Calhoun County is home to some of the finest educational institutions in the State of Alabama. Five public school systems and a number of outstanding private and parochial schools, which provide a full range of primary and secondary education, are located in Calhoun County. Post secondary and/or continuing education is offered at Gadsden State Community College (Ayers Campus), and Jacksonville State University, both located in Calhoun County.

Public Schools

The Calhoun County School System is the largest of the five school systems and offers a variety of educational opportunities for students of all ages, interests and abilities. The Calhoun County School System is comprised of seven elementary schools, two middle schools, seven high schools and a career technical center.

The Anniston School System provides educational opportunities for students in grades K-12 residing within the Anniston City limits. The school system consists of seven elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.

The Jacksonville School System provides a quality education for students in grades K-12. The system serves approximately 1700 students at its elementary and high school.

The Oxford School System enjoys a strong commitment from the education system, the community, and the civic leaders of Oxford to support the learning program for children. There are four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school offering a varied curriculum for students K-12.

The Piedmont City School is a student-focused small town school system. It has a rich history of high academic performance due to high parental involvement and strong educators. The Piedmont System is comprised of an elementary, middle and high school.

Private Schools

The Calhoun County area is also served by a variety of private schools. These private schools, from religious-based to college-preparatory, provide additional educational choices for residents.

Gadsden State Community College

Gadsden State Community College is a comprehensive community college dedicated to meeting the changing needs of citizens in its service area. It offers the first two years of a four-year degree, a number of technical and certificate programs, and non-credit programs that include continuing education, skills training, and adult education. The Gadsden State Community College Ayers Campus and the Gadsden State McClellan Center serve the residents in the Calhoun County area. www.gadsdenstate.edu

Degree Offerings

Gadsden State offers numerous Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Degree programs, including:

  • Agribusiness Education
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science & Information
  • Elementary Education
  • Emergency medical services
  • Health Services
  • Legal Secretary
  • Marketing Management
  • Mathematics
  • Office Administration
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Psychology
  • Speech Communications

Gadsden State Community College also has a technical division which offers a wide array of educational opportunities, including:

  • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
  • Automotive Body Repair
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Carpentry
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Maintenance Technology
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Mechanical Design Technology
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Welding Technology
  • Diesel Mechanics

Jacksonville State University

When it comes to the quality of education, Calhoun County benefits greatly from its hometown university, Jacksonville State University. Located 20 minutes north of Anniston, JSU is a fully accredited four-year university serving northeast Alabama on a 459-acre campus. Jacksonville State University is the sixth largest university in Alabama, serving over 9,000 students and offering academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. www.jsu.edu

Degree Offerings

Undergraduate:

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Drama
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • Emergency Management
  • English
  • Exercise Science & Wellness
  • Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Finance
  • Foreign Languages
  • Geography
  • Health Education
  • History
  • Liberal Studies
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Physical Education
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Recreation Leadership
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Special Education
  • Technology & Engineering

Graduate

  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Computer & Information Services
  • Counselor Education
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Emergency Management
  • Engineering
  • History
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Instructional Media
  • Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Reading Specialist
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • Technology & Engineering