Primary and Secondary Education
Established in 1875, the Huntsville City Schools system has a long tradition of excellence. It has shown a strong commitment to the needs of a diverse student population. The Huntsville City Schools system combines an outstanding core curriculum with advanced learning opportunities and innovative magnet schools to help students develop their talents. Beginning with the basics of a 4x4 curriculum, high school students study four years of English, mathematics, science and social studies.
Through the Toyota Distance Learning Labs, Huntsville students can choose from a broader range of courses and can learn from guest lecturers who add their expertise in everything from contemporary literature to medical concepts. Advance Placement courses in English, math, science, computer science, foreign language, social studies and art allow students to earn college credits.
Magnet school programs enable students to focus on international social studies, language, Space Science, engineering or creative and performing arts. The Space Science curriculum was developed with the assistance of NASA's Marshall Space Center. The Creative and Performing Arts magnet has received many awards for its programs in visual arts, vocal music, creative writing, dance, drama, photography/video, and technical theater production.
Huntsville City Schools System
- 24 elementary schools
- 4 magnet schools for elementary, middle and high school students
- 11 middle schools
- 7 high schools
Madison City Schools System
- 7 elementary schools
- 2 middle schools
- 1 high school
- 1 alternative school
Madison County Schools System
- 11 elementary schools (k-5)
- 4 schools (k-8)
- 1 school (5-6)
- 1 schools (7-8)
- 4 schools (6-8)
- 5 high schools
- 1 career academy
Many independent or religiously-affiliated private schools are located in the Huntsville/Madison County area. Private schools give parents the option of selecting an educational institution with a smaller student-teacher ratio, traditional or alternative curriculum offerings, and other specialty programs. Many of the schools administer standardized testing programs, which measure the effectiveness of instruction and the selected curriculum. Private school administrators are invited to join the Huntsville-Madison Private Schools Association, a professional group that meets monthly to coordinate and support the initiatives of private school instruction. Additional information concerning private schools in the area can be found at: www.huntsvillemadisonprivateschools.org.
|The Country Day School
||1699 Old Dry Creek Rd. Huntsville, AL 35806
Phone: (256) 837-5266
Founded in 1987, The Country Day School provides educational programs for preschool through 8th grade students.The school is known as "Huntsville's International School" with a diverse student body representing many nationalities. It has been internationally accredited by CITA and is also SACS Accredited. The school campus is located on 21 acres adjoining the Village of Providence in west Huntsville. Country Day School was named Small Business of the Year by the Chamber in 2000, and has received the Torch Award for ethics by the BBB.
|First Missionary Baptist Academy
3509 Blue Spring Road, Huntsville, AL 35810
Phone: (256) 852-6673
At First Missionary Baptist Academy, we believe in the development of the whole child. To accomplish this goal, each child's education will encompass his/her spiritual, mental, and emotional well-being, thereby building a positive self-concept. A positive self-concept includes a living faith peculiar to Christians. Many opportunities will be provided for the children to develop their faith in God through Bible study, in addition to the academic curriculum. This program will be flexible, success oriented, Christian-based, and will involve home, church, school and community. Emphasis will be placed on developing acceptable social habits as well as Christ-like attributes, which should enable each student to be an effective member of his/her home, school and community. The purpose of this school is to provide a quality educational program with emphasis on Christian education. Children, parents and community should benefit from the program.
|Grace Lutheran School
||3321 S. Memorial Parkway, Huntsville, AL
Phone: (256) 881-0553
Grace Lutheran School offers pre-kindergarten through 8th grade instruction by experienced and nurturing Christian teachers who are state certified.
|Greengate School, Inc.
1300 Meridian Street, Suite 22, Huntsville, AL 35801
Since 2002 Greengate has educated and supported bright children with learning differences in reading, spelling or writing. As we have grown, Greengate's role has expanded, becoming a dyslexia resource for the community, training teachers, parents and growing community awareness of the issues surrounding those with these learning differences.
Our mission is to educate and support bright children who have specific learning differences in reading, spelling or writing so that they may realize their full potential.
To assist students in managing their learning differences so they may cultivate their strengths. We are dedicated to creating a challenging curriculum in a responsive learning environment where students can build the social competence and academic skills required for future success.
||325 Slaughter Rd., Huntsville, AL 35758
Phone: (256) 971-1620
Founded in 1955 for the purpose of providing quality education in a Christian environment, Madison Academy expanded to a 160-acre campus near Madison in 1997. The school offers college preparatory and dual-enrollment courses.
|Oakwood Adventist Academy
||7000 Adventist Blvd., Huntsville, AL 35896
Phone: (256) 726-7010
Formerly maintained by Oakwood College, this Seventh Day Adventist academy is more than 100 years old and open for public enrollment.
|The Pinnacle Schools
||500 Governors Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: (256) 518-9998 Toll Free: 866-906-8336
The Pinnacle Schools offers a nationally accredited secondary education program (grades 6-12) through which students can maintain credits or pursue a fully-accredited high school diplomas. We specialize in meeting the academic needs of all students, whether they are academically gifted students or struggling with certain learning disabilities like ADD and ADHD.
