Houston County Schools serve approximately 6400 students in Southeastern Alabama. The system consists of two K-12 schools, one K-5 school, two K-6 schools, one 6-8 school, two 7-12 schools, one 9-12 school, a Career & Technical Center (CTC) that serves students in grades 9-12 from throughout the county, one Alternative School, and Hope High School which serves At-Risk students in grades 9-12.Houston County Schools employs approximately 725 professional and support personnel with an operating budget of approximately $54 million. See the map below for directions to the Houston County Schools central office at 404 West Washington Street in Dothan, AL.
Houston County Schools, believing that our children are our future, commit to a partnership with stakeholders, to provide safe, caring learning environments that encourage each student to achieve to his or her full potential.
All Elementary Schools in Houston County participate in the "Alabama Reading Initiative Program", "Accelerated Reader Program", and the "Step Up to Writing Program". All have elementary Physical Education Programs taught by certified Physical Education teachers. They all have Honors programs and music programs. Each has a school nurse on campus throughout the school day and all are accredited by SACS.
High schools offer comprehensive courses of study ranging from basic and remedial courses to honors courses as well as dual enrollment courses. These comprehensive courses include a foreign language (Spanish or French), and advanced courses in all subjects including computer science. Students are given the opportunity to refine their skills in Fine Arts through music and drama programs. All high schools are SACS accredited.
Technology and Related Programs
In each high school, a computer applications lab offers students the opportunity to work on Microsoft applications. In the Career & Technical Center, a Cisco Networking class as well as a COMPTIA A+ class is offered to students who enjoy learning IT skills. Every classroom in the Houston County School System is equipped with at least one computer workstation for student use and most have two or more with high speed internet access. A wireless LAN is provided for students and staff in all schools for convenience and portability. ODYSSEY Learning Labs are in use in the elementary schools for remediation and reinforcing basic and advanced skills.
Houston County Schools also have a comprehensive range of programs in place to serve special student populations. Each school has certified teachers who work with students who have a wide range of exceptionalities and handicaps. Students are, in most cases, integrated into the regular classrooms through inclusion programs. A Gifted Program is also in place to serve those students who are talented academically and have shown special abilities in specific areas. At-Risk students who have difficulty functioning in a traditional school environment have the option of attending Hope High School if they qualify. Hope High School is a self paced academic program administered in a computer-assisted, independent study environment.