The mission of the Lee County School System is to challenge every student to pursue dreams, succeed with integrity, and contribute meaningfully to a diverse society.
Lee County Schools Will
- Graduate college and career ready students
- Recruit, employ, develop and retain professionals who are effective in achieving our mission
- Use emerging technologies to support teaching, learning, and work
- Provide safe, supportive, and equitable environments
- Manage financial resources responsibly and transparently
- Communicate with employees and the community to inform, engage, and ensure accountability
We envision a school system that promotes a passion for student learning; supports teachers, parents, and the community; and produces engaged and lifelong learners.
Lee County, Alabama has a current population of approximately 161,152 people, a geographic size of 609 square miles, and a median household income of $51,463. Education is considered by many as the number one industry since Lee County is the home of Auburn University, the largest institution of higher education in Alabama with just over 30,737 students. Auburn University is also the largest employer in the county with over 8,871 employees. Lee County also hosts Southern Union State Community College, a two-year postsecondary institution offering day and evening classes, Lee County Schools, Auburn City Schools, Opelika City Schools, Lee-Scott Academy and Glenwood School.
The Lee County School System is located in Central East Alabama along the Alabama/Georgia border and currently has a total of 14 schools. Of those 14 schools, 7 are elementary, 2 are middle schools, and 5 are high schools. The student population for kindergarten through 12th grade is 9,738; which represents 48% of all school age students in the county. The Lee County School System contains four unique attendance zones identified as Smiths Station, Beauregard, Beulah and Loachapoka.
Smiths Station is the largest attendance area with an estimated population of over 25,000. The incorporated community of Smiths Station is located in the southeastern part of the county close to the larger towns of Phenix City, Alabama and Columbus, Georgia; home of Fort Benning. The Smiths Station attendance zone experienced additional growth with new families moving into the area associated with Fort Benning and the Army's BRAC realignment completed in 2011. Local restaurants and convenience stores populate the large rural area with very few manufacturing or industrial sites scattered around the area. The majority of residents work in neighboring cities.
There are 7 schools in the Smiths Station attendance zone identified as West Smiths Station Elementary (K-6), East Smiths Station Elementary (K-6),South Smiths Station Elementary (K-6), Wacoochee Elementary (K-6), Smiths Station Jr. High School (7-8), Smiths Station Freshman Center (9), and Smith Station High School (10-12). All Smiths Station elementary schools are eligible and served with Title I school-wide programs. Smiths Station Jr. High, Smiths Station Freshman Center, and Smiths Station High School are not served with Title I programs.
Beauregard is the second largest attendance zone with an estimated population of over 13,000. The unincorporated community is located south of the Auburn and Opelika City limits. While there is little or no industrial or manufacturing base located within the community, the residents work predominately in blue collar, wage-earning positions in neighboring cities. However, with the emphasis on education, the number of residents who have completed some postsecondary education continues to increase. There are 3 schools in the Beauregard attendance zone identified as Beauregard Elementary (K-4), Sanford Middle School (5-8), and Beauregard High School (9-12). Beauregard Elementary and Sanford Middle are eligible and served with Title I school-wide programs. Beauregard High is not served with Title I programs.
Beulah is the third largest attendance zone with an estimated population of over 8,000. The unincorporated community is located in the northeastern part of the county closest to the City of Valley, Alabama in Chambers County. The major point of interest for this rural setting is the back waters of the Chattahoochee River and Lake Harding. There is no central business district and only a few restaurants and convenience stores to meet the immediate needs of the citizens. Many of the citizens work in neighboring cities; however, the school functions as the largest employer and center of activity for the area. There are two schools in the Beulah attendance zone identified as Beulah Elementary (K-6) and Beulah High (7-12). Beulah Elementary is eligible and served with Title I school-wide programs. Beulah High is not served with Title I programs.
Loachapoka is the smallest attendance zone with an estimated population of over 1,000. The incorporated community is located in the western part of the county just outside the Auburn City Limits. Loachapoka maintains a rural, agricultural based community with little to no central business district, restaurants or convenience stores to meet the immediate needs of the citizens. Transportation from home to school and businesses in the surrounding areas is a challenge for residents of this community. The community sponsors an annual fall festival entitled " Loachapoka Syrup-Soppin" that brings people into the area from many miles away. Residents place a strong emphasis on community history and heritage with the school serving as a major center of activity in the area. There are two schools in the Loachapoka attendance zone identified as Loachapoka Elementary (K-6) and Loachapoka High (7-12). Loachapoka Elementary and Loachapoka High are eligible and served as Title I school-wide programs.