General Alabama Public School Information

.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 of attendance is determined by the location of their parent/guardian’s legal residence. Students must attend the school they are zoned for, with the exception of magnet schools.
Transportation. Bussing to and from school is provided for any student who lives more than 2.5 miles from their zoned school. For magnet school students, bus transportation is provided to and from the public school they are zoned to attend. The students will then be bussed to their neighborhoods. There is door-to-door transportation available on specially equipped busses for children with special needs.
Registration. Parents must present an Alabama Certificate of Immunization (blue card) for their child to be enrolled in public school. A child’s birth certificate and social security number, as well as proof of residence must be presented. If the student is transferring from another school, a transcript, report card, or transfer notice is required.

Educational Systems

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 32,000 students in 51 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 9 magnet programs that cover all grade levels and themes ranging from science, performing arts, technology, 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 a full range of curricula, complemented by college preparatory programs, music, foreign languages, technology, career education, and athletics. The system is home to nine magnet programs that cover all grade levels with focuses ranging from performing arts to technology to accelerated academics. The Montgomery Preparatory Academy for Career Technologies (MPACT) provides high school students with training and certification in skilled trades such as welding, HVAC, and medical science. Throughout the district, there are programs for children with special needs, including a special education center, and services for gifted students. There are also early childhood education programs, as well as a host of supplemental education services. For more information, visit

Below is a listing of schools and test scores:
Middle & High School Test Scores

Elementary School Test Scores


Autauga County Schools

There are 13 public schools with approximately 10,000 students in the Autauga County system—six elementary, one middle/junior high, one junior high and 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

Below is a compilation of the Autauga County School test scroes:
Autauga County Test Scores

Elmore County Schools

There are 15 public schools with approximately 11,000 students total in the Elmore County system- six elementary, four junior high, four high schools, and one technical school. The system consists of five school communities: Eclectic, Holtville, Millbrook, Redland, and Wetumpka.
The philosophy of the school system is: “Each student is seen as a unique person who possesses certain potential, needs, aspirations, and interests.” Elmore County Schools have a Smartboard learning tool in each classroom. For more information, visit

Below is a listing of the school test scores:
Elmore County Test Scores

Pike Road Schools

Pike Road Schools (PRS) is a public school system located in southeast Montgomery County, Alabama. It began serving students on August 13, 2015. Initially, PRS served approximately 950 kindergarten through 8th grade students at the newly constructd Pike Road School. A grade level will be added each year. Pike Road is the fastest growing town in Alabama. As the system grows, additional schools will be added. The first graduating class will be May 2020.

The strength of Pike Road Schools is grounded in a sincere desire to create a culture of intellectual curiosity. Pike Road Schools prides itself on being responsive to how students learn. PRS believes intellectual growth occurs when learners are genuinely engaged in their learning, and this happens when students are solving real problems for a real audience. Subjects are integrated as much as possible and students are researchers, curators, content creators, and publishers. Teachers guide, instruct, and support students in their learning as well as help them navigate content and resources. Learning in this manner causes students to retain what they learn and apply their learning to new situations. Teachers structure learning so that students have more ownership of their learning. Having ownership is an essential skill for a lifelong learner. In addition, teachers place no limit on student learning so that each student can reach his/her full potential. More information can be found at 

Additional School Information

School Report Cards

Below are the explanations for each of the categories listed in the 2016-2017 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.

Montgomery Public Schools’ Accomplishments

Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP), Brewbaker Technology High School (Brewtech) and Booker T. Washington Performing Arts High School (BTW) have been consistently recognized by national publications as top high schools in the nation and in Alabama.

The Alabama Torchbearer Schools are Highland Avenue, T.S. Morris and E.D. Nixon elementaries. Highland Avenue has received the distinction, given for high academic performance, a record five times!

Twelve MPS students joined the ranks for the nation’s top students by being named National Merit and National Achievement Semi-finalists by the prestigious National Merit Scholarship program.

Pre-K Program grew from six classes to 29, as part of Alabama’s First Class Voluntary Pre-K Program, which leads the nation in quality for an eighth consecutive year.

