Curriculum & Instruction

  • 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 future challenges. Our administrators, teachers, and support staff work vigorously daily to ensure we provide our students and children with the best instructional tools and resources to meet their diverse needs. As our vision implies, we are pursuing excellence for every student in every school. This means that we will treat each student individually 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 eight full classes taught by eight certified and highly qualified teachers.  We also have two more pre-kindergarten classes at Ridgecrest Elementary and Sherwood Elementary. 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 seven 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 five 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 daily and expose our students to rigorous instruction.  Students needing more personalized attention are targeted at each elementary school, and plans are immediately implemented to meet their needs via Problem-Solving Teams. All teachers have been well-trained to implement student engagement strategies to make learning exciting while simultaneously holding students to high standards. 

    Each elementary school funnels into Phenix City Intermediate School (PCIS) for grades six and seven. PCIS is one of our largest schools in the district, which provides even more opportunities for inquiry, innovation, and impact (i3) through the 1:1 Initiative utilizing Chromebooks for each student, as well as a state-of-the-art STEM facility that emphasizes hands-on, inquiry-based learning in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This future-ready learning continues into the eighth grade at South Girard School (SGS) with continued STEM coursework targeted instruction and individual planning for successful high school navigation toward college and career readiness.

    The Central Freshman Academy (CFA), built in 2009, serves all first-time freshmen students. It was designed to ease the transition from middle to high school, offering learning experiences and activities all housed within the school or the flexibility to begin engaging in some coursework and extracurricular activities at Central High School (CHS). The two schools share a campus and are connected via a covered bridge. Each freshman can take four core courses, physical education, and multiple elective courses in all areas, from business to fine arts. 

    Central High School serves all tenth through twelfth-grade students with various core coursework; foreign language, fine arts, and career and technical electives that lend well to a student's post-secondary aspirations. Students have numerous extracurricular opportunities, such as the Art Club, the Robotics team, Beta Club, the Thespian Society, and many other student organizations.  CHS prides itself on a competitive graduation rate and ever-increasing career readiness indicators (CRIs) for its students, such as career technical credentials in every concentration, dual enrollment college credits earned in all areas of study, and benchmarks on ACT and WorkKeys, all exemplifying graduate college and career readiness. 

      Parents Right to Know (SB48 - ACT #2024-35)

      • Phenix City Schools values parents and guardians' partnership in their children’s education and welcomes parents and guardians to contact their children’s teacher(s) for details pertaining to adopted curricula, non-adopted supplementary resources, and available classroom books as detailed in annual pacing guides, lesson plans, and/or class informational syllabi.

        (SB48 - ACT #2024-35)

      Social Emotional Learning Program

      • Phenix City Schools is committed to pursuing excellence on behalf of every student in every school. This includes caring for the whole child. In order for students to be academically successful, other needs must also be met. Social-emotional learning (SEL) plays a vital role in addressing these other needs that can sometimes serve as barriers to academic success. There is a high correlation between social-emotional skills and academic achievement, positive behavior, and resilience. SEL provides skills students can use in school, beyond the classroom, and even into adulthood and fosters relationships among school, family, and community. The SEL Program focuses on providing students with skills in self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationships, and social awareness.