CLAS Names 2021 Schools of Distinction

The Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools has named 30 Schools of Distinction. One school from each district will be named a CLAS Banner School in May 2022.
Mar 2, 2022 by Leslie Dennis, CLAS Assistant Director of Professional Learning

Montgomery, Ala – March 1, 2022:  The CLAS School of Distinction Award recognizes school programs that serve as outstanding educational models for other schools in Alabama. These exemplary schools/programs will be recognized at an awards luncheon in May. At the awards luncheon, the CLAS Banner School for each district will be named.

State School Board District 1

Brewton Elementary Book Club
Brewton Elementary School, Brewton City Schools

The Reading Streak
Brewton Middle School, Brewton City Schools

21st Century Tribe Time
Chickasaw Elementary School, Chickasaw City Schools

Spencer-Westlawn Elementary School, Mobile County Schools

State School Board District 2

Farm Program
Dale County High School, Dale County Schools

Classes of Universal (learning) Design – “COULD”
Harry N. Mixon Intermediate School, Ozark City Schools

ROAR – A Foundational Approach to School Climate
Knight Enloe Elementary School, Roanoke City Schools

Phenix City Intermediate School, Phenix City Schools

State School Board District 3

WIN “What I Need”

B.B. Comer Memorial Elementary School, Talladega County Schools

Camp Discovery
Elmore County Technical Center, Elmore County Schools

Peer Helping
Hoover High School, Hoover City Schools

Laying the Foundation: Building a Middle School Electives Program for All Students
Thompson Middle School, Alabaster City Schools

State School Board District 4

Cultivating Student Growth Through Gardening
Hillcrest High School, Tuscaloosa County Schools

The MLK Way
Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, Tuscaloosa City Schools

T.C.T.A. Approach: Transforming Communities Through an Academy Approach
Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy, Tuscaloosa City Schools

The Literacy Silver Bullet
Tuscaloosa City Schools

State School Board District 5

After School Adventure, 21st Century CCLC
Grove Hill Elementary School, Clarke County Schools

PRES Arts Program
Pike Road Elementary School, Pike Road City Schools

State School Board District 6

The Tiger Way
Hartselle Intermediate School, Hartselle City Schools

5th Grade STEAM Robotics Team-Ultimate Current
Little Ridge Intermediate School, Fort Payne City Schools

Academic Opportunities
Ohatchee Elementary School, Calhoun County Schools

Piedmont Promise Project (3P)
Piedmont High School, Piedmont City Schools

State School Board District 7

Tiger Buddies Mentoring
G. W. Trenholm Primary School, Tuscumbia City Schools

UNA Lion Buddies
Harlan Elementary School, Florence City Schools

12 Days of Giving
Lauderdale County High School, Lauderdale County Schools

Bilingual Team-Taught Science Class
Russellville Elementary School, Russellville City Schools

State School Board District 8

Building Construction Academy
Bob Jones High School, Madison City Schools

Open Circle
Challenger Elementary School, Huntsville City Schools

Jet Student Leadership
James Clemens High School, Madison City Schools

Schoolwide Social-Emotional Learning
Sparkman Middle School, Madison County Schools

The CLAS Banner School program was created in 2001 to recognize schools in Alabama that showcase outstanding programs and services to students. 166 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 twelve 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.