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6-12 Secondary Education

Welcome to the Jefcoed 6-12 Secondary Education page! 

Please visit the pages to the left for more information on programs that serve students in our middle and high schools. 

Secondary Education Staff Contacts:
Phyllis Montalto - Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Angela Belrose - Secondary Social Sciences Specialist & LDC Lead Trainer
Juliana Coleman - Secondary Science Specialist & LDC Lead Trainer
Michelle Landrum - Secondary English/Language Arts & Library Media Specialist & LDC Lead Trainer
Leslie Richards - Secondary Math Specialist & MDC Lead Trainer
Amy Fineburg - Advanced Programs Specialist
Betsy Sanchez - Gifted Education Specialist & IB MYP Program Liaison
Lari Valtierra - ESL Specialist
Dawna Hill - Homebound/504 Specialist


Jefferson County Schools participates in Alabama State Department of Education testing programs.

Students in grades 3-8 and 10 take the ACT Aspire. This assessment measures progress towards being college and career ready by the time a student graduates high school. This assessment is used to evaluate the effectiveness of school programs and instruction and to identify areas students may need additional help to master.

Students in 11th grade take the ACT. The state of Alabama pays for one administration of this college entrance examination (taken in the spring of the 11th grade year) so all students have an opportunity to consider all available post-high school options. Students who earn the college ready benchmark score on any of the subject tests are considered "college ready" in that area. 
Students in 12th grade take the ACT WorkKeys. This assessment measures key skills employers want their workers to have. Students who score at the silver level or above on the WorkKeys are considered "career ready" by the state of Alabama.