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Education

Montgomery Public Schools

Educational leadership in the River Region emphasizes the importance of quality education, offers programs and opportunities for students of all ages and abilities, provides sufficient financial support, sets high curriculum standards, and hires teachers and administrators who are trained, motivated, and qualified in their subject.  Montgomery Public Schools has an enrollment of 31,316 students, and operates:

 - 35 elementary schools

 - 11 middle/junior high schools

 - 4 high schools

 - 10 magnet schools

 - 1alternative school

 - 3 special education centers

 

 The mission of Montgomery Public Schools is “to ensure all schools will be safe and caring communities where teachers teach and all students learn at higher levels.”   This is to ensure that Montgomery Public Schools realizes its vision of “One focus…preparing students for life.”  The 2008-2013 Montgomery Public Schools Strategic Plan entitled “Our Children, Our Community, and Our Future” is a living document that defines the goals and initiatives developed through the collaborative efforts of parents, teachers, staff, administrators, community members, and elected officials to help Montgomery Public Schools realize their vision of preparing students for life.

Montgomery Public Schools participates in the Alabama Reading Initiative, the goal of which is to significantly improve reading instruction and ultimately achieve 100 percent literacy among public school students. Teachers who teach through the Alabama Reading Initiative integrate the best practices of phonics and the whole-language approach to teaching reading.

 

Montgomery Public Schools provides gifted programs at the elementary and middle/junior high level and opportunities for students to attend magnet schools.  There are International Baccalaureate programmes at McMillan Elementary School (Primary Years Programme) and Carr Middle School (Middle Years Programme).  The Diploma Programme will be offered at Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) in 2014.  At the senior high level, students may qualify to take advanced placement (AP) and honors courses as well as participate in the magnet school program. Magnet schools are thematic and include technology, science, performing arts, accelerated academics, and international studies. 

 

Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School, known as Brew Tech is among the elite technical magnet high schools statewide. Brew Tech opened in August 2001, a product of a partnership between Montgomery Public Schools, the Montgomery City Council, and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. Brew Tech boasts a consistent 100% graduation rate. According to Brew Tech graduates, the rigorous classes and
technology-infused curriculum are important reasons for their academic success in college. Females and minority students majoring in math, science, engineering, and other technology-related fields have especially benefited from the Brew Tech experience. Brew Tech offers an academic curriculum that is enhanced through the integration of real-world experiences. These experiences are incorporated through the technology-driven small learning communities within the school. Small learning communities at Brew Tech include college and career, e-commerce, engineering processing, graphic design, building science, information technology, and medical. Brew Tech is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges. Schools and students consistently score above the national average on the ACT college entrance examination.

MPS has seven career academies
located in the four traditional high schools. 
The career academies are:

  • Hospitality/Tourism at Carver High School
  • Advanced Manufacturing at Carver High School
  • Health Science at Jeff Davis High School
  • Teaching at Jeff Davis High School
  • Business/Finance at Lanier High School
  • Law/Public Safety at Lanier High School
  • Information Technology at Lee High School

Career academies are small, personalized learning communities within a high school that select a subset of students and teachers for a two-, three-, or four-year span. Students enter the academy through a voluntary process; they must apply and be accepted with parental knowledge and support. A career academy involves teachers from different subjects working together as a team. Staff teams, who often share common planning time, work together to implement the key features of the model and provide students with exposure to the career field. Students are grouped
together for several periods every day with a core group of teachers. This promotes a family-like atmosphere and results in close student-teacher
ties.  Career academies have three required elements: small learning communities; college-prep curriculum with career themes; and partnerships with employers, the community, and higher education. By design, these three central elements of a career academy lead to a school that is rigorous, relevant, and relational.

 

The new Park Crossing High School opened in 2014.

