Jefferson County Schools (Alabama)

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Jefferson County School District
Birmingham, Alabama

United States
Coordinates33°29′15.42″N 86°47′38.59″W / 33.4876167°N 86.7940528°W / 33.4876167; -86.7940528Coordinates: 33°29′15.42″N 86°47′38.59″W / 33.4876167°N 86.7940528°W / 33.4876167; -86.7940528
District information
MottoThe mission of the Jefferson County School System is to ensure rigorous learning for all through engaging, innovative instruction, responsible resource management, and meaningful community and family collaboration focused on student success.
Established1819 (1819)
SuperintendentDr. Craig Pouncey
Budget$394.8 million[1]
District ID0101920[2]
Students and staff
Other information

The Jefferson County School System is the second-largest public school system in Alabama. It is the third oldest school system in Jefferson County preceded only by the Birmingham and Bessemer School Systems. The Jefferson County School System was created in 1896, and initially served all unincorporated communities and cities in the county other than Birmingham and Bessemer. In the 1960's and 1970's various other cities established their own systems (i.e., Homewood, Mt. Brook, Hoover, etc.) and today the County system serves those areas of Jefferson County, Alabama that are not part of a city-based school system. These exceptions include:


The system is presided over by the Jefferson County Board of Education, which consists of five members elected in partisan elections for six year terms. The current President is Oscar Mann.

Day-to-day operations are run by the superintendent. That post is currently held by Dr. Craig Pouncey,[3] who took over in June 2014, following the ouster of Dr. Stephen Nowlin after 16 months in office.[4]

List of schools[edit]

High schools[edit]

The Jefferson County School District includes the following fourteen high schools. Data on enrollment, student-teacher ratio, and graduation rate are all drawn from the 2013–14 academic year.

School Location Enrollment






Avg. ACT Score[7] Athletics[8]
Center Point High School Center Point 841 15:1 86% 18 6A
Clay-Chalkville High School Clay 1,333 18:1 86% 21 6A
Corner High School Corner 521 16:1 95% 24 5A
Fultondale High School Fultondale 322 11:1 73% 24 3A
Gardendale High School Gardendale 1,095 19:1 90% 24 6A
Hueytown High School Hueytown 1,113 18:1 88% 22 6A
Jefferson County IB School Irondale 363 17:1 100% 30 ---
McAdory High School McCalla 975 19:1 92% 21 6A
Minor High School Adamsville 1,003 15:1 83% 20 6A
Mortimer Jordan High School Kimberly 751 17:1 95% 24 5A
Oak Grove High School Bessemer 501 13:1 84% 24 4A
Pinson Valley High School Pinson 1,028 20:1 83% 22 6A
Pleasant Grove High School Pleasant Grove 548 15:1 95% 22 5A
Shades Valley High School Irondale 1,348 16:1 93% 22 6A

Middle schools[edit]

  • Bagley Junior High School
  • Erwin Middle School
  • Minor Middle School
  • Bragg Middle School
  • Brighton Middle School
  • Clay-Chalkville Middle School
  • Hueytown Middle School (formerly W. I. Pittman Junior High School)
  • Irondale Middle School
  • North Jefferson Middle School
  • Rudd Middle School

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Adamsville Elementary School
  • Brookville Elementary School
  • Bryan Elementary School
  • Center Point Elementary School
  • Chalkville Elementary School
  • Clay Elementary School
  • Concord Elementary School
  • Crumly Chapel Elementary School
  • Erwin Elementary School
  • Fultondale Elementary School
  • Gardendale Elementary School
  • Greenwood Elementary School
  • Gresham Elementary School
  • Hillview Elementary School
  • Hueytown Elementary School
  • Johnson Elementary School
  • Lipscomb Elementary School
  • McAdory Elementary School
  • Mount Olive Elementary School
  • North Highland Elementary School
  • Oak Grove Elementary School (Bessemer)
  • Pinson Elementary School
  • Pleasant Grove Elementary School
  • Snow Rogers Elementary School
  • Warrior Elementary School
  • West Jefferson Elementary School

Community schools[edit]

  • Corner Schools
  • Grantswood Community School
  • Irondale Community School
  • Minor Community School

Former schools (Partial List)[edit]

With the passage of years many former schools in the Jefferson County School System completely cease to exist. This occurs for a variety of reasons (demographic changes, obsolete facilities, etc.). Many of these campuses are gone without a trace and a few have been re-purposed to other uses.

  • Alliance High School
  • Alliance Elementary
  • Bell High School (vocational)
  • Brighton High School
  • Dixie Junior High School
  • Dolomite Elementary
  • Jones Valley High School
  • McNeil School (grades 1-8)
  • Joseph N. Rutledge Elementary (ceded to Midfield School System after 1970)
  • Shannon Elementary
  • Virginia Mines School (grades 1-6)
  • Warrior High School
  • West Jefferson High School
  • Wilkes School (grades 1-8) (ceded to Midfield School System after 1970)
  • Woodward Elementary
  • Rosa Zinnerman Elementary

Failing schools[edit]

Statewide testing ranks the schools in Alabama. Those in the bottom six percent are listed as "failing." As of early 2018, both Center Point and Minor High Schools were included in this category.[9]


  1. ^ National Center for Education Statistics. CCD Public school district data for the 2012–2013, 2013–2014 school years
  2. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Jefferson County". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  3. ^ Carter, Robert (June 14, 2014). "Craig Pouncey selected as new Jefferson County Schools superintendent". The North Jefferson News.
  4. ^ Carter, Robert (May 6, 2014). "Jefferson County Schools moves Nowlin to consultant's job, ending term as superintendent". The North Jefferson News. Archived from the original on May 7, 2014.
  5. ^ a b National Center for Education Statistics. Common Core of Data, Public school data 2012–2013, 2013–2014 school years.
  6. ^ "2014 Graduation Rates by School and District". Alabama School Connection. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  7. ^ "Jefferson County Schools – Alabama – Niche". K-12 School Rankings and Reviews at Retrieved September 29, 2015.
  8. ^ "AHSAA School Classification 2014–16" (PDF).
  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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