The mission of the Phenix City School System is to ensure that each student develops into a responsible and productive citizen who is prepared for the challenges of the future. Our administrators, teachers, and support staff work vigorously each day to ensure that we are providing our students and your children with the best instructional tools and resources to meet their diverse needs. As our vision implies, we are pursuing excellence on behalf of every student in every school. This means that we will treat each student as an individual, while providing excellent instructional service and support tailored to each individual.
The Phenix City School system proudly serves pre-kindergarten students. The Early Learning Center (ELC) is our premiere pre-kindergarten school that offers an Alabama First Class curriculum funded by the state department. The ELC has 8 full classes taught by 8 certified and highly qualified teachers. We also have 3 more pre-kindergarten classes located at Lakewood Primary, Ridgecrest Elementary, and Sherwood Elementary Elementary. The pre-K class at LPS primarily serves special needs students, but has a balanced number of regular education students as well. The two pre-K classes at Ridgecrest Elementary and Sherwood Elementary are Title I funded programs and serve students based on various criteria. Due to budget limitations, we do not provide transportation for our pre-kindergarten students.
We have 7 elementary schools here in Phenix City. Lakewood Primary School serves pre K-2nd students only, while Lakewood Elementary serves 3rd-5th grade students. Both schools are science magnet schools. We also have 5 more elementary schools that serve K-5 students: Meadowlane Elementary, Ridgecrest Elementary, Phenix City Elementary, Sherwood Elementary, and Westview Elementary. Our students at all of our elementary schools receive top notch educational experiences. Our teachers teach the CCRS standards on a daily basis and expose our students to rigorous instruction. At each of our elementary schools, students in need of more personalized attention are targeted, and plans are immediately put in place to meet their needs via Problem Solving Teams. All teachers have been well-trained to implement student engagement strategies to make learning exciting, while holding students to high standards at the same time.
Phenix City has 1 intermediate school (Phenix City Intermediate School) for grades 6-7. PCIS is one of our largest schools in the district. We will soon implement a 1:1 Initiative at PCIS by giving every student an iPad instead of paper textbooks and developing a state of the art STEM lab that will emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This middle school revitalization program is called the i3 Project. It will span grades 6-8. Our 8th grade school (South Girard School) will be included in this revitalization project.
The Central Freshman Academy was built in 2009 and serves all 9th grade students. It was designed to ease the transition from middle school to high school. CFA has a state of the art gym which is used for PE classes in addition to area basketball games and other extracurricular activities. The campus is connected to Central High School via an awning, and students have access to many curricular and extracurricular activities held at CHS. Each freshman student has the opportunity to take four core courses, PE, and an elective course.
Central High School serves all 10th-12th grade students. CHS offers students a wide range of courses, electives, and extracurricular activities. Students have access to such clubs as Art Club, Bass team, Beta Club, Drama, and numerous other student organizations. The CHS Career Tech Program offers students numerous paths to career fields. Students can choose between brick masonry, culinary arts, welding, and other programs that prepare our students for post-secondary education and the workforce. Career Tech graduates have industry-recognized credentials that prepares them for the jobs of the future.
Dr. Darrell Seldon
Director of Secondary Curriculum & Instruction and Federal Programs