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Birmingham, AL
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4801 Altamont Road South
Birmingham, AL 35222

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(205) 879-2006
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July 08, 2015
In order to establish an environment of trust and honor at The Altamont School, the Honor Code stresses individual integrity. The Honor Code is essential to the fulfillment of Altamont's mission. Its tenets are simple: to not lie, cheat, or steal; they allow students to establish sound moral and ethical standards that will serve them for the rest of their lives. Honor is habitual. The more it is practiced, the easier it becomes. Whether in the classroom, on the playing field, or in the school community, Honor is taught, discussed, and lived.

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July 08, 2015
The Altamont School is a coeducational, traditional college preparatory independent day school enrolling students in grades 5-12. We are located on the crest of Red Mountain in a secluded residential neighborhood five minutes from downtown Birmingham. Altamont is a small family with socio-economic, ethnic and religious diversity. We have an intensive college preparatory academic program with a personalized college search program, including an optional annual college tour. And we offer many opportunities for children to develop multiple talents by participating in arts, foreign language, leadership, community service, clubs, class projects, science competitions, and sports – all at the same time.

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January 31, 2014
The Altamont School is preparing me for college wonderfully! It is quite challenging at times, but I know in the long run it will help. I believe Altamont is one the best or the best school in Birmingham. We welcome all races into our community. ~Student

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December 13, 2013
The Altamont School has provided far and away the best high school experience anyone can ask. The students strike that delicate balance between intellectual quirkiness and people skills. Class sizes are luxuriously small--in my senior year, I have a class of one, a class of three, a class of five, and a couple classes of around twelve. The attention afforded to us by the faculty and staff is unparalleled, and the support network the school provides is phenomenal. And the resources...oh my god the resources. I've literally gone to school some days to find things in the Morning Report like "if anyone wants to dissect some human brains, meet in the bio lab." I have had two independent studies (I created my own course, got it approved/funded) in which UAB professors came to the school every week to oversee my experiments. About a solid half of my high school teachers have doctorates in their field--i'm not sure that's true of many colleges. Altamont does a fantastic job of providing for a student's need from 5th through 12th grade--for those of you with smaller children who are afraid of the high school-middle school mixing, DON'T BE!! Cannot say enough about this life-changing school

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June 17, 2013
Altamont is the greatest school I have ever gone to. When I'm there in class I feel so much love and acceptance from everyone. The teachers genially care about all of the students. They treat you like family. If you are a parent and are reading this consider sending your child to Altamont. Everyone finds heir place there.

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February 29, 2012
This is the best secondary education environment in Birmingham. Teachers and staff truly care about all aspects of the child and the education is exceptional. Each child is respected for their individuality and the students are very accepting of each other. Wonderful school community which embraces everyone.

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September 18, 2011
Sarah Whiteside is a wonderful principal and academician that permeates down to the whole staff. Altamont is a very special place that fosters the development of the "complete" child. I would recommend this school to anyone considering a top notch education for their child.

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May 28, 2011
Love this school!! Great teachers and board. the arts are important to everyone here, which is unusual but really appreciated! enough freedom to have fun but also learn responsibilities.

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July 16, 2009
The academics are great. The teachers are amongst the best, however the administrative staff of this institution of 'learning' are absolutely horrible! Particularly the financial staff. Education is no longer the main focus of this once top-rate institution of learning; they are now more focused on courting those with a great amount of income and doing whatever is necessary to eliminate and force out those who are not as fortunate.

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June 29, 2009
This school suffers severly with a lack of communication and polotics. The school has some great teachers left, but the majority now have no communication skills. The administration at the school needs to be reconsidered. The school has lost it's main focus, the students, and focuses on nothing but satisfying the parents in order to obtain their money and keep the school alive. The number of enrollments has saignifcantly dropped due to the sharp decline of excellance at this institute. It needs to change, or it is going to fail even more.

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January 02, 2009
The best voice my husband and I have made - was to send our daughter to Altamont. The teachers are all very dedicated to their jobs.

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November 16, 2008
This is just about the best school in alabama! i love every aspect of it and hope that many more students will choose to attend Altamont.

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April 11, 2006
A wonderful school, in every area. Academics are challenging, and teachers are truly allies of the students (not to mention parents). Small class size and dedicated faculty set Altamont in a class by itself. Sports is a vital part of this school, as are the arts. Children graduating from Altamont go on to highly selective colleges, and do well. An outstanding school.

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January 27, 2005
With the death of Martin Hames this school is not the same place. It was once a great school that fostered broad learning and did not cater solely to AP courses and was not solely concerned with numbers and with reputation. Now it has lost everything that made it unique. Do not go to Altamont for a unique educational experience because it is just like some other schools that cost half the price. I must say that Altamont's direction can be changed if there were to be a change in the administration. Instead of caring about students and faculty the present administration ahered to a relativistic philosophy that can only be characterized by elitism in trying to drastically change a school that did NOT need to be changed. Return Altamont to what it once was!

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January 27, 2005
This is a terrible school now. The new administration has sent this place down.

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March 24, 2004
Great Private School. Best in the Birmingham Area! They went to the 2a final four last year in basketball, and beat #1 Ranked Calera, #2 ranked Hatton, Tarent, and won there area in basketball. This school also has the best girls indoor and outdoor track and cross country team in the sate for the past 2 years. The boys track team also won the state this year (2004). The boys soccer team won state last year. In the acedemic area, Altamont is sending early decition two people to Stanford and one to Harvard out of a class of about 50. The teachers also have a passion for teaching that is uncharacterisic of any other school in Alabama. If your looking for a school that combines acedemics and athletics seemlessly, then Altamont is the place for you.

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The Altamont School is a coeducational, traditional college preparatory independent day school enrolling students in grades 5-12. Altamont is a small family with socio-economic, ethnic and religious diversity. And we offer many opportunities for children to develop multiple talents by participating in arts, foreign language, leadership programs, community service, clubs, class projects, science competitions and sports – all at the same time.


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The Altamont School
4801 Altamont Road South, Birmingham, AL  35222
(205) 879-2006
Last modified The Altamont School is a Private school that serves grades 5-12
The Altamont School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top