Mayor Ronnie Marks

I believe the Athens City School System embraces the responsibility of providing our city with its future leaders. It is within our Athens City Schools that students learn the skills needed to continue their education, enter the workforce, and become productive citizens.




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OUR VISION:   "A Community Connected by Education" 




The major responsibilities of the Federal Programs Section are to administer all federally funded education programs and to provide technical assistance to local education agencies and schools by:

  • providing technical assistance related to federal programs in local education agencies and schools as part of Alabama's support process;
  • promoting, supervising, and coordinating statewide educational programs with federal programs;
  • assisting schools in developing, revising, and implementing their schoolwide, targeted assistance, and continuous improvement plans;
  • approving consolidated applications and amendments submitted by local education agencies



Title I programs enable schools to provide opportunities for children served to acquire the knowledge and skills contained in the state content and performance standards developed for all children and to promote effective parent involvement. Eligible schools use Title I funds for supplemental instructional materials, technology, additional teachers and aides, professional development, parent involvement programs and materials, and extended day/year programs. Title I Part A funds are allocated to schools based on free and/or reduced lunch percentages received from the Athens City Schools Child Nutrition Department.


  • Title II

The purpose of the program is to increase academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality. This program is carried out by: increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in classrooms; increasing the number of highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools; and increasing the effectiveness of teachers and principals by holding LEAs and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement.


  • Title III 

 Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students:  

The purpose of the Title III LEP Student Program is to ensure that all limited-English proficient (LEP) students, referred to as English learners in Athens City Schools attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same challenging state academic standards as all other students. 

To support this goal, the United States Department of Education allocates Title III funds to state educational agencies, such as the Alabama Department of Education, to provide subgrants to eligible local educational agencies based on the number of LEP students enrolled.

All school districts, enrollment of one or more LEP students on the  are eligible to participate in the Title III LEP Program. 

Funds must be used for the following supplementary services as part of the language instruction program for LEP students: 

    • English language development instruction 
    • Enhanced instruction in the core academic subjects 
    • High-quality professional development for teachers and other staff. 

In addition, Title III LEP student program funds may be used for: 

    • Upgrading program objectives and instructional strategies 
    • Identifying and improving curricula, materials, and assessments
    • Providing tutorials for academic and/or vocational education Intensifying instruction 
    • Acquiring or developing of educational technology 
    • Coordinating language instruction programs with other programs and services 
    • Providing community participation programs, including family literacy and parent outreach 
    • Program administration, including any indirect costs (limited to 2 percent of subgrant) 
    • Other activities that are consistent with the purposes of the program 


  • Homeless: McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

This act ensures the education rights of children and youth experiencing a loss of housing due to economic hardship or similar reason.  Students will have equal access to an appropriate public education and immediate enrollment which includes attending classes and participating fully in school programs/activities.  The act defines "displaced children and youth" as individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate night time residence.


  •  Migrant Education Program

Instructional services to Migrant Students are provided through extended day and summer activities and meet the needs not addressed by services available from other programs.  Migrant services help students overcome the education disruption caused by frequent moves and prepare Migrant students to meet the same challenging state standards expected of all student.




  • Parental Involvement

Athens City  schools value parent involvement by providing numerous opportunities for parents to interact with each other, with teachers, and with students. Your child's school can provide ideas on how to participate. You can become involved in committees at your child's school or join the local parent-teacher  organization.

The National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE) says that schools should regularly communicate with parents about their child's progress and the educational objectives of the school. This communication should also include non- custodial parents, stepparents, and any other adults, such as grandparents, who are responsible for the child. If you aren't receiving such information, ask for it. Work with other parents and guardians to be sure that the school understands how best to keep you informed.

Some or our schools send newsletters and calendars home regularly, alerting parents to school functions and ways they can participate.


Mission Statement:  Our mission is to be a progressive, high-quality school system that connects students and their families to a caring, traditional community.