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Education

The foundation of a good education is invaluable to shape a student’s future. A top-notch curriculum is extremely important; however, it is also athletics and extra curricular activities that form well-rounded individuals.

The Baldwin County School System is well aware of this. Serving nearly 27,000 students, it is the fifth-largest school system in the state, encompassing about 50 school campuses. It is also the largest employer in the county. More than 50 percent of the teachers hold master’s degrees. The staffs of these fine institutions are dedicated to providing an excellent education. Pride in education has deep roots in North Baldwin County, as it was the first location in the state to build a public school.

The Baldwin County School System has been the recipient of awards that show its commitment to deliver top-notch education to all students in the county.

Baldwin County School System

The 2012 Digital Renaissance equipped every student in the high school classrooms with a MacBook. In 2007, the system was awarded the Magna Award for its successful efforts to improve technology in its schools. Only 15 school systems were granted this honor. In 2004, the Baldwin County School System received the National Civic Star Award, which only one school in the country receives each year at the national level. The American Association of School Administrators and Sodexho School Services present this award to schools that show remarkable involvement with organizations in the community to improve the educational experience. It is also a seven-time What Parents Want award-winning school system.

Clubs and student organizations abound throughout North Baldwin schools with dance, student council, 4-H Club, chess club, crochet club, drama, guitar club, yearbook, rodeo club, scholar’s bowl, foreign language clubs and many more. Students can be active and show their competitive nature in a wide range of athletic activities, such as bowling, basketball, soccer, softball, track and field, cheerleading, cross country, football, volleyball, baseball, golf and swimming.

The North Baldwin Center for Technology, located in Bay Minette, is a technical school serving Baldwin County High School, Daphne High School and Spanish Fort High School. Students here participate in technical classes that prepare them for future career choices in a technological field. Both high school credit and college credit can be earned.

Outside of the public institutions, numerous private schools exist within the county for students in grades kindergarten through 12th.

Higher Education

Faulkner State Community College, a public two-year institution located in Baldwin County, Alabama, has three beautiful, conveniently-located campuses in Bay Minette, Fairhope and Gulf Shores. The college, one of the 13 original two-year colleges created by an act of the Alabama Legislature in 1963, is under the authority of the State Board of Education. Faulkner State is a member of the Alabama Community College System that consists of 21 comprehensive community colleges, four technical colleges and one military institution; Athens State University, an upper division college; and extensive workforce development initiatives, including the Alabama Industrial Development Training Institute and the Alabama Technology Network.

Contact information for prospective students:

Faulkner State Community College 1900 Highway 31 South Bay Minette, AL 36507 1-800-231-3752 (251) 580-2100

Huntingdon College

In 2002, Huntingdon established the Adult Degree Completion Program, offering adult returning learners the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degrees in business management by attending classes just one night a week in five-week sessions. Designed to fit into adults’ busy lives, this program is offered in locations throughout the state, including Baldwin County. In partnership with Faulkner State Community College, Baldwin County students may start, finish and stay in the area to complete their degrees, taking courses in Bay Minette and Daphne. Convenience, affordability and flexibility enable students to advance their careers, while positively impacting the community.

Contact information for prospective students: Bay Minette Mailing Address:

Huntington College Adult Degree Completion Program P.O. Box 1781 Bay Minette, Alabama 36507-3347 Phone: (251) 937-9973 Fax: (251) 937-9975 Toll Free: (888) 462-5067

Within the surrounding area several other colleges and universities provide quality programs. The University of South Alabama Baldwin County Campus is located in Fairhope. Bishop State Community College, Springhill College, the University of South Alabama and the University of Mobile are close by in Mobile. The University of West Florida and Pensacola Junior College are just about an hour’s drive from Bay Minette.

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