competitive academic and athletic teams
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 4,700+ 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 his or her horizons.
A Few Things That Set Us Apart
A great education starts in the classroom, and at Gadsden City Schools, our classroom education is unparalleled. With 25 National Merit Semi-finalists in the last fifteen years, over $50 million in scholarship offers, and college acceptance for more than 50 percent of seniors, Gadsden City High and its feeder schools are academic standouts in this area.
21st Century After-School Program
The Gadsden City Schools Community Education Department strives for excellence in education, building strong community partnerships, and establishing and maintaining parental involvement in all areas. The mission statement of the Gadsden City Schools Community Education program, is to develop lifelong educational opportunities, utilize community resources, and coordinate with local agencies to meet the ever changing needs of the adults and children of Gadsden, Alabama.
The Gadsden City Schools Community Education program directs twelve afterschool programs throughout the school district. These programs are self-sustaining, 21st Century, and Community Ed Programs. The programs are equipped with excellent staff that adheres to local and state guidelines. The afterschool programs host academic enrichment, homework assistance, fine arts enrichment, STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) activities, and Project Based Learning activities.
In the world of public education, Gadsden City Schools’ commitment to the arts is extraordinary. With a course schedule that includes piano lab, ceramics, photography, jazz band, drama, and technical theater, high school students enjoy access to an arts education with both breadth and depth. Vibrant visual arts, strings, and choral programs in the middle schools, as well as strings, visual arts, and events like Serendipity Day on the elementary level, are all key to a Gadsden City education.
At Gadsden City Schools, we are turning classrooms into technology-driven work environments. From programs providing a Chromebook for use at school to every elementary school student to the assigning of them for middle school and high school students for use at school and at home throughout the entire school year, Gadsden City Schools incorporates modern technology at every level. Not only are we utilizing technology as a teaching tool, our students are also preparing to take their places in the technology-driven workforce thanks to courses like digital design, computer maintenance, and introduction to networking.
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A Message From Our Superintendent
I consider it one of my greatest honors to have been selected as Superintendent of Gadsden City Schools. Having just begun my fourth year at the helm and my 35th as an educator in the Gadsden City School System, my vision has become much clearer and several dreams have been fulfilled.
Despite the difficulties we’ve faced these past couple of years due to COVID-19, I along with a very dedicated staff, continue to push forward to what many may consider a “higher calling.” We remain steadfast and unmovable in our efforts to ensure our students obtain the best education possible by continued adherence to the laws, policies, and rules by which we are governed, and furthermore, establish new ones when necessary in order to maintain our focus, strength, and integrity. Although our mission is still centered around empowering our many stakeholders to take part in the efforts to increase our impact on student learning and promoting higher achievement, we recognize, too, the importance of meeting all students at their specific areas of need in order to fully engage them in the learning process.
The next few years are crucial to our continued success as a school system and as a community. For it has been said, “as the school system goes…so goes the community.” I suspect the same could be said in reverse order. In either case, as we prepare for another round of school accreditation, State monitoring, and ensuring all students can read proficiently by the end of third grade, our commitment to those tasks continues to be unwavering. Some changes and additions to our administrative staff include individuals who bring with them some amazing skills to help us meet those challenges.
Our school system continues to have high expectations for student achievement and we invite all who share those expectations to join us in pursuit of our continued vision, mission, and goals.
A Message From Our Mayor
The City of Gadsden is proud to support and promote our Gadsden City School System. Our community elementary schools allow students to learn and grow with their neighbors and peers while they prepare for work at the middle and high school levels. Our Gadsden City High School offers one of the most robust suites of curriculum and program options among high schools throughout Alabama.
For nearly two decades, our city schools have consistently produced National Merit Scholars each year, and many individual community schools are award-winning. As the City of Gadsden also houses one of the largest community colleges in Alabama, Gadsden State, the opportunity to advance directly into postsecondary education are plentiful. One of the many goals of my administration is to coalesce all of our educational resources and promote education as the ticket to prosperity and opportunity that it is.
We hope you will choose to reside in Gadsden, engage your children as students in one of our Gadsden City schools, and help us build this community up together. As we prepare to implement the city’s first comprehensive plan in 50 years, you and your child’s experiences and vision for our city will be valuable in that process. We want to see every family thrive in Gadsden. If there is anything we can do for you or your family, please contact the mayor’s office.
I also want to invite you to speak with the Gadsden City Schools superintendent or any central office staff about programs and opportunities in the Gadsden City School System. We are all moving toward a brighter future in Gadsden!
- Gadsden City Schools Brochure – Learn what makes 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
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
Mrs. Marcia Farabee
Title VI Compliance Officer
P.O. Box 184
Gadsden, AL 35902
Mr. Keith Blackwell
Title IX Compliance Officer
P.O. Box 184
Gadsden, AL 35902
Empowering All Through Educational Opportunities
To prepare and inspire all students to become college and career ready through learning, serving, and excelling