The Albertville City School System became a separate system in the Fall of 1985 with approximately 2,500 students in grades K-12. Since then, the system has experienced a steady increase each year to reach our current student population of 5,900 students in grades PreK-12. The system has six schools: Albertville Kindergarten and Pre-K with 435 kindergarten students and 126 students in seven (7) state-funded Pre-K classes; Albertville Primary School with 974 students in 1st and 2nd grades; Albertville Elementary School with 889 students in 3rd and 4th grades; Albertville Intermediate School with 916 students in 5th and 6th grades; Albertville Middle School with 904 students in 7th and 8th grades; and Albertville High School with 1650 students in 9th through 12th grades.
Albertville, Alabama sits in the heart of Sand Mountain in rural North Alabama. The latest census data indicates that the population of Albertville in 2019 was 21,541. At that time, 66% of the population was made up of persons identified as White (non-Hispanic), 28% of Hispanic/Latino origin, 4% identified as Black/African-American, and 2% as Asian, Multi-Racial, or Other. The median household income for Albertville in 2019 was $45,867. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Albertville, AL grew from 21,460 to 21,541, a 0.377% increase and its median household income grew from $40,047 to $45,867, a 14.5% increase. The median property value in Albertville, AL was $120,100, and the homeownership rate was 62.2%. As of 2019, 14.2% of Albertville, AL residents were born outside of the country.
2021 student demographic data for the school system indicates that 54% of our students are of Hispanic ethnicity, 33% identified as White (not Hispanic), 7% identified as two or more races, and 5% as Black. Student demographics show that our Hispanic numbers have trended steadily upward each year since an influx of families coming from mostly Spanish-speaking countries began in the mid-to-late 1990’s. We continue to experience a large number of students (252 students or 4%) whose first language is not English and who are “First Year in US Schools” students (EL1) 252. Currently, we have 293 students (5%) identified as “Immigrant” - meaning they were born outside of the US
and have less than three academic years of school in the US. As well, we have a significant number of students (271 students or 4.58%) identified as “Migrant” - meaning they/their families work in an identified seasonal occupation and have made a qualifying move within the last 36 months. Our overall English Learner (EL) student population is 1438 students, or 24.32% of our total school enrollment.
Given the ongoing demographic shift of our student population, we have identified unique challenges and opportunities for growth based on the changing needs of our students. We continue to develop and adapt our systemwide EL Plan to meet the needs of students whose first language is not English and who are not yet proficient in English. Because of the large percentage of students who are in this category, we need specific interventions and accommodations to address their needs, and have allocated resources to address these areas of support.
The Albertville Advantage: A Superior Education
Today – Tomorrow – Together
Educating for Excellence
1. We believe that all children are equally important.
2. We believe that the family is the child’s first and most influential teacher. 3. We believe that effective, motivated and professional teachers are the key to student success.
4. We believe that the quality of the school environment is critical. 5. We believe that diversity is a strength which provides a competitive advantage for our students.
6. We believe that there are many ways to measure student success. 7. We believe that all students can complete high school and be competitive in the global society.
8. We believe that the success of schools is vital to the future of our community.
Notable Achievements and Areas of Improvement
● 93% Graduation Rate
● $3,257,331 in scholarships offered to 2021 Seniors
● Career and technical courses at Albertville High School leading to credentials (Culinary Arts/Hospitality & Tourism, AgriScience, Health Science, Commerce & Information Technology)
● Dual enrollment/Early College opportunities in grades 10-12
● Advanced courses taught in grades 6-12
● Music education at all grade levels
● Award-winning band and choral programs in grades 7-12
● Art education in grades 1-2 and 5-12
● Aggie Theatre Project for K-12 students performs throughout the year ● Exceptional Aggies performing arts program for special education students ● Keyboarding instruction in grades 3-8
● STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) emphasis at all grade levels, with STEM enrichment in K, STEM labs in 1-6, and STEM bus for K-12 ● Gifted programming provided in grades 3-6, with additional enrichment opportunities available at all grade levels
● Current technology integrated into school programs daily through the use of 1:1 Chromebooks, using Schoology as our primary educational platform ● Alternative graduation pathway offered through ACS Virtual Academy/Success Program for at-risk students in grades 7-12
● School Resource Officers (SROs) at every school site
● School-based mental health services/student advocates integrated into school settings through Aggie Advocacy Center services
● ACS Foundation, formed in 2001 to support/enhance school programs, has provided over $179,000 in teacher grants, $41,686 in student scholarships, as well as additional support through Ready to Learn fund for student needs ● Well-equipped, well-maintained buildings at all schools
Areas of Improvement
● Reading and math standardized test scores reflect a strong need for intensive interventions and focus on core curriculum
● Recognized need for developmental and early literacy programs for families to increase school readiness
● Increase college and career readiness rate to align with graduation rate ● Improve teacher recruitment and retention initiatives
● Increase communication between all stakeholder groups through both internal and external public relations plan
The Albertville City School System provides support to English Learner (EL) students for the purpose of increasing English language proficiency while providing a pathway for earning a high school diploma. All classroom teachers are supported by the system EL Instructional Coach with training on best practices for providing accommodations to instruction based on each EL student’s level of English language proficiency. Ellevation is provided to all teachers to assist in the data collection and monitoring of EL students and as a resource for appropriate instructional strategies. Each school employs at least one EL Teacher to provide small group intervention services to newcomers and EL students identified as most at-risk based on available data. Bilingual aides assist school staff in communication with EL students and parents to reduce the impact of any language barriers and help parents to understand the support their child receives. Professional development opportunities are provided to school staff to increase the knowledge-base of available supports for the EL Program.
Literacy Act/Literacy Support
The Albertville City School System provides support to our schools, teachers, students, and families as we prepare students to read on grade level by the end of their third-grade year as required by the Alabama Literacy Act (HB 388). All of our K-4 teachers have completed 30 hours of intensive training in multi-sensory literacy strategies through IMSE Orton-Gillingham (OG) training. As well, in accordance with ALA requirements, every K-3 teacher has completed or is in the process of completing 200 hours of the science of reading training through LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading & Spelling). We employ Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI) Reading Specialists who provide coaching and direct support to classroom teachers in grades K-4, as well as funding a reading specialist for grades 5-6, a K-3 Literacy Specialist supplement to oversee Literacy Act implementation, and a K-12 literacy coach to ensure vertical alignment. These literacy specialists guide teachers in providing high-quality direct instruction in early literacy and assist teachers in designing timely, research-based interventions when students struggle.
Our teacher teams design Student Reading Improvement Plans (SRIPs) for any student with a consistent reading deficiency and work with families to augment support in reading until any skill gaps are closed. Due to our high numbers of students who are not proficient in reading skills in grades K-6, our system has invested a large amount of resources into providing pull-out Tier 3 intervention teachers for students who are not benchmarking in reading. We have also developed Spring Break and Summer Reading Camps that provide transportation, meals, and intensive reading intervention for students who are not progressing in literacy/reading on grade level in grades K-3. We
recognize the urgency of preparing our students to read on grade level by the end of third grade, and we are making every effort to meet the needs of our students to accomplish this important goal.