Public School Information
General Alabama Public School Information
Age requirements: Children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1 are eligible for admission to public kindergarten. Kindergarten classes are provided at all public schools, but are not mandatory. All children between the ages of 6 and 17 are required to be enrolled in school.
Location: A child’s school is determined by the location of the parent’s or legal guardian’s residence. Students must attend the school in the zone they are assigned.
Registration: Parents must present an Alabama Certificate of Immunization, also called a blue card, for their child. This certificate may be obtained from a pediatrician or family doctor. A child’s birth certificate and proof of the parent’s or guardian’s address must also be presented. A social security number is required. If a student is transferring from another school, a transcript, report card, or transfer notice must be presented at the time of registration.
There are 13 public schools with nearly 9,000 students in the Auburn City School System— nine elementary schools that feed into one another, one school serving 6th grade only, one middle school for 7th grade, one junior high for 8th grade, and one high school.
Auburn City Schools operate under a system of “strategic planning…with an intent to generate innovation and creativity…to serve the students and community with a commitment to unprecedented possibilities and continuous discovery.”
All teachers and administrators in the school system have Apple Macbooks, and a 1:1 iPad initiative for students at Auburn High School and Auburn Junior High School was implemented in Summer 2018. Auburn High School’s average ACT score is 21.4, compared to the statewide average of 18.1 and nationwide average of 20.8. AHS’s Class of 2019 earned $22.9 million in scholarships and was comprised of: one Presidential Scholar, eight Presidential Scholar Nominees, 10 National Merit Finalists, 3 National Merit Commended Scholars, 32 AP Scholars, 14 AP Scholars with Honors, 12 AP Scholars with Distinction, 1 National AP Scholar, and 36 International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidates.
The Lee County School District is made up of 14 schools— seven elementary, two middle, and five high— and serves nearly 10,000 students total. The system contains four attendance zones: Smiths Station, Beauregard, Beulah, and Loachapoka.
The district currently has over 3,500 student PCs, 4,500 Chromebooks, and 1,000 iPads accessible for student use, as well as a high speed wireless network to support up to 60 devices per classroom.
Smiths Station is the largest attendance area, with an estimated population of over 4,200. At least 29% of Smiths Station High School students took one or more AP exams in 2019, and the school’s overall graduation rate is 89%.
Beauregard is the second largest attendance zone, with an estimated population of over 1,800. 34% of Beauregard High School students took one or more AP exams in 2019, and the school’s overall graduation rate is 92%, compared to the state average of 89%.
Beulah is the third largest attendance zone, with an estimated population of over 1,200. Nearly half of all Beulah High School students took one or more AP exams in 2019, and the school’s overall graduation rate is 89%.
Loachapoka is the smallest attendance zone, with an estimated population of over 600. 33% of Loachapoka High School students took one or more AP exams in 2019, and the school’s overall graduation rate is 90%.
The district’s overall aim is to “challenge every student to pursue dreams, succeed with integrity, and contribute meaningfully to a diverse society.”
Opelika City Schools is comprised of eight public schools serving over 4,500 students— three primary, three intermediate, one middle, and one high. Each of the schools maintains a wireless and wired LAN, and all teachers utilize presentation computers, data projectors, Cleartouch Interactive Panels, and more. Elementary students work collaboratively and individually using iPads, Chromebooks, and desktop computers. Secondary students use Chromebooks, desktop computers, and laptops. The system’s mission is to “educate every child every day.”
Opelika High School offers Career and Technical Education courses, as well as AP classes and dual enrollment offerings. 21% of Opelika High School’s 1,300 students took one or more AP exams in 2019, and the school’s overall graduation rate is 93%, compared to the state average of 89%. Scholarship offers exceeded $3.9 million.