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Advent Episcopal Day School

Private | PK-8 | 316 students

Advent is best known for our accelerated, outstanding academics.
 
 

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $98,400. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $700.

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Posted July 5, 2013

I only recommend this school if your perception of a great private school is one with among the highest tuition in the area. What I observed over a two year period: (1) teachers are rigid with old school thinking and methods (2) little to no collaboration between teachers / disciplines (3) I personally observed in-fighting / squabbling among teachers and outright lying by office staff (4) school has a "no news is good news philosophy (5) staff customer service is non-existent (6) doesn't have a PTO, consistent with their other philosophy "it's our way or the highway" but does have two parent fund raising organizations (7) Advent's emphasis is on liberal v. math/science education (8) as compared to other private schools in area homework is tremendous - indicative of old schooling v. in-school teaching (9) Advent doesn't/can't boast its students proceed to mostly 9th grade AP classes as other private schools can. (10) Advent Episcopal School's greatest proficiency is the ability to sell itself as something it isn't; a quality private school that's a good/great value as compared to tuition. Look at the retention rate and you'll see many parents eventually figure out it isn't.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2009

Excellent School - Outstanding Music, Art, Science & Math Programs. The teachers are wonderful at all levels. My son attended this school after leaving the Homewood School System and he was no where near ready for this school. I held him back a year in order for him to get on their level and he is doing excellent. It was like they opened up a whole new way of thinking for him and I'm proud to say that he attends the Advent. I believe that every child that is able should 'Share in the ADVENTure!'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2008

This is our second year in the school and we have not seen any academic advantage compared to other schools in Birmingham. The atmosphere is stern even for the younger students. Teachers do not seem to spend much time meeting with parents. 'No news is goods news' is their motto. Staff can be cold and even rude depending on the mood of the day. Advent is set on their ways and whoever does not fit them is quickly informed directly or in subtle ways. If you decide to try it, be prepared.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2008

Advent offers a wonderful balance between high performance expectations and genuine caring for the children. The academics are rigorous but the teachers are committed to each child's success. The music program and the math team are exceptional. The science program is solid and engaging. Parents are very involved, and there is great sense of community among the families. I believe it is the best k - 8 education, public or private, in the state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2007

Great academically and wonderful student/teacher ratio. Wish that the children had more physical activities. This is a hard school for younger boys especially because there is so much time spent on worksheets and sitting at a desk. Each class needs a P.E. break indoors when weather is bad. Oftentimes, they spend that time remaining in the classroom and get 'free-time'. They are a hyper ball of nerves upon leaving on those days! Also, French instead of the more practical Spanish is taught as the primary second language. Not very practical in today's world!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2007

The Advent Day School is an incredible school. I have had three children attend there and a forth will attend there in a few years. The staff, teachers and administrators are all wonderful to work with. The Christmas program - Lessons In Carols that the kids participate in every year is amazing. The music teacher is wonderful with the children. If you have never had the opportunity to see this performance you should attend one soon. I wish the Advent School had a high school! Anyone considering private education for their children in Birmingham should go visit here first!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2006

This school is an amazing school. The academic programs are very advanced, with high school level math, sciences, and arts, and college level music classes. Music, art, and sports are in the required curriculum.The Literature and Composition class is taught by a former college teacher, who keeps true to her roots of making children learn critical thinking skills. With two parent organizations, the Advent Parents' Organization and the Advent Episcopal Association for Education, the parents are immensely involved in the school and total learning process. To give a child a head start in life, send him or her to Advent.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 14, 2005

this is a fabulous school. the quality of academic programs exceeds anything available locally, and is as good as if not better than big city opportunities. art & music are highlights of the program. teachers at this school are caring and involved. the headmistress is fabulous and highly committed to each of her students as individuals. we are enormously happy with this school and highly recommend it. joyce
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2004

I attended Advent Episcopal Day School for nine years. I absolutely loved it and am so thankful for my time there. Advent is a fabulous school that provides children with a nurturing environment while at the same time challenging them intellectually to be their very best. The education you receive at this school is priceless. I was more than prepared for the difficult highschool I attended after Advent and had developed an inherent will to succeed that will last me an entire lifetime. I do not know what changes the school has gone through in the last few years. But I feel confident in saying that it could not and would not change the heart of its mission. It is a wonderful place to grow up and learn.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 25, 2004

I was calling to inquire about my son attending the school. The registrar was not in. The receptionist who answered the phone was just rude! to me rude! she made the comment the school is full ! the school is already full! i could barely get another question out. Just call back in the morning and speak with mrs. Hoffman! were her exact words. The staff need more public skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

This is an excellent school that offers wonderful art and music programs along with comprehensive basics in an exceptionally student oriented environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Excellent School - Outstanding Music and Art Program in addition to the Advanced Classes offered in the basic subjects. The teachers at this school are some of the best in Alabama. The opportunities to students at this school are endless due to the wide variety of classes, topics and learning experiences they are exposed to while attending at Advent.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 56%
Black 6% 38%
Two or more races 2% N/A
Asian 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Hispanic 0% 4%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Security personnel
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: French Club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:15 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Una S. Battles
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Episcopal
Associations
  • NAES
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (205) 252-3023

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Foreign languages
  • Music
  • Religious
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Security personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
Extra learning resources offered
  • None
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Foreign language club: French Club
  • Math Team
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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What are your chances?


8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
55
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
67
Students typically come from these schools
Rushton Center
Levite JCC
Harris Early Learning Center

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Indian Springs School
The Altamont School
John Carroll High School
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2019 6th Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Phone: (205) 252-2535

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