Florence Christian School

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Florence Christian School
Location
2308 South Irby Street
Florence, SC 29505
Information
Type Private Christian School
Established 1972
Principal Jim Berry
Faculty 38.5 (on FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment 732 (as of 2009-10)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 16.6[1]
Color(s) Royal Blue and Gold          
Mascot Bald Eagle
Team name Eagles
Accreditation South Carolina Independent School Association
Website

Florence Christian School is a Baptist private school located in Florence, South Carolina, USA. It offers an academic program with a largely Christian-oriented curriculum. The school consists of 4 sections categorized by education: The Child Development Center, Kindergarten, Elementary, and Junior and Senior high. It serves as a Daycare center and school for grades Pre-K to 12th.[2]

History[edit]

Florence Christian School was established in 1972 as a ministry of the Florence Baptist Temple to assist families in training their children spiritually and academically. In August of that year 54 students enrolled in grades K - 3.[3]

Administration[edit]

  • Principal: Jim Berry
  • Academic Principal: Jimmy Miles
  • Elementary Principal: Sandy Bryant
  • Athletic Director/Dean of Men: Scotty Keefe
  • Dean of Women: Nina Bohler
  • Director of the Child Development Center: Doreen Miles

Admissions[edit]

Students already enrolled at FCS are given the first option during re-enrollment. Empty spaces are filled in the order of Florence Baptist Temple members, families with children already enrolled, and all others on first come, first serve basis. After being accepted for enrollment, parents and the student will be interviewed by the administration to see if the student is a good candidate for admission.

Curriculum and Facilities[edit]

The Florence Christian School uses a curriculum consisting of A Beka and BJU Press for Grades K-12. Students have mandatory core subjects and Bible study. Various electives are also offered from 7th grade and beyond such as Personal Finance and Sports Management. Students in 11th and 12th grades can be enrolled in Dual Credit Courses which count as up to 19 hours of College Credit.[2] Classrooms contain various technology to aid in the student's and teacher's learning and teaching. The library contains over 11,000 books and some computers for educational purposes. There are several computer labs suitable for full classes and a science lab about to be constructed, funded by The Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation. Athletic facilities include a regulation gymnasium, tennis courts, soccer field, softball field,and baseball field.[4]

Athletics[edit]

Home varsity soccer game at Florence Christian School before the multimillion dollar sports stadium

Florence Christian School has fall, winter, and spring sports for both boys and girls.[5]

  • Fall Sports: Football, Girls' Volleyball, Girls' Tennis, Cross Country, Cheerleading
  • Winter Sports: B/G Basketball, Cheerleading
  • Spring Sports: Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Golf, Track

The FCS Eagles official fight song is Basketball by Kurtis Blow. The coach for the FCS football team is Neil Minton, with the assistant coach being Kith Rodgers. In 2013, the Eagles football team won their first ever region title, and won their first State Championship game.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Florence Christian School currently offers Drama, Choir, Yearbook, Student Government, and Beta Club as extracurricular activities for students. The FCS drama class has put on several plays, including Charlie Brown, Cinderella, Cheaper by the Dozen, Anne of Green Gables The King and I, Around the World in Eighty Days and Mary Poppins.

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Coordinates: 34°9′4″N 79°46′5″W / 34.15111°N 79.76806°W / 34.15111; -79.76806