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Birmingham District and Curriculum

Students from Kindergarten through Grade 12 in the Birmingham City School District are taught a comprehensive core curriculum comprised of Writing, Reading, Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, Music, Art, Technology, World Languages, and Physical Education. This standards-based curriculum, evaluated through a variety of assessments to show subject-area mastery, is tied to the state of Alabama’s standards.The comprehension of science for all Alabama students is the aim of Birmingham City School’s science program in each grade level. Identifying the trends in science and technology, the new Alabama Course of Study: Science seeks to educate children to be scientifically literate and provides a more demanding, hands-on and inquiry-based approach to teaching basic and advanced science concepts.

We currently cover the following Birmingham-area school district: Birmingham City Schools.

Schools in Birmingham include:

Princeton Alternative School is located at 1425 2nd Ave W, Birmingham, AL 35208. Princeton covers kindergarten through fifth grade. Contact Princeton at (205) 231-2500. The mission of Princeton Alternative School, as laid out on their website, is to be “the pinnacle of academic, social and physical excellence, to foster respectful, responsible, resourceful, self-motivated communicators to be productive contributors in a global society, by modeling, guiding, and challenging all students to achieve their maximum potential.” Furthermore, they believe that children ought to be the priority of society, family is the foundation for learning, learning occurs over a lifetime, all children are able to learn, every child should have a challenging and safe environment to learn, all persons deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, everyone can be successful, attitude affects every aspect of life, everyone is accountable for their actions, and all of their students can and will achieve their goals. Princeton got its beginnings in the home of a local community member, who taught a kindergarten classroom, all the way back in 1920. This classroom changed and evolved, and by the 1930s, the school was officially called Princeton, and it had its own dedicated building. Since then, enrollment and the facilities have grown in tandem; from a building with four classrooms and few students, to the current state of the art building.

Phillips Academy is located at 2316 7th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203. Phillips covers PreKindergarten through eighth grade. Contact Phillips at (205) 231-9500. The mission of Phillips Academy, as laid out on their website, is to be “a place where children are encouraged to fulfill their dreams.  Through our rigorous school programs and committed community outreach, we are dedicated to leading our students to become independent-critical thinkers and life-long learners while fostering a respect for diversity. All stakeholders (parents, teachers, administrators, staff, community members and students will collaborate to expose all students to a first class, state-of-the-art learning experience.  While maintaining high expectations in our learning community, we will prepare students academically, socially and emotionally to become productive members of a global society.” In addition to this, they also have a set of core beliefs that allows them to have a solid foundation to build their curriculum off of, these include: all students should graduate as well rounded citizens; collaboration between faculty and parents is necessary to provide the best education possible; teachers should teach the whole child; lessons should be creative, involved, and based on the latest research; teachers will create a loving and safe atmosphere; and diversity is appreciated and respected.

Ramsay High School is located at 1800 13th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205. Ramsay covers ninth grade through twelfth grade. Contact Ramsay at (205) 231-7000. The mission of Ramsay High School, as stated on their website, is to “prepare students to succeed at the post-secondary level by providing an enriched educational program. The ultimate goal is to empower our students with the knowledge and skills to be well-rounded, global-minded, responsible citizens and life-long learners.” The school is located close to Five Points South, on the crest of a hill in the Red Mountain foothills. The schools overlooks the city, which is to its north, and students can also see the mountain of iron to the south.

Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Birmingham District Curriculum

The Language Arts curriculum visualizes what it is to be a literate person in our society. Birmingham City Schools has an objective to have every student become intent able to understanding many types of literature, both fiction and nonfiction. The Reading and Writing curriculum requires the students to be successful in comprehending evidential text throughout all subject areas, but at the same time requires an increased understanding and appreciation within the literary works they study. Pupils who are successful readers and writers show a natural appreciation for reading itself, both for pleasure and for studying. This foundation of literacy skills helps prepare students for all learning.

Birmingham City Schools wants each student to have knowledge of our past and present social studies/history events and issues. The social studies/history curriculum of this school district focuses on enabling students to become analytical thinkers capable of making well-reasoned decisions about the world and its people while also requiring them to participate responsibly in society at local, state, national, and international levels.

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Keeping Informed: Recent Birmingham Educational News

  • Advanced Placement Awards - Birmingham City Schools pupils were recently recognized at the school district’s Advanced Placement Program. The students are granted free college credit for the Advanced Placement classes in which they excelled by scoring high marks on their cumulative assessments.  They also received awards of $100 for every score that exceeded the benchmarks.
  • Family Involvement in Birmingham City Schools - Family Involvement is vital in all students’ education. In Birmingham City School District, this program offers free resources for all parents of children. Focusing on many issues, from educational resources to family interventions and special needs, the Family Involvement Program is an ideal to receive free information on many topics.
  • Superintendent Nominated for State Superintendent of the Year - Craig Witherspoon, Superintendent of Schools for Birmingham City, has been nominated as a finalist in the rankings of the best superintendents. He has shown to be stellar in all areas of leading in the school system, with parents, teachers, and the school board.

