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Birmingham, AL
Students enrolled: 712

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2316 7th Ave North
Birmingham, AL 35203

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(205) 231-9500
(205) 231-9580
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Develops honesty: Disagree
August 18, 2015
Neither the teachers nor do the Principle and Assistant Principle practice any of these things!!!

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective
June 01, 2015
I should have home schooled this year. The school is now very unorganized and slothful. The teachers have truly wasted our kids time and stolen they zeal for learning. There were more substitute teachers used this year than other years and its because there was a disconnect between the teachers and the new principal. He is not the best fit for this school.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2015
No orginazation. Teachers were often heard yelling at 4 and 5 year olds in a very threatening manner. Would not recommend this school at all. Principal often defended teachers even when they were wrong.

- submitted by a parent

August 06, 2014
We've moved several times so my kids have attended 3 different elementary schools, so far J. H. Phillips has been the best experience of all three. The teachers are prepared to teach. There is a learning strategic plan in place so that you know as a parent what to expect when it comes to learning goals. The leadership is exceptional. I believe parent involvement is essential because parent involvement prevents behavioral problems. The school has high expectations for the kids and higher expectations for the parents. There is also stability in the leadership and teaching staff. The focus remains teaching and learning.

- submitted by a parent

March 02, 2014
Phillips is an awesome school.It has good teachers and well behaved students.It is just like a normal school except you have to take a test to get in.The school has a lot of extra curriculars.Some examples would be a foreign language or sports even chess.They have a lot of clubs to.All in all this is an awesome school that is the ideal place for your child to be.

- submitted by a community member

October 16, 2013
Phillips Academy has really impressed me, and I am not easily impressed. Everything this school does (from football games to PTA functions) is done with Excellence. I am honored that my son was accepted to attend this institution.

- submitted by a parent

October 14, 2013
es una muy Buena escuela me siento muy contenta de pertenecer a la familia de Phillips academy el director una exelente persona cuida sus alumnos su escuela mis dos hijas estuvieron con Miss Dunbar exelente maestra les ensena el repeto hacia los demas realmente les ensena a ser Buenos ninos y tener Buenos modales

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
The best and the brightest, excelling above and beyond the normal call of duty, very high standards. Proud to be a part of the Phillips Academy Family!!!!

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
Phillips Academy is a GREAT school with GREAT teaching staff. The teachers @ Philips really care about the students. They prepare the kids for the future. They challenge the mind. They encourage the kids to climb higher.The sky is the limit. I have 2 grand kids who attend school their. They are love the school and what it has to offer them. I would not want my grand kids to go anywhere else. I am proud of the staff @ Phillips Academy.

- submitted by a community member

September 26, 2013
A great school with terrific kids, engaged teachers and involved leadership. After just 7 years, the school excels in academics and sports.

- submitted by a community member

April 30, 2013
Phillips Academy is a great school compared tothe previos school my son attended within the same school system..... Im pleased to see how Phillip challenges him to think more and hes more attentive to his school work than before... I am so pleased he has been able to attend!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent

July 23, 2012
I have attended phillips academy for a year and it has been a great experience.

- submitted by a community member

May 25, 2012
I attend this school. I am going into the 8th grade and have been here for 2 years. We have the BEST principal in the world. He cares so much about our school, and us, the students, growing. They always have new ideas and plans for us to learn and accel in life. Yes, there is a workload, but you need to organize it. The students that get good grades, like me, do their homework, pay attention in class, and don't mess around in class or anywhere else. They say it is too much work, but it isn't if you space your time out and organize yourself. This is one of the best schools in the nation, as I say anyways. We always strive our best, and we are becoming International Bacheloreate World School. At least we are getting the tital of it. We already incorporate the values and views of IB. We have teams and clubs that dominate the district. I recommend parents take their students to this school if you want them to be world thinkers and well rounded in subjects and so forth. I love this school so much, and just because it is in Birmingham City, doesn't make it bad. This is school is the best, and if you don't go to this school you are missing out on a great education! Thanks!

