I am happy that you have chosen our school system or are considering our system for your child's education. Our system comprises five schools - Athens City Middle School, North City School, Westside School, City Park School and Ingleside School. Our educators and staff are highly qualified to provide your child with the best education possible. If at any time you have questions or need additional information about Athens City Schools, please call us at 423-745-2863 or email a member of our central office staff. We also invite you to visit us. For directions, scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your address.
The Athens City Schools System was established in 1903 when Forest Hill Grammar School was the only public school in Athens. Professor J.C. Ridenour was principal and also superintendent of the school system. In 1923, another school in north Athens, now known as North City School, was added to the city school system.
In 1938 Ingleside Elementary School was constructed to accommodate an increasing population, and 12 years later in 1950, City Park School was erected. In 1955 the system was operating four, first through eighth grade elementary schools and one, first through 12th grade African American School, the J.L. Cook School, which was operated in conjunction with the McMinn County School System until the mid-1960s when all schools were integrated.
After much research and study, the decision was made to switch from a first through eighth grade structure to a kindergarten through sixth grade and seventh through ninth grade structure in 1966. This change required the construction of the Athens Junior High School, now known as Athens City Middle School. Construction continued in 1971 when Forest Hill Grammar was sold to Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in 1974, due to its age and need for renovation, and was replaced by Westside School.
Other high points in the history of the School System include the addition of bus transportation in 1974, several building renovations and technology updates and the restructuring of the schools in 1993, which created two kindergarten through third grade schools, two fourth through sixth grade schools and one seventh through ninth grade schools. In 2011, the System underwent another reorganization. Currently, the Athens City Schools System includes two Pre-K through second grade schools, two third through fifth grade schools and one sixth through eighth grade school.
Leadership for the System throughout the years has remained consistent in providing excellence for the students it serves. Superintendents for the System have included Professor J.C. Ridenour, Mrs. Hazel Bacon, Professor W.F. Whitaker, Dr. Robin Pierce,Dr. Craig Rigell, Robert Greene and Dr. Melanie Miller.
Mission and Core Beliefs
The mission of the Athens City School System, in partnership with the community, is to provide opportunities for all students to develop intellectually, socially, physically and morally in order to live as a contributing member of an ever changing, multi-cultural society.
- Learning is our highest priority.
- Learning is lifelong.
- All children can learn.
- Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and cultural needs.
- Students learn in different ways and therefore should be given a variety of ways to learn.
- In a diverse curriculum.
- Students should learn in a positive, safe, and disciplined environment.
- Self-esteem, self-discipline, and respect for others and their cultures are essential for a safe and successful learning environment.
- Learning is a shared responsibility between students, teachers, parents, and community members.
- Programs and/or instructional decisions should be based on proven practices and education research.
- The interests of children should be placed first in the decision-making process.
- Good teachers and good teaching should be celebrated.
- In early childhood education.
- Technology is an important tool for learning.
- Our schools are a vital resource to the City of Athens.