Education in Birmingham
Birmingham residents take advantage of first-class educational resources for people of all ages. There are 17 public school systems that serve the Birmingham region. Knowledgeable, caring teachers, active school boards and involved parents work together to provide a challenging and rewarding academic environment. Students are encouraged to work to their highest potential, so they are fully prepared for college or the workforce, have a sense of academic responsibility and develop a lifetime love of learning.
For the artistically inclined student, the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) offers specialty programs in creative writing, dance, mathematics and science, music, theater arts, and visual arts. Students in grades seven through twelve may attend this comprehensive arts and science institution, which now serves 350 full-time students, many of whom are housed on campus. Because it is a public school funded by the Alabama legislature, students who are residents of Alabama pay no tuition to attend ASFA. Scholarships are available to help defray the cost of room and board. Classes are taught by expert instructors who maintain strong ties to Birmingham’s cultural community.
Birmingham’s E.P.I.C. school, located adjacent to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was designed to serve a totally integrated population of special needs and typical students in a barrier-free environment in culture, race, and social learning. Approximately 50 percent of the student body is enrolled in special needs classes, including self-contained classes for the intellectually gifted, hearing impaired, learning disabled, mentally retarded, and emotionally conflicted.
A wide selection of private schools, preschools and daycare centers are also available to serve Birmingham residents.