Due to the structure and environment of our program, we have a high level of success with students who've "given up" on school, whether due to academic, disciplinary, or motivational reasons. We pride ourselves on the academic results of these students, most of whom receive high school diplomas either by completion of our accredited program or by successful transition back to their home school. Most of our students continue on to two-year and four-year colleges.
|Pope John II Catholic High School
||7301 Old Madison Pike, Huntsville, AL 35806
Phone: (256) 430-1760
Catholic High School, a coed college preparatory school for grades 9-12, provides academic excellence in a Roman Catholic community environment.
Directed by the Diocese of Birmingham and the only Catholic secondary school in North Alabama, Catholic High is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and a member of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).
One Hundred percent of seniors are accepted to a college or university. The 2006 graduates received more than $1.3 million in scholarships, with 15 percent named National Merit Finalists and Commended Scholars. Founded in 1996, the school has launched a Capital Campaign to build a new campus on a 55-acre site in Thornton Research Park.
Catholic High School develops the total person in body, mind, and spirit, guiding students to learn enthusiastically, to lead honorably, and to live responsibly in our world.
||1005 Drake Avenue SE, Huntsville, AL 35802
Phone: (256) 799-6100
Randolph is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school located on two campuses within a mile of each other in a suburban setting. Founded in 1959, Randolph is North Alabama’s only K-12 independent school. Through a commitment to excellence in academics, the arts, and athletics, the School’s program and its faculty demand diligence and discipline while encouraging creativity and discovery. Above all, the School emphasizes honor, integrity, and character so that all in partnership with Randolph are elevated and inspired to enrich their families, communities, the nation, and the world. Randolph is committed to attracting the best and brightest students regardless of their family’s financial situation and awards more than half a million dollars in need-based financial aid. Randolph sends 100 percent of its graduates to the nation's leading colleges and universities and each class earns an average of five million dollars in scholarships. Typically, 20 percent of the senior class are named as Semi-Finalists, Finalists and Commended Scholars in the National Merit Achievement competition. Randolph is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), governed by a Board of Trustees, accredited by SACS/SAIS and a member of NAIS.
|St. John the Baptist Catholic School
||1057 Hughes Rd. Madison, AL 35758
Phone: (256) 722-0772
Founded in 1996, St. John the Baptist Catholic School Community provides a strong academic curriculum in a nurturing Catholic Christian environment. St. John’s goal is to prepare students to become productive citizens, active parishioners, and life long learners, who can meet the challenges of an ever-changing world.
|Union Chapel Christian Academy
315 Winchester Road, Suite B, Huntsville, AL 35811
Phone: (256) 489-4728
The Union Chapel Christian Academy is a Christ-centered school that provides child care and academics, for the sake of fulfilling the church's God-ordained role in carrying out the Christian education mandate in Deuteronomy 6:7, Proverbs 22:6, and 2 Timothy 3: 15-17. Our goal is to assist in educating your children emotionally, academically, socially and spiritually in a safe, healthy and happy Christian environment.
The Union Chapel Christian Academy is open to the entire Tennessee Valley community and does not have any restriction on race, or creed.
The mission of Union Chapel Christian Academy is to partner with parents/guardians to provide a Christ-centered and firm foundation in academic excellence, that integrates academic disciplines with God's word, in order to prepare ambassadors for Christ who are equipped/empowered to serve their families and make a positive contribution to their community and the world. UCCA will provide a nurturing environment that holistically educates the child spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and physically.
|Valley Fellowship Christian Academy
||3616 Holmes Ave. Huntsville, AL 35816
Phone: (256) 533-5117
Founded in 1987, Valley Fellowship Christian Academy (VFCA) provides educational programs for preK-12th grades, an extended daycare program (6:30am-6pm), and a summer day camp in June and July. It is accredited by ICAA and SACS. The education offered at VFCA is one infused with the newness of the Holy Spirit, emphasizing academic excellence. Our Mission: To train our students to become Christian leaders, Godly men and women, to take places of authority in the world and in Christ’s body of believers. VFCA is an extension of the Christian home and serves to partner with parents in the education of their children. Our sports program includes soccer (grades K4-12th), basketball (grades 5th-12th) and girl’s volleyball (grades 5th-12th). We are a member of the Huntsville Independent School League (HISL). Other extracurricular activities include music classes, voice, dance, guitar, and choral lessons, creative writing groups, science club, book club and numerous opportunities to participate in local and global mission trips. Our Children’s Prayer Network is open for all grades and meets daily to pray for our national, state and local leadership. This student group takes an annual trip to our state capital as well as to Washington, DC. VFCA also offers a piano lab program as part of the regular curriculum for our K4-3rd grade students. Valley Fellowship was awarded the “ORUEF School of Excellence Award” in 2009.
