AHS Clinton Street Campus info Fall 2018
The much anticipated opening of the new Athens High School campus has been delayed. The new campus will open to students on November 19, 2018. Students in grades 9-12 will begin the school year August 30 at the former Athens Middle School campus on Clinton Street. School will be in full session. Minor modifications have been made to the building to create adequate classroom space, allowing the school to run a full schedule. Crews have been cleaning the building and making preparations for the new school year. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding this time of transition to help address parents concerns regarding the temporary space. If after reviewing the FAQs you still have questions, please contact us at 256-233-6613 or email AHS Principal Dr. Travis Schrimsher. Thank you for your patience. Trust us when we say it will be worth the wait!
Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be adequate parking at the AHS Clinton Street Campus for students?
Parking will be adequate at the AHS Clinton Street Campus. All students who want to park on campus must purchase a parking decal. Parking decals are $15 per vehicle. The AHS Parking Decal Request Form and instructions are available online at www.acs-k12.org/parking. Completed forms can be turned in to AHS at the Clinton Street Campus beginning August 27 at the “Meet & Greet” for grades 10-12. To receive a permit, you must submit the completed form with signatures, all required documentation and payment (or receipt of payment). The parking decal must be displayed properly. Due to limited parking on campus, any vehicle without a parking decal is subject to towing at the owner’s expense.
How can I find the drop off and pick up patterns at the AHS Clinton Street Campus?
Drop off and pick up patterns will be available on the AHS website www.acs-k12.org/ahs on or before August 23.
Will lockers be issued to students?
Lockers will not be issued. Backpacks are allowed. Space is available in the classrooms to accommodate these items.
Are backpacks allowed?
Yes, backpacks are allowed. Space is available in the classrooms to accommodate these items.
Will there be adequate space for teachers and classrooms?
Yes, there will be enough learning spaces for teachers and classrooms. No full-time teachers will be “mobile” or “floating” as in the past. Our maintenance department has been working diligently to transform non-instructional areas of the old AMS (AHS Clinton Street Campus) into new instructional spaces.
How will the AHS Clinton Street Campus manage lunch for all students in the cafeteria?
The AHS Child Nutrition Program staff can seat and feed all of our AHS students in the cafeteria. We will be on a five-lunch schedule. The lunch schedule is available on the AHS site at https://www.acs-k12.org/domain/244.
How will AHS address student safety and security at the Clinton Street Campus?
We will have two full-time Student Resource Officers (SROs) on campus every day. This is a significant increase in SRO presence from past years. In addition, AHS will be implementing a student identification and recognition pilot initiative during the 2018-2019 school year. Very similar to the expectations in the professional world, our students will be required to wear photo IDs and a coordinated colored lanyard indicating their verified status as an AHS student. Students will receive lanyards and IDs on the first two days of school in their advisory periods.
Will the students still have fun during this time of transition?
Yes, the AHS faculty and staff are committed to making this a fun year for all students. We will have class elections, dress-up days, pep rallies, Homecoming and all the other wonderful, traditional events that connect our community and that our students and families look forward to. We will continue to make memories during this time of transition.
What does my student need to begin school on August 30?
We want every student prepared for a great first day of school. To help with this, please be sure that your student has his/her MacBook. It is in the best interest of your student to have his/her MacBook secured and ready to go the very first day of school. Please make every effort to meet this expectation for your student. In addition, each student will need paper, pens and pencils. Your student’s teachers will share the details of specific supply requirements for each class. MacBook pickup is August 21 and 22. MacBook distribution details are available at https://www.acs-k12.org/Domain/1943
How do I stay connected and informed about important information, dates and events at AHS?
AHS uses multiple outlets for communication with parents.
- Please visit our website at www.acs-k12.org/ahs
- Download the Athens City Schools app www.acs-k12.org/Page/1799
- Follow us on Twitter @AHS_Alabama
- Like and follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/AHSAlabama/
Will students still be transported to the Career Technical Center?
Yes, our students will still be transported by bus each day to the Limestone County Career and Technical Center for classes in which they are enrolled.
When can students see their schedules?
Student schedules will be available electronically beginning August 24. They will access their schedules through the student information system (Chalkable/iNow). Students will receive their Chalkable login password information at MacBook pickup on August 21 and 22. MacBook distribution details are available at https://www.acs-k12.org/Domain/1943
More specifics and details will be available at the AHS “Meet and Greet” open houses at the Clinton Street Campus.
- Grades 10-12 “Meet and Greet” is Monday August 27 at 6:30
- Freshman “Meet and Greet” is Tuesday August 28 at 6:30
Opening Fall 2018
The aim of the district's capital plan program is to supply sustainable and efficient high-quality school facilities with the best educational environment for students, staff and the public. The district's five year capital plan, developed by the Capital Planning Committee, includes building a new high school and moving the middle school students to the existing high school. The new Athens High School is on schedule to open in the fall of 2018, and is located on U.S. Highway 31 beside the Board of Education central office building. The project broke ground in August of 2016. Martin and Cobey Construction oversees the project that, upon completion in fall 2018, will include a 285,000 square foot facility that will offer students state-of-the art classroom spaces, updated labs for science, engineering, technology and career technical education programs. It will include an 800 seat auditiorium, outdoor classroom spaces, a competition gymnasium, state-of-the-art equipment and a safe room for severe weather. Athens High School will be a premier school in Alabama and will serve Athens well for years to come.