Shades Mountain Christian School

2290 Old Tyler Rd
Birmingham, AL 35226-0352
Tel: (205)978-6001
Grades: PK-12 | 336 students
Shades Mountain Christian School (SMCS) is an independent, community, Christian School serving grades K3 through 12.
The mission of SMCS is to assist Christian parents in their responsibility to equip students for life through academics and service to Christ.
The school, founded in 1974, is fully accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
SMCS offers academics, athletics and arts all with a Christian worldview.
We are moving to a new location in summer of 2017.
We have purchased what is currently Riverchase Middle School to be our new location.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Religious Affiliation Christian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Year Founded 1974

Student Body

Total Students 336 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
25%
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Shades Mountain Christian School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 38 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
42%
Average Class Size 15 students
Number of AP Courses 3 courses
Advanced Courses AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP English
Average ACT score 24
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(jeans, khakis, collared shirts)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Please visit smcs.org Admissions page for 2016-2017 tuition & fee schedule
Acceptance Rate
88%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Beth Buyck
Admissions Associate Susan Etheridge

Sports

Total Sports Offered 9 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Winter TrackBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
GolfSoccer,
SoftballVolleyball,
Winter Track

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 14 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Chapel Committee, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Marching Band, National Honor Society, Percussion Ensemble, Prom Committee, Student Ambassadors, Student Council, Theatre, Yearbook, Youth Basketball, Youth Cross Country Concert Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Prom Committee, Theatre, Yearbook, Chapel Committee,
National Honor Society,
Percussion Ensemble,
Student Ambassadors,
Student Council,
Youth Basketball,
Youth Cross Country,

School Notes:

  • Shades Mountain Christian School (SMCS is an independent, community, Christian School serving grades K3 through 12.   The school provides a strong academic program with a Christian worldview.   The mission of SMCS is to assist Christian parents in their responsibility to equip students for life through academics and service to Christ.   The school, founded in 1974, is fully accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).  We are moving to a new location, currently Riverchase Middle School, in summer of 2017.

Profile last updated: 02/01/2016

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is John Carroll Catholic High School (1.9 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is St. Mark United Methodist Kindergarten (1.6 miles away)
The nearest preschool is St. Mark United Methodist Kindergarten (1.6 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Birmingham
    St. Mark United Methodist Kindergarten
    Daycare / Preschool (Methodist)
    Grades: NS-K | 92 students
    1.6 miles
    2901 Columbiana Rd
    Birmingham, AL 35216
    (205)822-1312
    1.6NS-K
    92
  • Hoover
    Hoover KinderCare
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: NS-PK
    1.7 miles
    3160 Old Columbiana Rd.
    Hoover, AL 35226
    (205)822-8110
    1.7NS-PK
    n/a
  • Birmingham
    Grades: 9-12 | 626 students
    1.9 miles
    300 Lakeshore Parkway
    Birmingham, AL 35209
    (205)940-2400
    1.99-12
    626
  • Birmingham
    Grades: K-1 | 94 students
    2.1 miles
    1817 Patton Chapel Rd
    Birmingham, AL 35226
    (205)823-4020
    2.1K-1
    94
  • Birmingham
    Green Valley Baptist Weekday
    Daycare / Preschool (Baptist)
    Grades: K | 190 students
    2.2 miles
    1815 Patton Chapel Rd
    Birmingham, AL 35226
    (205)822-6239
    2.2K
    190

School Reviews

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 appears to have made diffiicult decisions recently in a committment to raising academic standards with a focus on quality hiring decisions in math & science. The theatre and band productions are immensly enjoyable when you know the performers. In athletics, 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 shools 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. The well-rounded multi-sport student athlete of 20 years ago is back at SMCS!
- Posted by Parent, 02/24/15
We move our kids from another good Christian school to Shades Mountain Christian a few years ago and have been very thankful we did. The academic experience and Biblical foundation have been just as good but the kids have thrived socially in the smaller class environment and with the more diverse population of students.
- Posted by Parent, 01/29/15
High expectations of students and teachers who know their content and encourage students academically and spiritually are the qualities we have experienced since our children started there 2 years ago. Small class sizes are also a huge deal!
- Posted by Parent, 03/11/13

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