The educational systems in Clarke County provide quality education to the residents and will provide an educated workforce to new industries.
The Grove Hill, Coffeeville, and Jackson public schools, a part of the Clarke County School System, are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and have exemplary programs of instruction. A separate Thomasville City School System, also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools serves the students of Thomasville.
Area high schools have solid college preparatory programs for all high school students as well as honors and advanced placement programs and award winning elective programs. National Honor Society selection is at the end of 10th grade for all students with 87 or higher numerical average. Both school systems offer students the opportunity for standard and advanced diplomas. Advanced Placement classes which include AP American History, AP 12th Grade English, and AP Calculus provide opportunities to earn college credit while in high school.
Clarke County is home to two private schools, Clarke County Preparatory School in Grove Hill and Jackson Academy in Jackson. Both school are accredited by the Alabama Independent School Association and have a strong commitment to a traditional, challenging, and enriching curriculum. Students in the Alabama Independent School Association displayed exceptional achievement on the Stanford Achievement Test on spring 2002 test results. Test scores indicate that on an average, students in AISA schools score well above the national average in all required grades tested by AISA schools.
State Highway 43 S., Thomasville, Alabama 36784
Phone (334) 636-9642
Coastal Alabama Community College is a state-supported, fully accredited, comprehensive two-year college serving southwest Alabama through two campuses and two centers. The College offers a wide range of excellent university transfer and career programs.
Coastal Alabama offers students an exciting college experience. Highly qualified faculty and small classes mean big academic rewards for students. The active campuses also give students dozens of chances to become involved in social and leadership activities. Championship athletic programs keep school spirit high.
Coastal Alabama has been a leader among the state’s two-year colleges in forging partnerships with Alabama industries. The College offers on-site classes and training for a number of Southwest Alabama industries and has worked closely with industry leaders to ensure that the College’s course requirements meet industry standards.
Coastal Alabama, which has an enrollment of approximately 2,000, was formed in 1991 by a merger of Patrick Henry Junior College in Monroeville and Hobson State Technical College in Thomasville. The College now includes a center in Gilbertown and Jackson.
Coastal Alabama Community College’s Jackson campus has the most modern computer classrooms in the world. Students can interact with instructors via computer from various long distance campuses.
Alabama Technology Network/Coastal Alabama Community College Center for Forestry, Paper, and Chemical Technology
Alabama Technology Network is a not-for-profit organization com- posed of ten centers that links the University of Alabama System, Auburn University, the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, and two-year colleges. The ATN centers work in a coordinated effort to improve economic development oppor- tunities in the state.
Alabama’s largest industries – Forestry, Paper, and Chemical- need a globally competitive technical workforce in order to remain productive and profitable. And, they need access to the latest technology so that Alabama’s foundational industries continue as the most efficient and effective in the world. The center for technical excellence focused on the forestry, paper and chemical industries is one of the best possible investments in Alabama’s economic future.
The services of the Center for Forestry, Paper and Chemical Technology are conducted utilizing state-of-the-art techniques and equipment that presently are not possible on a traditional college or university campus. The training is fundamental to the industry and includes forestry technology, timber harvesting, electrical technology, industrial electronics, paper and chemical technology, industrial maintenance, instrumentation, and organizational behavior processes. Coastal Alabama Community College is responsible for all training.