Why Choose GCS?

The Obvious Choice

Students from Gadsden City Schools are finding success in the classroom, on the stage, in the concert hall, on the athletic field, in the computer lab, and in their career training. With a Blue Ribbon elementary school, the ability to participate in 7A athletics, two dozen Pre-AP and AP class offerings on the high school and middle school levels, and a performing arts program that rivals any in the state, Gadsden City Schools are beacons of opportunity in our area.






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.

Performing Arts

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.

Click here to learn more about the unique advantages offered on the Elementary, Middle School and High School levels though Gadsden City Schools. 

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 34th 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

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

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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. Marcia Farabee
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

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

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