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PK-12
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Birmingham, AL
Students enrolled: 325
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2290 Old Tyler Road
Birmingham, AL 35226

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(205) 978-6001
(205) 978-9120
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February 23, 2015
In an area of big schools - this small school is well worth a look. Our kids have been at SMCS for 5 years & it's a blessing to know our kids friends AND their parents. We enjoy a diverse community of Christians in a setting other than church. Academics are strong, with nurturing teachers that love on kids in the lower grades and mentor the older students. The principal made difficult decisions the last 2 years in a commitment to raising academic standards with a focus on quality hiring decisions in math & science. The theater and band productions are immensely enjoyable when you know the performers & their families. SMCS provides opportunities for kids to play multiple sports while at the same time having the flexibility to be a part of other activities. Numerous student-athletes in surrounding schools work tirelessly year-round from their middle school days through high school in hopes of making one sports team at the super-sized schools. Unfortunately, a lot of those kids burn out or loose their passion for the game just as they peak at a cost of never exploring the arts or other "stretch" sports. The well-rounded multi-sport student athlete of 25 years ago is back at SMCS!

- submitted by a parent

November 05, 2014
Great school! We are the parents of two graduates of SMCS who attended school there from K4 through 12th grade. We chose SMCS because we wanted to invest in our children's intellectual and spiritual education. We were not disappointed. SMCS also provided them with the opportunity to participate in multiple sports, band, choir and other activities which contributed to building their character and helping to prepare them for life after high school. SMCS is one of the area's best kept secrets which needs to be shared!

- submitted by a parent

November 05, 2014
Both our boys transferred from an excellent school system when they were in the 6th grade. We originally chose to move our oldest son because we felt a smaller school would benefit his personality better. A once timid child blossomed in the smaller environment. The added value of a Christian curriculum was important to us, but it was not the original reason we switched schools. Both our boys excelled academically and socially. Both played football and baseball. But, what is unique about a smaller school, students are not pigeon-holed into just being a scholar, jock or artist. Our boys excelled academically, played sports and participated in SMCS theater. That elective enabled both boys to talk in front of people without fear. Both served as ambassadors for their colleges touring prospective students with their parents. Our oldest son had an excellent job offer in February before he graduated this past May. Our second son made a 32 on his ACT and is maintaining a 3.9 GPA in engineering. Looking back over our sons secondary school years at SMCS, we appreciate the impact the school had in our boys lives. We chose to go a different school path and we are thankful we did!

- submitted by a parent

October 31, 2014
One of the best schools in Hoover.... I am proud to have a daughter and son that attended Camp Straight Street and daughter to work on the staff... These are amazing teachers helping young people grow and learn through God... Thanks, Angela Finley ~

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October 29, 2014
I cant say enough good things about SMCS. The leadership and faculty is top notch. High level of academics with a Christian foundation. The family atmosphere and support is amazing.

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October 27, 2014
As a parent of two children, one who graduated and one still attending, investing in there future at Shades Mountain has by far been the best decision I ever made for my children. I see visible evidence of the schools influence on both by children as they grow and learn to deal with others and the various challenges we all face. The school currently shares facilities with the shades mountain independent church, but they are working to either build or buy a facility. The other real benefit is that as a small school, you will know everyone and they know you and your kids. It's much easier to stay involved and know your kids friends in this smaller enviroment.

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October 14, 2014
Our daughter has been at this school since K-5, she has loved it! We are happy with our choice. This is a private school where GOD is FIRST.

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October 02, 2014
This has been the best decision we have made for our two sons. The staff is awesome and the education as well. It is great to have God involved in every aspect in the classroom.

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September 30, 2014
Shades Mountain Christian is indeed a wonderful little gem tucked away in Birmingham! I love that the staff is so pleasant and inviting and that there are always opportunities for the parents to get involved. The curriculum is challenging and Christian based. The thing that initially drew us to the school was the fact that they offer a K3 as well as a K4 program. My daughter has an October birthday, so I was very excited that she wouldn't have to start Kindergarten late, and could be in a real academic setting even at 3 years old. I love the school, the teachers, and administration, and we look forward to many more wonderful years!

