Students got off to a smooth start in Talladega on Monday morning as the city school system held its first day of classes for the 2015-16 academic year.
“We had all the students come in for a morning assembly and spoke about this year’s expectations,” Talladega High School Principal Dr. Darius Williams said. “We had a section designated for the seniors, who had purchased shirts on their own and were chanting their graduating year.”
Williams said enrollment is up this year, with a line of students waiting to register.
“Enrollment has been steady the past few years, with about 560 students,” he said. “Last year, we ended with 572 students. This year, we had 572 students before all the additional enrollees this morning.”
Williams said students and community members met at the flagpole Sunday to pray for the school, teachers, students, administration and many other things.
“It was great,” he said.
Williams said community members should visit the campus.
“We have a new 3-D printing machine for our robotics program that allows printing on any surface,” he said. “We have a new sports medicine class for the dietetics program and are offering ACT prep courses embedded into the curriculum, which we hope will raise ACT scores.
“We also had a board-certified cosmetology student last year and one this year who will go before the board and be certified before leaving high school.”
Williams said dual enrollment numbers are up, with some sophomores participating.
“We are partnered with Talladega College and Central Alabama Community College,” he said. “And we have some adjunct professors who are on staff as teachers for English and math.
“We are hoping to expand our program by encouraging our teachers to pursue higher education, such as one of our science teachers, who will be able to offer dual enrollment courses in science next year. We are hoping to have history as well, and offer students a dual enrollment academy on our campus.”
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April Furtick takes photos of her children August and Autimn as they head in to Graham Elementary for the first day of school.