Jasper and Walker County students benefit from having one of the best education systems in Alabama. With a focus on 21st-century education and technology, it's no surprise that students in Walker County consistently score above state and national averages on ACT, SAT and AP tests.
Jasper City Schools
Jasper City Schools has an enrollment of about 2,700 students. The district’s smaller schools, such as Memorial Park Elementary, T.R. Simmons Elementary, West Jasper Elementary and North Highlands School, offer a more personal approach. The larger schools, including Maddox Middle School and Walker High School, have extensive course topics and many athletic and service club opportunities.
The district prides itself in its dedicated administrators and teachers, great parental support and commitment to providing cutting-edge tools to its students, such as iPod Touch devices used in classrooms at Walker High School and Memorial Park Elementary. High school students use iPod apps to study lessons in anatomy, English composition and driver’s education, while elementary students in first and second grades are using iPods to flip through digital math flash cards and practice their vocabulary words. The iPods were provided with a $13,000 grant given to the district’s Excellence in Education Fund.
Walker County Public Schools
The Walker County Public School System serves all of Walker County outside of the city of Jasper and includes six high schools, six combined elementary-junior high schools, two middle schools, four elementary schools, one alternative school and the Walker County Center of Technology.
The WCCT is a free career and technical school for high school students in grades 10-12 throughout the county. The center offers 16 programs in carpentry, collision repair, health science, welding and more. Courses give students hands-on experience and the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school.
Sumiton Christian School in Sumiton, Ala., serves students in K-12th grade. The school offers an extensive list of boys' and girls' athletic options including football, basketball, golf, cheerleading and softball, to name a few. Sumiton is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is an Alabama Independent School Association Blue Ribbon school.
Jasper and Walker County students don't have to leave the area to further their education after high school. Bevill State Community College is a public, two-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 4,660 students. BSCC has locations in five communities: Jasper, Fayette, Sumiton, Hamilton and Carrollton.
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