- submitted by a parent

September 30, 2014
We LOVE Shades Mountain Christian! The teachers are fabulous, the people are friendly, there are many opportunities for involvement, and my child is receiving an education that will prepare him well for college. We believe this atmosphere of unity and quality of education is largely due to strong, caring school leadership, including administration, staff, and teachers. We plan to remain a part of the SMCS family until graduation!

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September 11, 2014
The best kept secret in Birmingham. SMCS has a highly qualified faculty and administration. We are a small school, but that does not mean we are not significant. There is opportunity for every student to use their God-given talents and abilities.

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October 02, 2013
The school is extremely dysfunctional. I graduated from Shades Mountain several years ago. The education is substandard and will not prepare your child for college. The quality teachers have left in recent years leaving a void. Facilities need major upgrading. The teachers are paid very poorly and as a result do not show interest in the students.

- submitted by a community member

September 02, 2011
All I can say is that we LOVE SMCS! Our children transferred to SMCS in 2009 from another private christian school. I'll be the first to say that NO school, private or public, is perfect. However, SMCS comes pretty close to perfect in the areas that matter. The administration and staff truly desire for each student to grow closer to God and strive for academic excellence. We have seen our children grow in both of these areas. We are so thankful to each teacher and administrator for going above and beyond to educate, guide and care for our children. Looking forward to many more years at SMCS! God is doing great things at this school!

- submitted by a parent

August 20, 2011
After reading all previous reviews, I would like to address a couple of issues that were mentioned. Having been a school parent for two decades, I believe I can objectively speak to some concerns that were raised. For starters...SMCS is a "private" school receiving no funding from any branch of government. There is no such thing as a "subsidized" or "reduced" lunch at SMCS. Therefore, expect to pay higher prices than at a public school cafeteria. The cafeteria staff works hard to provide nutritious choices while at the same time providing appealing choices to the secondary students. Is it a perfect scenario? No, but they do the best they can do within the existing scope. Secondly...bullying exists in all schools because we are an imperfect people living in a fallen world. The administration works diligently to stop bullying as soon as it is made known. Bullying is not a "big" issue at SMCS. Has bullying existed before? Isolated cases sure, because at such a small school, it is much more on the front page than at a large school. SMCS is a Christian school, not a bubble. God allows life issues at SMCS just like at public schools. He's shaping and molding at all times! God reigns!

- submitted by a parent

August 20, 2011
My daughter has been a student at SMCS for the past three years. I am a public school teacher and have elected to withdraw my daughter from the public school setting in order to have her educated from the biblical world view. I have said many times that moving her was one of the best parenting decisions my husband and I have ever made. God has truly done a work in my daughter's life. We are EXTREMELY pleased with the academics at SMCS. Class sizes are small and the teachers go above and beyond the call of duty! I am so happy that God placed people in my life that moved us in the direction of SMCS. We love it so much we plan to enroll our second child here next year! God is so good to direct our paths and our family is blessed beyond measure with the path He chose for us at SMCS.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2011
This is a great time to be part of the Shades Mountain Christian School family! God is doing amazing things in the life of our school, He has positioned us for spiritual and physical growth. Our family joined the SMCS family in 1993 when my nephew started K4 and to date 6 children in our immediate family have attended or are attending SMCS. My husband and I have 2 children at SMCS, a 10th grader and a 6th grader. We are committed to Christian education and count it a privilege to be part of this school family. Check us out at SMCS.org or on Facebook - SMCS Athletics.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2011
Shades Mountain Christian School is more than I expected in a Christian School. Growing up in a small Alabama town, Christian school was not an option or a consideration. My oldest child started school at SMCS in 1999 and I could not be more pleased. The Christian atmosphere and academics taught from the Christian world view has exceeded my expectations.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2011
It is a privilege and a blessing for our two children to attend Shades Mountain Christian School. We are in our 5th year at SMCS. The school leadership team and faculty are dedicated to educating children based on a Biblical world view and equipping them for the life that God has called each of them to. They truly do exist to assist us as parents in the greatest calling we will ever have. Classes are on average 15 students and there are so many opportunities for children to get involved and participate. Our family is so grateful and looking forward to many more years at SMCS.

