3 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
No new ratings
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
No new ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

21 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted July 18, 2013

Children are not recognized for their ability to process information, but they're rewarded for their popularity and athletic composition. The school also promotes one religion over other beliefs by conducting prayer at numerous events during the school year. Attendance at public educational facilities is mandatory for children and while this school is in session, the students are influenced to accept the beliefs this school promotes.


Posted May 21, 2013

Florence High School has been the worst thing to happen to my child since day one of his school career. It seems that wealthy children and those in the college bound classes and those who play sports are the only students who receive any attention and respect. The others are treated and spoken to very horribly and disrespectfully. The administrators made it a point to call the me for any minor infraction (such as my child forgetting their Ipad or being late to a class), but when my child's grades dropped to failing due to the stress of his treatment there by teachers and staff, not once did I get a phone call. Bottom line: they don't care about each individual student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2009

I believe that a school should operate on the premise of what is best for each child. If you are looking for a school to hold to that principle, avoid Florence High School at all cost.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2008

I agree with this parent. My son attends FHS and there is a problem with the communication with the administration and faculty. The school wants more parent involvement, but they do not want to communicate when the parent has something to bring to the table.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

Florence High school teachers do not hae enough time in a class period to even teach!!!! My daughter always comes home with homework she doesn't even know how to do and she is very comited to her studies!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2008

Florence City Schools are good with the exception of this high school. Teachers send home letters with improper grammar and punctuation. There is no cooperative effort to help students excel. There is an enormous problem with getting administration to help with anything. If I were moving to North Alabama, I'd avoid Florence High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2007

It's a great school with over-worked teachers, etc. Lunches are not the Ritz. But the students are rough & harsh with others, and that;'s a big distraction. But they also have after school tutoring for free by seniors who care. I know that my student does better when it is one on one and relaxed with another student, sometimes they are distraught in the classroom. And need the help from another student who talks in teen. I wish they had a class in good manners and worked more on special needs of new disorders which require some special exceptions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2006

I happened upon this website by accident because I was searching for information about Bradshaw High School. I was a member of the second graduating class and I can tell you that at that particular time, both students and parents were very proud of this school and its faculty and staff. The faculty worked tirelessly to help prepare us for what life held in store, whether we chose to continue on to college or join the workforce. That was many years ago, though, and times and people and attitudes change. It was such a disappointment for me to read such disparaging remarks about my alma mater. My advise to the parents is this. If you feel strongly enough about helping to ensure that your child gets the most out of his or her high school years, then get involved. Find out how you can help make positive changes! CLC
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 6, 2006

First of all i would like to say parents please check your history before you put in your two cent.Because that about what your commments are worth. Teachers are doing the best that they can with what they got.So sometimes think before you speak about a place you never knew and not willing to learn about get the facts first.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2006

My daughter is a senior this year at Florence High school. She has enjoyed her two years there after the consolidation of the two high schools. The school has improved dramtically with new administators and schools spirit continues to rise. The new dress code has improved not only the way students look at school, but their attitude. ACT scores for the school are above the national average. National Merit scholarships are higher at FHS than at all other schools in North Alabama. Curriculum choices are abundant including AP courses, dual enrollment with area colleges and an excellent career tech program. This school provides students with exactly what they need to go to college or prepare them to enter a the work force.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2006

I graduated from Florence High School last year and it was one of my favorite years, except for the parents. Reading these comments about the school is just something to laugh about. Here is what i will reccomend about Florence High School: This school is preparing students for their future. I love Mrs. Howard, yes, she is hard, but when your sitting in a college english class, you will want to thank her! I promise. Parents just like to make things a big deal and that's the you are reading in these past few comments posted. There are parents that have nothing else better to do on their hands so they just nag on about things that are irrelevant towards the school. I hope they learn to find something to do. Florence is an awesome school, beware of drama, but overall, a school thay will prepare you for your future!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 6, 2006

I was part of the first graduating class of Florence High School and a former Bradshaw Student. I really think the people writing these reviews are completely naive about Bradshaw and Coffee. It seems as though they have gotten then two mixed up. First of all, there couldn't have been more parent participation than there was. Parents were always there helping, throwing in their ideas and concerns and the faculty/administration at Bradshaw took to heart everything the parents and even the students said. We were not loosely disciplined either. We had rules and consequences. Our teachers were very helpful and we had the best all around, accademically. My Coffee friends told me theirselves about how Coffee was such a laid-back, fly by school. They told me theirselves of the many times they would walk out the doors in front of teachers. Do the research and find the FACTS before you speak.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 18, 2005

I am a current student at the Florence High School and must say that the combined school is nothing like the old Bradshaw High School that my three older siblings attended. Ever since the schools combined, the administration has been a wreck and the students have been extremely unhappy with a total loss for school spirit and interest. The teachers that I have had were, for the most part, very professional and qualified. But certain aspects of the school such as the extremely restrictive dress code, lack of parent involvement, and an administration unworried about the needs and fears of its students must make any prospective parent/student cautious.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2005

As a past parent of high school students at Bradshaw (now Florence High School), I would just urge prospective parents to watch closely and speak to other parents before enrolling a child in this high school. There are a lot of positive comments about other city schools, but the high school is what most area parents dread. Also, be very aware of the extremely rigid and restrictive dress code. Once again, the Superintendent has ignored the cries of parents and implemented a dress code at this school that is horrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2005

