Monroe County Public Schools continue to be the single largest employer in Monroe County, employing 308 certificated personnel and 198 support personnel for a total of 506 employees who serve 3,978 students. It is locally governed and operated by the Monroe County Board of Education, consisting of five elected members and an appointed superintendent. The student enrollment represents approximately 90 percent of the school-age children in surrounding communities.
A very focused and data-driven approach to school improvement that engages the classroom teacher, enables Monroe County Schools to not only meet the challenge of the federally legislated mandate No Child Left Behind but provides the foundation for that superior education. The system continues to remain academically clear as a direct result of excellent instruction.
Enhancing classrooms by creating 21st century learning atmospheres is a major focus. Each classroom has an LCD projector, laptop, interactive pen pad, document camera and desktop student workstations. In addition, computer labs are in every school. The purpose of this technology is to create a positive engaging classroom for all learners, to allow access to a station or lab for remediation or extension, and to conduct lessons based on learner need through top quality research-based programs.
Monroe County Public Schools are meeting the needs of intellectually gifted and creatively talented students. Monroe County’s Learning Enrichment Program is designed to take learning to another level through academic and extra-curricular activities. The pull-out program is provided for gifted students in all of Monroe County’s public schools in grades 3-8. Although the gifted pull-out program is for students in third through eighth grades, there are gifted options for early elementary and high school students as well.
The gifted program provides a differentiated curriculum, which challenges the students to reach their potential. The program fosters the growth and development of leadership skills. Gifted and talented students are assisted in understanding the moral implications of their gifts. The Learning Enrichment program enables gifted and creative students to make positive and beneficial contributions to their community and society both now and in the future. Outstanding leadership, teamwork and perseverance bring innovation and new programs to our system.
The Alabama Math and Science Technology Initiative (AMSTI) implements a hands-on approach to teaching math and science. Excel High School, J. U. Blacksher School, J. F. Shields High School, Monroe Intermediate School and Monroeville Junior High School are AMSTI sites.The Monroe County Career Technical Center boasts three new programs to better serve its students: Sports Medicine, Cosmetology and Aquaculture Science. Aquaculture Science has been made possible by partnering with PACERS, a nonprofit association committed to sustaining rural communities and schools. The Aquaculture program has recently been recognized as the best new PACERS program in our state.
SchoolCast, a state-of-the-art rapid alert and notification system, has greatly improved the timeliness and quality of emergency communications and provides the school with a convenient and affordable tool for more effectively communicating with parents.
Working together makes possible these quality programs and instruction. Monroe County Public Schools will continue to deliver excellence to the boys and girls in the communities it serves.
An alternative to public school options is the area private school, Monroe Academy. A part of the community since 1969, Monroe Academy serves over 400 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, boasting a quality education, evidenced by a 100 percent graduation rate over the last decade. Monroe Academy graduates have acheived excellent college placement at a diverse group of colleges in the United States. The school also offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, including band, team sports, art and technology classes.