The Altamont School

4801 Altamont Road South
Birmingham, AL 35222-0352
Tel: (205)879-2006
Grades: 5-12 | 341 students
Altamont is a college preparatory school with a tradition of excellence and a special atmosphere evoking pride and loyalty on the part of students, parents, faculty and staff.
Our academic program not only prepares students for a high level of performance in the most rigorous college programs; it also provides the intellectual tools required in the most demanding sectors of the adult world.
The Altamont experience encourages students to think critically, communicate truthfully and live honorably.
A wide range of athletic and extra-curricular activities, in a diverse school community, helps to round out that experience.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Alabama Association of Independent Schools (AAIS)
National Association of College Admissions Counselors
Southern Association of Independent Schools
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades 5-12
ADD/ADHD Support Yes
Year Founded 1922

Student Body

Total Students 341 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade The Altamont School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 48 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 15 students
Number of AP Courses 14 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses AP American Literature, AP Art, AP B Physics, AP Biology, AP C Physics, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP French VI, AP Psychology, AP U.S. History, Common Denominator, Creative Writing, Differential Equations, Ecology, Finite, French I-IV, French V Literature, Greek, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Jazz Band I-IV, Journalism, Latin IV: Vergil, Latin V/VI: Ovid, Mandarin Chinese, Multimedia-Video Production, Multivariable Calculus, Music Technique and Composition, Music Theory, Musical Theater, Photography I-IV, Photojournalism, Senior Seminars: 20th Century America, Senior Seminars: 20th Century Europe, Senior Seminars: 20th Century World Literature - East, Senior Seminars: 20th Century World Literature - West, Senior Seminars: African American Literature, Senior Seminars: American Masterpieces, Senior Seminars: Art History I, Senior Seminars: Art History II, Senior Seminars: Cross-Cultural Psychology, Senior Seminars: Intro to Engineering and Design, Senior Seminars: Leadership and Civic Engagement, Senior Seminars: Macroeconomics, Senior Seminars: Microeconomics, Senior Seminars: Shakespeare, Senior Seminars: Sports Medicine, Senior Seminars: The Gothic Novel, Senior Seminars: Vietnam Wars 1945-1975, Senior Seminars: Women Writers, Senior Seminars: Zoology, Southern Literature, Spanish V: Peninsular Literature, Spanish VI: Latin American Literature, Statistics, String Sinfonietta I-IV, Technical Theater, The Music Biz, Vocal Production, Web Design, Wind Sinfonietta I-IV,
Average SAT score 1910
Average ACT score 29
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $18,000
Tuition Notes Tuition varies depending upon grade level
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Thomas Goldsmith


Total Sports Offered 11 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter TrackBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryGolf,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter Track


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 20 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Altamont Musicians Society, Art Club, Avondale Tutoring Club, C. Kyser Miree Ethical Leadership Center, Forensics, French Club, Friends of the World, IFC, Knightly Chefs, Latin Club, Middle School LEAD Program, Model United Nations, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, Service Club, Spanish Club, Student Government Association, Table Tennis Club, Thespians Art Club, Forensics, French Club, IFC, Knightly Chefs, Latin Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Service Club, Spanish Club, Thespians, Altamont Musicians Society,
Avondale Tutoring Club,
C. Kyser Miree Ethical Leadership Center,
Friends of the World,
Middle School LEAD Program,
Model United Nations,
National Honor Society,
National Junior Honor Society,
Student Government Association,
Table Tennis Club,

School Notes

  • The Altamont School is a coeducational, traditional college preparatory independent day school enrolling students in grades 5-12. We are located on the crest of Red Mountain in a secluded residential neighborhood five minutes from downtown Birmingham.Altamont is a small family with socio-economic, ethnic and religious diversity. We have an intensive college preparatory academic program with a personalized college search program, including an annual college tour. And we offer many opportunities for children to develop multiple talents by participating in arts, foreign language, community service, clubs, class projects, science competitions and sports all at the same time. Altamont was established in 1975 through the merger of the Birmingham University School (BUS), founded in 1922, and the Brooke Hill School, founded in 1941 as the College Preparatory School for Girls.
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