Blount County offers excellent educational opportunities to its residents.
Blount County Schools
“Providing the keys to lifelong learning” is the motto of Blount County Schools. With a focus on providing students with the skills and knowledge needed to become successful and productive citizens, the 17 school sites in the Blount County School System (six high schools, eight elementary/middle schools, one career tech center, one alternative school, and one multi-needs school) have a combined enrollment of over 8,000 students.
There are computer labs in each elementary and high school, providing a seamless integration of technology into learning opportunities. High-speed internet access is available in all Blount County schools. In addition, Locust Fork High School is one of the only high schools in the country to boast two blended learning digital classrooms, providing unsurpassed college and career technical level learning opportunities to Blount County students.
Oneonta City Schools
Excellence is the hallmark of the Oneonta City School System. Its students enjoy challenging opportunities afforded students in big cities amid the small town setting of their school. In addition to courses leading to the state’s academic diploma, the school system offers electives such as computer studies, humanities, music and drama, foreign languages, vocational courses and more. The needs of individual students are met through classes for advanced, remedial and special education services. Oneonta students consistently rank among the state’s highest scores on standardized achievement tests. Both schools are fully accredited by the state and by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges.
Oneonta City School is committed to providing its students and teachers with the best of technology. There are four computer labs in the school in addition to two mobile ones. The complete school can access the Internet from labs or from computers in each classroom. Media centers employ up-to-date technology in every aspect of their programs.
The system’s teaching and support staff reflects a commitment to excellence. Most hold advanced degrees and many serve as leaders in their respective fields and in the community. Community support for the system is evidenced by the active role parents and community leaders play in school programs and activities. By focusing on its children, Oneonta is facing a future filled with promise and growth.
Christian, Private, and Other Options
Quality private education is provided to the residents of Blount County through Christian schools, up to grade 10. Mt. Pleasant Church Kindergarten has only Pre-K and Kindergarten options, while Victory Christian School accepts students from Kindergarten through the 10th grade.
There is an active homeschooling group with options for outside learning through the Neely Arts Center and public libraries located in Oneonta and Blountsville.
Post Secondary Schools
Wallace State Community College
Located in Hanceville, Alabama, Wallace State Community College offers over 50 programs of study in academic, healthcare and technical areas, as well as continuing education courses and customized job training courses for area industries. The College has an average of 7,000 students enrolled each year, including those enrolled in traditional and distance learning and online courses.
Snead State Community College
Located in the heart of Sand Mountain, the Boaz campus of Snead State Community College is within driving distance of Birmingham and Huntsville. Snead State also has two fully-functional off-campus sites in Arab and Oneonta.
Snead State has one of the largest distance education programs in the State, offering a flexible schedule and online courses, allowing students to pursue their education while balancing their hectic lifestyle.
Snead State also has a specific Workforce Development Division.