Athens City Schools is a K-12 public school district serving Athens, Alabama since 1909. Our system has a long history and reputation for academic excellence and is consistently ranked as one of the best school districts in the state. Student test scores are above the state average and always compare well to national averages. Dedicated teachers and staff, combined with involved parents and a supportive community, contribute to the success achieved by our students.
We deliver high-quality education.
We have award-winning schools, competitive rankings, and intentional, focused teacher development that ensures that we never stop striving, pushing, and reaching to be our best.
We are progressive.
We are outside-the-box thinkers who are always looking for the best ways to innovate “inside the box” to deliver the best school experience possible for every child.
We are connected.
Our size allows opportunities for involvement and connection for every student - and every parent - who wants to be a part of our Athens family, and we believe that is something special.
For over a century, our schools have been the heartbeat of our community. This tradition and sense of heritage continues today and is cherished by people who have been a part of Athens for generations and for those who continue to choose Athens for their families for generations to come. ACS offers a personalized experience for their children while living in a traditional, caring community. We are committed to empowering all students for lifelong success in a rapidly changing world. We hope you will join us and catch the spirit of One Athens. It's great to be a Golden Eagle!
One Community, One Athens
One Athens is a concept that speaks to the vision, direction, mission and intention of the school system. It’s a mindset that invites collaboration between schools and with the community at large. It is the hope of ACS that by gaining greater understanding of what One Athens seeks to accomplish, you will catch the spirit of One Athens.
One Athens is the the heart of the Athens City Schools story. It’s the driving force that connects one to another in the system and to the greater community. It’s what it means to be a part of this family of Athenians - to be golden through and through.
One Athens is at the heart of what it means to be a part of ACS. One Athens is a mindset. It is the overriding, all encompassing, collaborative spirit that knits our schools and community together through initiatives that are both instructional and conceptual. One Athens is the guiding principle of our system. It seeks to create an identity that is clearly focused on partnerships and working in harmony toward mutually beneficial goals for students, teachers and the community. Put simply, it says that our hearts belong to the black and gold. One vision. One spirit. One Athens.
One Athens encourages all to share ideas, best practices and experiences that work together for the betterment of the students, district and community. The essential element of this One Athens ideal is that it speaks to the vision of the board to be a community connected by education. Connected. To one another. To be One Athens.
One Athens is an overarching ideal of the Athens City School system. Mission 2030, our ACS Strategic Plan, begins with One Athens, the guiding light that fosters collaboration and unity within the district and the broader community. Mission 2030 seeks to accomplish goals as a district and achieve excellence for students and the community. The direction was determined by Board of Education board members, the superintendent and school leaders and puts in to effect specific goals, objectives, actions and initiatives to realize the vision of the system. It effectively moves ACS “down the field” toward the goal and vision. That vision is for the Athens City Schools and community to be connected, to be One Athens.
Think of One Athens as a giant umbrella. It is an overarching ideal that is inherently collaborative and seeks to create a culture of partnerships that work together in harmony for our schools and community. Underneath the umbrella, there are many boxes. Each box serves a specific purpose, and each box is connected to every other box. It’s a continuous stream of connection that works together alongside one another and underneath the gentle guidance of the vision – the One Athens umbrella that all fall under – that reminds each to consider whether his “box” is honoring and contributing to the achievement of the vision to be One Athens.
From a district perspective, every initiative, every action step taken should reflect the ideals of this guiding principle. Each step should be answerable to the question, “Does this step honor the concept of One Athens?”
From a community perspective, it’s an invitation. Athens City Schools invites you to be grafted in and bound together partners. One Athens seeks to weave the community and schools together in such a way that all Athenians are Golden Eagles and all Golden Eagles are Athenians. It’s more than a street address, more than a zip code. It’s at the heart of what it means to be a true partner with this community.
It is the sincere hope that every community member, employee, student, family member and partner is inspired to find a way to be knit together with Athens City Schools in all things golden, all things tradition and all things Athens.
“A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.” – Rosabeth Moss Kanter
One Athens is an invitation and a calling to connect to something more - to be One Athens.
Tradition and Excellence Since 1909.
Our mission is to empower all students for lifelong success in a rapidly changing world.
Athens City Schools is a K-12 public school district serving Athens, Alabama since 1909. Our mission is to be a progressive, high-quality school system that connects students and their families to a caring, traditional community. The Athens City School System offers students the best of two worlds - a world of deep tradition and heritage and one of progress and preparing for the future. With only eight schools and low student to teacher ratios, students personally know their teachers and their classmates. This allows for a deeper relationship between our students and their teachers and creates and atmosphere of trust among students. Our students see their teachers at school, at the ballparks, and in our churches. Our schools reflect the attitude of this community, which is one of caring and nurturing.
However, don't let our small town atmosphere fool you. Our schools provide academically challenging learning environments that ensure students develop 21st century skills and that they are college and career ready. Students have opportunities to participate in several Career and Technical Education clusters: Computer Science, Education and Training, Engineering, Finance, Health Science, Hospitality and Tourism, Information Technology and JROTC. These programs are offered to students with continuing courses that provide credentials to students. Credentials offered to students include WorkKeys, ServSafe, Certified Patient Care, Praxis for Paraprofessionals, Quickbooks and more. Advanced Placement course offerings are available to students in grades 11-12 in the areas of English and Language Arts, Spanish Language, Biology, Chemistry, US History, Calculus and Psychology. There are 19 Dual Enrollment courses offered to students in grades 10-12. Dual Enrollment opportunities include both academic and Career and Technical Education programs. Electives are offered to students in the areas of fine arts, foreign languages, English and Language Arts, social sciences, and Career and Technical Education programs.
Each year graduates of Athens High School are awarded hundreds of scholarships from two and four-year colleges throughout the United States. The highly acclaimed Athens High School Band consistently receives awards in recognition of its outstanding musical and marching performances. The athletic programs within the school system are also second to none. Academic organizations such as math and science clubs, vocational clubs and art clubs participate in numerous competitions throughout the state. Quality, academic achievement and sportsmanship are woven throughout all school-related activities.
The school system also offer enrichment classes and opportunities for gifted students while also providing a full inclusion setting for special needs students. Athens City Schools has implemented a Student Advocacy Program in each school to help ensure that each student is well-known by at least one adult advocate in the school. The advocate supports the student's educational experience. The adult advocate meets with students routinely on topics and issues relating to grades, college entrance, standardized tests and organization. In tandem with enhanced intervention support, the school utilizes an effective communication system to reach parents and stakeholders on all matters related to the school community. This system notifies parents of academic and extracurricular opportunities that occur on campus, as well as peripheral events and alerts involving support activities, attendance, safety, behavior issues and other important matters related to student learning as necessary.
The Athens City School System has a long history and reputation for academic excellence. Student test scores are above the state average and always compare well to national averages. Dedicated teachers and staff combined with involved parents and a supportive community contribute to the success achieved by our students.