Vocational Education

Career Center

Through the Career Center, District 1 offers 17 trade and industry classes, including:

  • air conditioning & refrigeration
  • drafting
  • graphic communications
  • cosmetology
  • fashion merchandising
  • welding

There are also comprehensive programs for business education and computer programming.


District 1 offers high school students over 20 club activities, including:

  • National Honor Society
  • Key Club
  • Foreign Language Club
  • Drama
  • Tri-Hi-Y
  • Civitan

Active student government and civic clubs serve entire community on a regular basis, providing assistance to the elderly and promoting recycling programs.

Interscholastic athletic programs are available at the varsity and junior varsity level. Each school offers football, basketball, softball, baseball, soccer, track, volleyball, tennis, golf, and cross-country racing.

Academic competition is sponsored among high schools, and the winning team travels to Huntsville, Alabama for higher level matches. Academic competition is also fostered through the Chamber of Commerce s Salute to Education, a banquet honoring the top five seniors with the highest grade point average from each high school. Pepsi-Cola Bottling in Florence sponsors Start Students, a program held at the end of each marking period, which recognizes students for their academic achievement.

Education Stats

  • Number of 4 year colleges/universities: 2
  • Total enrollment 4 year colleges/universities: 5,665
  • Number Two-year schools: 1
  • Total enrollment Two-year schools: 8,212
  • Number Less-than-two-year schools: 1
  • Total enrollment Less-than-two-year schools: 476
  • High school dropouts (1990): 809
  • High school graduates (1990): 64.3%
  • With bachelor’s degree (1990): 14.8%
  • % of children attending private schools (1990): 6.0
  • State per pupil expenditure (1992-93): $4,624
  • SAT Scores (1994-1995):
    • Students taking SAT (state): 56%
    • Verbal score (state): 479
    • Math score (state): 474