||237 Johns Road, Huntsville, AL 35806
Phone: (256) 705-8000
Westminster Christian Academy (WCA) is a co-educational PreK-12 Christian school. WCA educates and trains students from Christian families in accordance with the Bible, God's inerrant Word, leading to the Biblical world view for life-long service to Christ. We see a child's education as twofold: that we train them in their subjects; that we raise up people of integrity, knowing that young men and women with both skills and character make powerful contributions to their world.
Committed to academic achievement since 1964, the school has grown to three campuses serving the Huntsville area. Last year's graduating class was offered more than $500,000 in college scholarships. The school is in the process of relocating to their new 42-acre campus on Research Park Boulevard.
|Whitesburg Christian Academy
6806 Whitesburg Drive, Huntsville, AL 35802
Phone: (256) 704-5678, ext. 357
At the Academy, we believe in a biblically based, college preparatory, classical approach to education that is centered on Jesus Christ. Although the Academy does not utilize a fully classical model, our classical approach, which is designed to train the mind, consists of the three traditional stages of the trivium: grammar, logic, and rhetoric. What makes our program unique is Kingdom Education, which is a partnership between the parents, school, and church. The Academy's role begins with the safe, caring atmosphere of each classroom and continues with a dedicated faculty who want every student to reach his ad her full potential. The Academy holds dual accreditation from Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). All students are taught to view the world based on what the Bible has to say about every aspect of life, including academics. Our students come from many Christian denominations, with over seventy churches represented. Through the Kingdom Education partnership, biblical worldview, and our rigorous, academically challenging curriculum, we strive to produce students who are well-trained servant leaders and passionate followers of Christ.
Institutions of Higher Education
Alabama A&M University
Alabama A&M University is a historically black, comprehensive land-grant university granting bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees. There are more than 4,500 undergraduate students and 1,200 graduate students from more than 40 states and 60 nations. The University offers some 70 disciplines of study including the bachelor's degree in business and the MBA. Alabama A&M's Graduate School is among the largest of historically black colleges and universities.
Athens State University
Athens State University, offering coursework at the junior and senior level, is the baccalaureate degree granting institution of the Alabama Community College System. Governed under the authority of the Alabama State Board of Education, and in conjunction with the other institutions of the Alabama Community College System, Athens State University provides affordable education in an environment which recognizes diversity and nurtures the discovery and application of knowledge. Located in northern Alabama, Athens State University acknowledges a commitment to primarily serve transfer students of the Alabama Community College System as well as students from other accredited institutions of higher education. The University prepares students for professional careers, graduate school, lifelong learning, and enrichment. The University, through quality teaching, individual attention, and a varied course delivery system, assists students in the timely achievement of their professional and career goals. In addition, Athens State University offers programs of continuing education and community services that provide a variety of cultural and professional opportunities.
Calhoun Community College
Calhoun Community College, North Alabama's most affordable institution and the state's largest two-year college with an enrollment of over 9,800 students, has two campus locations (Decatur and Cummings Research Park in Huntsville) and offers day, evening weekend and on-line classes. The college's campus site in Cummings Research Park makes it the only two-year college in the nation to have a campus location in a major research park. Calhoun offers coursework leading to the completion of an associate's degree and/or transfer to a four-year university is available in many different majors, including accounting, business, and computer information systems. In addition, Calhoun offers over 40 different associate degree/certificate programs of study in applied science that prepare the student to enter the workforce, update employability skills, or advance in his/her career. Included in these programs are biotechnology, healthcare, aerospace technology, business administration, and computer information systems.
Defense Acquisition University South
The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) provides mandatory, assignment-specific and continuing education courses for military and civilian acquisition personnel within the Department of Defense. Its mission is to provide the acquisition community with the right learning products and services to make smart business decisions. The DAU coordinates acquisition education and training programs to meet the training requirements of more than 140,000 DoD acquisition personnel. As the DoD corporate university for acquisition education, the DAU sponsors curriculum and instructor training to provide a full range of basic, intermediate, advanced and assignment-specific courses to support the career goals and professional development of the Acquisition Workforce.
J. F. Drake State Technical College
As a vocational-technical institution accredited by the Council on Occupational Education, J. F. Drake State Technical College is dedicated to the teaching and advancement of the highest caliber of technical skills obtained through state of the art facilities and equipment. The College aims to produce an effective participatory citizenship with economic potential and with civic and social commitment as well.
