Athens City Schools (ACS) is pleased about today’s announcement of the Toyota – Mazda Plant locating in Limestone County and is prepared to handle predicted increased student enrollment in the city schools.
Due to the school system’s location in North Alabama, school administrators have been planning for growth for the past several years, as evidenced by the building of the new 285,000 square foot high school slated to open in September 2018. The new high school will provide state-of-the art career technical, engineering and science labs that will prepare students to meet the needs of industries in North Alabama.
The school system’s strategic plan supports workforce development through the innovative curriculum offerings that have been implemented over the last four years. Career and Technical Education, robotics, STEM, elementary academies, and online/blended learning are examples of programs that have been implemented and expanded since Dr. Holladay’s arrival in Athens. In addition, the school system has one of the state’s first Charter Schools, Alabama Renaissance School, where students from across the state can earn a high school diploma.
“Parents are looking for curricula that support the traditional tools needed to succeed while also preparing students for the demands of the changing work environment. ACS is doing just that,” said Holladay. He further states, “Parents want choice in the way in which their students earn a high school diploma. Athens City Schools is providing that choice for parents and students.”
The ACS tagline is “A Community Connected by Education.” The school system offers students and families the best of two worlds – a world of deep tradition and heritage and one of innovation and progress; a combination that results in a well-rounded and prepared student.