Established in 1875, the Huntsville City Schools system has a long tradition of excellence. It has shown a strong commitment to the needs of a diverse student population. The Huntsville City Schools system combines an outstanding core curriculum with advanced learning opportunities and innovative magnet schools to help students develop their talents. Beginning with the basics of a 4x4 curriculum, high school students study four years of English, mathematics, science and social studies.
Through the Toyota Distance Learning Labs, Huntsville students can choose from a broader range of courses and can learn from guest lecturers who add their expertise in everything from contemporary literature to medical concepts. Advance Placement courses in English, math, science, computer science, foreign language, social studies and art allow students to earn college credits.
Magnet school programs enable students to focus on international social studies, language, Space Science, engineering or creative and performing arts. The Space Science curriculum was developed with the assistance of NASA's Marshall Space Center. The Creative and Performing Arts magnet has received many awards for its programs in visual arts, vocal music, creative writing, dance, drama, photography/video, and technical theater production.
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Many independent or religiously-affiliated private schools are located in the Huntsville/Madison County area. Private schools give parents the option of selecting an educational institution with a smaller student-teacher ratio, traditional or alternative curriculum offerings, and other specialty programs. Many of the schools administer standardized testing programs, which measure the effectiveness of instruction and the selected curriculum. Private school administrators are invited to join the Huntsville-Madison Private Schools Association, a professional group that meets monthly to coordinate and support the initiatives of private school instruction. Additional information concerning private schools in the area can be found at: www.huntsvillemadisonprivateschools.org.
Alabama A&M University is a historically black, comprehensive land-grant university granting bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees. There are more than 4,500 undergraduate students and 1,200 graduate students from more than 40 states and 60 nations. The University offers some 70 disciplines of study including the bachelor's degree in business and the MBA. Alabama A&M's Graduate School is among the largest of historically black colleges and universities.
Athens State University, offering coursework at the junior and senior level, is the baccalaureate degree granting institution of the Alabama Community College System. Governed under the authority of the Alabama State Board of Education, and in conjunction with the other institutions of the Alabama Community College System, Athens State University provides affordable education in an environment which recognizes diversity and nurtures the discovery and application of knowledge. Located in northern Alabama, Athens State University acknowledges a commitment to primarily serve transfer students of the Alabama Community College System as well as students from other accredited institutions of higher education. The University prepares students for professional careers, graduate school, lifelong learning, and enrichment. The University, through quality teaching, individual attention, and a varied course delivery system, assists students in the timely achievement of their professional and career goals. In addition, Athens State University offers programs of continuing education and community services that provide a variety of cultural and professional opportunities.
Calhoun Community College, North Alabama's most affordable institution and the state's largest two-year college with an enrollment of over 9,800 students, has two campus locations (Decatur and Cummings Research Park in Huntsville) and offers day, evening weekend and on-line classes. The college's campus site in Cummings Research Park makes it the only two-year college in the nation to have a campus location in a major research park. Calhoun offers coursework leading to the completion of an associate's degree and/or transfer to a four-year university is available in many different majors, including accounting, business, and computer information systems. In addition, Calhoun offers over 40 different associate degree/certificate programs of study in applied science that prepare the student to enter the workforce, update employability skills, or advance in his/her career. Included in these programs are biotechnology, healthcare, aerospace technology, business administration, and computer information systems.
The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) provides mandatory, assignment-specific and continuing education courses for military and civilian acquisition personnel within the Department of Defense. Its mission is to provide the acquisition community with the right learning products and services to make smart business decisions. The DAU coordinates acquisition education and training programs to meet the training requirements of more than 140,000 DoD acquisition personnel. As the DoD corporate university for acquisition education, the DAU sponsors curriculum and instructor training to provide a full range of basic, intermediate, advanced and assignment-specific courses to support the career goals and professional development of the Acquisition Workforce.
As a vocational-technical institution accredited by the Council on Occupational Education, J. F. Drake State Technical College is dedicated to the teaching and advancement of the highest caliber of technical skills obtained through state of the art facilities and equipment. The College aims to produce an effective participatory citizenship with economic potential and with civic and social commitment as well.
Faulkner University Huntsville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. The Harris College of Business is a vital part of Faulkner University.