- submitted by a community member

April 09, 2012
This has ALWAYS been a great school. But, since they added a Drama Department it has become SPECTACULAR!!!!! What these young people can do is phenominal!!! With so many systems trying to save a buck by cutting the arts, this school is shining brightly by ADDING Arts Programming. Someone down there realized that students with Arts programs have BETTER grades in academics on average than schools without. Schools with flourishing Arts Programs, such as Band, Drawing, Drama, Dance, etc. also have MUCH LESS violence in their schools. If I were new to the area THIS is the ONLY place I would want my child to attend.

- submitted by a community member

January 25, 2012
My son is a pre-k student at Phillips and despite the workload being ridiculously heavy ,he loves it.I am pleased that he has learned so much but I fear that he hasn`t learned enough to pass their test into Kindergarten.I applaud the school for being advanced and challenging students to be the best of the best,but a 4 year old shouldn` t have homework and writing assignments.Great school but my advice to parents with kids entering Pre-K,get ready...you and your child will be burning the midnight oil doing assignments and homework.

- submitted by a parent

April 03, 2011
I am currently a student at Phillips Academy. It has a great curriculum and is an overall great school, but can be overbearing with the workload in the middle school classes because they are all Pre-AP.

- submitted by a community member

December 29, 2010
From sending my daughter to Phillips for 2.5 yrs, I believe that Phillips is likely the best of what BCS has to offer, but I don't believe that it is exceptional when compared to private options and out-of-district options. Weaknesses: -Large class sizes (20-22). -Lack of differentiation (on the upper end). -Insufficient time spent outdoors & having down time. Brain research clearly shows that trying to extend learning over significant lengths of time is counterproductive since intense focus for short periods of time is necessary for learning. -Quantity over quality with regards to student requirements. -High requirements during early years come at the risk that this school teaches students that school, & learning, are unpleasant. I can't help but think that if you've managed to teach a 5 year old how to read, but also that school sucks , then you've done more harm than good. -Parents need to be involved in the educational process and educated themselves, so that they can keep their kids on track & their kids' teachers on track! Strengths: Most of the teachers & staff are committed, hardworking, & caring. The students they have are bright, hardworking, & delightful kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 07, 2010
I am a teacher at Phillips Academy. I must say, I have thoroughly enjoyed my years here. I truly love what I do on a daily basis. I strive to help my students to become all they can possibly be. I admire the entire staff at my school because everyone truly care about what they do and how it affects our students. To be a part of John Herbert Phillips Academy simply says ' You want to be a part of the best school in Alabama' a school where success is not an option.

- submitted by a teacher

February 08, 2010
Very enjoyable school to work at

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
October 27, 2009
Phillips Academy in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama is a very cultured school of excellent teachers who provide quality academic support, daily. Like the teachers, the principal is just awesome! Thumbs up! Quality verses quanity in all academic areas!

- submitted by a community member

April 09, 2009
I love this school! There is so much to do there. My kids are in middle school and I couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent

April 05, 2009
most terrible upnauticiots schoool

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2009
my kids love this school everyday they want to go to school and thats a first so i say best school in birmingham school system!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent

December 20, 2008
I have twins at Phillips Academy. This in my opinion the best K-8 school in the system. My children also attended Christian. The work load is heavy. However, if our children are to compete with the top county and private schools and qualify for top scholarships this is what is needed. The teachers, students, parents and administration have created a culture of excellence. This school is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent

August 14, 2008
i attend phillips academy and it is great there. i always tell my friends how great my school is. i brag on how much we do and how great our teachers are. i am proud to say i go phillps academy.

- submitted by a parent

May 30, 2008
My son attends Phillips Academy. This was the schools first year and it was a wonderful year for my son. The staff is amazing and i would recommend this school for any parent/student that wants a excell in learning.

- submitted by a parent

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Phillips Academy
2316 7th Ave North, Birmingham, AL  35203
(205) 231-9500
Last modified Phillips Academy is a Public school that serves grades PK-9. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Phillips Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top