At Florence Unified School District #1


These two little words make a big difference when the District Mission and Vision Statement becomes a way of life, and the last six years have shown what a difference a caring, dedicated and focused staff can make. Under the leadership of our Superintendent Mr. Chris Knutsen, our dedicated School Board, and with the warm support of our parents and community, Florence Unified School District has become a leader in educational technology in Arizona, and every school has turned around previously lackluster performances to achieve ratings of performing, performing plus or highly performing - and we just keep getting better. (For more information, click on red underlined terms.)

What Does It Mean To Be KIDS FIRST?

Safe Campuses, District-Wide
One-to-One Computing at both high school campuses
Eight Computers in every core classroom at the K-8 level
Interactive Whiteboards in every classroom
Educational Software utilized to reinforce standards taught, practice lessons learned, and assess comprehension

International Baccalaureate Program at Florence High School (only one in Pinal County, and one of only 14 in the state)
S.T.E.M. Diploma Program at Poston Butte High School is an advanced track for students who wish to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at a deeper level.  The diploma students earn upon completion gives students advantages over other who want to study these topics in college.
A.P. Capstone Diploma Program at San Tan Foothills High School will offer students the ability to earn college credit while in high school while also earning an advanced diploma.
Resources and Pacing: FUSD is partnered with over 40 school districts throughout AZ through Beyond Textbooks. BT is a collaborative resource that brings over 6,000 educators together in AZ to challenge our students at each student's individual level. 
Differentiated Instruction is used in many classrooms to achieve small-group results within the larger classroom setting
Standards Based Grading closely reflects student learning and growth.
Full Range of Electives offered, including Band, Chorus, Orchestra, Art, Drama, Foreign Languages and more
High Expectations for All

Full Range of Sports Teams, including JV and Freshmen
"Pay-to-Participate" initiated as of January, 2012 
Tradition of Excellence in Sports for more than 80 years!


Florence Unified School District consists of eight K-8 schools, three high schools, an alternative school and a school for students with severe emotional disabilities. All schools are located in Florence and San Tan Valley. For a list of the schools, contact information and links to the school websites, click here.