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OZARK CITY SCHOOLS

Led by an administrative cadre including the superintendent and building principals with oversight from a five-member locally appointed board, the Ozark City School system is a great place in which to educate your children.

Rigorous academics, relevant instructions and meaningful relationships are the hallmarks of this school system, which provides a learning environment that not only meets but exceeds the state standards. Students learn and grow in ways that help prepare them to enter the 21st century world equipped with powerful skills that ensure success.

The 21st-century adult will need to work in an environment that promotes collaboration and problem solving in multicultural, multilingual and multinational groups. The 21st-century adult will need strong negotiating skills and will need to be able to access multiple types of information from multiple sources and use this information productively in a world where information will be the key to unlocking personal, organizational and national success.

Ozark City Schools have received multiple recognitions and honors, including STEM accreditation and a CLAS Banner School designation.

LISENBY PRIMARY SCHOOL
860 Faust Ave.
(334) 774-4919
www.les.ozarkcityschools.net

Lisenby Primary school, a preK-2 site, boasts a 53 years of quality instruction and exceptional program. The school is one of the few primary schools in the state of Alabama. It focuses on the needs of the whole child and it takes pride in offering student leadership roles in organizations such as The Lisenby Leaders and The Lisenby Singers.

Its weekly W ellness Wednesday lessons, prepared and delivered by the school’s PE program each Wednesday, teaches students about the importance of proper nutrition and exercise. Highly qualified staff use research-based strategies to develop and enhance student learning, while focusing on developing character and life skills.

MIXON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
349 Sherrill Ln.
(334) 774-4912
www.mes.ozarkcityschools.net

Serving grades 3-5, Mixon Intermediate School offers a relevant, challenging and integrative curriculum with multiple strategies to ensure the needs specific to the pre-adolescent child are addressed through curriculum content and delivery, activities, and opportunities to interact with peers and adults. Mixon is a place where each child’s individuality is celebrated and each child is equipped with the skills to meet the growing demands of our ever-changing society.

D.A. SMITH MIDDLE SCHOOL
994 Andrews Ave.
(334) 774-4913
www.das.ozarkcityschools.net

Smith Middle School is committed to helping students navigate the complex middle-school years. The middle school philosophy focuses on the specific characteristics of the adolescent learner. As students learn about themselves, they begin to develop interests and become aware of their talents. D.A. Smith teachers and staff who work with students in this age group are keenly aware of the needs of their students and offer learning opportunities that encourage them to participate in classroom activities, athletics, clubs and other organizations.

DALE COUNTY SCHOOLS
(334) 774-2355
www.dalecountyboe.org

The Dale County School system currently has seven schools located across rural Dale County. Dale County Schools have a rich tradition of academic and athletic excellence. The schools have a tremendous community support and pride themselves in providing a quality education to the young people of the communities.

The faculty and staff of each school is very dedicated to providing a safe, disciplined, learning environment that focuses on academic and athletic excellence. Students grow and learn because of the support of parents, businesses, partnerships and community leaders that help mold them into productive members of society.

Dale County Schools continue to meet established state and national standards. Dale County School system stakeholders raise the bar each year to push our students and teachers to increase their level of achievement. Teachers are dedicated in making sure every class meets its proficiency rate in math and reading as required by state and federal legislation.

VIVIAN B. ADAMS SCHOOL
2047 Stuart Tarter Rd.
(334) 774-5132
www.vivianbadams.net

Vivian B. Adams School has a premier reputation for serving the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities since 1971. The school’s namesake, Vivian B. Adams, was visionary in the school’s creation because of her desire to see services offered locally for her great-grandson. The city of Ozark and several residents made significant efforts in opening the doors for programs. The school continues to enjoy remarkable support as second and third generations of families serve on its board.

The school currently serves 125 individuals from Barbour, Coffee, Dale, Houston, Henry and Pike Counties in Southeast Alabama.

Its mission is to provide support and assist individuals with developmental disabilities to develop and to select and or maintain natural supports and to assist these persons in becoming as successful and independent as possible.

Adams School offers early intervention and case management services for children birth to age 3 diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Individuals ages 3 to 21 are provided educational services contracted by local school systems. These programs are provided year-round. Four ability-based programs are available to adults over age 21 with developmental disabilities. The adult programs comprise 75 percent of the Adams School population and focus on personal care, independent living skills and work preparation training. Individuals also receive speech, occupational, and physical therapies.

Vivian B. Adams School employs a full-time staff of 48.

HIgher education

ALABAMA AVIATION CENTER
3405 US Highway 231
(334) 774-5113
www.escc.edu/alabama-aviation-center

The Alabama Aviation College, Unit of Enterprise State Community College, is Ozark’s premier college. Since the 1960s, AAC has been located on Highway 231 and has given students the knowledge, skills and ability it takes to work in the aviation industry. As the only aviation maintenance program in the state of Alabama, AAC also offers avionics technology classes and an Associate of Applied Science degree.

In 2018, AAC received a $2.5 million grant that will help to improve the campus by adding new buildings and giving future students what they need to be successful after graduating.

The Alabama Aviation College is a gem in the Wiregrass community and is the place to learn the skills needed to land a good, well paying job in just two years. For more information about the college, financial aid or campus tours, contact recruiter Jenna Judah at (334) 347-2623, ext. 3630 or via email at jjudah@escc.edu.

WALLACE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1141 Wallace Dr., Dothan
(334) 983-3521
www.wallace.edu

George C. Wallace Community College is a leading community college, nationally recognized for excellence and innovation in education and student success. The college is the primary choice of residents preparing for the job market, seeking an associate or advanced degree, and/or pursuing career advancement or personal development. College partnerships with area schools, business and industry, and governmental agencies contribute to an educational system that enhances economic development and quality of life in the region.

The college fulfills its mission through a clearly defined set of programs and services that include college-level credit programs, continuing education programs, economic development programs, student development programs and services and support programs and services.

TROY UNIVERSITY
500 University Dr., Dothan
(334) 983-6556
www.troy.edu/dothan

Troy University is a public institution composed of a network of campuses throughout Alabama and worldwide. International in scope, Troy University provides a variety of educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels for a diverse student body in traditional, nontraditional and emerging electronic formats. Academic programs are supported by a variety of student services which promote the welfare of the individual student. Troy University’s dedicated faculty and staff promote discovery and exploration of knowledge and its application to life-long success through effective teaching, service, creative partnerships, scholarship and research.

Troy University has been recognized by Princeton Review, U.S. News and World Report, Military Times and more as having some of the best undergraduate programs in the Southeast and nation. Whether you are graduating from high school, transferring from a two-year school, or completing your degree as a working adult, Troy offers a wide variety of associate and baccalaureate degrees that will open doors to career opportunities.