Welcome To Gulf Shores City Schools
The Gulf Shores City Schools serve approximately 2,500 students in one elementary school, one middle school and one high school. It is located on Alabama's Gulf Coast in the southern-most tip of Baldwin County. With an academically diverse student body, the District sets high expectations and provides opportunities for all students and faculty to reach their full potential. Residents share a commitment to education as well as the arts, sports, and civic responsibility.
The Gulf Shores City Schools community, comprising The Board of Education, administrators, teachers, school staff, parents, students and community members, has high expectations and standards for all students. The GSCS community challenges and inspires its students to become creative and critical thinkers who make ethical choices, to work both independently and collaboratively to solve problems, to become life-long learners and responsible citizens in a democratic society, and to be prepared for the demands of a highly technological and global community. We are dedicated to continuous improvement and are committed to maintaining the flexibility necessary to anticipate and respond to a changing world.
We believe in:
1. Promoting rigorous, comprehensive, and relevant curriculum that prepares students to become productive citizens and lifelong learners.
2. Developing self-reliance by incorporating the student’s physical, mental, emotional and social well-being into the teaching/learning environment.
3. Fostering inclusive, engaging members of society, and encouraging critical and creative thinking.
4. Recruiting and emboldening the best and the brightest faculty and staff and rewarding innovation and collaboration.
5. Instilling a sense of pride in our schools by engaging the Gulf Shores community in the educational experience.
The Gulf Shores City Schools set high expectations for students to reach their full potential. Our programs incorporate traditional and innovative instructional strategies based on the latest research, best practices and our Strategic Pan. This plan calls for incorporating 21st century learning skills into our academic and co-curricular programs, providing coordinated networks of support for our PreK-12 learners, fostering the social-emotional development of students, and building a professional culture of learning for faculty and staff.
Gulf Shores Elementary School is guided by the belief that good schools nurture a child's intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth. We engage children in learning experiences that are relevant, purposeful, challenging, and hands on. We respect children's developmental needs, interests, learning styles and differences as they strive to master content knowledge and skills. With a strong foundation of learning in place, students are challenged to form new understandings and to create new meaning. Individualized yet highly structured instruction in reading and writing workshops; a focus on understanding, problem solving, and computational fluency in mathematics; proactive early screening, and enrichment and intervention programs.
Gulf Shores Middle School is designed to meet the academic and social needs of the young adolescent. We foster academic success through carefully orchestrated programs that reflect the social, emotional, and intellectual needs of young adolescents. We recognize that 10 to 14 year olds are developmentally poised for significant intellectual growth and are cognitively ready for high-level academic challenges. We also recognize, however, that this can be best achieved in a safe and inviting environment that supports the significant changes in the physical development and social behavior, as well as rapid development in the emotional intelligence of our students. Flexible and varied instruction, individualized learning, and collaborative, cross-disciplinary approaches are utilized in a facility designed for this age group. Our teachers and students share ownership of learning in the classroom, team teaching, integrated studies, learning projects, and after-school activities and through annual outdoor educational experiences. integrated studies, learning projects
As a four-year high school, Gulf Shores High School provides courses and a rigorous college preparatory program for its academically diverse students. In a supportive environment that promotes respect and responsibility, students also develop through a rich performing and creative arts program and a wide variety of extracurricular and athletic activities.