Mobile Area Schools
There are several public, parochial and private schools in the area. The Mobile County Public School System offers magnet schools focusing on specific academic interests, such as the Alabama School for Mathematics and Science (grades 10-12), the Phillip Preparatory Middle School (grades 6-8), the Dunbar Creative and Performing Arts Magnet School (grades 6-8), and MCPSS Magnet School of Mathematics and Science (grades K-5). The Eastern Shore area of Spanish Fort, Daphne, and Fairhope are in the Baldwin County Public School System. When moving to Mobile, check the Alabama Department of Education for score cards on every elementary, middle and high school.
The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is located in Gulf Shores and has educational programs that include summer camps, job shadowing, and field trips for schools and churches. Children can have contact encounters with tiger cubs, lemurs, reptiles and kangaroos.
The Dauphin Island Sea Lab is located on the eastern end of Duaphin Island across from Fort Gaines. It is a marine education and research center and home site of the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium. The Sea Lab includes a 10,000 square foot exhibit hall, the Living Marsh Boardwalk, and the George F. Crozier Estuarium, a public aquarium featuring organisms from the estuary.
The Exploreum Gulf Coast Science Center is a children's interactive museum which is home to the J. L. Bedsole IMax Dome Theater. There are three permanent exhibits. Children explore human anatomy and physiology in "My BodyWorks". "The "Hands on Hall" includes lessons in the movement of air, the force of weight and the creation of sound. "The Wharf of Wonder", a community project of the Junior League of Mobile, "is filled with objects that foster dramatic play, promote tactile exploration, stimulate sensorimotor learning and encourage peer interaction."
Five Rivers Delta Resource Center is a state park where the Mobile, Spanish, Tensaw, Apalachee and Blakeley rivers flow into Mobile Bay. The Resource Center has educational programs in conservation, hunting and fishing.
The University of South Alabama has a myriad of summer programs for 3rd through 8th grade children, including Art Camp, cartooning & comic book creation, video editing and Geology FUNdamentals. The USA Recreation Center has activities onsite, which include swimming, rock climbing and fitness education, as well as off site outdoor adventures, which include kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, and hang gliding.
The Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Mobile has summer programs for children 5 years of age through adulthood. The programs include art, athletics computer skills, dance, tutoring, and much more.
(Photo Credits: Top - Girls softball at Mobile Parks and Recreation Department summer program, Dr. Samuel McQuiston, USA Radiology; Right - Rock climbing wall at USA Recreation Center, Dr. Samuel McQuiston, USA Radiology)