A quality educational program is top priority in Jacksonville. The Jacksonville City School system provides a quality education for students in grades Pre-K through 12. The Jacksonville City School system’s motto of “High Standards, High Expectations, High Achievers” provides the framework for our faculty and staff as they prepare our students for graduation and life.

The City of Jacksonville has shown their commitment to providing safe and modern facilities for the Jacksonville City School system. Some of the services they provide include:

  • School Resource officers for both schools
  • Annual $220,000 allocation to the schools
  • Partnership to provide baseball facilities for Jacksonville High School athletes
  • One-time $228,000 grant to improve the wireless infrastructure
  • Funding to build the Jacksonville High School campus in 1998

Currently, the City has provided $4 million from its recent bond issue to replace the facilities at Kitty Stone Elementary. The City has also pledged $170,000 annually toward the Jacksonville City Schools debt service.

Jacksonville City Schools serves approximately 1600 students at its elementary and high school. Kitty Stone Elementary School serves students in grades Pre-K through 6. Jacksonville High School serves students in grades 7 through 12.

For the 2013-2014 school year embarked on a One to World initiative. This One to World initiative put an iPad into the hands of every student in grades 4 through 12 for school and home use. Students in grades Pre-K through 3rd grade each have a set of iPads for classroom use. The goal of our One to World initiative is to ensure that every student is college and/or career ready when they leave the Jacksonville City School system. We know that this One to World initiative will enable our students to be even better prepared to enter and flourish in college or the global workforce after graduation.

Some highlights of our schools include the following:


Jacksonville High School (JHS)

  • Graduation rate is 90%
  • Class of 2013 earned one hundred fifty (150) scholarships (Valued at $3,109,104.00)
  • Class of 2013 scored a 23.1 ACT Composite Average – above the state of Alabama average of 20.4, and the National average of 20.9
  • 2013 Advanced Placement (AP) Scores above the Global Average in U.S. History & Calculus
  • 2013 AP Scores above the State Average in U.S. History, Chemistry, & Calculus
  • 34.3% of the Class of 2013 received an AP qualifying score
  • 98.8% of Career Technical Students seeking credentials received them
  • 2013 graduate was named finalist for the National Merit Scholarship
  • Nine National Merit Scholar Finalists since 2000 and Two National Merit Achievement Scholar Finalists since 2000
  • One (1) National Board Certified Teacher
  • 2013 Chief Ladiga Band competition winners
  • 2013 East Alabama Marching Band Festival winners
  • 2013 JSU Homecoming Parade Competition winners
  • 2013 Concert band, Marching Band and Auxiliary teams competed and received superior ratings
  • 2013 4A State Volleyball Champions
  • 2012 4A State Volleyball Runner Up
  • 2012 4A State Girls Basketball Champions

Kitty Stone Elementary School (KSE)

  • Received 2013-2014 First Class Pre-K Plus Grant
  • Elementary Science Olympiad overall winner (33 public and private schools competed)
  • Three (3) National Board Certified Teachers
  • Technology Team won 1st place in State Level II Hardware Robotics
  • Fifth grade student selected for Alabama All-State High School Orchestra – 1st Chair Violin
  • Fifty (50) students participated in Kitty Stone singers
  • Twenty-nine (29) students participated and received superior ratings in Solo and Ensemble Band
  • Sixty (60) students participated in beginning band
  • Expanded robotics program to all 6th grade students
  • Student council has worked on service projects with the Ronald McDonald House

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville State University provides distinctive educational, cultural and social experiences for a diverse student population. As a learning-centered university, Jacksonville State University strives to challenge students academically in a responsive environment, meeting students’ educational, career and personal goals. As an academic institution, Jacksonville State University seeks to produce broadly-educated graduates that are prepared for global engagement. As a public, comprehensive university, Jacksonville State University promotes excellence in scholarly and service activities consistent with its academic and professional strengths. (

Gadsden State Community College

Gadsden State Community College is a comprehensive community college dedicated to meeting the changing needs of citizens in its service area. It offers the first two years of a four-year degree, a number of technical and certificate programs, and non-credit programs that include continuing education, skills training, and adult education. The Gadsden State Community College Ayers Campus and the Gadsden State McClellan Center serve the residents in the Calhoun County area. (

Gadsden State offers numerous Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Degree programs.

GSCC also has a technical division which offers a wide array of educational opportunities.
Associate Degrees and Certificate Programs


The Calhoun County School System is the largest of the five school systems and offers a variety of educational opportunities for students of all ages, interests and abilities. The Calhoun County School System is comprised of seven elementary schools, two middle schools, seven high schools and a career technical center.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN CALHOUN COUNTY – Click for more information

The Calhoun County area is also served by a variety of private schools. These private schools, from religious-based to college-preparatory, provide additional educational choices for residents.


Superintendent’s Office / Board of Education
Dr. Mark Petersen
123 College Street, SW
Jacksonville, AL 36265
(256) 782-5682
Kitty Stone Elementary School
1200 James Hopkins Rd.
Jacksonville, AL 36265
(256) 782-5191
Jacksonville High School
1000 George Douthit Drive, SW Jacksonville, AL 36265
(256) 782-8800
Jacksonville Christian Academy
831 Alexandria Road, SW, Jacksonville, AL 36265
(256) 435-3333
Calhoun County Career Techical Center
1200 Church Avenue, SE
(256) 741-4600
Pleasant Valley Elementary School
265 Mark Green Road
Jacksonville, AL 36265
(256) 741-6600
Pleasant Valley High School
4141 Pleasant Valley Road
Jacksonville, AL 36265
(256) 741-6700