To educate all students in a challenging, disciplined, and supportive environment to become lifelong learners whose performance is a credit to themselves and society.
Hail to thee our Alma Mater
In our hearts you'll stay
Fervently to lead and guide us
As we find our way.
Honor, valor, truth
As our hearts unfold
Lead us to our youth
Guide us to our goal.
Hail to thee our Alma Mater
To our orange and green
John L. LeFlore we will forever love you
We will e'er be true.
John L. LeFlore Magnet High School of Advanced Communication and Fine Arts, also known as LeFlore Magnet High School, is a historic public magnet preparatory academy located in Toulminville, Mobile, Alabama, United States. LeFlore offers advanced communication, academic, fine and performing art, and career technical programs. LeFlore Magnet High School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
From 1968 through 1980, the school was known as Toulminville High School, offering secondary education to upper-middle class students within the Toulminville suburb. In 1981 the school was renamed John L. LeFlore High School in honor of Mr. John L. LeFlore, a Mobile NAACP leader elected to the legislature in Mobile County. The renaming of the school brought about a move into an authentic building with the amenities that would equip the institution for the upcoming magnet program. It wasn't until the mid 1980's that the learning institution gained a magnet program thus changing the name to John L. LeFlore Magnet High School of Advanced Communication & Fine Arts. Upon garnering the magnet title, the LeFlore Magnet Program receives students throughout Mobile County. With a student-faculty ratio of 20 to 1, LeFlore Magnet High School is able to build a stronger student by working more closely with students, encouraging more ambition, and challenging students to better meet their academic successes for eventual university matriculation.
Curriculum and Instruction
John L. LeFlore Magnet High School is a secondary school divided into two schools within one; comprehensive and magnet. The comprehensive school is distinguished by the students who are zoned(residing within Toulminville) for LeFlore High School. The magnet school is distinguished by students who are not necessarily zoned for LeFlore High School, but enter into the magnet program upon selected academic and artistic criteria from all middle schools throughout Mobile County. Being structured as two schools has proven to be highly beneficial to LeFlore High School and its students. This provides a higher opportunity for more students to become recognized academically through the valedictorian and salutatorian titles which ensures each graduating class at least four academic superlatives. With such a broad curriculum, having two schools to award those students who may only be enrolled in comprehensive and/or honors courses and have maintained a 4.0 grade point average with those students who may only be enrolled in honors and/or advanced placement courses and have also maintained a 4.0 grade point average makes certain that no child is overlooked for her/his academic achievements. Since incorporating this educational method, LeFlore has had up to eight representatives for the highest academic honors for one graduating class alone. With this number growing, LeFlore proves that two schools are better that one.
Who is John L. LeFlore?
John L. LeFlore's contributions to Mobile becoming a more prominent city in the south vary educationally, financially, personally, racially, and socially. Mr. LeFlore served in leadership positions in many organizations ranging from the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters to the Mobile Committee for the Support of Public Education. Born May 17, 1903 in Mobile, AL to Dock and Clara LeFlore, John L. LeFlore's career as a community leader and civil rights activist spanned fifty years. He was the most significant figure in the struggle for African-American equality in Mobile, throughout southern Alabama and Mississippi, and along the Florida Gulf Coast. The LeFlore Papers tell important stories about the civil rights movement in the urban south, document the developement and early work of the NAACP in Mobile, and provide insight into his life and aspirations. In the winter of 1925, after graduating Owen Academy in 1920 and marrying Teah Beck in 1922, LeFlore began corresponding with the national office about the reorganization of the Mobile Branch of the NAACP that was organized in 1919 but became inactive in the 1920's. By March 1926, Mr. LeFlore had mobilized enough people to apply for a new charter. LeFlore served as executive secretary for the branch from its inception to 1956. He also served as chairman of the organization's Regional Conference of Southern Branches from 1936 to 1945, a critical period in its development, and was vice-president of the Alabama Conference from 1945 to 1956. In 1956, when the NAACP was outlawed in Alabama, LeFlore and others in Mobile shifted their civil rights work to the Non-Partisan Voters League, where LeFlore served as director of case work from 1959 to 1975. LeFlore remained with the league even after the ban was lifted in 1964 and the Mobile branch of the NAACP was reorganized. In addition to civil rights, LeFLore's participation with many organizations and various state groups represent public work in areas such as prison reform, health and family planning, veterans' rights, labor unions, public education and general charity. In addition he was a radio commentator for the public service program, Today's World, for many years. He and Foley, of Springhill College, organized a committee for the support of public eduation in 1973. This committee received federal funds to mount an intensive ad campaign against racial disturbances in public schools. LeFlore was a news correspondent for the Chicago Defender, the Pittsburgh Courier and the Associated Negro Press and covered many of the civil rights violations that occured in the south. The Chicago Defender awarded LeFlore a citation for covering the lynching of four African-Americans in Monroe, GA and later became the associate editor of the Mobile Beacon.
A School of Choice
LeFlore Magnet High School of Advanced Communication & Fine Arts is a college and career bound preparatory program providing students with accelerated academic opportunities. LeFlore is an accelerated magnet school with a program that follows established magnet guidelines offering comprehensive, honors, and advanced placement classes. Students enrolled at LeFlore complete a four-year academic plan that will lead to a Comprehensive, Advanced, Advanced with Academic Endorsements, or an Advanced Diploma with Honors. The advanced studies component of LeFlore emphasizes advanced courses in Art, English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. In addition to required core courses, students study three years of leadership, a wide variety of electives and may elect to take focus in areas including: Aerospace Science, Broadcasting, Business Marketing, Photography, Pre-Medicine, Theatre and much more. To assure the success of every student, LeFlore offers students that are capable of completing rigorous curriculum, have the desire to attend college, the willingness to work dilligently to get there, and are falling short of their potential, reasonable accomodations as apart of special educational opportunities, but not a modified curriculum due to the accelerated design of the academic program. Students needing extra instructional support will be required to attend tutoring until their grades reach 70%(C). LeFlore offers Alabama High School Graduation Exam(AHSGE) tutoring, ACT Prep, and an extensive course selection allowing students to meet graduation requirements for all diploma types while maximizing their gain of priceless knowledge.
The faculty members at LeFlore Magnet High School are carefully selected applicants with unique skills and professional expertise suited to the school's philosophy. The faculty and staff strive to meet not only the academic needs but the social and emotional needs of the student body. Whether assisting students through after-school enrichment programs or sponsoring extracurricular activities, the staff has the best interest of the student in mind. The academic coaches, administrators, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, counselors, custodians, librarians, nurses, secretaries, and teachers want students to succeed and respond in a positive manner.
LeFlore High School abides by magnet promotion standards which are as follows: Students receiving a yearly average of 70% or above in all comprehensive or advanced subjects are promoted to the next grade at LeFlore Magnet High School. Students achieving a yearly average of 60-69% in any comprehensive, honors, or advanced level subject may remain at LeFlore and be retained in the current grade. A student failing to achieve a 70% or above yearly average for two years is ineligible to remain at LeFlore and to assure students a safe and orderly learning environment, LeFlore strictly adheres to the magnet discipline standards.
Students are required to follow a code of conduct and dress that is suitable to the classroom and program-related activities at LeFlore. Uniforms are required and students are expected to be in proper uniform while at school or at school sponsored functions at all times.