The Opelika City School System is among the very best in Alabama and the Southeast, known for its innovative classroom technology, challenging instruction and varied co-curricular offerings. Education is a top priority for the citizens of Opelika, who provide strong financial support for their schools through more than $2.3 million in property taxes, $2 million in sales taxes and $1.7 million in City Council appropriations. Per student expenditure is $4,849.10.
Through this strong funding, Opelika City Schools have been able to devote more than $20 million in new construction and renovation of facilities over the past 10 years. More than $4 million have been invested in technology for every classroom at every school, including Internet access, with more than 2,200 computers now operating system-wide.
The system serves approximately 4,500 students at nine school facilities with instruction for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. There are three primary schools serve kindergarten through second grade, three intermediate schools for grades three through five, one middle school for grades six through eight and one high school for grades nine through twelve. There is also a full-day alternative school for students with a need for an alternative school setting.
The Opelika City Schools system has received many state and national awards over the past years. A high school science teacher was named as a Milken Family Foundation winner in 1999, Superintendent Phil Raley was honored by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and Opelika Middle School has been selected as an on-going active participant in NASA's Jupiter Project. The school system was the 1995 recipient of the National Kennedy Center Arts in Education awards, and in 1990, RJR Nabisco granted Opelika a Next Century Schools award which provided $750,000 for exemplary programs at West Forest Intermediate School.
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