 

LAMP has been named the #1 High School in Alabama and the 18th Best High School in America.  Pre-AP enrollment in middle
school is up over 700 students since 2010 to 4,043 in 2013.   AP class offerings are up 50% and enrollment is up 94%.  AP qualifying scores for
college credit are up 168%.  Minority scores are up 226%!

 

MPS boasted 13 National Merit Semi-Finalists in 2012 making up 72% of those in River Region and has the only public schools on the list. There are 14 Teach for America Teachers at Lee High School.

The Montgomery Technical Education Center (MTEC) is operational with career technical courses in construction, electrical, welding, and HVAC.  Additional programs will be implemented with the completion of the new facility in 2014.

 

MPS received district-wide accreditation from AdvancEd in 2013. Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance according to a set of rigorous protocols and research-based processes. The accreditation process is also known in terms of its ability to effectively drive student performance and continuous improvement in education.

 

Autauga County Public Schools

Autauga County Schools consists of 13 schools and more than 9,800 students.  The schools are hosted by the communities of Billingsley, Pine Level and Marbury, and the cities of Autaugaville and Prattville. 

Elmore County Schools

The Elmore County Public School System operates 15 schools with an enrollment of more than 10,000 students.  All schools are accredited by the Alabama State Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Lowndes County Public School District

Lowndes County Public Schools, located in historic Lowndes County, Alabama, serves approximately 2,100 students in grades K-12, and 300 students in Head Start Pre-K Programs via a consolidated Local Education Agency. 

Tallassee Public Schools

The City of Tallassee Public School System has an enrollment of more than 1900 students in grades K-12 and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Private Schools

Montgomery offers a wide variety of private schools, including parochial schools. These educational institutions allow parents to select a curriculum and environment tailored to meet their specific goal for their child’s education, including religious instruction, emphasis on the arts, small class sizes, or special education.

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Career & Technical Schools

Each public school in the area school systems provides introductory training in key economic sectors for junior/middle and high school students. All public school career and technical education courses are certified annually to business and industry standards by local business people. The certification process was awarded an ISO:9000 certification and is the only secondary program of its kind to be awarded this certification.

 

Trenholm State Technical College has two campuses (Patterson and Trenholm) in the Montgomery area with combined average enrollments of more than 1,500 students.  Graduates number approximately 500 per year. Between these two campuses, 35 occupational courses are offered.

Every junior, middle and high school in the Montgomery Public School system provides all students with opportunities to learn a variety of technical skills appropriate for the workplace and soft skills needed to develop reliable employees.

 

Trenholm offers a two-year degree in automotive manufacturing technology and two additional short-term certificates in advanced manufacturing at its new $4 million state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing training center at its Patterson Campus.  An Adult Education center is located on this same campus.

 

Trenholm State also boasts one of the state’s most effective Training for Existing Business and Industry programs (TEBI). A priority initiative of the State’s Postsecondary arm, TEBI provides customized training for existing companies through area two-year colleges (at competitive rates). Classes are offered when and where the company requires and can accommodate any size class. TEBI courses are available in a wide variety of
areas including English as a Second Language, Spanish for the workplace, CPR, welding, electrical, computer applications, and leadership training, as well as many others.


 

 

Colleges and Universities

Eight colleges and universities in the city, with enrollment totaling more than 20,000, include Alabama State University, Auburn University Montgomery, Faulkner University, Huntingdon College, South University, Trenholm State Technical College, and Troy University Montgomery, along with Jones Law School. Auburn University's main campus is located just 45 miles from Montgomery with a total enrollment of more than 24,000 students.

College and University Enrollment (Full-Time Students)

  • Alabama State University: 5,816
  • Auburn University Montgomery: 4,989
  • Faulkner University: 3,350
  • Huntingdon College: 1,118
  • South University: 530
  • Trenholm State Technical College (Both Campuses): 1,446
  • Troy University Montgomery: 2,926

Source: Alabama Commission on Higher Education, 2012

 

For further information contact the Chamber's Corporate Development staff at recruitment@montgomerychamber.com