Valiant Cross Academy Chosen As An Official Bicentennial School

August 30, 2018

Two-hundred Alabama schools have been selected as official Alabama Bicentennial Schools, Gov. Kay Ivey announced Friday.

Ivey launched the initiative in December to encourage all students, whether in public, private or homeschools, to take part in the state's upcoming 200th birthday. Alabama officially became the 22nd U.S. state on Dec. 14, 1819.

Superintendents, principals, teachers, students, and administrators from the 200 schools gathered with Ivey and state legislators for the announcement Friday morning.

“It makes me so proud to see such a strong showing of schools participating in the program. It is an honor to recognize these outstanding schools and their projects as we head into Alabama’s bicentennial year,” Ivey said. “The Alabama Bicentennial celebration is about bringing communities together and getting all of our citizens involved. The schools being honored are a great representation of that goal.”

Approximately 400 proposals were submitted after every K-12 school in the state was invited to submit one that engages in outreach and improvement projects to connect their classrooms with their local communities, the governor's office said.

After local educators, community leaders, and private citizens narrowed down the proposals, the governor's office chose the official schools and awarded them grants of $2,000 to get their projects started. Fifty-six other schools were given honorable mentions and grants valued at $500. 

The projects range from oral history projects to community gardens to mentorship programs.

“One of the core objectives of the bicentennial is to get Alabamians thinking about what makes our state special, and what they want it to be,” said Steve Murray, co-chair of the Bicentennial Commission’s Education Committee. “The terrific projects developed by the Alabama Bicentennial Schools will create opportunities for students to learn about the importance of community, and to discover the ability they have to shape the future of their corner of the state.”

The Alabama Bicentennial Schools Initiative is presented in partnership by Alabama 200, the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH), and the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE).

The schools will submit a report about their project in the summer of 2019 and in December 21, or three from each of the state's seven congressional districts, will be designated as an Alabama Bicentennial School of Excellence.

Official Alabama Bicentennial Schools by County

Autauga County
Billingsley High School
Pine Level Elementary
Prattville Christian Academy

Baldwin County
Foley High School
Renaissance School of the Eastern Shore

Barbour County
Eufaula Elementary School
Eufaula High School
Eufaula Primary School

Bibb County
Bibb County High School

Blount County
Appalachian School

Bullock County
Bullock County High School

Butler County
Fort Dale Academy

Calhoun County
Ohatchee High School
White Plains High School

Chambers County
John P. Powell Middle School

Cherokee County
Cedar Bluff School
Gaylesville High School

Chilton County
Jemison Intermediate School
Maplesville High School
Thorsby High School
Verbena High School

Choctaw County
Choctaw County High School
Southern Choctaw Elementary School

Clarke County
Clarke County High School
Jackson Intermediate School
Wilson Hall Middle School

Clay County
Lineville Elementary School

Cleburne County
Cleburne County Middle School

Coffee County
Elba Elementary School
Elba High School

Colbert County
G.W. Trenholm Primary School
McBride Elementary School

Conecuh County
Lyeffion Jr. High School

Coosa County
Central Elementary School

Covington County
Florala High School

Crenshaw County
Luverne High School

Cullman County
Good Hope High School
Thistle and Clover Academy
Vinemont Elementary School

Dale County
Harry N. Mixon Intermediate School

Dallas County
Salem Elementary School
Selma High School
Southside Primary School
Valley Grande Elementary School

DeKalb County
Collinsville High School
Crossville Elementary School
Williams Avenue Elementary School

Elmore County
Elmore County High School
Wetumpka Middle School

Escambia County
Rachel Patterson Elementary School

Etowah County
John S. Jones Elementary School
Southside High School

Fayette County
Fayette Elementary School

Franklin County
Red Bay High School
Russellville Elementary School

Geneva County
Samson Elementary School

Greene County
Eutaw Primary School
Greene County High School
Robert Brown Middle School

Hale County
Hale County College and Career Academy
Hale County Middle School
Moundville Elementary School

Henry County
Headland Middle School

Houston County
Montana Street Magnet School
Rehobeth School District
Webb Elementary School

Jackson County
Bridgeport Middle School
Woodville High School
Pisgah High School

Jefferson County
Bluff Park Elementary School
Cahaba Elementary School
Faith Community Christian School
George Washington Carver High School
Greenwood Elementary School
John Herbert Phillips Academy
Leeds Elementary School
Magnolia Elementary School
Mountain Brook High School
Henry J. Oliver Elementary School
Pinson Valley High School
Vestavia Hills Elementary School – Cahaba Heights
Vestavia Hills Elementary School – West

Lamar County
South Lamar School

Lauderdale County
Kilby Laboratory School
Lexington High School
St. Joseph Regional Catholic School

Lawrence County
Lawrence County High School

Lee County
Auburn High School
Auburn Jr. High School
Carver Primary School
Chanticleer Learning Center
Loachapoka High School
Ogletree Elementary School
Pick Elementary School
West Forest Intermediate School

Limestone County
Athens High School
East Limestone High School
Piney Chapel Elementary School
SPARK Academy at James L. Cowart Elementary School
Tanner Elementary School

