I have gone to Florence 11 years now, and I am about to be a senior. I absolutely love this school and I would not want to go anywhere else. The administration and teachers get along with the students really well, but most people who insult our school don't understand it's not the school it's probably them. I know first hand the parents are a big part of the problem. There was a student who was told to do an assignment and when he refused to do it, he was given a 0. Shocked? You shouldn't be, he didn't do what he was supposed to, but his mommy came to the school and complained about it asking why her kid was failing. Long story short, the kid wound up with a 100. The parents like to complain when they shouldn't. And people complain about us going from a 5 to a 3. Here's the thing, it's graded on improvement. Well when you're at the very top, there's no where to go but down. We can't improve because we are already so high. I'm just saying understand what you're insulting before you sound ignorant. Overall Florence is awesome and I wouldn't want to go anywhere else. Go Eagles!
I am a former student (2005 grad). I am shocked it is rated an 8.... My reasons for one star rating: - Extreme disciplinary problems - No parent involvement - Teachers gossip and bully worse than students - I was so poorly prepared for college. I can count on two hands, including myself, the people that went to college and didn't have a child in high school. I can count even more that dropped out sophomore year. - I graduated with people, which I can still name to this day, that could not read! The school is the same because the superintendent (Google the Rankin County Superintendent), is related to EVERYBODY that works there.
As a former student I must say Florence was one of my least favorite schools I have attended sure it has good things about it but acedemicly I found it poor there was no challenge when I transferred to another school I was extremely far behind the the other students the people tend to reject new students as outcasts the band program is very small and not known to keep a band director for longer than 1-2 years the athletics teams do not move into play-offs in my opinion this is just a school to get your child involved in extracurricular activities where they couldnt at larger schools.
I like this school. Sure, it has its problems, as does every school. The administration is caring and compasionate, as it should be. I actually think the principal is one of the best things about Florence High School. It is also hard to compare test scores from year to year since they keep changing the criteria for passing. They could use a new facility. The current school is old and small.
Florence is a great school. The parents are very much involved. The band program is one of the best I've seen. Students seem to really love their school. I myself graduated from Florence and I really enjoy seeing my children enjoy their time as kids.
Parents find it difficult to get behind a school when the administrator continually denies that problems exist, and seems incapable of correcting the problems himself. There are morale issues at Florence among the staff. It is impossible to teach students when you have a principal who does nothing to manage behavior of the student body. Teachers become frustrated when students are sent back to class with little or no consequences for their behavior. Until the county office does something to correct this situation and gives Florence High School the leadership it deserves, my advise is to send your child to another school.
Parents that respond to this site really need to become part of the solution instead of the problem. Florence has been a level 3 school since the accountibility results were placed on the individual school instead of the district overall rating. Its true the district was rated a five but the scores at Florence have increased every year. Florence High School has many of the brightest students and teachers in the county. We rank in the top of the district in scholarship money earned by students and have had as many national merit finialist as any school our size. I think sometimes people need to get behind the school we pay our taxes for and support them instead of trying to find things wrong.
Having had one child graduate from Florence High School a number of years ago, and a more recent graduate, I can tell you that the quality of this school has gone down considerably. This school has dropped from a level 5 to a level 3 under this administrator. In addition to the decline in academics and the athletic program, there are safety issues. There may be a disciplinary policy in place, but it is not followed and this has not been lost on the students. My advice: If you can afford it, send your high school student elsewhere until changes are made at the top level.