“Empowering All Through Educational Opportunities”

Why Choose GCS?


Vision Statement

Empowering All Through Educational Opportunities

Mission Statement

To prepare and inspire all students to become college and career ready through learning, serving, and excelling.

At Gadsden City Schools, we are proud to be a part of what makes the city of Gadsden an exceptional place to live. More than 650 employees, including National Board Certified and highly-qualified teachers, as well as other award-winning professionals, are dedicated to seeing approximately 5,500 students reach their greatest potential. With more than 30 competitive academic and athletic teams as well as more than a dozen performing ensembles and countless clubs, there are opportunities for every student to grow and expand their horizons.

Our school system offers one of the strongest fine arts programs in the state, and our career training programs are among the most technologically advanced in the Southeast.

A Message From Our Superintendent:

SuppintendantWelcome to Gadsden City Schools! I am delighted that you are visiting our website to find information about our school system. Whether you are a parent, student, prospective or current employee, community stakeholder or visitor exploring the possibility of locating in Gadsden, I trust that you find our commitment to education to be world class. We are committed to preparing and inspiring students in the relentless pursuit of excellence! The Gadsden City Board of Education values your support. We earnestly seek to build trust among all of our stakeholders. You will find that our focus is on helping drive student achievement as we seek to push to higher levels. Our vision of “Empowering ALL Through Educational Opportunities” and mission “To prepare and inspire all students to become college and career ready through learning, serving, and excelling”, are our guiding principles in all we do!!

As we grow, we continue to offer opportunities in academics, athletics, and the arts that will build pride and ownership among those who attend our schools and live in the community. We believe that one of the best ways to improve our system is to enhance the quality of our students and employees by providing support and growth opportunities that maximize achievement and professional opportunity. From our high performing athletic teams, to our award winning performing arts programs, Gadsden City Schools has the very best to offer. Our history of National Merit Finalists is a continued indicator of our high academic expectations and programs offered from kindergarten to graduation. Our Career Technical Education programs provide learning opportunities to equip graduates with the skill levels to compete for jobs. We also incorporate 21st century technology education to prepare students for global competition!

I look forward to serving you and our community as we work together to provide a quality education experience for all. Together we can keep the Gadsden City Schools moving forward with a positive spirit to provide quality learning and superior performance for all.

A Message From Our Mayor

mayor_guytonWe hope your interest in the Gadsden City Schools means you may be considering a move to the “City of Champions”, Gadsden. We are proud of our Gadsden City School System. From our Even Start Program, designed to help young children develop necessary skills to succeed in the first grade – to our new Gadsden City High School, covering grades nine through twelve, we believe any child who goes through our system will be well prepared to pursue the professional, technical, or vocational career they choose, if they apply themselves.

Specifically, the Gadsden City School System offers students Advanced Academic, Academic and Standard Diplomas with Tech Prep endorsement in Engineering, Marketing, and Health Technology & Occupation Diplomas. Our four-period/block scheduling allows seniors to take college courses at Gadsden State Community College.

For the past 15 years, our city schools have produced between 1 and 6 National Merit Scholars each year. The State has acclaimed the system’s Fine Arts in Choral, Strings, Band, Jazz Band, and Visual Arts. In addition, students have participated in the Quiz Bowl, and been accepted to the Beta Club and National Honor Society. Advanced placement courses include Algebra II, Calculus, American History, Political Science, English, and others.

A coalition of schools and school systems in the Gadsden Metropolitan Statistical Area, is working with the local Industrial Development Authority, the chamber of commerce, Gadsden State Community College and others, to create a viable Workforce Development Program; one that will assess our needs, determine the best avenues for accomplishing related programs, and the funding necessary to initiate and continue the effort each year in the foreseeable future.

On behalf of the Gadsden City Council and the citizens of Gadsden, we invite you to talk with the Superintendent of Education, Dr. Ed Miller, or any of his staff about programs and opportunities in the Gadsden City School System.

Sherman Guyton
Mayor, City of Gadsden

Learn More

Gadsden City Schools Brochure – Learn what make us “A Cut Above”
City of Gadsden Website – Find out more about the “City of Champions”
Gadsden Chamber of Commerce – Look at Gadsden’s thriving businesses
Downtown Gadsden – Shop one of the best “Main Streets” in the country
Greater Gadsden Area Tourism – Explore our area’s attractions
Center for Cultural Arts – Become part of an award-winning art community

Non Discriminatory

The Gadsden City Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following person(s) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Dr. Donna Smoots
Section 504 Compliance Officer
P.O. Box 184
Gadsden, AL 35902
(256) 543-3512

Mrs. Rhonda Perry
Title VI Compliance Officer
P.O. Box 184
Gadsden, AL 35902
(256) 543-3512

Mr. Keith Blackwell
Title IX Compliance Officer
P.O. Box 184
Gadsden, AL 35902
(256) 543-3512