Florida Institute of Technology - Redstone is an accredited, independently controlled and supported university. Its curricula and course content are tailored to meet the educational needs of local residents, employees of industry and business, active duty military personnel and their families and DOD civilian employees in management and engineering. Master's degrees are offered on-site and through Distance Learning in acquisition and contract management, computer information systems, human resource management, information systems, logistics management and materiel acquisition management.
The ITT Technical Institutes are a leading private college system focused on technology-oriented programs of study. There are over 140 ITT Technical Institutes in 38 states. The ITT Technical Institutes predominantly offer career-focused, degree programs to over 70,000 students. The ITT Technical Institutes have been actively involved in the higher education community in the United States since 1969.
Legacy Christian University is an independent, private Christian college. We are evangelical with a Baptist heritage and history. Our Mission is to educate students to become kingdom-focused leaders who impact their communities for Christ. Our Vision is to be an institution of higher education founded on Christian values and a Biblical Worldview offering degrees to Christian students in the Tennessee Valley.
Oakwood University, since its beginning in 1896, has grown to a four-year liberal arts college enrolling over 1,700 students annually. Oakwood University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees and the Seventh-day Adventist Board of Higher Education. Oakwood University provides access to educational opportunity, academic excellence and spiritual development for its students who come from diverse geographical, cultural, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds. In 1991, according to statistics from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Oakwood University ranked fourth in the nation among all colleges and universities supplying African-American applicants to medical schools and sixth in the nation in the number of African-Americans accepted into medical schools.
The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a doctoral-granting, “very high research activity” institution with approximately 7,700 students. UAHuntsville is the anchor tenant of Cummings Research Park, the second largest university-related research park in the United States. The university prepares students for demanding positions in engineering, the sciences, business, nursing, and the liberal arts. The university is ranked among the top 75 public research universities in the nation by Carnegie Foundation, and among the best 150 national doctoral universities in America by U.S. News & World Report. Students attending the campus come from more than 40 states and 80 countries. Refer to www.uah.edu for more information on the university.
Virginia College offers associate's degree programs in allied health, computer-aided drafting, computer information, electronics technology, legal studies, medical transcription and office automation systems.
Several local arts and cultural organizations provide educational programs as a fundamental element of their mission.
The Arts in Education department at The Arts Council, Inc. seeks to incorporate the arts into the curriculum of grades K-12 through several programs, including “Art Ventures!” day camps; “Meet the Artist” at the studios of ETV; participating in the Black Arts Festival; and FREE Panoply Arts Festival-related activities including Fifth Grade Days, the Student Art Tent, the Kids' Art Yard, interactive cultural demonstrations within the pavilions of the Global Village; and the annual Student Billboard Competition.
The Broadway Theatre League is the second oldest theatre league in the nation. It provides opportunities for children to experience quality theatre from professional touring performers.
The Community Ballet Association operates the Huntsville Ballet Company and Community Ballet School. In addition to the annual Nutcracker and Spring Repertory performances, the CBA works with touring companies to bring the best in dance to Huntsville.
HAL provides educational programs and instruction for children and adults, sponsors workshops with prominent visiting artists, conducts demonstrations in various media, and hosts special exhibitions. HAL strives to provide a congenial and stimulating environment for nurturing visual literacy and expression.
The Huntsville Community Chorus has been operating since 1946, providing Huntsville and North Alabama with quality experiences in all genres of music, including classical, sacred, contemporary and Broadway musical.
The Huntsville Museum of Art is a nationally accredited museum. It is the premier visual arts center in North Alabama and southern Tennessee. Located in Big Spring Park, it features a children's, classrooms and programs for arts education.
The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra is the oldest continuously operating professional orchestra in the state of Alabama. The symphony, started in part by members of the German rocket team, offers classical, pops, chamber and young people's concerts. The Symphony School has more than 100 students.
The Huntsville Youth Orchestra, entering it's 52 year, is one of the finest youth orchestral programs in the Southeast. It provides students 6-18 with a fun, musical experience that lasts a lifetime. Students from throughout the Tennessee Valley can participate in one of six orchestral ensembles from novice strings to an advanced youth symphony.
Located in historic Lowe Mill, supports a diverse creative community dedicated to the free expression of the arts in Huntsville. Our vision is to be a true arts destination and to grow Huntsville's appreciation and interaction with the arts.
Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center’s is proud to offer a diverse range of arts education classes for children.