In 2005 Alexander City School System was awarded District Accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) making them the 1st city school system in the state and the nation to achieve this level of accreditation. The school system has been accreditated by SACS since and has annually been recognized as a Quality District.
In 2007 the Alexander City School System, in partnership with the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce, was awarded the National Civic Star Award by the American Association of School Administrators. This award recognized the Gateway to Education Scholarship Program whereby ALL graduates of Benjamin Russell High School are assured two-years of tuition free education through Central Alabama Community College.
The Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools has recognized three of Alexander City’s Schools as CLAS Banner Schools. Nathaniel Stephens Elementary School, William L. Radney Elementary School and Benjamin Russell High School were each selected due to their focus on high expectations for student achievement and innovative programs to support these expectations.
Beginning with the 2007-2008 school year an Engineering Academy was implemented at Benjamin Russell High School in partnership with Auburn University’s College of Engineering. The areas of Chemical, Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering are paired with the high school courses of AP Biology, AP Calculus, Technology Education and Physics through which joint projects are completed by students from the high school and the university. A Freshman Cohort will be implemented during the 2008-2009 school year to become a four-year academy program for engineering.
The Alexander City School System was the first system in the state to have all schools designated as demonstration sites for the nationally recognized Alabama Reading Initiative. Our schools have participated in TEAM –Math which is a partnership between our system and Auburn University with a focus on teaching mathematics from an investigative approach. All mathematics teachers in our system are TEAM-math trained.
The Alexander City Schools Education Foundation has recently completed the fundraising campaign for $1 million dollars to be used to make ALL core academic classrooms in the Alexander City School System a 21st Century Classroom equipped with the most current and applicable technology to expand the learning opportunity for ALL students to the world stage. Two schools are in the training and implementation stage of this project with all schools slated to be equipped and operational by 2010.