- submitted by a parent

November 05, 2010
Our three children attend SMCS and we are very happy! Our son started in the 4th grade and we are very thankful for the welcoming christian environment! The academics are challenging and the sports & band programs have been great for our son. My two younger children are learning so much and are building a strong foundation academically & spiritually! I am so greatful for SMCS ...my three are thriving here!

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August 23, 2010
Our son attended SMCS 2009-10. They do have a bullying problem there and although the admistration is nice and very helpful, they do not have a very good plan to deal with bullying. Our son was picked on off and on all year. We met with the teacher, principal and head master. We removed him after one year. The MATH and ENGLISH are very advanced and hard. The math teacher was not willing to help our son even though we went to her several times early in the year. Weak PE dept too.

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April 01, 2010
Our son was in the middle school at SMCS 2008-2009. He also started 2009-2010 there, but after six weeks into the school year we pulled him out. At the first orientation the principal stated that seven students had left the year before due to bullies. That should have been a red flag. The first year there was terrible with bullies, and young inexperienced teachers. We chose this school because we were told that bullies were dealt with. The beginning of the scond year our son was not bullied, but bored with the curriculum. 90 minutes is way too long for classes. We left there and skipped a grade and went to another school. The girls dress as bad as public school students. The boys that are members of the Church and school seem to think they can get away with much disrespect and bullying. Much more but no space.

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March 25, 2009
My child is in high school. All of us have been very pleased with the quality of the academics and the high standards and expectations that have been set. While I agree with the lunch choices needing improvement, my child chooses to purchase those things that are nutritious that he likes and subsidizes his meals by bring part of his lunch as well. I can't say that I would ever choose a school by the food they offer anyway. I am most concerned about the academics and chrisitian environment that adequately prepares my child for life.

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June 05, 2008
A really good school with strong dedicated leadership. Low student to teacher ratio. Great academics. Nice sports activities, well behaved articulate kids & a very safe environment

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December 01, 2007
i love the school it pretty awesome. you get to be around your friends 24-7. we also only have four classes a day. we have green days and white days. ech day we have different classes.

- submitted by a student

August 27, 2007
* Strong academics w/ good follow-up information * Committed and caring faculty * Numerous sports & extracurricular activities * Low student-to-teacher ratio * Christian environment * Students are well-behaved SMCS provides a safe wholesome environment that promotes learning.

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no rating
August 08, 2007
I am a parent with 3 children enrolled. We've been at the school for about 5 years. We love it! The administration and staff show a real love for the children. The academics are excellent. And the school provides many athletic opportunities and other types of extracurricular activities. The school has about 480 students in K-12th grades.

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July 25, 2007
My daughter started from K-5 and is now going to 2nd grade. Although the dress code from ist grade was quite a challenge to follow and the cafeteria prices/food choices may not be the best, I love the low teacher:student ratio and the quality of work. One thing that I really really love is the fact that the school takes christianity very seriously, (no sugar coating here). Another thing is my daughter really enjoys going to school at smcs and we plan on her staying for as long as God provides and we are in the area.

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December 08, 2006
My daughter started attending this school last year. I have not been pleased with the quality of teachers there. The dress code is ridiculous and the lunch prices are very high.

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May 27, 2006
SMCS has never and will never be driven by profits. There aren't any profits because this is a non-profit organization. My children have attended this school for 13 years and we have been very pleased with the focus on developing a heart for God and on academic excellence. Admittedly the cafeteria needs some work but what most people don't know is that the school is not responsible for the cafeteria. It is owned and operated by the church. We love SMCS!

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2004
I would rate this school very high in the fields of academics. The student-teacher ratio is low and I like the fact that the faculty and students all know each other. I only have 2 problems with the school itself and I have to admit I haven't compared any other private schools and I don't know the Alabama standards for them. My son is in second grade and he attends Physical Education classes 2 days a week. I think all students in Elementary should attend 5 days a week. The lunch program needs alot of improvement. The food that is provided in the cafeteria is not nutrious (Dominoes Pizza, chicken nuggets, potato chips, gatorade, yoo-hoo's) The kids are allowed to even get 2 (or more) desserts if they choose. I can't help but feel that the school is driven by profit at the expense of the kids.

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Shades Mountain Christian School
2290 Old Tyler Road, Birmingham, AL  35226
(205) 978-6001
Last modified Shades Mountain Christian School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Shades Mountain Christian School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top