Military Family Resources

Resources for Military Families

Welcome to Autauga County Schools! The Autauga County Board of Education welcomes you to the Prattville and Autauga County communities as a proud supporter of the military community through a variety of military-connected initiatives through a strong partnership with Maxwell & Gunter Air Force Base. Military families represented approximately 8-10% of the student body with unique circumstances and situations.

Purple Star Schools

The Alabama Department of Education has designated eight Autauga County schools as Purple Star Schools for their commitment to students and families connected to the nation’s military. The Alabama Purple Star Schools program was established by the state legislature in 2021 and recognizes the efforts of K-12 schools that are committed to supporting military students, and their families, as they transition to new homes and schools. This year’s recipients are among only 122 schools state-wide earning this designation for their commitment to students and families connected to the nation’s military. 

“As military families relocate to a new community and students transition between schools, the students are often faced with unique challenges,” said State Superintendent Dr. Eric G. Mackey. “Adapting to a new school, along with varying course offerings, schedules, and graduation requirements can be stressful. We want to ensure every student who moves to Alabama is given every opportunity for academic growth and achievement – and the Purple Star School Program helps families identify military-friendly schools and helps the schools become more prepared to address to the challenges facing these students.”

2023 Purple Star Schools

Marbury High School
Prattville Elementary School
Prattville Intermediate School
Prattville Kindergarten School
Prattville Primary School

2022 Purple Star Schools

Daniel Pratt Elementary School
Prattville Junior High School
Prattville High School

“Growing up in a military family typically means six to eight moves during a child’s school career,” said Rebecca Thomas, communications coordinator for Autauga County Schools. “It is our privilege to partner with these families to assist them with transitions to and from the River Region area with services such as Student-to-Student programs in our Purple Star-designated schools, school-based military advocates, and dynamic partnerships with the military-affiliated organizations in our community.”

Military Family Life Counselor 

Autauga County Schools is fortunate to have two Military Family Life Counselors (MFLC) serving students with active duty parents and guardians at Prattville Kindergarten School, Prattville Primary School, Prattville Elementary School, Daniel Pratt Elementary School, and Prattville High School based on the percentage of military-connected students. The MFLC's primary role is to provide non-medical counseling for these students based on their circumstances and challenges having a parent who serves the country.

For more information, contact Rebecca Thomas, Communications Coordinator and the district's Military Family Liaison.