Mission Statement  

The Mission of Jemison High School is “to provide a secure, positive and encouraging environment, enabling students to develop essential academic and independent living skills.” In developing our mission statement, the staff and faculty of Jemison High School wants to emphasize those action steps that would ensure the ultimate realization of our vision. Our mission is designed to guide every action, activity and decision with respect to our student body. We work to ensure that we are providing students and faculty with a safe and secure academic environment. Teachers are encouraged to develop lessons and conduct classes that are positive and encouraging. Extracurricular activities are considered an extension of the classroom where positive life skills can be modeled, taught, and encouraged. We believe that students should be given a broad, well-rounded curriculum designed to help them develop both academically and independently. As a faculty and staff, we recognize that our students come to us with varying backgrounds, experiences, and home situations. We realize that all students do not have the same resources and experiences. With these factors in mind, we strive to create a climate of acceptance and equality where every student has an equal opportunity for success.

The Vision of Jemison High School is to “Follow the PATH to Success at JHS”. PATH is an acronym for Pride, Achievement, Teamwork and Heart. These are the characteristics that exemplify our core beliefs. We, as a staff and faculty, desire that each student is successful in their future endeavors. We believe that students must develop pride in their work and efforts. We want each student to strive to reach greater achievements, and we celebrate each achievement as a step toward greater success in the future. We believe that teamwork is an essential element in our success as a school and for our students in the future. In an ever-changing global economy, the successful individual will have to have strong interpersonal skills and be able to work collaboratively with others across a wide range of cultures. The ability to work as a member of a team will become increasingly important in the digital, global age to come.
About The School  

Description of the School

Jemison High School is a rural, 8-12 secondary high school. It is located in Chilton County inside the Jemison City Limits. There are approximately 794 students with an ethnicity breakdown consisting of 79% white, 15% Hispanic, 0.4% multi-race, 11% Black, 0.5% Asian, 0.3% Asian.     68% of students qualify for free/reduced lunches, while the remaining pay for lunches. Jemison High School has seen a rapid increase in student population due to acquiring the 8th grade students. In 2009, Jemison Middle School consisting of grade 5-7 was moved to a new facility leaving 8th grade students on the Jemison High School campus. 8th grade consists of 191 students, 9th grade 195 students, 10th grade 161 students, 11th grade 131 students, and 12th grade 116 students. Jemison High School consists of 46 teaching units with 8 new members to our faculty. 4 out of 46 have less than 3 years of teaching experience. Many faculty members have a master’s degree. Faculty members work collaboratively to ensure Jemison students are receiving instruction to prepare them for college courses or the workforce.

Jemison High School was built in 1963. The campus consists of 3 classroom buildings, gymnasium, field house, stadium, and a new athletic facility completed in 2013. The existing Jemison Middle School building was renovated in the summer of 2013 to accommodate 8th grade students. 9 classrooms, ag shop, and a space for a computer lab are being utilized due to renovations. This expansion and increase in student population also permitted a half-unit administrator to assist in student supervision.

Jemison is the 173rd largest city in Alabama, with a population of 2,585 according to the 2010 census. The city, which was incorporated in 1907, is located at the geographical end of the Appalachian Mountain Range near the very center of the state. As of the census of 2010, there were 2,585 people, 997 households, and 733 families residing in the town. The population density was 229.5 people per square mile (88.6/km2). There were 1,096 housing units, and with a land area of 11.19 square miles, this translates to 97.3 housing units per square mile (37.57/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 77.76% White, 17.72% Black or African American, 7.04% Hispanic, 3.13% Other (single race), 1.01% Other (biracial or multiracial), 0.19% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 0.12% Native American or Alaskan Native, and 0.08 Asian only. There were 997 households in Jemison, with 23.27% of households inhabited by individuals. The remaining 76.73% were homes of two or more people, both family and otherwise.   52.96% of households were married couples and/or families, while 26.48% of the remainder were non-family households. The average household size was 2.59, and the average family size was 3.04.   27.67% of the population was 19 years of age or younger, with 5.57% from 20-24 years old, 11.64% from 25-34, 14.12% from 35-44, 14.20% from 45-54, 12.73% from 55-64, and 14.08% 65 years and older. The median age was 38.7, with 48.7% being male and 51.3% being female. The median income for a household in the town was $40, 735, and the median family income was $49,091. Males had a median income of $39,330 compared to females, whose median income was $20,500. The per capita income for Jemison was $17,300. The median household income for under the age of 25 was $28,500.

The median for age 25-44 was $55,272, and for age 45-64, it was $40,417. Median income for those over the age of 65 was $26,200. 15.80% of the population was identified as “in poverty”, while 12.76% identified as “family in poverty”. Both of these percentages are above the national average but below the state average.