Award Year: 2017

Leon Sheffield Magnet Elementary School

801 Wilson Street N.W.
Decatur, AL, 35601-1040

(256) 552-3056

Mr. David A. Kross, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School

Decatur City Schools District

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Leon Sheffield Magnet School serves our students by providing enriched curriculum opportunities to help students grow academically, emotionally, physically, and socially.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 27%
  • White: 63%
  • Hispanic: 10%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 41%
Leon Sheffield Magnet School Mulan Jr. 2017

Leon Sheffield Magnet School Mulan Jr. 2017

Leon Sheffield Magnet Elementary School is located in Decatur, Alabama, and is one part of the Decatur City Magnet program. Leon Sheffield is the district's upper elementary magnet program, while Benjamin Davis is the district's lower elementary magnet program. Since students are selected from schools all across the city, our school is made up of a wonderfully diverse population.

Decatur City School's magnet program began in 1980 and is Alabama's longest-running magnet program. Leon Sheffield's current location was once the city's first African-American high school, Lakeside High, and later became an elementary school named Leon Sheffield. We are proud of our building's history.

Long before attending Leon Sheffield, future students hear about the traditions that make our school unique. For the past 18 years, 150-175 Leon Sheffield students have participated in a school production that is performed at the city's historic Princess Theater. The annual Turkey Bowl brings families out to watch flag football games; Sheff Cup is our annual soccer tournament, and we have a Wiffle Ball tournament each spring.

Leon Sheffield Magnet School is known for individualized and interest-based instruction, and our teachers continually challenge students. Leon Sheffield students are offered many educational opportunities. Our students receive weekly instruction in STEM, technology, art, music, drama, counseling, and library. We earned the distinction of becoming a certified Alabama Outdoor Classroom School. Currently, we have six Destination Imagination teams. We also have a robotics club, an active student council, annual talent shows, math tournaments, and spelling and geography bees.