Important Information About Specific Academic Programs

By San Tan Times and FUSD

The purpose of this is to provide you with important information about specific academic programs that are available at each of the high schools within the Florence Unified School District. Students throughout FUSD have the opportunity to apply to attend any of our high schools via Open Enrollment. Please note that transportation is not provided to students who are accepted to attend via Open Enrollment. Below is a brief summary of each academic program.

Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program at Santan Foothills High School

Advancement Via Individual Determination is a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college. The program places special emphasis on growing writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization and reading skills.

Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Program at Santan Foothills

AP Capstone is a College Board program that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical evidence-based decisions. AP Capstone is comprised of two AP courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the discipline-specific study in other AP courses. Participating schools can use the AP Capstone program to provide unique research opportunities for current AP students, or to expand access to AP by encouraging students to master the argument-based writing skills that the AP Capstone program develops.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme at Florence High Schools 

The IB Diploma Programme is a comprehensive, internationally recognized college level curriculum and assessment system for students in their last two years of high school. The IB Diploma Programme encourages students to ask challenging questions, learn how to learn, develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture, and develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures. IB Diploma students are required to study six subjects thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics.

Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program at Poston Butte

The Poston Butte High School STEM Program offers a comprehensive and rigorous academic program of study that prepares graduates for college and career. The project-based, interdisciplinary course of study supports student academic achievement by giving them tools and experiences that challenge and inspire their passion for science, technology, engineering and math. Students will leave the STEM program with all the necessary skills to be successful at the most competitive universities and technology companies.

If you have interest in any of these programs or want to learn more, you are encouraged to attend the incoming Freshman student and parent informational nights to learn more about each of the academic programs described, as well much more information about the numerous curricular and extra-curricular opportunities that each school has to offer. Please see the schedule below for specific dates and times.

Incoming Freshman student and parent informational night schedule:

Florence High School –
January 28th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Poston Butte High School –
February 11th from 6:00 – 77:30 pm

Santan Foothills High School –
February 7th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm