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8-12
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Montgomery, AL
Students enrolled: 479
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632 South Union St
Montgomery, AL 36104

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(334) 269-3618
(334) 269-6140
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September 25, 2014
I know im suppose to tell about the school but i have a queztion does anyone know if BTW Magnet has a football team

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2014
My 11th grade child decided to leave a private school to attend BTW because of all the great things we have read and heard about this school. We havent been impressed yet since she started. She didnt receive her schedule until the middle of the first day. She learned when trying to get her schedule that she was not in the schools system. Thats funny because she was accepted 6 months ago. After receiving her schedule my daughter was placed in classes that she had already taken and was in the class with 9 & 10th graders. I am currently trying to get her schedule changed and its the 6th day of school. Never experience anything like this. Really think need better office staff and leadership.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2014
BTW is a solid school with some cliques. The school does well considering the lack of funding for public education in Alabama overall and Montgomery, specifically. Sadly, the once vibrant law magnet has become an afterthought and the students in this program are treated like second-class citizens by the majority of the "art-focused" students and faculty. Law magnet students are often excluded and their accomplishments are never celebrated. I can recommend the school, but not the law magnet given its current status--the intent seems to be to cancel the program while keeping the current students on the rolls and wasting 1.5 hours a day with filler work.

- submitted by a community member
May 01, 2013
Booker T Washington Magnet High School has an excellent Principal who shows the utmost leadership ability and skills. The Principal stays abreast of current academic and arts' trends to ensure the teachers are teaching appropriately and the students are receiving the best education practices possible. I am confident that my child is receiving, not only, a quality AP education, but also excellent training in the musical theatre arts program. I highly rate and recommend BTW for a well rounded educational experience if you want your child to be prepared for college and life.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2012
If I ever become a famous novelist in the coming years, it will be because of the excellent instruction and the creatively inspiring environment at Booker T. Washington. I love my old high school. I was challenged, encouraged, and inspired at BTW. This school has excellent teachers, strong leadership, and a perfect environment for growing in one's field of interest. As a student of the creative writing program from 7-10 years ago, I can look back to this school as the launch pad that sent me forward on my writing career.

- submitted by a student
February 02, 2012
My daughter enrolled in BTW after having spent her years from K4-8th grades at St. James, a private school in Montgomery. Enrolling her in BTW was one of the best decisions that we ever made! Because BTW has numerous "magnets" every student has a specialty. Every student is feels special. My daughter was in the creative writing magnet and Foster Dickson, the teacher of this magnet is one of the best teachers there. Please know that just because BTW is an "arts" magnet, students with a "performance" talent can still find a home and thrive there.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2010
I would guess that before there was a uniform this school was very good, and I would guess that before a few teachers were cut there was better quality education. I wasn't here before that though, so I don't really know, but I do know that I did not enjoy my experience at this school, if only for one year. The only thing I could say I like about this school is the soothing sound of a piano playing down the hallways. Other than that, the teachers are unspectacular, the lunch is a sin, many of the students aren't very friendly, some teachers either give out way too much homework or can't teach their lessons, and the daily class schedules are simply annoying. I'd prefer a 7 block day over switching my schedule back and forth every day. The principal is not a pleasant lady, and the building is dirty, and old. Plus, the students miss out on a lot of normal high school pastimes, like football games. More money needs to be put into this school, because I'm sure it has potential to be amazing, I've just not seen this "amazing" school so many have talked about.

- submitted by a student
October 14, 2009
I am a graduate of Booker T Washington Magnet High School. I attended BTW for the entire 4 years. Although I had my problems as all teenagers do, in the long run attending BTW is an extremely beneficial experience, both educationally and culturally. As I see college students struggle through work and not be prepared for the level of academic learning that is offered at the better universities, I usually find the work to be fairly simple compared to what I went through at BTW. The teachers there care. Although at times they don't show it, the reason to their madness is found in what lies ahead. I honestly believe had I not been through the variety of teachers and levels of difficulty, I would not be where I am today. I am a Jr at Auburn University. I am also studying abroad and asst. teaching at SCAD in France

- submitted by a student
no rating September 14, 2009
I am currently a freshman at BTW and I believe this school is one of the best i have been to so far. BTW has a wonderful atmosphere, great food, wonderful schedule, and great teachers. Since i came from a school that has alot of fighting, it is a big relief to find a school like BTW where you never have to worry about your safety.

- submitted by a student
July 15, 2009
I'm currently a rising senior at BTW, and so far, I have observed qualities in teachers, other students, and the overall curriculum that I did not like. The ability in the set of teachers range from the worst possible to one of the best in the state. The best teachers are (meaning that they have taught the most in quantity and best in quality Gravatt, Dickson, and Armistead. Gill is pretty good (although I loathed chemistry). And then there are the teachers that are really fun to be around: Gravatt (yes, he makes this list too), Warren, and Simmons. And then there are the not-so-good teachers: Mrs. Cowles (from my experience) and Wones. They're great people, really. Just not the best teachers in their field.

- submitted by a student
no rating June 08, 2009
Everything's perfect except for the fact that they do not have enough sport teams for students. I hope the principal make a soccer team.

- submitted by a student
March 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 23, 2009
Excellence in all things is rightfully BTW's motto. This school is clearly levels above the rest, incorporating a challenging academic cirriculum along side a spectacular arts program. There is room here for the academically gifted as well as the talented performer and artist. Besides being multi- talented and abnormally intelligent, the students here are so diverse and so unique. I am a second year junior in the Show Band magnet (Show Band Rocks!!) and had no difficulty in choosing this school over any other. Being at this school has allowed me to learn about myself and recognize my true potential. This is without a doubt the best school ever!!

- submitted by a student
August 17, 2008
Although my child is no longer attending BTW because his grades fell below minimum, I have no hesitation in saying that BTW is a fine school, with an excellent staff. Mr. Gravatt, Mr. Dickson, Principal Starks: thank you so much for the 2 years you gave so much to my child. The experience has equipped him to attend a large public school for his senior year, and no doubt will enable him to transition to college easily. You guys rock.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2008
I am going to be a Senior this year at BTW and I love everything about this school. I love the Principal Ms. Starks, she helps me whenever I have a problem, and continues to challenge teachers and what they know. I also love the Technical Theatre teacher Ms. Waldrip, she is a shining star at the school. She works so hard and her work pays off, mostly every performance BTW's long fingers touch comes off as a hit. The only complaint I have is that the Math Department is not the best in the world. The lower level math teacher does not teach up to par compared to the upper level teachers do. She skips very needed information. The Spanish Department is great too. I also love Mr. Gravatt, US History Teacher, who challenges us in everything we do. BTW is an overall safe, diverse, awesome, talented, community and school.

- submitted by a student
May 23, 2008
This schools is on of the best thing that ever happened to me. I will be a junior next year in the Show Band magnet and it has opened so many opportunities for me. By enrolling, you immerse yourself in so much culture and diversity. It's really wonderful. The teachers are great. The faculty is great. Parents are invovled out of the roof, mainly with the performances. Plus, you aren't limited to one thing, like academics or sports. At BTW, you can be a musician, an actor, an artist, an aspiring lawyer, a news anchor. You have the chance to explore everything the school offers. This is an amazing school and I am grateful everyday that I am priviledged enough to attend it.

- submitted by a student
May 19, 2008
I attended BTW for all four years of high school. I was a Journalism magnet student. I would recommend BTW to all the parents and students in Montgomery. I graduated from BTW in 2003. My brother also went to BTW and graduated in 1999. I suppose BTW is a family tradition. I am thankful for all of the experiences I had while in school there. My parents were planning on sending me to private school, and I'm so thankful they didn't. The diverse population at BTW is one that you won't find in most other Alabama high schools. If you're thinking about attending BTW or sending your child there, you can't pick a better school.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 01, 2008
I've found BTW to be a great school for my student. The principal has endeavored to meet his needs and those of other students. I've personally been stopped by her and asked about his progress and if we are experiencing any problems. She took the time to meet with each incoming student and their parents to explain to them the requirements, extent herself and the staff to help with any problems, and welcome each student to the school. She's popped in at rehearsals and stayed. The school also has many concerned and qualified instructors. They go above and beyond in their efforts to instruct and support our students. I couldn't ask for better. My thanks to Ms. Starks and her staff.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
BTW is an excellent magnet high school. The staff and faculty are qualified professionals who take the job of teaching and leading it's students in the manner that educators should. The student satisfaction, test scores, and college achievements are the fruits of their labors at BTW. Thank ya'll for the excellence in education you provide.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2008
This is an outstanding school with outstanding leadership. The principal is one of the best with an outstanding record as a teacher and school leader. This principal supports all of her students as well as teachers. The principal is a National Board Certified Teacher, the PTA Principal of the Year, a member of the Governor's Commission on Quality Teaching, etc.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2008
I had an opportunity to hear two of BTW's students perform at Montgomery's Capital City Club last week. Although the students were 15 and 17, they perfomed on the level of many professional performers. BTW is a well-kept secret. I commend the adults who are grooming the students for success. If only BTW existed when I was in high school .

- submitted by a community member
January 08, 2008
BTW is an outstanding school. The principal goes above and beyond the call of duty to help students. From spending her own money to purchase materials for the school and students to contacting parents when their children are not performing well, she is taking the school to another level.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
I love BTW because I learn so much pertaining to Technical Theatre. This school is awesome in the Arts, their Math Department needs great help. BTW is a good school though. We just need a performing arts center.

- submitted by a student
November 20, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 27, 2007
The principal is in her fourth year. She demonstrates little support for a majority of the performing students and appears to lack leadership abilities that would truly lead this school to greatness. Teacher morale is declining and poor hiring decisions have affected both academic performance at the school and several of the magnet programs, including the demise of the print journalism department. Her single minded focus of building a performing arts center has led school district leaders to ignore lesser needs of the school to the detriment of the program in favor of doing nothing when collaboration and communication could have led to school improvement. We are seriously urging our last child to consider other options.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2007
BTW is one of the best schools in the state. The administration and staff work together to support students and communicate with parents.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2006
BTW Magnet is an outstanding school. This year the school has three National Merit Program Scholars, and the Creative Writing Magnet has published a book. Under the awesome leadership of Principal Quesha Starks the school is moving in a positive, focused direction.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2005
My son's a junior in the law magnet. BTW is a small public high school described by one parent as 'an oasis in the desert.' This is the second year for Principal Quesha Starks and this year she has an assistant. Both are top-notch as is the faculty. Our PTSA tries to help in any way needed. Academic excellence is stressed, but struggling students can find tutoring help from their teachers. Our talented creative/performing magnet students have lots of opportunities to perform for the community. Law students research twice weekly at the State Supreme Court and conduct mock trials at the Federal District Court. Aviation students not only learn about aviation but also fly. Creative writing students wrote and published a book about participants in the Civil Rights Movement. The facilities are old and there're no sports teams. But BTW is a school with a heart, mission and vision. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2005
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- submitted by a student
October 04, 2005
This is an awesome school. The social and academic environment fosters amasing tallent and creativity. This school will perpare students for later life. It is strongly recomended.

- submitted by a former student
July 01, 2005
My Son loves going to BTW. He is in the law magnet program which has opened a future of possibilities for him. The teachers are outstanding and really care about the students. By placing the students in magnets, they are more interested in learning. My son do wish they had sometype of sports program and is active in the SGA to make this happen for the future students of BTW since he is now a senior.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2005
BTW provides a stimulating learning enviornment to foster the needs of talented students, especially in the performing arts area. However, the diverse population of students can lead your child to choosing the wrong kind of friends. My daughter, a gifted student, chose a poor circle of friends and has paid for it with her academics as well as her social life. The peer pressure can really effect your child negatively. Stay on top of things, parents, and don't let your child associate with these type of kids. I am not the only parent who feels this way!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2004
Going to this school has been great experience for me all four years of high school. I am very glad that I chose this school. There is always some way to get involved here.

- submitted by a student
August 16, 2004
We've had two of our children attend BTW -- this school's academic program rivals what we saw in northern Virginia. It is an island of academic excellence in an otherwise deprived and depraved Montgomery school system. For the most part, the core academic teachers are among the best in the state, if not the nation -- especially the teachers for AP Government, AP History, and advanced math (Algebra III, pre-calculus, calculus, and advanced math). My only gripes would be (1) location, (2) a seemingly intense focus on the dance magnet at the expense of all other performing and non-performing magnets, and (3) the internal turmoil caused by a third principal in as many years. Fear naught -- this is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
September 09, 2003
Our second child is graduating from BTW this year. BTW has provided them fantastic opportunities to develop their creative talents and obtain an excellent education. The faculty is extremely supportive while always encouraging the students to strive for excellence.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
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Booker T Washington Magnet High School
632 South Union St, Montgomery, AL  36104
(334) 269-3618
Last modified Booker T Washington Magnet High School is a Public school that serves grades 8-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Booker T Washington Magnet High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top