Huntsville City Schools Information

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Huntsville City Schools
200 White Street
Huntsville, AL 35801

United States
Coordinates 34°44′02″N 86°34′41″W / 34.734°N 86.578°W / 34.734; -86.578
HUNTSVILLE CITY SCHOOLS Latitude and Longitude:

34°44′02″N 86°34′41″W / 34.734°N 86.578°W / 34.734; -86.578
District information
SuperintendentDr. Christine Finley [1]
Asst. Superintendent(s)Vacant [2]
NCES District ID 0101800 [3]
Students and staff
Student-teacher ratio13.45
Other information

Huntsville City Schools is the school district serving Huntsville, Alabama. As of the 2016–17 school year, the system had 24,083 students and employed 1,697 teachers. [4] The district oversees 36 schools: 21 PreK= elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 7 high schools, and 2 magnet schools. [5]

The school system finished the 2010 fiscal year with a debt of nearly $20 million the largest of any school system in Alabama by a significant margin. [6] However, after Dr. Casey Wardynski was appointed superintendent, he worked to erase the school system's debt and bring the budget into surplus.[ citation needed]


In 2014 officials from the school district began monitoring social media activity from students. The officials stated that a phone call from the National Security Agency (NSA) prompted them to do so. [7] In the 2013 fiscal year it paid Chris McRae, a former agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to run this program. [8]

Elementary schools

Middle schools

High schools


  • Community Intensive Treatment for Youth (C.I.T.Y.) ( alternative school)
  • Huntsville Center for Technology (vocational school)

Failing schools

Statewide testing ranks the schools in Alabama. Those in the bottom six percent are listed as "failing." As of early 2018, three local schools were included in this category:

  • Mae Jemison High School
  • Lee High School
  • Ronald McNair 7-8 [9]

Board of Education

  • District 1 - North Huntsville (Currently held by Michelle Watkins)
  • District 2 - East Huntsville (Currently held by Beth Wilder, 2nd Vice President of the School Board)
  • District 3 - South Huntsville (Currently held by Elisa Ferrell, President of the School Board)
  • District 4 - Downtown Huntsville (Currently held by Walker McGinnis, 1st Vice President of the School Board)
  • District 5 - West Huntsville (Currently held by Pam Hill)


Currently, a major overhaul of the cities school facilities and curriculum is occurring. In 2012, a new digital curriculum was issued, giving all students laptops and increasing digital usage for teaching. This was done to take advantage of the growing use of computers and to help give students easy access to information and organization. In 2011, a $194 million five year capital plan was granted by the Alabama Board of Education to the Huntsville City School System. With this, the city plans to renovate and construct new facilities for many of its aging campuses. These include a new Blossomwood Elementary School, New Freshman Academy for Huntsville High School, construction of a new building and campus for the combination of Lee High School and New Century Technological School, construction of a new Whitesburg Elementary, Virgil I. Grissom High School (the cities largest student body), and J. O. Johnson High School. Renovations and consolidations for many other of the cities schools is also planned.


  1. ^ "Huntsville Board of Education Selects New Superintendent". Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Deputy Superintendent". Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Huntsville City". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  4. ^ "HCS 050 Fast Facts Sheet 11/1/16" (PDF). Huntsville City Schools. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 September 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  5. ^ "About Us". Huntsville City Schools. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  6. ^ Huntsville City Schools almost $20 million in the hole, worst in the state, retrieved 2011-02-28
  7. ^ Stephens, Challen. " Huntsville schools say call from NSA led to monitoring students online." Alabama Media Group. September 24, 2014. Retrieved on September 25, 2014.
  8. ^ " Huntsville schools paid $157,000 to former FBI agent, social media monitoring led to 14 expulsions" ( Archived 2014-11-03 at WebCite). November 1, 2014. Retrieved on November 3, 2014.
  9. ^ "Failing Alabama public schools: 75 on newest list, most are high schools". AL.COM. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.

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