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Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction

The St. Clair County School System provides high quality educational experiences and effective instruction in core academic subjects and a variety of elective programs and extracurricular activities. Schools in the system use the Courses of Study and College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS)adopted by the Alabama State Department of Education as the basis of instruction. Go to for the Alabama College and Career Standards and Alabama Insight Tool.  Schools provide a free and appropriate education for students eligible for Special Education services according to IDEA guidelines.


ACCESS/Distance Learning

ACCESS Distance Learning
Our Vision: The State of Alabama will provide equal access to high quality instruction to improve student achievement through distance learn


Algebra I U.S. Government
Algebra II World History: 1500 to present
Algebra II with trigonometry U.S. History to 1877
Geometry U.S. History from 1877 to present
Algebraic Connections English 9
Precalculus English 10
Economics English 11
  English 12

5351 Gordon Persons Building, P.O. Box 302101, Montgomery, AL 36130-2101
Telephone: 334.242.9594 | Fax: 334.353.5886 | Email:

Our History
The A+ Education Partnership was founded in 1991 as a non-profit organization to unite business, civic, parent, government and education leaders around one common goal: improving student achievement. In 2008, at the request of Governor Riley and the State Superintendent, A+ established a new operating division dedicated to improving student achievement in math, science and English. The division, entitled A+ College Ready, was the recipient of a $13.2 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to establish the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP) a proven program that provides students and teachers with the tools, resources and support needed to achieve academic excellence.

Our Mission
A+ College Ready works to
dramatically increase the number of students in Alabama taking math, science, and English AP courses, earning qualifying scores on AP exams and attending and succeeding in college.


Alabama College and Career Readiness Standards

For many years, Public Education has instituted many new programs; however, none will be more revolutionary and have a greater impact on student learning than the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). The transition and implementation of the standards began August 2012 and the English Language Arts College and Career Readiness Standards were implemented August 2013.

Two associations developed these new Standards: the National Governors Association and the Chief Council of State School Officers. Representatives from participating states, as well as a wide range of educators, content experts, and researchers, have developed these widely accepted standards that are research-based and internationally benchmarked.

 Here’s why:

·         The standards are the same wherever you go. These standards mean our students will be learning the same thing as students across the country.

·         This means our students will be well prepared to compete nationally and internationally.

·         These standards place a strong emphasis on reading informational and technical texts to  prepare students for the demands of college and the workplace.

·         They are designed to take away the problem of the past by fully preparing students for college and workplace.

·         Learning resources and materials can be shared across states.

·         These standards will prepare our students for career success in the rapidly changing world of work.

The implementation and transition to the College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics will be the greatest challenge academically our teachers; administrators, students and parents have had to face.

The implementation and transition of the new English Language Arts College and Career Readiness Standards should be a fairly smooth process. However, the new English Language Arts (CCRS) requires more rigor, focuses on reading comprehension, and includes a heavier emphasis on writing, grammar, informational text, thinking skills, and literacy across the curriculum.

For more information and timelines about the implementation and transition to the new Math and English Language College and Career Readiness Standards, please call Jan Darnell-Bailey at 205-356-3218 or email or

Alabama State Department of Education Standards website


Dual Enrollment


The Alabama State Board of Education has authorized the establishment of dual enrollment between public colleges and universities and local boards of education.


The following options may be offered in dual enrollment:


  1. Dual Enrollment allows students to earn college credit.
  2. Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit (DE/DC) allows students to earn both high school and college credits for the same course.     - 1 Carnegie Unit is awarded for completion of a semester college course.     - Assigned grades will appear on the high school report card and transcript and the college transcript.


St. Clair County Schools currently have a Dual Enrollment / Dual Credit agreement with Jefferson State Community College.


The St. Clair County Board of Education has established dual enrollment programs allowing certain high school students to enroll in postsecondary institutions in order to dually earn credits for a high school diploma and/or a postsecondary degree at both the high school and the participating postsecondary levels.


Criteria for participating in the dual enrollment program include the following:


  1. The student will have a “B” average.
  2. The student will obtain written approval of the principal and superintendent.
  3. The student will be enrolled in Grade 10, 11, or 12 or have an exception granted by the participating postsecondary institution upon recommendation of the student’s principal and superintendent and in accordance with Alabama Administrative Code Rule 290-8-9-.17 regarding gifted and talented students.
  4. The student who is enrolled in Grade 10, 11, or 12 who does not have a “B” average in completed high school courses may be deemed eligible to participate in dual enrollment courses pending demonstrated ability to benefit as documented by successful completion and placement identification on assessments approved by the Department of Postsecondary Education. Students eligible under this section will be restricted to pursuing career/technical and health-related courses. Students enrolled under this provision must have earned a “B” average in high school courses related to the occupational/technical studies and have an overall Grade Point Average of 2.5
  5. The student shall take courses at a postsecondary/college level – not remedial courses.
  6. The student enrolled in courses during the normal high school day on or off campus is responsible for his/her own transportation. The St. Clair County Board of Education is not responsible for transportation or its liability.
  7. Three semester credit hours at the postsecondary level shall equal one credit at the high school level
  8. Jefferson State Community College requires a 20 on the English portion of the ACT or students may take the placement test in English before being allowed to enroll in Dual Enrollment English. High Schools may have additional requirements for enrollment.


Jeff State Community College Dual Enrollment


Early College


  • Early College is an initiative from The University of Alabama that gives high school students the opportunity to earn college credit in a dynamic online learning environment, with the UA standard of excellence. Early College students are non-degree-seeking students, which means that they can earn credit without declaring a major.
  • Early College courses are offered online in every term (fall, spring and summer). In addition to online study, Early College offers its students the opportunity to take courses on campus during the summer. Early College students who complete a course with a passing grade earn the same academic credit as on-campus college students. Just like on-campus college students, Early College students earn their college credit in each term that they complete courses. Early College courses form part of a student’s permanent academic transcript.
  • The UAEC 200 Gateway course is a two-credit hour course. Most Early College courses are three credit hours, while some courses, such as those in the Natural Sciences (e.g. Biology) and Foreign Languages (e.g. Japanese) have additional lab work or practicum components that earn an additional hour of credit.
  • You do not have to attend The University of Alabama as a freshman. Your UA Early College credit goes on your permanent academic transcript in every term that you take a course. It is transcripted as University of Alabama credit, meeting SACS accreditation standards, and therefore transfers broadly to many institutions, both public and private, in and out of state. If you plan to take this credit with you to other institutions, you will simply need to order a transcript and have it sent to the receiving institution of your choice. We recommend that you check with any potential receiving institution to see how they will receive your UA Early College credit.


Information on Early College can be found at


Please contact high school counselors for more information on these programs.




Instructional Partners

 St. Clair County Schools are supported by Instructional Partners, originally titled ARI (Alabama Reading Initiative) Reading Coaches. This team of Instructional Partners are trained through state initiatives. They support all of our schools with curriculum mapping, data and formative assessment. Our focus this year is to strengthen foundational skills and to continue to work with all core teachers and the literacy standards within their content.  








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