About the Athens Academies
In the spring of 2017, Athens City Schools announced the Athens Academies. Beginning fall 2018, each elementary school in the ACS district will open as a themed academy. Athens Elementary will be a computer science academy, Brookhill will be a fine arts academy and Julian Newman will be a health and medical academy. SPARK Academy at Cowart is in its first year as a wall-to-wall STEM academy.
ACS believes the Athens Academies are an innovative approach to increasing student engagement, deepening student learning and enriching the student experience in a way that is profoundly meaningful for every child in our community. Through project-based, hands-on learning, students will be given the opportunity to understand and glean meaning from their studies in a new way that instills a love of learning, a thirst for curiosity and a passion for creativity. In short, the Athens Academies seek to inspire discovery.
The academies offer our students the same excellent instruction families have come to expect from ACS teachers with the added bonus of having projects and activities focused on the theme of their school. Each school will continue to teach to the Alabama standards. The difference is, these standards will be taught through academy-inspired activities designed to enrich the learning experience and inspire a love of learning and discovery.
Each academy will have an Advisory Council that will contribute to the creation of a clearly defined vision and specific details that align with the academy’s theme.
All elementary academies will be K-3.
Three public meetings regarding the academies will be held over the course of the 2017-2018 school year; one in fall, winter and spring. These townhall meetings will be a valuable source of information for parents, teachers and the community.
As part of this year of growth and discovery, and given the changing climate in public education, ACS is taking the initiative and meeting the challenge of providing school choice within the existing public education framework by developing the Athens Academies. ACS believes in the merits of choice and the subsequent strengthening of our schools through the embrace of progressive options offered to our students and community.
We encourage you to share your ideas and help us build a vision for the academies.
For more information or to speak with someone about the Athens Academies, please contact 256.233.6600.