MPS has 22 AP course offerings with nearly 1,500 high school students taking one or more AP class during the 2014-2015 school year. MPS also offers 10 pre-AP science, math and English courses to middle school students.

Montgomery Preparatory Academy for Career Technologies (MPACT) is MPS’ new center for career technical education.

MPS has five U.S. Dept. of Education Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence—a designation given to only 319 schools in the nation annually.

More than $31.7 million in scholarships was earned by MPS seniors in 2015.

Montgomery’s Magnet Schools

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

Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) is recognized as one of the nation’s top schools and best high school in Alabama.

Transcripts are used to determine eligibility for magnet programs along with interviews and/or auditions depending on the program. Applications and transcript request forms for the magnet programs are available in the winter and spring at the magnet schools and online at Applications and transcript forms should be submitted by the deadline indicated on the application.

Only one application should be submitted per year. All students accepted into the magnet programs must be legal residents of the county before the start of school in order to attend. Proof of residency is required before a child may attend classes. Contact the magnet schools for program descriptions and entry requirements.

Elementary Magnet Programs (Grades K-5)

Bear Exploration Center
Emphasis: Mathematics, science and technology
2525 Churchill Drive, 36111
(334) 284-8014
Principal:  Elizabeth Hill

MacMillan  International at McKee
Emphasis: International studies, humanities, communication and technology
4015 McInnis Road, 36116
(334) 284-7137
Principal: Faith Goshay

Forest Avenue Academic Magnet
Emphasis: Accelerated academics; students are expected to perform at one grade level above their current grade
1700 W. Fifth Street, 36106
(334) 269-3673
Principal: Emily Little

Carver Elementary Arts
Emphasis: Performing and visual arts
3100 Mobile Drive, 36108
(334) 269-3625
Principal: Mary Markham

Middle School Magnet Programs (Grades 6-8)

Baldwin Arts and Academics Magnet School
Emphasis: Accelerated academics and technology/ Performing and visual arts
410 S. McDonough Street, 36104 • (334) 269-3870
Principal: Jannette Wright

Johnnie R. Carr Middle Magnet School
Emphasis: Accelerated academics and technology
1610 Ray Thorington Road, 36117 • (334) 244-4005
Principal: Brittany Aarestad

Floyd Middle Magnet School for Mathematics, Science and Technology
Emphasis: Math, science and technology
3444 LeBron Road, 36111 • (334) 284-7130
Principal: Vince Johnson

High School Magnet Programs (Grades 9-12) 

Booker T. Washington
Magnet High
Emphasis: Creative and Performing Arts Center (CPAC), Academy for Communication Arts (ACA), Center for Advanced Technology (CAT), Center for Law, and Center for Air and Space Studies (CASS).
632 S. Union St. • (334) 269-3617
Principal: Quesha Starks

Brewbaker Technology Magnet
Emphasis: Architecture/Engineering, Building Sciences, Commerce and Technology, Graphic Design, Information Technology, and Medical Academy.
4405 Brewbaker Dr. • (334) 284-7100
Principal: April Lee

Loveless Academic Magnet
Program High
Emphasis: College preparatory
215 Hall St. • (334) 269-3839
Principal: Barbara Sankey

Montgomery’s High School Career Academies

Montgomery Public School’s High School Career Academies are four-year programs that begin in ninth grade 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 diverse fields such as advanced manufacturing, hospitality and tourism, information technology, health science, education, business and finance, and law and public safety. These programs combine hands-on technical training with core academic classes and project-based instruction in small learning communities that are designed to reflect the real world environments students will work in.

Academy students also gain practical career experience through externships with local businesses, dual enrollment and other educational opportunities with two and four-year institutions, and by interacting with professionals in the fields they are interested in.

Career Academies
Advanced Manufacturing Academy at Carver High
Hospitality and Tourism Academy at Carver High
Teaching Academy at Jeff Davis High
Health Science Academy at Jeff Davis High
Business and Finance Academy at Lanier High
Law and Public Safety Academy at Lanier High
IT Academy at Lee High
For more information, call the MPS Career Tech Office at (334) 269-3613.