SYLACAUGA, Ala. – On Monday, Childersburg Middle School (CMS) was ranked at the top of the list of Standout Schools in Talladega County, according to Niche.com. The school received a B plus overall grade, and that was highest in the area.
“Our superintendent has really led the initiative of placing technology within the hands of each student and teacher,” said Assistant Principal at CMS Jason Jacks. “It has really empowered those teachers to provide quality instruction as well as quality professional development.”
According to Jacks, CMS became STEM certified last year, and was the first school in the county to be accredited.
“We are preparing the students for jobs that do not even exist yet because of how quickly technology is moving through,” said Jacks.
According to STEM’s website, AdvancED’s STEM Certification provides K-12 institutions as well as programs within institutions a research-based framework and criteria for their awareness, continuous improvement and assessment of the quality, rigor and substance of their STEM educational programs.
“We are definitely celebrating, but it is a job not finished yet,” said Jacks. “It is not about making a news article for us. It is about providing these students with a quality instruction for real-life experiences.”