Huntsville Living
The City of Huntsville has maintained excellence in both private and public school education.

While private schools serve the entire city, public school districts are drawn according to a neighborhood school model. Among other considerations including convenience of location, personal preference, and affordability, many parents have traditionally chosen to purchase their family home with great consideration given to the schools which they would like for their children to attend. 

The Huntsville City Schools (public schools only) graduating class of 2012 earned a total of $34,326,390 in college scholarships. 

17 students graduating from public high schools and 11 graduating from private schools were National Merit Finalists in the class of 2012!

Each of the elementary and middle schools within the high school's districts are responsible for and capeable of preparing students for entrance into their respective high schools.
Note: All public schools maintain the same academic curriculum. 

Public High Schools in Huntsville:

Butler High School - 639 students

Columbia High School - 718 students

Huntsville High School - 1750 students - 5 National Merit Finalists in 2012 graduating class!

J.O. Johnson High School - 575 students

Lee High School - 806 students

New Century High School- 304 students, magnet school - ranked #11 in top 100 schools in Alabama!

Virgil Grissom High School - 1986 students - 12 National Merit Finalists in 2012 graduating class! - ranked #7 in top 100 schools in Alabama!

Private High Schools in Huntsville:

Covenant Christian Academy (Home school) -1 National Merit Finalist in 2012!

Pope John Paul II - National Merit Finalist in 2012!

Randolph School - 997 students k-12 - 9 National Merit Finalists in 2012!

Whitesburg Christian Academy - 360 students k-12

Schools of Higher Education:

Alabama A&M University 

Alabama A&M University is a historically black, comprehensive land-grant university which offers bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees. More than 4,500 undergraduate students and 1,200 graduate students attend Alabama A&M annually. 

Calhoun Community College 

Calhoun Community College is the state's largest two-year college with an enrollment of over 9,800 students. Calhoun offers day, evening, weekend and on-line classes in pursuit of associate's degrees and/or transfer to a four-year university for many majors. 

J. F. Drake State Technical College 

J. F. Drake State Technical College is a vocational-technical institution, accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. 

Faulkner University Huntsville 

Faulkner University Huntsville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. 

Florida Institute of Technology - Huntsville/Redstone Arsenal Sit

Florida Institute of Technology - Redstone is an accredited, independently controlled and supported university. Its curricula and course content are geared toward meeting the educational needs of local residents, active duty military personnel and DOD civilian employees working in management and engineering fields. 

Heritage Bible College 

Heritage Bible College offers a unique approach to ministerial education. Emphasis is placed on equipping bi-vocational ministers and those already serving in full-time positions.

ITT Technical Institute 

The ITT Technical Institutes are a leading private college system focused on technology-oriented programs of study and offers career-focused, degree programs to over 70,000 students.

Oakwood University 

Oakwood University, is a four-year liberal arts college with 1,700 students enrolled annually and is accredited for associate and baccalaureate degrees. In 1991 Oakwoood University ranked sixth in the nation for the number of African-Americans accepted into medical schools.


The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a doctoral-granting institution with approximately 7,700 students. The university prepares students for positions in engineering, the sciences, business, nursing, and the liberal arts. UAH is ranked among the best 150 national doctoral universities in America by U.S. News & World Report. 


Virginia College offers associate's degree programs in allied health, computer-aided drafting, computer information, electronics technology, legal studies, medical transcription and office automation systems.

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