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St. Clair County Schools Overview
Old Ashville School- Picture from Discover St. Clair Magazine
Old Ashville School- Picture from Discover St. Clair Magazine

St. Clair County is almost 200 years old, one of the oldest counties in the state. The county is steeped in history and tradition, yet it is progressive and constantly growing. Its population as of 2008 was around 80,000 people and in that same year it was named the fastest growing county by percentage in the state of Alabama. It covers 634 square miles of mountains and valleys and has six municipalities. Its location is key to its growth as both Interstate 59 and Interstate 20 run through it. Because of this location and the work of the St. Clair County Economic Development Council, many businesses and industries are drawn to this area. Residents have the convenience of being located in a county that houses a community college campus, hospital, and numerous recreation opportunities. The county includes populated new subdivisions as well as historic homes and farm lands- something for everyone’s living choices. St. Clair County School System has 16 community schools - one to open soon in the Margaret/Argo area- an Alternative School and a Career Tech Center. Leadership includes an elected superintendent and seven elected school board members. Current enrollment is approximately 9,000 students and the system employs approximately 1200 people. Schools enjoy their community setting and have the advantage of large district cooperation.


PREPARING TOMORROW'S LEADERS TODAY

St. Clair County Schools Vision and Mission

Vision

To provide opportunities and challenges that will prepare each student for

college/career/adulthood in the 21st Century

 Mission

To educate and prepare each student to succeed in an ever changing world

 Beliefs

  • Effective teachers and leaders are the key to student achievement.

  • Teaching to the standard coupled with high quality professional learning will result in a clear direction and expected outcomes. 

  • Regular progress monitoring through formative and benchmark assessments that are clearly aligned with high standards will lead to adjusted and differentiated instruction which will lead to student growth.

  • Alignment of human, programmatic, and fiscal resources that support the implementation of the approved curriculum will lead to student achievement.

  • Student focus with multiple pathways to learning will enhance instruction and engage learners.

  • When students are provided with a learning environment that is socially, emotionally, and physically supportive... the students' confidence, engagement and achievement will rise.

  • Through the use of technology, the students’ will gain 21st century skills and make a reconnection with the world around them.

  • Parent engagement with knowledge of their child’s performance will reinforce strengths and help address weaknesses.

  • Community engagement through volunteerism and community partnerships will benefit all students from the additional resources provided.

     


St. Clair County Schools Accreditation

 

From http://www.advanc-ed.org

 

St. Clair County Schools are in the process of Internal review by AdvancED Accreditation Standards.  During the internal review, schools ask for feedback through surveys completed by stakeholders.  Each school completes a self-assessment and creates an improvement plan based on the assessment.  Schools submit narratives outlinining areas of strength, areas in need of improvement, and plans for sustaining strengths and implementation of improvement plans.  Narratives must be accompanied by supporting evidence.

Following the internal review, an external review team will evaluate the narratives and evidence, site visits including classroom observations, and interviews with stakeholders.  The external review team is made up of a team of approximately six AdvancED accreditation trained, professional educators from outside and within the state of Alabama.  St. Clair County will be visited by the external review team February 28-March 2, 2016.  For more information about St. Clair County's AdvancED accreditation process, email greg.cobb@sccboe.org and jan.bailey@sccboe.org

We value the process of AdvancED Accreditation Standards and the methods emphasizing reflection, improvement, best practices, and future growth.