Educating Young Minds and Future Leaders

The primary educator in Athens is the Athens Independent School District (AISD). Around 3,400 children are enrolled on 5 campuses, with nearly 462 teachers and staff. The children in AISD schools are very ethnically diverse. Nearly 8% of the student population is in the Gifted and Talented program*. SAT scores in the district typically run over 1,000. District wide attendance for students is in the upper 90% range.

K-12 Education



Average Class Size

Central Athens Elementary (PK-5)



Bel Air Elementary (PK-5)



South Athens Elementary (PK-5)



Athens Middle School (6-8)



Athens High School (9-12)



Athens Christian Preparatory Academy (K-12)



AISD Home of the 4-day Instructional Week

Beginning in 2021, AISD implemented a 4-day school week for children, teachers and staff. The primary reason for this big change was to help recruit the very best teachers. Children still spend the required amount of time learning in the classrooms. The academic calendar has been extended some with school running from mid August to the end of May.

Higher Education

Athens is home to the Trinity Valley Community College. TVCC, as it’s known, has programs in the Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Language Arts, Math, Sciences, Social Sciences, Business, Technology and Computer Science and career and technical programs in welding, ranching, drafting & design, mechanical engineering technology and more.

TVCC fits many of its programs into what it calls the Workforce Education division providing lifelong learning opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds, helping them reach their personal and professional potential. TVCC Workforce Education offers customized training solutions for Athens and Henderson County businesses and community organizations.

There are many other higher education opportunities within a short drive of Athens, from two to four-year degree institutions.

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