Within every child, wonderful possibilities are waiting to be fulfilled.
Huntsville City Schools combines an outstanding core curriculum with advanced learning opportunities and innovative magnet schools to help students develop their talents to the fullest.
All Huntsville schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges. Extensive extracurricular activities and after school programs add to the learning experience.
The mission of Huntsville City Schools as an educational system set in one of the world's most technologically advanced communities is to guarantee that every student will graduate with the capacity to compete successfully and contribute responsibly in a global, technological society through state-of-the-art, individualized teaching and learning in safe and orderly centers of excellence.
A Solid Foundation
Beginning with the basics of a 4x4 curriculum, Huntsville high school students study four years of English language, mathematics, science and social studies. Two years of foreign language study are another fundamental that helps to prepare them for life in tomorrow’s world.
Advanced Learning Programs
Through the Toyota Distance Learning Labs, Huntsville students can choose from a broader range of courses, even when the classroom is on a different campus. Distance learning also brings guest lecturers to add their expertise in everything from contemporary literature to medical concepts. Advanced Placement® courses in English, math, science, social studies and art allow students to prepare for college and earn college credits.
Johnson High School’s International Education Magnet Program prepares students to live and work in a global society. The Space Science curriculum was developed with the assistance of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. It includes participation in hands-on activities in the "Mission to Planet Earth" curriculum. In the International Social Studies curriculum, students explore world problems, cultures, and political and economic systems, and examine health, population, and environmental concerns. Language students can study Russian and Japanese in addition to French, Spanish, German, and Latin. Creative & Performing Arts, Engineering Lee High School’s Creative & Performing Arts Magnet has received many awards for its programs in visual arts, vocal music, creative writing, dance, drama, photography/video, and technical theater production. Students develop a strong base for building their future education and/or a career in the arts. Enrollment is by application and interview, audition, or portfolio. Lee’s Pre-Engineering Magnet prepares students for college-level programs in engineering. Through teaching and practice, it integrates technical and academic skills. Enrollment is based on the student’s grades in previous math courses.
A partnership between Huntsville City Schools, Calhoun Community College, the Huntsville business community, and government agencies, New Century Technology High School offers students an opportunity to team with local industry leaders. Certified teachers instruct through an approach that emphasizes team problem solving and hands-on work. Enrollment is approved through an application process.
Junior Reserve Officer Training (ROTC) programs are offered through Huntsville high schools. Students can participate in the Army program at Lee and Grissom High Schools, the Marine ROTC at J.O. Johnson High School, or the Air Force program through S. R. Butler and Huntsville High School. Many ROTC students continue their training with careers in the military after graduation.
The Academy for Academics and Arts, and The Academy for Science and Foreign Language are magnet schools that serve students in grades K-8. Both provide added instruction in such areas as academics, foreign language, the arts, and science.
The J.E. Williams Technology Middle School, a School of Choice program gives middle school students an opportunity to explore the world of technology. Working closely with local business leaders, students are exposed to the many aspects of the technology industry.
After School & Special Programs
Huntsville City Schools provide convenient extended day care at a rate comparable to other childcare facilities. Many Title 1 schools also have an after-school enrichment program, Camp Success, to assist students with homework, reading, and other activities. Programs such as RAMBO, Homebound, and night school allow students to make-up missed classes and homework.
The Fletcher E. Seldon Center assists students who are struggling in school or have discipline issues. Students can maintain their grade status and receive promotion or graduate with their class. To round out academic life and learning, the school system offers a broad range of extracurricular activities. Sports, academic interest groups and the fine arts enrich the educational experience and allow students to explore their talents and learn more about themselves as they prepare for the future.
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