"What Parents Want" Award Criteria

Congratulations, Florence City Schools has been a "What Parents Want" honored school district for 17 years--1995-1996-1997-1998-1999-2000-2001-2002-2003-2004-2005-2006-2007-2008-2009-2010-2011.

The criteria used for award selection include:

  • A close match to what SchoolMatch users most often request.  Compilation of over 95,000 parent questionnaires completed by SchoolMatch clients reveals parents most often look for school systems that are:
    1. competitive in academic test scores and academically solid, but not so rigorous as to intimidate their children
    2. accredited
    3. recognized for excellence by a national foundation or by the U.S. Department of Education
    4. competitive in teacher salaries
    5. above average in instructional expenditures on a national percentile basis
    6. above average in expenditures for library/media services on a national percentile basis
    7. known for small class size
  • Availability of programs at the secondary level.  Since relocating parents often focus upon finding a school system that produces a certain quality of "end product" (a high school graduate), only school systems that provide secondary school programs are eligible for the award.
 

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Accreditation
 
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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