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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This is a terrible school now. The new administration has sent this place down.
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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