Age requirements: Children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1 are eligible for admission to public kindergarten. Kindergarten classes are provided at all public schools, but are not mandatory. All children between the ages of 6 and 17 are required to be enrolled in school.

Location: A child’s school is determined by the location of the parent’s or legal guardian’s residence. Students must attend the school in the zone they are assigned, with the exception of magnet schools.

Transportation: Busing is used throughout the system for any student who lives more than 2.5 miles from the school they are zoned to attend. For students attending magnet schools, transportation is provided to and from the public school the students would normally be zoned to attend. The students will then be bussed to their neighborhood. There is door-to-door transportation available on specially equipped buses for children with special education needs.

Registration: Parents must present an Alabama Certificate of Immunization, also called a blue card, for their child. This certificate may be obtained from a pediatrician or family doctor. A child’s birth certificate and proof of the parent’s or guardian’s address must also be presented. A social security number is required. If a student is transferring from another school, a transcript, report card, or transfer notice must be presented at the time of registration.

Montgomery County Schools
Montgomery Public Schools is guided by a students-first philosophy. The mission is to provide safe and caring communities where teachers teach and students learn at higher levels.

The district is comprised of 30,000 students in 53 schools and has a variety of academic programs and services to meet their diverse needs and interests.

MPS offers a full range of curricula complemented by college preparatory programs, cultural arts, music, foreign languages, technology, career and technical education, and athletics, as well as 10 magnet programs that cover all grade levels and themes ranging from science, performing arts, technology, and accelerated academics to international studies.

The Montgomery Preparatory Academy for Career Technologies (MPACT) opened in 2012 and provides high school students with training and certification in skilled trades like welding, plumbing, HVAC, and carpentry.

MPS offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) program to students attending MacMillan International, Johnnie Carr
Middle School Magnet, and Loveless Academic Magnet Program. IB boasts one of the most rigorous and challenging programs in existence and is recognized around the world as one of the premiere curriculum programs available. IB offers six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning. There are over 4,000 IB programs around the world; 19 are in Alabama.Throughout the district, there are programs for children with special needs, including special education centers and services for gifted students. There are also early childhood education programs and a host of supplemental education services. For more information and registration, visit  www.mps.k12.al.us.

Autauga County Schools
There are 13 public schools with approximately 9,000 students in the Autauga County system—six elementary, one middle/junior high, one junior high, three high schools, and a technology center. The system also has two K-12 schools. An interesting difference in this county is the housing of the students in the downtown district. The kindergarten students are in their own building, Prattville Kindergarten.

Inherent in the Autauga school system mission is the belief that “schools should be safe, happy places where children look forward to coming each day to celebrate their joy for life and learning, that all children can learn, and that teaching should be adapted to the learning styles of those being taught.”

For more information and school calendars, please visit the Autauga County Public Schools online at
www.acboe.net

Elmore County Schools
There are 15 public schools in the Elmore County system with approximately 11,000 students—six elementary, four middle schools, four high schools, and one technical school. The Elmore County Public School System consists of five school communities; Eclectic, Holtville, Millbrook, Redland, and Wetumpka. Each community has the grade composition of kindergarten through 12th grade.

The philosophy of this school system is: “Each student is seen as a unique person who possesses certain potential, needs, aspirations, and interests. As each student is different, the purpose of education is to provide appropriate experiences in school, which develop maximum achievement so each individual will become a useful and productive member of society.” Elmore County Schools have a Smartboard learning tool in each classroom. For more information about the Elmore County Public School System, please visit www.elmoreco.com.

Elmore County’s Diverse Gateway to Education (EDGE), encompasses 21st century, SACS accredited education with the primary goal of empowering students with tools for success. EDGE is a free virtual program available for students in grades 3-12 living in Elmore, Autauga, and Montgomery counties. EDGE students learn at home, with diverse options including live tutors and schedule flexibility. For more information and application, visit www.elmoreco.com/virtual or contact Debbie Clark at debbie.clark@elmoreco.com or 334-514- 3931 ext. 27050.

The Alabama Accountability Act
The Alabama Accountability Act (AAA) allows parents to transfer students from schools that have been placed on the state’s “Failing Schools List” to other schools not on that list.

There are several options for students zoned to attend failing schools. The student may remain or enroll in their assigned school.  The student may also transfer to a comparable school that is not included on the annual list of “failing schools” within the same local school system, as long as it has available space and is willing to accept the student. As another option, the student may transfer to a qualifying private Alabama school that is willing to accept the student.   

A parent is eligible to claim income tax credit if the parent claims the eligible student as a dependent on their Alabama income tax return, the student is enrolled in or assigned to attend a failing school, the parent chooses to transfer the student from the failing school to a non-failing public school or private school, and the parent incurs creditable costs related to the transfer of the student. Tuition and other mandatory fees charged to the parent by the non-failing public school or private school to which the eligible student transferred qualify for income tax credit.

LEAD Academy
www.leadacademyal.org
Montgomery’s first public charter school is scheduled to open in August with 360 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. It will add a grade level each year and eventually become a K-12 school. Charter schools are public schools that are independently-operated and have the freedom to design classrooms that meet their students’ needs.

Below are the explanations for each of the categories listed in the 2018 school report cards. These numbers are reported annually by the Alabama State Department of Education.

Enrollment: Average number of students attending school after Labor Day.

Free/Reduced Price Meals: Percentage of students who applied for and were approved for free or reduced price meals. This is an indicator of poverty in certain areas.

Academic Achievement: Percentage of proficient students in the areas of reading and math utilizing assessments in tested grades.

Academic Growth: Percentage of individual students who demonstrate improvement in reading and math from one year to the next.

Chronic Absenteeism: Percentage of students having 15 or more absences in a given school year.