Faulkner University Huntsville
Faulkner University Huntsville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. The Harris College of Business is a vital part of Faulkner University.
Florida Institute of Technology - Huntsville/Redstone Arsenal Site
Florida Institute of Technology - Redstone is an accredited, independently controlled and supported university. Its curricula and course content are tailored to meet the educational needs of local residents, employees of industry and business, active duty military personnel and their families and DOD civilian employees in management and engineering. Master's degrees are offered on-site and through Distance Learning in acquisition and contract management, computer information systems, human resource management, information systems, logistics management and materiel acquisition management.
ITT Technical Institute
The ITT Technical Institutes are a leading private college system focused on technology-oriented programs of study. There are over 140 ITT Technical Institutes in 38 states. The ITT Technical Institutes predominantly offer career-focused, degree programs to over 70,000 students. The ITT Technical Institutes have been actively involved in the higher education community in the United States since 1969.
Oakwood University, since its beginning in 1896, has grown to a four-year liberal arts college enrolling over 1,700 students annually. Oakwood University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees and the Seventh-day Adventist Board of Higher Education. Oakwood University provides access to educational opportunity, academic excellence and spiritual development for its students who come from diverse geographical, cultural, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds. In 1991, according to statistics from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Oakwood University ranked fourth in the nation among all colleges and universities supplying African-American applicants to medical schools and sixth in the nation in the number of African-Americans accepted into medical schools.
The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a doctoral-granting, “very high research activity” institution with approximately 7,700 students. UAHuntsville is the anchor tenant of Cummings Research Park, the second largest university-related research park in the United States. The university prepares students for demanding positions in engineering, the sciences, business, nursing, and the liberal arts. The university is ranked among the top 75 public research universities in the nation by Carnegie Foundation, and among the best 150 national doctoral universities in America by U.S. News & World Report. Students attending the campus come from more than 40 states and 80 countries. Refer to www.uah.edu for more information on the university.
Virginia College at Huntsville
Virginia College offers associate's degree programs in allied health, computer-aided drafting, computer information, electronics technology, legal studies, medical transcription and office automation systems.
The Arts Council
The Arts in Education department at The Arts Council, Inc. seeks to incorporate the arts into the curriculum of grades K-12 through several programs, including “Art Ventures!” day camps; “Meet the Artist” at the studios of ETV; participating in the Black Arts Festival; and FREE Panoply Arts Festival-related activities including Fifth Grade Days, the Student Art Tent, the Kids' Art Yard, interactive cultural demonstrations within the pavilions of the Global Village; and the annual Student Billboard Competition.
Arts Education Organizations
Several local arts and cultural organizations provide educational programs as a fundamental element of their mission.
- Broadway Theatre League
The Broadway Theatre League is the second oldest theatre league in the nation. It provides opportunities for children to experience quality theatre from professional touring performers.
- Community Ballet Association
The Community Ballet Association operates the Huntsville Ballet Company and Community Ballet School. In addition to the annual Nutcracker and Spring Repertory performances, the CBA works with touring companies to bring the best in dance to Huntsville.
- Huntsville Art League
HAL provides educational programs and instruction for children and adults, sponsors workshops with prominent visiting artists, conducts demonstrations in various media, and hosts special exhibitions. HAL strives to provide a congenial and stimulating environment for nurturing visual literacy and expression.
- Huntsville Community Chorus
The Huntsville Community Chorus has been operating since 1946, providing Huntsville and North Alabama with quality experiences in all genres of music, including classical, sacred, contemporary and Broadway musical.
- Huntsville Museum of Art
The Huntsville Museum of Art is a nationally accredited museum. It is the premier visual arts center in North Alabama and southern Tennessee. Located in Big Spring Park, it features a children's, classrooms and programs for arts education.
- Huntsville Symphony Orchestra
The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra is the oldest continuously operating professional orchestra in the state of Alabama. The symphony, started in part by members of the German rocket team, offers classical, pops, chamber and young people's concerts. The Symphony School has more than 100 students.
- Huntsville Youth Orchestra
The Huntsville Youth Orchestra, entering it's 52 year, is one of the finest youth orchestral programs in the Southeast. It provides students 6-18 with a fun, musical experience that lasts a lifetime. Students from throughout the Tennessee Valley can participate in one of six orchestral ensembles from novice strings to an advanced youth symphony.
- Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment
Located in historic Lowe Mill, supports a diverse creative community dedicated to the free expression of the arts in Huntsville. Our vision is to be a true arts destination and to grow Huntsville's appreciation and interaction with the arts.
- Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center
Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center’s is proud to offer a diverse range of arts education classes for children.