All County public schools are accredited by the State of Alabama and Cognia
Additional information on Maxwell Elementary / Middle School can be found at:
Students reside in housing on Maxwell AFB and Gunter-Annex in grades 9-12 are zoned in the Montgomery County Public School System. Maxwell is zoned for Carver Senior High School and Gunter-Annex is zoned for Lee High School. Bus service is provided for both bases/schools. FamCamp also stands as a designated area for permanent living quarters. This designation allows permanent residents within the camping area to attend Maxwell Air Force Base Elementary and Middle School. The official memo can be found here.
Montgomery Public Schools has an outstanding magnet school program. MPS will begin accepting magnet school applications for School Year 2021-2022 is currently open online from January 5 until 12 February at noon. Magnet application transcripts must be submitted to the Magnet Office no later than 4 p.m. Feb. 19. They anticipate running the initial magnet lottery in late March or early April.. (Note: You do not have to live in Montgomery County to apply, although if your child is selected and chooses to attend, you will have to live in Montgomery County – including Maxwell/Gunter – by the first day of school. This means that anyone can apply, regardless of where they currently live.)
The applications will be available online at www.EngageEducateInspire.org, where you can also find additional magnet information. Due to COVID-19, MPS magnet schools will offer virtual open houses this year.
Local Charter Schools are now accepting application for SY 21-22
There are also a number of private schools, many with religious orientations, located in the River Region. The area's independent and parochial schools are accredited by Cognia or by the Alabama Independent School Association. Please click here for a list of accredited local private schools.
Alabama First Class Pre K is accepting online pre-registration applications for 2021-2022 school year. Enrollment is open to all children four years of age on or before 9/1/21
For information on Home Schooling in Alabama, please visit https://hslda.org/legal/alabama or contact the State Department of Education, School Safety, Discipline, and Attendance Division, P.O. Box 302101, Montgomery, AL 36130-2101, Phone 334-242-8165, Fax 334-353-5962.
Several public school districts in the River Region support military-connected families and students by allowing “Out of District Enrollment.” This means that your student may attend school in a district other than the one that she or he is zoned for based on your residency. Approval of out of district enrollment is at the discretion of the district superintendent. Also, because the student is attending outside of their district, a parent or guardian is responsible for transportation to and from school.
Each district's policy has different eligibility criteria:
(Bold – default district school zone; Italic – Out of District Enrollment options)
The Alabama State Department of Education analyzes verifiable data to annually inform the public of the state's, districts' and individual schools' performance on more than 30 criteria.
Why you should disclose military affiliation to your local school?
When you enroll your child, you will notice a question asking about military affiliation. Many parents questions whether they should disclose their military affiliation. Yes, you should! There are two reasons, Federal Impact Aid and the Military Student Identifier. The collected data helps your school district to apply for Federal Impact Aid Funds. These funds help offset the lost tax revenue to local school districts due to Federal lands. This includes lost property taxes due to base housing and lost sales tax dues to purchases on base. The Military Student Identifier helps the schools, districts and in turn states to determine where the military affiliated students attend schools. This can assistance in bringing resources and support for military affiliated students into the schools. While our children are resilient, sometimes their needs are different then their civilian peers. Dealing with frequent moves, deployments and other military stressors can make school life challenging. The Military Student Identifier allows agencies to pinpoint where to concentrate their support effort most efficiently. If you have more questions or concerns, please contact our School Liaison @ 334-953-6430.
Two years in the making, Maxwell honored for its commitment to improving local schools
Author: Krista Johnson Outlet: Montgomery Advertiser
Maxwell AFB, Air University tackle public education head on, earn 2020 Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award
Author: Lt Col Christina Karvwnaris Outlet: AF
New Initiative Addresses Education Concerns at Maxwell AFB
Author: Stacy Huisman Outlet: Military Family Magazine
Quality of Schools is a Readiness Issue
Author: Lt Col Christina Karvwnaris, CMSgt Michael Morgan Outlet: Air Force Sergeant’s Association Magazine
If the quality of area's schools doesn't improve, could Maxwell AFB take off?