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Tuscaloosa Academy

Private | PK-12 | 460 students

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Posted June 30, 2014

My child transferred to this school from another high school. The students and the teachers have been both welcoming and accomodating. We love the small class size - many classes have fewer than 10 kids. My child takes all AP classes, so perhaps the parents who are complaining about the academics, have children who do not take the advanced curriculum. My child joined a sports team (not basketball or football) and loves it. I find the comments about parent cliques amusing, mainly because i either dont see it or really dont care. I am just too old to be worried about stuff like that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2014

Tuscaloosa Academy is a bitter sweet mixture for us. The acedemics are not superoir but are adequate. The staff turn over seems unusually high. Many personal announcement emails go out regarding staff turnover. Staff are friendly enough. Some more than others. Bullying at times can be astounding to us. Snobbery is very rife. Sports program is 99.9% geared to football and cheerleading (if you can call that a sport) little els is left for other sports. We constantly struggle with little, late or at times no communication. Consistancy is an issue, today X can wear this tomorrow Y gets picked on about the same outfit. I have seen some students disrespect teachers and some teachers seem to swallow it. I am not sure if this is because they dont have the authority to put students in their place. I have seen a lot of tip toeing around students. Parent involvement is limited to "clicks" of the same circle rotating roles. On a positive note. Our child is happy there for the most part when they are able to dodge the bullies. So far their particular teachers (except 1 or 2) have been really wonderful people. We will give it another year and then cosider staying on or leaving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

As others have stated, there is a lot of bullying in the middle school and it is an expensive place to have your children mistreated. The academics are okay, but not as great as we had hoped. Our children are getting bored. We constantly receive e-mails about turnover of the school employees (teachers, administrators, coaches). We also keep learning that, yes the enrollment has gone up, but a lot of parents are not sending their children back to the school year after year. (After three years, our children will not attend the school next year.) Communication from the staff to parents is hit or miss. Sometimes, we would get e-mails updating us and other times we would have to hear things from the children. We are very disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2012

Great school for friendship, connections, and education. Although you are getting the best education, I think that the way these young students treat each other are impecable almost as a strong family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2010

best school around the area. for all of the other reviews referring to "outside families" do not buy it. those reviews are old, and you should not look to them for your references. i just finished my first year, and it was the best school year of my life. i came from a public school so i knew no one. i made more friends, and had more opportunities in this one year than in my entire school experience. i wish i had come sooner, sad i only have 3 years left. it is not a waste of money, and provides a ton of extracurricular activities. al in all, it's wonderful!


Posted May 27, 2009

We are at the close of our third year at this school and are still as pleased as we were the first day. I continue to be amazed at the quality of the education our children are receiving and can see the joy of learning on their faces. Both children are safe and happy and are getting the best education Tuscaloosa has to offer from a faculty that genuinely cares. I feel secure in knowing that our children's educational goals are being supported by each and every faculty member and that they are being more than adequately prepared for college and for a successful future. As parents, making the decision to attend TA was the best decision we have made for our kids. Our only regret is that we waited until they were in middle school to do it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2008

This schiool is great in many ways. I think it provides the best education in Tuscaloosa. The academics are challenging and the sports programs are good. We are very happy with this great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2007

This school has been one of the finest schools I have ever had the priviledge of being in. The teachers and staff know each child by name, encourage them in their studies and are involved in their students education. They love the kids and it shows. The enrollment is almost double what you list, the academics are great, they enjoy the sports and travel to broaden their education. They teach morals as well as a love for Jesus and I know these young people will accomplish much in their lives as a result of the education and learning enviorment this school provides. The only drawback to this school is no band. parent involvement is high at this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 18, 2007

We are at the end of our first year at TA and have nothing but praises to share. As for being an 'outside family' we have not experienced that feeling at all. We have felt like part of the TA Family from day one! I have a fourth and sixth grader who both are glad that they did not have to continue in the public school system. They also love the small classes where they can get a more tailored education. The faculty is very personable and are of the highest caliber in the the Tuscaloosa area. From theatre to track, the extracurricular activities are well organized by highly qualified faculty members. The academic programs are challenging with lots of opportunities for enrichment. Tuscaloosa Academy is a true college prep school with high expectations of everyone including parents. We could not be happier with our decision to attend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2007

We chose Tuscaloosa Academy for our children cause they have the highest SAT scores in town, and the most merit scholars per student ratio. We have an excellent art and sports program. There is alot of bullying in the junior high by some of these individuals. Overall, it is a great school acacemically, but socially, there are some concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2007

We have been really happy at TA. We are in our 4th year at TA and now have a 3 year old in PS and a 6 year old in 1st grade. I've been extremely happy with the Lower School and the level of one on one attention we get. It's a small enough place that people know each other and develop good friendships. I've had wonderful experiences with the teachers thus far and recommend it highly!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2006

I would think long and hard about enrolling a child in Tuscaloosa Academy. The academics are adequate, however if you are an 'outside' family you may receive a substantial amount of personal bullying. It's a very expensive place to have your children mistreated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2005

This school has been one of the finest schools I have ever had the priviledge of being in. The teachers and staff know each child by name, encourage them in their studies and are involved in their students education. They love the kids and it shows. The enrollment is almost double what you list, the academics are great, they enjoy the sports and travel to broaden their education. They teach morals as well as a love for Jesus and I know these young people will accomplish much in their lives as a result of the education and learning enviorment this school provides. The only drawback to this school is no band. parent involvement is high at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2004

A wonderful ecouraging challenging small pre-k thru 12th college prep. Teachers, secretaries, janitors, cooks, lawncare people and parents treat students like family, promoting values and character as much as academics.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 58%
Black 5% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hispanic 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2012)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff German
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • German
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • German
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:55 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:15 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAEYC
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Montessori
  • Project-based
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • German
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • German
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Forensics club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
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What are your chances?


8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
93
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
115

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$7000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 100%
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420 Rice Valley Rd N
Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
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Phone: (205) 758-4462

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