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Principal's Corner


Welcome to Marbury High School!  I look forward to the new school year.  The school website is designed to provide detailed information about our school.  Take time to read the following MHS Comprehensive Plan.  It summarizes various support systems and programs we offer at Marbury High School.


Donna Finch, Principal 


Marbury High School Comprehensive Plan


Marbury High School’s main focus areas are: 

1) Graduation Rate

2) Standardized Test Performance

3) Developing a well-rounded program that promotes academics, athletics, and other extra-curricular activities.



1. Graduation Rate

  •  Advisement Period:  Advisement periods are held once during the first, second, and third nine week periods.  Homeroom teachers review transcripts, grades, and pertinent information from the school counselor’s office.
  • Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program: This program is designed to allow students to help each other with the demands of high school.  This program operates during bulldog periods and advisement periods. Students help one another with social, informational, and emotional support.
  • Teacher Mentor Program:  Teachers volunteer to meet with at-risk/struggling student(s) every week for encouragement, organizational help, and grade checks.
  • Senior Mentoring Program:  This program operates during bulldog period.  It is designed for students who are struggling to keep up with the regular school program.  These seniors are assigned to Mrs. Wilson.  She checks their grades, assignments, and attendance weekly.  She helps the students coordinate with all of their teachers to ensure success.  The RtI program is also available after it has been determined the student(s) needs even more support.
  • RtI Program:  The Response to Instruction program is an ASDOE program designed to meet the needs of all students.  Students who are identified as needing Tier 2 or Tier 3 services have access to the RtI coordinator on a regular basis. The coordinator and teachers monitor each students’ classroom progress carefully.  Accommodations are put in place and the teachers document the students’ progress.  All of the information is reviewed by the RtI Team each month.  Finally, recommendations are made based on all the data that has been collected.    
  • Bulldog Enrichment Classes:  These classes are offered to all students who are in the RtI program.  Other students who are also struggling in the regular classroom may be assigned to these classes as well.  Teachers offer remediation help and extra time to complete assignments.  Students may be required to take these classes when they are failing at the end of each nine weeks. 
  • Attendance Policy:  Students must come to school regularly in order to be successful in school.  Students may be denied credit for missing 21 days or more of school.  Consequences are applied through Mrs. Finch's office for excessive tardiness and absences.  Mrs. Finch also requires truant students to attend Saturday School sessions once per semester. Please visit the school’s website for a detailed copy of the Attendance Policy.


2. Achievement on Standardized Tests

  • Teaching Expectations: Marbury High School teachers undergo continuous professional development related to state standards, rigorous teaching strategies, best teaching practices, and classroom management.  They are observed regularly and are held to the expectations set by the principal.
    • Teachers are provided with in-school professional development in the form of Teacher Academies.  They also receive scheduled times to meet and plan with their departments.  Other classes are offered by the administration or department heads as needed.  Finally, teachers are encouraged to go to outside trainings when possible.
    • The administration strives to purchase up-to-date technology and relevant resources for the school.
  • Student Expectations:  All students are expected to attend school regularly so they can complete all of their required lesson assignments. Each student must adhere to all rules to ensure that they (and their peers) receive the highest quality education.  Finally, all assignments designated by each teacher must be completed.  Students who refuse to do their work receive consequences for this behavior through Mr. Harrison’s office.
  •  Rigor and Relevance Framework:  This is a guide for all teachers to use as they plan and teach each lesson.  The framework helps the teacher provide the appropriate level of learning, ensuring that students are engaged in each lesson.  Finally, teachers are observed by the administration and each other in regard to how well they are applying the appropriate strategies and depth of knowledge.
  • The administration purchases for every teacher.  This is a great lesson planning tool.  Please visit our website for lesson plans, homework assignments, and testing information.
  • ACT Folders:  Each 11th grade core classroom has a set of practice ACT tests.  The teachers use them regularly to teach students test taking strategies.
  • AP Classes:  These classes offer an extremely rigorous program.  AP students who make a qualifying score at the end of the year may be able to gain a college credit for the class. 


3. Well Rounded Program:  Every student is encouraged to get involved!

  •  Academics:  Our academic program includes Pre-AP, AP, honors, and standard classes.  Core classes include English, math, science, and history.  Elective classes include Art 1, 2, & 3, Ag programs, Spanish 1 & 2, LIFE, health, driver’s education, band, yearbook, career prep, theatre, creative writing, lit. novels, speech, art survey, robotics, psychology/ sociology, and ACT Prep reaching and math.  Students in grades 10-12 may also take advantage of ACCESS classes and classes at the Autauga County Technology School.
  • Athletics:  The athletic program offers boys' and girls' sports throughout the entire school year.  The following sports are offered at MHS:  Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Track & Field, and Cheerleading.  All students must try-out in order to make the teams.  Finally, we have a varsity athletic class period and two bulldog periods for all athletes.
  • Extra-Curricular Activities:
    • Clubs: BETA, National Honor Society, FFA, FCA, Art, Drama, SGA, Spanish, 1st Priority, Mu Alpha Theta. 
    • Band: Color Guard, Jazz Band, Marching Band
    • Bulldog Supplement Classes:  There are a wide-variety of classes offered during these periods.  The schedule changes every semester.  All students are at least given one of their top five choices each semester. 
  • Bulldog Periods:  There are two activity periods each week.  The bulldog periods offer a wide variety of classes.  As previously explained, the Enrichment classes provide remediation help for struggling students.  Leadership classes are offered to students who need behavioral support.  The Assignment class is available to make-up work or study.  We also have a testing room for students who need to make up assessments.  All head coaches have access to their students during both bulldog periods all year.  Mr. Simpson has access to his band students all year as well. Finally, the Supplement classes are provided for students who are achieving academically and behaviorally.  These classes have a broader scope of learning such as archery, health & wellness, book club, etc.  They also are designed to motivate kids to want to come to school.  Finally, Bulldog is part of our regular school day.  It is imperative that students remain in school during this time.  However, if a student needs to check-out, this is a prime time to plan doctors or dentists visits.  
  • Special Events: Having fun is an important element in the life of high school students.  Marbury High School promotes fun events during bulldog periods, the Marbury's Got Talent Show, and the Annual Field Day. The SGA and various clubs take an active role in promoting student involvement as well.  All students are encouraged to participate in dress-up days, pep rallies, and other special events.  Finally, a variety of assemblies are provided throughout the year to promote graduation, Veteran's Day, and alcohol & drug abuse awareness.