Children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1 are eligible for admission to public kindergarten. Kindergarten classes are provided at all public schools, but are not mandatory. All children between the ages of 6 and 17 are required to be enrolled in school.
A child’s school is determined by the location of the parent’s or legal guardian’s residence. Students must attend the school in the zone they are assigned, with the exception of magnet schools.
Busing is used throughout the system for any student who lives more than 2.5 miles from the school they are zoned to attend. For students attending magnet schools, transportation is provided to and from the public school the students would normally be zoned to attend. The students will then be bussed to their neighborhood. There is door-to-door transportation available on specially equipped buses for children with special education needs.
Parents must present an Alabama Certificate of Immunization, also called a blue card, for their child. This certificate may be obtained from a pediatrician or family doctor. A child’s birth certificate and proof of the parent’s or guardian’s address must also be presented. A social security number is required. If a student is transferring from another school, a transcript, report card, or transfer notice must be presented at the time of registration.
Autauga County Schools
There are 13 public schools with approximately 10,000 students in the Autauga County system—six elementary, one middle/junior high, and three high schools and a technology center. The system also has two K-12 schools. An interesting difference in this county is the housing of the students in the downtown district. The kindergarten students are in their own building, Prattville Kindergarten.
Inherent in the Autauga school system mission is the belief that “schools should be safe, happy places where children look forward to coming each day to celebrate their joy for life and learning, that all children can learn, and that teaching should be adapted to the learning styles of those being taught.”
For more information and school calendars, please visit the Autauga County Public Schools online at www.acboe.net
Elmore County Schools
There are 15 public schools in the Elmore County system—six elementary, four middle schools, four high schools, and one technical school. The Elmore County Public School System consists of five school communities; Eclectic, Holtville, Millbrook, Redland, and Wetumpka. Each community has the grade composition of kindergarten through 12th grade.
The philosophy of this school system is: “Each student is seen as a unique person who possesses certain potential, needs, aspirations, and interests. As each student is different, the purpose of education is to provide appropriate experiences in school, which develop maximum achievement so each individual will become a useful and productive member of society.”
Elmore County Schools have a Smartboard learning tool in each classroom. For more information about the Elmore County Public School System, please visit www. elmoreco.com.
The Alabama Accountability Act (AAA) allows parents to transfer students from schools that have been placed on the state’s “Failing Schools List” to other schools not on that list. There are several options for students zoned to attend failing schools. The student may remain or enroll in their assigned school. The student may also transfer to a comparable school that is not included on the annual list of “failing schools” within the same local school system, as long as it has available space and is willing to accept the student.
As another option, the student may transfer to a qualifying private Alabama school that is willing to accept the student. A parent is eligible to claim income tax credit if the parent claims the eligible student as a dependent on their Alabama income tax return, the student is enrolled in or assigned to attend a failing school, the parent chooses to transfer the student from the failing school to a non-failing public school or private school, and the parent incurs creditable costs related to the transfer of the student. Tuition and other mandatory fees charged to the parent by the non-failing public school or private school to which the eligible student transferred qualify for income tax credit.
Below are the explanations for each of the categories listed in the 2016-2017 school report cards. These numbers are reported annually by the Alabama State Department of Education.
Enrollment: Average number of students attending school after Labor Day.
Free/Reduced Price Meals: Percentage of students who applied for and were approved for free or reduced price meals. This is an indicator of poverty in certain areas.
Academic Achievement: Percentage of proficient students in the areas of reading and math utilizing assessments in tested grades.
Academic Growth: Percentage of individual students who demonstrate improvement in reading and math from one year to the next.
Chronic Absenteeism: Percentage of students having 15 or more absences in a given school year.
College and Career Readiness: Percentage of students in the 4-year cohort who meet at least one of the college-and career-ready indicators.
Graduation Rate: Percentage of high school students who graduate within 4 or 5 years of first entering the 9th grade.
Overall Score: Given out of 100 points. Comprised of 20% Academic Achievement, 30% Academic Growth, 10% Chronic Absenteeism, 10% College and Career Readiness, and 30% Graduation Rate.
Click the link below to view the Autauga and Elmore County school charts.