Award Year: 2014

Heard Magnet School

201 Daniel Circle
Dothan, AL, 36301-2001

(334) 794-1471

Mrs. Peggy Maddox, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School

Dothan City Schools

School Website


We provide a positive, safe environment where children are valued and challenged to achieve their highest level of learning and become respectful, responsible citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 24%
  • White: 67%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Volunteers teach art lessons around various styles and mediums

Volunteers teach art lessons around various styles and mediums

The faculty at Heard Magnet School works diligently in their pursuit of excellence. Our school ranks among the top performers in both the system and state. Heard was bestowed with the distinguished title of Torchbearer School for two consecutive years based on high achievement with low socioeconomic students. A project based curriculum is used to engage and enhance learning styles. Instruction is rigorous; teachers promote critical thinking using prior knowledge to solve problems in real-world, unpredictable situations. Spanish, Technology, and Music classes are taught by teachers with expertise in their fields. Physical Education classes include dance lessons sponsored by a local studio. An area musician conducts weekly violin lessons. Students participate in robotics, music ensembles, and a volunteer art program. Art teachers have introduced new styles and mediums each year. Projects relate to the specific academic content areas. Finished pieces are displayed in Heard’s gallery, and selected pieces are showcased at the Wiregrass Museum of Art. These activities give each child a well-rounded education preparing them for future success. Our school culture empowers students to achieve at their highest level of learning. Children are motivated to become life-long learners and problem solvers. We embody the belief that educators should be "the guide on the side, not the sage on the stage." The goal remains to teach and inspire; to reach and transform. Every student. Every year.