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About Birmingham, Alabama

The city of Birmingham is located in Jefferson County in the North central region of Alabama. Birmingham was originally founded in 1871 and named after Birmingham, England. The city’s economy was primarily based around the iron and steel industry, as well as rail transport. The city’s prevalence in the iron industry was influenced by the natural resources of coal, iron ore, and limestone, all being within a 10-mile radius of the city. From 1881 to 1920, the city experienced explosive growth, helping to earn it nicknames such as “The Magic City”, and “The Pittsburgh of the South”. When the railroad was being constructed, major components such as rails and railroad cars were manufactured in Birmingham. In the latter half of the 20th century, the economy in the city diversified to include banking, telecommunications, transportation, electrical power, medical care, and college education. Today, the city ranks as one of the largest banking centers in the United States, and one of the most important business centers in the Southeast United States.

Birmingham is the cultural and entertainment capital of Alabama. The city is the home to numerous art galleries, with one of the most famous being the Birmingham Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the Southeast. Another one of the museums in the city is the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, a history museum which examines the Civil Rights Movement and the city of Birmingham fits into the narrative.

In 2017, the population of Birmingham was 210,710, making it the most populated city in the state of Alabama. 20.6% of the population was under 18, 28.3% of the population was between 18-34, 24.5% was 35-54, 13.3% was 55-64 and 13.3% was over the age of 65. The median household income in the city was $32,404 in 2017.

Barber Motorsports Park and the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

The Barber Motorsports Park covers 880 acres and is a multi-purpose racing facility. The park has been the site of the IndyCar Series’ Grand Prix of Alabama since 2010. The park is also the home of the Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum, which focuses on vintage motorcycles. The museum originally began in 1988 when Barber began collecting motorcycles for his own personal collection. In 1994, he then established the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum as a non-profit foundation. He sent some of his collection to other museums, such as New York’s Guggenheim Museum for an exhibit titled “The Art of the Motorcycle”. Today, the museum’s collection contains more than 1,600 vintage and modern motorcycles and racing cars. The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is considered the largest motorcycle museum and the world, and also contains the largest collection of Lotus Race Cars. The motorcycles on display range from ones built in 1904 to ones in present production. They come from about 200 manufacturers and about 20 different countries.

Vulcan Park and Museum

One of the landmarks in the city of Birmingham, Alabama is the Vulcan Statue. It is the largest cast iron state in the world, and reflects the city’s connections to the iron and steel industry. The statue stands at a total of 56 feet tall, and depicts the Roman God Vulcan, who was the god of steel and forge. Found near the state is the Vulcan Park and Museum, which focuses on showcasing the history of the city and the statue. In 2007, the museum was designated as an official Birmingham Information Center by the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau, and also offers information on transportation services, restaurants, events and things that are happening in the city.

McWane Science Center

The McWane Science Center is located in downtown Birmingham. Found inside the center is 9000 square feet of interactive exhibits showcasing hands-on science. The lower level of the McWane Science Center is the home of the The World of Water Exhibit, which showcases more than 50 species of marine and freshwater aquatic life. Visitors can also enjoy the touch tank with several species of small sharks and rays. The second floor of the center focuses on artifacts and fossils from Alabama. This includes precious minerals, fossils, and Native American Artifacts. One of the notable exhibits on this floor is the world’s fourth largest collection of mosasaurs. Younger visitors will enjoy the Itty Bitty Magic City Exhibit which is also located on the second floor. This exhibit features a water play area, and an area with smaller, child sized versions of common buildings in a city.

Interesting Facts

  • Birmingham is the home of the oldest baseball stadium in the United States, Rickwood Field. The field has hosted some of the most famous players in the game, including Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Dizzy Dean, and Willie Mays.
  • One of the parks in Birmingham is the Red Mountain Park, which contains 1200 acres. It is one of the biggest urban parks in the country, and is even 40% bigger than New York City’s Central Park.
  • One of the annual festivals that takes place in Birmingham is the Sidewalk Film Festival. The festival originally started in 1999, and continues to attract filmmakers from around the world to screen their work.
  • The city of Birmingham hosts the oldest and largest Veteran’s Day Celebration in the United States.

Chalk Talk: Effective Uses of Tutoring

Whether hiring a tutor to help with testing or to bring up an academic grade, the goal of hiring a tutor should include teaching a child to do without one. Before the tutor arrives for the session, there are some things that parents can do to prepare. First, mark homework assignments and due dates on a large calendar. Then make sure there is a place set up for the tutoring time. It should be a quiet place, away from distraction. Parents should also arrange for the session to take place when the child is the most focused. Then set out tests and assignments that the child struggles with and needs reviewed. This allows the tutor to see where the problem is and where the child can use further help. This is not to be a homework time, instead it should be a time for the student to learn how to complete their schoolwork. By setting up the tutoring session in this way, the student and tutor can get the best use out of the time.