As a graduate of Bradshaw High School, I strongly disagree with the negative feedback that has been posted. Mrs. Howard and Ms. Montgomery of the English department could not have done a better job in preparing students for college English. Also, I never had a problem meeting with a math teacher before or after school if I needed extra help. Bradshaw High School had great academic programs. It seemed as if I always had an event to look foward to. I will always remember the good memories of Bradshaw High School.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 11, 2005

Parents Beware of Florence City High School formally Bradshaw High School. This year so far has been a nightmare for me and my daughter who is a 11th grader who falls under the special education program. They are not addressing any of her issues and the principal that they have now is not a good leader at all. He doesn't like parent participation. I feel that he just don't like dealing with troubles or parents. This school has gone from bad to worst. Her reading and math teacher has made her feel so inferior to everyone else. She is so far below her reading level. Their math and english department is very weak. I would consider another school. The kids are expected to be respectful and follow rules but the principal and teachers don't follow suit. It's like do as I say not as I do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2004

Make no mistakes about it, florence high is no bradshaw high school. Secondly, as a graduate of bradshaw high school, i am offended at the notion that we were lax in discipline and saftey. Its funny how this is coming from someone who did not attend my high school. So please refrain from trying to do anything to show my alma mater in a negative light. I won't get into any stories about coffee high school, because i would be just as bad as you, but i will say this. When it comes to schools and the quality of the two, we know which school was truly the best school in the area. Lastly, if you have such a problem with your child being disciplined then you should try parenting your own child and not looking for an institution of learning to do it for you. Thank you, marlon bankhead
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 15, 2004

We enrolled in Florence High School (Bradshaw) with great trepidation. There has been a merger of Coffee High School and Bradshaw, so that only one high school exists in Florence. Bradshaw has a reputation of being very loose on discipline, with a lot of problems with students being tardy, cutting classes, etc. The Coffee parents were very concerned about the merger because of these sorts of issues. It is extremely difficult to assimilate into this school. You are a number and a student can easily go unnoticed. There is no feeling that the teachers really CARE about the students. It is very difficult to get help from the teacher who teaches your class. Instead, you have to go to open tutoring with whoever is available. This makes it extremely difficult to address the specific issues that a student has. I hope new administration can make improvements.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2004

As a product of Bradshaw High, I must say that they other two reviews are completely wrong. It is a well known fact that Bradshaw is (was) one of the best high schools in the state of Alabama. Every department had outstanding teachers and some had bad teachers. However,the person who said the math department was weak is like seriously not in the know. I may be wrong, but all of Bradshaw's math teachers have master's degrees. Additionally, two of them are National Board Certified. I would suggest to parents that are looking into enrolling their child at Florence High School (Same location but a new name. The school is going to have Bradshaw's standards of excellence.) to contact the school system for information. Bradshaw has some of the highest test score of any school in North Alabama and the most national merit scholars. There is a reason for this.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 15, 2004

Prospective students and parents, beware. Bradshaw is joining with another city school this year. Already a school with a complete lack of parent/teacher communication, I would be extremely hesitant to enroll a new student in this school. If you're looking for a school where teachers really care about kids, Bradshaw is not the place to be. The science teachers are excellent, but the math and english departments are very weak.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 95% in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Language

The state average for Language was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 98% in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
Language

The state average for Language was 91% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
99%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

All Students98%
Female99%
Male97%
Black97%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible97%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education82%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant98%
Poverty97%
Not poverty99%

Language

All Students38%
Female53%
Male26%
Black18%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White50%
Free lunch eligible26%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education18%
General population59%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant38%
Povertyn/a
Not povertyn/a

Math

All Students95%
Female96%
Male93%
Black94%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible91%
Reduced lunch eligible92%
Special education59%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant95%
Poverty91%
Not poverty98%

Reading

All Students88%
Female92%
Male83%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Free lunch eligible80%
Reduced lunch eligible83%
Special education24%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant88%
Poverty80%
Not poverty94%

Social Studies

All Students34%
Female31%
Male37%
Black25%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White40%
Free lunch eligible25%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education18%
General population50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant34%
Povertyn/a
Not povertyn/a
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black95%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible97%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education73%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant98%
Poverty98%
Not poverty98%

Language

All Students83%
Female84%
Male82%
Black71%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Free lunch eligible70%
Reduced lunch eligible86%
Special education36%
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant83%
Poverty72%
Not poverty92%

Math

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black97%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible95%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education45%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant98%
Poverty96%
Not poverty99%

Reading

All Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
Black97%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible91%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education27%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant96%
Poverty92%
Not poverty99%

Social Studies

All Students80%
Female79%
Male80%
Black64%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Free lunch eligible69%
Reduced lunch eligible87%
Special education36%
General population81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant80%
Poverty71%
Not poverty86%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 58%
Black 31% 34%
Hispanic 6% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Oops! We currently do not have any teacher information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

What makes a great teacher? Study after study shows the single most important factor determining the quality of the education a child receives is the quality of his teacher. Here are some characteristics to look for »

This school has not yet provided program information.


Help other families

Millions of families turn to GreatSchools for help with their
school search. You can help these families by providing
a few details about this school.

Administrators & teachers: Let your school shine!

Help your school shine online by adding program highlights, photos and more on GreatSchools! Get started »

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

1201 Bradshaw Dr
Florence, AL 35630
Website: Click here
Phone: (256) 768-2200

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools







ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT