General Alabama Public School Information
Montgomery and the River Region Area have many educational choices for families. In addition to public schools, there is an abundance of private schools and homeschooling options.
The Alabama Department of Education maintains current information on all public schools in the state of Alabama including Montgomery, Autauga and Elmore Counties. The information you should know:
Children who will be 5 years old on or before September 2 are eligible for admission to public kindergarten. Children must be 6 years of age on or before September 2 to attend first grade. Kindergarten classes are provided in all public schools but are not mandatory.
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.
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, depending on residency. There is door-to-door transportation available on specially equipped buses for children with special education needs.
Parents must present an Alabama Certificate of Immunization 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.
After School Care & Extracurricular Activities
After school care is provided for a fee at most elementary schools. The program is supervised by the YMCA and is done on a contract basis with the school system.
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.
Seven career academies in the traditional high schools equip students with skills for high-demand careers in advanced manufacturing, health occupations, information technology, culinary arts and hospitality, public safety and business marketing. The Montgomery Technical Center (MTEC) 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 LAMP High School. IB boasts one of the most rigorous and challenging K-12 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 two 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.
Below is a listing of schools and test scores:
Middle & High 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 in the Elmore County system—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.
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 www.pikeroadschools.org
Additional School Information
School Report Cards
Below are the explanations for each of the categories listed for the 2012-2013 school report cards. These numbers are reported each year by the Alabama Department of Education. The complete report card for each school in the Montgomery, Autauga, Elmore and Tallapoosa counties can be found on the Know the Community website.
Enrollment: Determined by the average number of students attending school after Labor Day.
Free/Reduced Price Meals: Percentage of students that applied for and were approved for free or reduced price meals. It is an indicator of poverty.
ACT Aspire Testing: Introduced into Alabama Schools in 2014, ACT Aspire is a standards-based assessment system that gauges student progression from grades 3 through 10 in English, reading, writing, mathematics, and science. It is an innovative approach to gauge learning based on the ACT College and Career Readiness standards which allows schools to adapt their curriculum and teaching to address needs of their students to compete in a global economy.
Montgomery Public Schools’ Accomplishments
THREE SCHOOLS NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED
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.
THREE TORCHBEARER SCHOOLS
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!
12 BEST SCHOLARS IN THE NATION
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.
BOOMING PRE-K PROGRAMS
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.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT SUPERSTARS
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.
THE RISE OF A NEW PUBLIC SCHOOL
Montgomery Preparatory Academy for Career Technologies (MPACT) is MPS’ new center for career technical education.
BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS OF EXCELLENCE
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
www.mps.k12.al.us. 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
Principal: Elizabeth Hill
MacMillan International at McKee
Emphasis: International studies, humanities, communication and technology
4015 McInnis Road, 36116
Principal: Faith Goshay
Emphasis: Accelerated academics; students are expected to perform at one grade level above their current grade
1700 W. Fifth Street, 36106
Principal: Emily Little
Carver Elementary Arts
Emphasis: Performing and visual arts
3100 Mobile Drive, 36108
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
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
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
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.
•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.