Lowndes County
The Calhoun School
Jackson-Steele Elementary School

Macon County
Booker T. Washington High School
Tuskegee Institute Middle School
Tuskegee Public School

Madison County
Buckhorn High School
Challenger Middle School
Madison Cross Roads Elementary School
Monte Sano Elementary School
Moores Mill Intermediate School
New Century Technology High School
New Hope Elementary School
Riverton Elementary School
Roger B. Chaffee Elementary School
Ronald E. McNair Jr. High School
Walnut Grove Elementary School

Marengo County
Westside Elementary School

Marion County
Hamilton Elementary School
Phillips Elementary School
Winfield City Schools

Marshall County
Albertville Elementary School
Albertville High School
Boaz High School
Guntersville City Schools

Mobile County
Alabama School of Mathematics and Science
Anna F. Booth Elementary School
Calcedeaver Elementary School
Calloway-Smith Middle School
Bernice J. Causey Middle School
Clark-Shaw Magnet School
Dunbar Creative and Performing Arts Magnet School
Erin’s Gulf Coast Homeschool
Leinkauf Elementary School
McDavid-Jones Elementary School
Murphy High School
The Museum School at Mobile Museum of Art
Old Shell Road School of Creative and Performing Arts
Olive J. Dodge Elementary School
Peter F. Alba Middle School
Phillips Preparatory School
Saraland Middle School
St. Luke’s Episcopal School
St. Mary Catholic School
W.P. Davidson High School

Monroe County
Monroeville Elementary School

Montgomery County
Baldwin Arts and Academics Magnet School
Bear Exploration Center
Sidney Lanier High School
The Montgomery Academy
Valiant Cross Academy

Morgan County
Decatur Middle School
Eva School
F.E. Burleson Elementary School
Lacey’s Spring School
Walter Jackson Elementary School

Perry County
Francis Marion School

Pickens County
Reform Elementary School

Pike County
Banks Middle School
Goshen Elementary School
Goshen High School
Pike County High School

Randolph County
Handley Middle School

Russell County
Central Freshman Academy
Ladonia Elementary School

Shelby County
Chelsea Middle School
Chelsea Park Elementary School
Coosa Valley Academy
Creek View Elementary School
Helena Middle School
Meadow View Elementary School
Shelby County High School
Thompson Intermediate School

St. Clair County
Springville Elementary School

Sumter County
University Charter School

Talladega County
Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind
B.B. Comer Memorial High School
Munford Elementary School
Pinecrest Elementary School
Stemley Road Elementary School

Tallapoosa County
Alexander City Schools

Tuscaloosa County
Faucett-Vestavia Elementary School
Huntington Place Elementary School
Lake View Elementary School
Myrtlewood Elementary School
Oakdale Elementary School
Paul W. Bryant High School
Skyland Elementary School
Tuscaloosa Academy
Vance Elementary School
Walker Elementary School
Westlawn Middle School

Walker County
Oakman Middle School

Washington County
Fruitdale High School
Washington County Career Technical Center

Wilcox County
F.S. Ervin Elementary School

Winston County
Haleyville City Schools
Winston County High School
Meek High School


Alabama Bicentennial Schools Honorable Mentions by County

Calhoun County
Coldwater Elementary School
Weaver High School

Choctaw County
Southern Choctaw High School

Clarke County
Thomasville Elementary School

Coffee County
New Brockton High School

Colbert County
Deshler High School

Coosa County
Central Middle School

Covington County
Andalusia Elementary School

Etowah County
West End High School

Franklin County
Tharptown Elementary School

Geneva County
Geneva High School

Hale County
Hale County High School

Houston County
Beverlye Magnet School
Carver Magnet School
Cloverdale Elementary School
Heard Magnet School
Hidden Lake Elementary School
Kelly Springs Elementary School

Jackson County
Hollywood School

Jefferson County
Hudson K-8 School
Chalkville Elementary School
Rudd Middle School

Lauderdale County
Riverhill School

Lee County
Auburn Early Education Center
Richland Elementary School
J.F. Drake Middle School

Lowndes County
Central Elementary School

Macon County
George Washington Carver Elementary School
Notasulga High School

Madison County
Bob Jones High School
Central School
Hampton Cove Elementary School
Madison County Elementary School
The Montessori School of Huntsville
Whitesburg Christian Academy

Marshall County
Arab Elementary School
Kate Duncan Smith DAR School

Montgomery County
Booker T. Washington Magnet High School

Morgan County
Austinville Elementary School
Banks-Caddell Elementary School
Barkley Bridge Elementary School
Benjamin Davis Elementary School

Pickens County
Gordo High School

Pike County
New Life Christian Academy
Pike County Elementary School

Randolph County
Handley High School
Randolph County High School
Wadley High School

Shelby County
Riverchase Elementary School

St. Clair County
Margaret Elementary School

Talladega County
Childersburg High School
Lincoln Elementary School
Sycamore Elementary School

Tuscaloosa County
Northport Elementary School

Washington County
McIntosh High School

Wilcox County
Camden School of Arts and Technology

Winston County
Meek Elementary School
Lynn Elementary School

Originally Published by WSFA on August 3, 2018