Monroe County Schools

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Monroe County public schools are governed by the Monroe County Board of Education, consisting of five elected members and an appointed superintendent. Student enrollment is 3,600 students. Monroe County Public Schools Superintendent Greg Shehan is actively engaged in enhancing educational opportunities for the students of Monroe County.

Monroe County School System has a tremendous gifted program. Students from all Monroe county schools who qualify for this program are transported to the Monroe County Central Office building for instruction. Monroe County Schools offer numerous Advanced Placement classes, and students excel on Advanced Placement exams. The system has a very active robotics program in each of the middle schools and high schools.

Monroe County School System has upgraded the wireless connectivity for all schools because teaching through technology is the key to student success as they pursue careers and post-secondary education. All schools have computer labs and portable computer carts that enhance students’ education.

Monroe County School System is academically sound, having met the academic goals for each year. All Monroe County students and teacher are making great strides toward meeting them.

The Monroe County Public School System consists of seven schools, a Career Technical Center, and an alternative program.

In partnership with our stakeholders, the Monroe County Board of Education is fully obligated to provide educational opportunities of highest quality and academic excellence in safe and orderly learning environments for all Monroe County Public School students, preparing them to achieve their highest potential as learners and citizens.

When he is not visiting schools, Shehan may be found at the Central Office, 109 Pickens St., which houses all Central Office departments, fine arts classes, the gifted program and the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, or HIPPY.

Private School

Monroe Academy, founded in 1969, is a private day school with approximately 380 students enrolled in K3 through 12th grade. The school is committed to “excellence in education in a Christian environment.” Over the past 10 years, the school’s graduation rate has been 100 percent and in an average year, 95 percent of graduates enter college with 75 percent receiving scholarships.

Monroe Academy also offers a fully accredited daycare program for 3- and 4-year-olds. The facility is self-contained on the Monroe Academy campus, and is open from 6:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Balanced and nutritional meals are provided to students, and each morning starts with devotion and morning prayer.

The school offers a diverse range of athletic activities and clubs for its students, including band, team sports, art and technology classes.

Higher Education

In January 2017, Coastal Alabama Community College was formed as a result of the consolidation of Faulkner State Community College, Alabama Southern Community College and Jefferson Davis Community College. Each of these institutions celebrated 50 years of offering quality, low-cost, accessible higher education and technical training opportunities for their communities.

Today, Coastal Alabama continues that tradition of service to more than 10,000 students across 15 campuses and instructional sites. Coastal Alabama provides comprehensive educational opportunities and services in diverse learning environments to enhance community and economic development for the citizens of southwest Alabama.

With Alabama’s lowest tuition, Coastal Alabama continues to grow its reputation for workforce development in its growing programs. Coastal Alabama supports and encourages economic growth. The new Workforce Development Center provides courses in welding and industrial maintenance programs. In additional, many programs are offered to enrich the area’s quality of life to include art exhibits, concerts, theater presentations and the annual events Alabama Writers Symposium and Black History Program.

Students have many opportunities to develop their leadership skills and to network at Coastal Alabama with the large variety of social and academic organizations such as Ambassadors and the Student Government Associations.