Student Services: Our Purpose

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    The Student Services department provides comprehensive programs and services to promote the academic and social potential of all students within a context that honors each student's cultural, linguistic and intellectual diversity. Student Services professionals are student advocates who work in partnership with other educators, parents/guardians and community organizations to support the academic and social needs of all students throughout their school career and help each student prepare for their lives after high school. 

    The primary functions of the Student Services department include:

    • Enrollment
    • Attendance
    • School Safety
    • Child Nutrition
    • Special Education
    • 504 accommodations
    • Foster child and homeless liaisons
    • Health services
    • Home and hospital visitation
    • Summer school
    • Credit recovery
    • Residency verification
    • School zoning 
    • Social work
    • Child welfare
    • Counseling
    • Student records
    • Transcripts
    • Truancy

    Student Services professionals provide the necessary resources and support to assist schools in increasing student access to instruction, especially those experiencing barriers to success in areas such as attendance, achievement, behavior, physical health, mental health and basic needs. By promoting wellness for the whole child, this department contributes to the district vision of preparing all children to be college, career and community ready upon graduation.


Meet the Director

Mrs. Beth Patton

Phone: 256.771.7140


Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Elementary Education, Athens State College M.A. Education, University of North Alabama Class A Certification in Instructional Leadership, University of North Alabama

Mrs. Beth Patton

Beth Patton is an Athens native and has been part of the Athens City Schools team for twenty-six years. She obtained a BS in Elementary Education from Athens State University, a Master's from Alabama A&M University, and Class A Certification in Instructional Leadership from the University of North Alabama.

She is married and has twin boys who just completed four years of college. She is very active in her church and community. As the homeless liaison and director of student services and learning supports, Beth sees the challenges facing our students and families and considers herself blessed to have opportunities to positively impact lives.