CLAS Names 2020 Schools of Distinction

Thirty-one schools were selected across the state to be CLAS Schools of Distinction. One CLAS Banner School will be named from the schools of distinction from each district.
Mar 1, 2021 by Alyssa Godfrey, CLAS Director of Communications and Technology

Montgomery, Ala – March 1, 2021:  The CLAS School of Distinction Award recognizes schools or programs that serve as outstanding educational models for other schools in Alabama. These exemplary schools/programs will be recognized at a luncheon in May. The CLAS Banner School for each district will be also be named from among these schools of distinction.

State School Board District 1

Safe and Civil Schools
Chickasaw Elementary School, Chickasaw City Schools

STEM-Science Technology Engineering and Math
Clark-Shaw Magnet Middle School, Mobile County Schools

L.E.A.D.ers of Technology (Leadership, Engagement, Achievement, Diversity)
E.R. Dickson Elementary School, Mobile County Schools

Leader in Me: Grades K-2nd Grade
Nora Mae Hutchens Elementary School, Mobile County Schools

State School Board District 2

Bulldog Positive Behavior Supports
Jerry Lee Faine Elementary School, Dothan City Schools

Growing with Greenville
Lakewood Elementary School, Phenix City Schools

I.N.S.P.I.R.E./SmartLab (STEM)
Lakewood Primary School, Phenix City Schools

Gifted Program - "Rollin' On the River"
Webb Elementary School, Houston County Schools

State School Board District 3

Diversity Student Leadership Councils
Berry Middle School, Hoover City Schools

Healthcare Academy
Chelsea High School, Shelby County Schools

Spanish 1 Access
Millbrook Middle School, Elmore County Schools

The 3B's: Books, Boys, & Breakfast
Sycamore Elementary School, Talladega County Schools

State School Board District 4

Character Education
Hillcrest High School, Tuscaloosa County Schools

Jaguar Pride Mentoring
Northridge Middle School, Tuscaloosa City Schools

P.O.W.E.R.'ed to Succcess
Southview Elementary School, Tuscaloosa City Schools

Storybook STEM
University Place Elementary School, Tuscaloosa City Schools

State School Board District 5

Bucket Filler
Gilliard Elementary School, Mobile County Schools

Leader in Me: Improving School Climate & Culture
Prattville Primary School, Autauga County Schools

STEAM Friday (Steam in the Blackbelt)
R. B. Hudson STEAM Academy, Selma City Schools

Entrepreneurship Academy Financial Literacy
Williamson High and Middle Grades Preparatory Academy, Mobile County Schools

State School Board District 6

Steadfast, Loyal, Ever True
KDS DAR Elementary School, Marshall County Schools

Get Involved
Ohatchee High School, Calhoun County Schools

Sparkman Elementary School, Morgan County Schools

State School Board District 7

Project Discovery: Job Ready, Life Ready
Haleyville Center of Technology, Haleyville City Schools

Goodnight Harlan
Harlan Elementary School, Florence City Schools

Kilby Kindergarten Buddies
Kilby Laboratory School, Florence City Schools

Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools – Elementary, Tuscaloosa City Schools

State School Board District 8

Fine Arts
Collins Intermediate School, Scottsboro City Schools

Mastery Approach to Algebra
James Clemens High School, Madison City Schools

College Academy Magnet Program
Mae C. Jemison High School, Huntsville City Schools

Read Around the Block
Mill Creek Elementary School, Madison City Schools

The CLAS Banner School program was created in 2001 to recognize schools in Alabama that showcase outstanding programs and services to students. 138 school programs were nominated for this prestigious recognition.

“Congratulations to these wonderful Alabama public schools. The CLAS Schools of Distinction provide excellent examples of the significant learning opportunities taking place in public education in Alabama. Further, the stakeholders at every School of Distinction are to be commended for striving for excellence daily,” comments Dr. Vic Wilson, executive director of the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS).

This program would not be possible without its generous sponsors. LEAN Frog is the program’s keystone partner and foundation partners are American Fidelity Assurance, Classworks, Curriculum Associates, Edgenuity, and PowerSchool. CLAS appreciates its sponsors for the invaluable support of the CLAS Banner School Awards program.

About CLAS: CLAS, the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools was founded in 1969 by a small group of school leaders to provide targeted professional development and support for Alabama’s public school administrators.  CLAS now serves eleven affiliates representing each type of public school/school system leader.  CLAS provides the framework to connect dedicated school administrators and other successful leaders with a network for professional growth and support.  CLAS is the premier professional learning provider for administrators in public schools in the state of Alabama.

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