Huntsville City Schools' Marquee Programs are an innovative way the district brings additional education programs to students and schools so that students can truly be college and career ready. These programs offer unique opportunities for students, promote positive school climates conducive to quality learning, and help prepare students for a successful future.
Huntsville City Schools became the trailblazers for this singular program when the first-ever US team, comprised of students at Huntsville Center of Technology, competed in the Greenpower Education Trust International Finals in the United Kingdom. To date, only HCS has represented the United States in this competition.In 2015, the GreenpowerUSA Foundation was established through a cooperative agreement and the first race on US soil right here at Grissom High School in spring of 2015. From the six F24 and eight Goblin teams that competed on that April day, the program has grown to over 400 teams in twenty states since 2015. As the program continues to experience exponential growth, Huntsville City Schools remains a flagship district, hosting annual races at the three custom-designed, built-in tracks at Grissom, Jemison, and Whitesburg. Amid this explosive nationwide growth, Huntsville City Schools maintains the highest concentration of Greenpower teams in the country, with over 60 teams in our 38 schools and every school with a minimum of one Greenpower car.
Huntsville City Schools also is home to three national championship Greenpower teams: Hampton Cove Elementary (Goblin National Champion – 2018/2019), Mountain Gap Middle School (F24 Intermediate National Champion – 2016/2017 and 2017/2018) and Grissom High School (F24 Advanced Modified National Champion – 2018/2019).
The curriculum is developed through our partnership with CyberHuntsville and the U.S. Army Cyber Command, with an active advisory board to assure students have first-class training. Many students choose to expand their learning by participating in CyberPatriot, a competition sponsored by the Air Force Association. Students are put in the position of IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company and must find cybersecurity vulnerabilities while maintaining critical services.
While Huntsville City Schools' goal is to prepare students to be college- and career-ready, the cybersecurity program offers an even greater head-start. A number of participants have assumed part-time after-school jobs with local high-tech companies, doing hands-on work in cybersecurity.
Blue Ribbon Schools are identified and selected for the award by the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Organization based on achievement of excellent performance in nine major categories, including areas such as: challenging standards and curriculum, active teaching and learning, technology integration, leadership and educational vitality, as well as family and community partnership. Only a small number of schools from across the nation are selected each year for recognition as a Blue Ribbon School.
Visit the Blue Ribbon Schools page to see a list of our schools that have been selected for this honor.