CLAS Names 2023 Schools of Distinction

CLAS has named 32 schools as CLAS Schools of Distinction. From these schools, one from each State Board of Education district will be chosen as a CLAS Banner School. Banner Schools will be announced at the CLAS Banner School Luncheon in May.
Feb 29, 2024 by Leslie Dennis, CLAS Assistant Director of Professional Learning

Montgomery, Ala – February 29, 2024:  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.

View a one-page listing of the CLAS Schools of Distinction

State School Board District 1

Dragon Tutors
Alabama School of Math & Science

Running Club
Brookwood Elementary School, Enterprise City Schools

Science at Work
Gulf Shores High School, Gulf Shores City Schools

EcoExplorer: A STEAM Journey
Orange Beach Elementary School, Orange Beach City Schools

State School Board District 2

Abbeville Elementary School Band
Abbeville Elementary School, Henry County Schools

DCHS Best Buddies
Dale County High School, Dale County Schools

Bloom’s Cafe
Randolph-Roanoke Career Technology Center, Randolph County Schools

Wicksburg A Deaf Inclusive Environment
Wicksburg Elementary School, Houston County Schools

State School Board District 3

Pelham High School, Pelham City Schools

Panther Pals
Pelham Oaks Elementary School, Pelham City Schools

Yondr Pouches
Stanhope Elmore High School, Elmore County Schools

Girls in Science: Girls Rock STEM Club
Thompson Middle School, Alabaster City Schools

State School Board District 4

Purpose, Excellence and Pride (PEP)
Hale County Middle School, Hale County Schools

NASA ASTRO CAMP® Community Partners (ACCP)
Minor Elementary School, Birmingham City Schools

Academy of Engineering
Ramsay IB High School, Birmingham City Schools

Let’s Talk It Out
Rutledge Middle School, Midfield City Schools

State School Board District 5

Student Success Teams
Demopolis High School, Demopolis City Schools

Book Tasting & Child Nutrition Day
Leinkauf Elementary School, Mobile County Schools

Agriculture Program – Paired with 4H Garden Club
Rosa A. Lott Middle School, Mobile County Schools

More than a CRI – Spartans Graduate College and Career Ready!
Saraland High School, Saraland City Schools

State School Board District 6

Utility Line Worker Program
Cullman Area Technology Academy, Cullman County Schools

Magic Panthers
John S. Jones Elementary School, Etowah County Schools

411 Network
Moody High School, St. Clair County Schools

Parkside Elementary School, Cullman County Schools

State School Board District 7

BESt Way
Brooks Elementary School, Lauderdale County Schools

Tigers Feeding Tigers
Deshler High School, Tuscumbia City Schools

Vertical Writing Stack Audit
Harlan Elementary School, Florence City Schools

Rise Above Boys Mentoring Club
West Decatur Elementary School, Decatur City Schools

State School Board District 8

Challenger Middle School, Huntsville City Schools

Big Red Grocery Store
Huntsville Jr. High School, Huntsville City Schools

Jetspress: An Arts A/V Program
James Clemens High School, Madison City Schools

School to Home
Montview Elementary School, Huntsville City Schools

The CLAS Banner School program was created in 2001 to recognize schools in Alabama that showcase outstanding programs and services to students. 240 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 the generous sponsorship provided by American Fidelity Assurance, Bailey Education, and Ward Scott Morris Architecture. CLAS appreciates the invaluable support of these sponsors to the 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 thirteen 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.