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Madison takes education seriously. With its labor force drawing on a highly-educated population where almost 95% of the adults have a minimum of a high school diploma, it’s no wonder why. There are both excellent public and private schools in the city, with two- and four-year colleges serving the area.

Public Schools

The Madison City School system serves over 8,000 students, operating on a budget over $60 million annually. There are over 600 certified staff members employed throughout the 11 schools. Bob Jones High School was ranked in the top 1,500 high schools in America by Newsweek in both 2008 and 2009, and test scores are consistently well above the national average at all schools on standardized tests.

There are seven elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools in the system. 

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Private Schools

There are numerous private preschools in the city of Madison, AL and one elementary/middle school. There are no private high schools in the city of Madison at this time.

Two-Year Colleges

There are three two-year colleges serving the local area.

J.F. Drake State Tech College
Drake State is built on land given by Alabama A&M University. In 1967, it became the first desegregated post-secondary technical school in the nation. Today, it is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE). It offers classes weekdays, Saturdays, and evenings at two locations in Huntsville, AL.
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John C. Calhoun Community College
Calhoun Community College is the largest two-year institution in the state of Alabama, offering 49 associate degree programs and 52 career/certificate programs. Calhoun serves over 12,000 students on three campuses including Decatur and Huntsville, AL.
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Snead State Community College
Founded in 1898 and with campuses in Boaz, Arab, and Oneonta, Snead State Community College is the oldest community college in Alabama to offer the two-year Associate’s Degree. It offers affordable tuition, challenging curriculum, cutting-edge technology, and experienced faculty and staff for students looking to prepare for the future, close to home.
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Four-Year Colleges

Alabama A&M University
Founded in 1875 by a former slave, William Hooper Council, Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University (Alabama A&M) embodies the traditional land-grant institution. It functions as a teaching, research, and public service institution, including extension. To date, over 37,000 individuals have received a degree from Alabama A&M.
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Athens State College
Located just outside of Huntsville in Athens, AL, Athens State offers over 30 degrees, including those in Business, Education, the Arts, and Science. Over 1,000 individuals receive their baccalaureate degree from Athens State every year – more than at any other university in North Alabama.
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Faulkner University Huntsville Campus
Faulkner University, a Christian university, has been serving students in Huntsville for more than 30 years. Classes are offered during weekdays, evenings, and weekends to accommodate working individuals and those with family commitments.
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Oakwood University
Oakwood University is a historically black Seventh-day Adventist college, providing higher-education that is Christianity based. They offer a variety of undergraduate degrees and one graduate degree for Pastoral Studies. Their campus is located in Huntsville, and they have an adult-only division, Oakwood LEAP, that helps non-traditional students finish their degrees.
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University of Alabama at Huntsville
Part of the University of Alabama System, UAH offers 31 majors in the colleges of Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Science. It is a public, co-educational, state-supported research university with roughly 7,700 students enrolled per semester. Incoming freshmen average 25.2 on their ACT, one of the highest average scores among Alabama’s public universities.
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