College and Career Readiness: Percentage of students in the 4-year cohort who meet at least one of the college-and career-ready indicators.

Graduation Rate: Percentage of high school students who graduate within 4 or 5 years of first entering the 9th grade.

Overall Score: Given out of 100 points. Comprised of 20% Academic Achievement, 30% Academic Growth, 10% Chronic Absenteeism, 10% College and Career Readiness, and 30% Graduation Rate.

Source: https://public.tableau.com/profile/alabama.school.connection#!/vizhome/2018StateFederalAccountabilityIndicators/School-fullsize

Montgomery public schools’ accomplishments

Three Schools Nationally recognized.
LAMP (Loveless Academic Magnet Program) was recognized by U.S. News in 2019 as the best high school in the state. LAMP also was named the 7th best magnet school and the 13th overall best high school in America. Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School was ranked as the 17th best high school in the state and, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School was named the 28th best.

Ten Best Scholars in the Nation.
Ten MPS students joined the ranks of the nation’s top students in 2018 by being named National Merit and National Achievement Semifinalists.

Booming pre-K programs.
The elementary schools that currently offer Pre-K through MPS are: Brewbaker Primary, Halcyon, Highland Avenue, Highland Gardens, McKee Pre-K Center, Pintlala, Southlawn, and Wares Ferry.  Head Start offers Pre-K classrooms at the following elementary schools: Carver, Garrett, Highland Gardens, McKee Pre-K Center, Morris, Southlawn, and Wares Ferry. Family Guidance Success by 6 offers Pre-K classrooms at Martin Luther King and Seth Johnson elementary schools.

Advanced Placement Superstars.
MPS has over 20 AP course offerings with nearly 1,500 high school students taking one or more AP classes each school year. MPS also offers Pre-AP science, math, and English courses to middle school students.

Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence.
MPS has four U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence- a designation only given to 300 schools annually.

More than $74 million in scholarship money was earned by MPS Seniors in 2019.

Montgomery’s Magnet Schools

Montgomery Public Schools’ magnet programs are highly competitive programs that cover all grade levels with themes including technology, performing arts, and accelerated academics. Each year, the number of openings varies from school to school, with the most open slots available in kindergarten.

Each school has different entrance criteria. If a student meets the criteria they are then selected by a random selection process. Only one application should be submitted per year. Contact the magnet schools for program descriptions and entry requirements.

For more information, visit www.mps.k12.al.us

Elementary Magnet
Programs (Grades K-5)

Bear Exploration Center
(334) 284-8014 • 2525 Churchill Drive
www.bear.mps-al.org
Principal:  Elizabeth Hill
Emphasis: Math, science, and technology     
MacMillan International Academy
(334) 284-7137 • 4015 McInnis Road
www.macmillan.mps-al.org
Principal: Faith Goshay
Emphasis: International studies, communications, and technology

Forest Avenue
Academic Magnet
(334) 269-3673 • 1700 W. Fifth Street
www.forestave.mps-al.org
Principal: Emily Little
Emphasis: Accelerated academics

Carver Elementary Arts Magnet
(334) 269-3625 • 3100 Mobile Drive
www.carverelem.mps-al.org
Principal: Calandra Hawkins
Emphasis: Performing and visual arts

Middle School Magnet Programs (Grades 6-8)

Baldwin Arts and Academics Magnet
(334) 269-3870 • 410 S. McDonough Street
www.baldwin.mps-al.org
Principal: Jannette Wright
Emphasis: Accelerated academics and technology; Performing and visual arts

Johnnie R. Carr Middle Magnet
(334) 244-4005 • 1610 Ray Thorington Road
www.carr.mps-al.org
Principal: William Conyers
Emphasis: Accelerated academics and technology

Floyd Middle School for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
(334) 284-7130 • 3444 LeBron Road
www.fmms.mps-al.org
Principal: Vince Johnson
Emphasis: Math, science and technology

High School Magnet Programs

Booker T. Washington
Magnet High
(334) 269-3617 • 3315 Hayneville Road
www.btw.mps-al.org
Principal: Quesha Starks
Emphasis: Creative and performing arts, communication arts, technology, law, air and space studies

Brewbaker Technology Magnet High
(334) 284-7100 • 4405 Brewbaker Dr.
www.brewtech.mps-al.org
Principal: April Lee
Emphasis: Architecture / engineering, commerce, graphic design, information technology, medical sciences

Loveless Academic Magnet
Program High
(334) 269-3839 • 3440 McGehee Road
www.loveless.mps-al.org
Principal: Matthew Monson
Emphasis: College preparatory

Montgomery Public Schools Career
Academies are programs offered beginning in middle school that help students acquire the skills they need to fulfill college or technical school entrance requirements, receive industry certification, or immediately move into the workforce after graduation.

Students have the flexibility to explore programs of study in fields such as advanced manufacturing, hospitality and tourism, information technology, business, public safety, and more.

These programs combine hands-on technical training with core academic classes and project-based instruction in small learning communities, designed to reflect the real-world environments students will work in.

Career tech students gain practical career experience through internships with local businesses, dual enrollment opportunities with two and four-year institutions, and interaction with professionals in the fields they are interested in. For more information, call the MPS Career Tech Office at 334-613-9117.


MPACT
(334) 613-9177 • 2901 East South Blvd
www.mpact.mps-al.org
Principal: Marsha Baugh
Emphasis: Career tech
Founded in 2012, the Montgomery Preparatory Academy for Career Technologies (MPACT) offers highly skilled training in high-paying technical fields such as building science and construction management, electrical technology, HVAC, welding and metal fabrication, coding, and advertising design. In 2016, the school added medical science and industrial systems.