Saint Rose Academy is a private, co-educational Catholic elementary school, located in the Diocese of Birmingham, serving students from three-year-old kindergarten through eighth grade.
Since its founding in 1956, it has been owned and operated by the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia of Nashville, Tennessee. As a Catholic school, it takes its meaning and purpose from the role and mission of the Church.
It exists for the benefit of the Catholic youth of the community and is open and extends a welcome to all who desire to attend regardless of race, religion and national or ethnic origin.
We cooperate with the parents in their role as primary educators of their children in the Faith.
The formation of each student as a unique child of God is a principal focus.
Inspired by Christ's words, "I came that they may have life and have it to the full," we at St. Rose dedicate our apostolate to providing a Catholic education in a nurturing environment that promotes the growth -- spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical -- of the whole child.
Fully aware of the accelerating changes in society, we work diligently to lead our students in an unending pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked AL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 206 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $7,345
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

Saint Rose Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Alabama for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Year Founded
1956

Student Body

Total Students
206 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
11%
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade
Saint Rose Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
17 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
12:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
78%
Average Class Size
16 students
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
(Dennis Uniform)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Discounts are available for families with multiple children. Financial aid is available.
Admissions Director
Vivian Hults

Sports

Total Sports Offered
2 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Knights of the Altar, Little Flower Club, Little Giants Drama Club, Rosary Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Treble Choir

School Notes

  • Saint Rose Academy is a private, co-educational Catholic elementary school, located in the Diocese of Birmingham, serving students from three-year-old kindergarten through eighth grade.
  • Since its founding in 1956, it has been owned and operated by the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia of Nashville, Tennessee. As a Catholic school, it takes its meaning and purpose from the role and mission of the Church.
  • It exists for the benefit of the Catholic youth of the community and is open and extends a welcome to all who desire to attend regardless of race, religion and national or ethnic origin.
  • We cooperate with the parents in their role as primary educators of their children in the Faith.
  • The formation of each student as a unique child of God is a principal focus.
  • Inspired by Christ's words, "I came that they may have life and have it to the full," we at St. Rose dedicate our apostolate to providing a Catholic education in a nurturing environment that promotes the growth -- spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical -- of the whole child.
  • Fully aware of the accelerating changes in society, we work diligently to lead our students in an unending pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty.
Profile last updated: 07/25/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (13 reviews)
5  
This school is a tremendous blessing to our family. The faculty is composed of people who love the Lord dearly and inspire that same love I`m my children. I am truly thankful for the time my children spend at this school.
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5  
We are so blessed to have joined the Saint Rose Family 7 years ago! Our boys are loved, challenged but most importantly their education is centered around God. Naturally, this has strengthened their relationship with God, but what I never expected is how much our own relationship and dependency on God has increased. In fact, we had no intention of sending our children to John Carroll, but because of how influential Saint Rose Academy has been on not just our children, but our entire family, we recently made the decision to send our children to John Carroll. This is all THANKS to Saint Rose Academy! Every day, I drop off our kids knowing that they are in great hands. I truly feel like we are one big family at Saint Rose and I thank God for the faculty and staff for all that they do... not only for our children, but for our entire family.
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5  
We have been at St. Rose for 11 years now. My girls have received a wonderful education, but most importantly they are building their relationship with God. The faculty is among the most loving, patient, and kind people I have met. Their top priority is that my children are becoming the best version of themselves.
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5  
St. Rose is such an amazing place and is more than a school. Although the strong academics is what brought us to St. Rose, we stay because of their dedication to the whole of each student. St. Rose students are lovingly pushed academically while being intentionally molded into conscientious stewards of Christ. Simply, they are dedicated to producing good humans. My oldest was a part of the first 3k class and this fall my youngest of 4 will start 3k. The learning that takes place in those walls is 2nd to none. My children love each teacher, each Sister, each classmate. They truly love school.
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5  
Saint Rose is a truly remarkable school. Its education is top notch, and fosters love of learning, love of country, and love of God. Many of the grades are taught by Dominican nuns, one of the many characteristics that set Saint Rose apart from the other Catholic schools in the Greater Birmingham area. The school has its own Atrium and offers the curriculum of the Good Shepherd to its Pre-K and primary students. It has a fully equipped, state-of-the-art science laboratory, and has established a science enrichment program with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) for its middle school students. We are blessed to have such a gem of a school here in Birmingham.
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5  
All four of my children graduated from St. Rose Academy and were completely prepared for John Carroll Catholic High School. The close-knit school environment is conducive to building friendships and a beautiful relationship with the Lord. From praying the rosary around the circle as a school to daily visits to the chapel, the Catholic educational experience here is second to none. The presence of the Dominican Sisters is the icing on the cake! The teachers are top-notch, and the children know they are loved. My children called this school their second home, and I can attest to that. It is truly a magnificent place to send your children. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an amazing school that educates the whole child.
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5  
This is my 3rd year teaching at St. Rose Academy, and I wouldn't trade it for anything! At first, I thought I had this unusually remarkable class who was polite and genuinely kind to me and to one another, but I realized quickly, as students from the upper grades behaved with the same dignity and respect, that this is the rich culture at our school. As I receive each new class year after year, I'm won over by the love in this treasure of a school. The same is true for the faculty and staff, all of whom work as hard to help one another as they do to fulfill their own requirements. My goal is to maintain an enriching atmosphere where each child experiences the love of Christ and is nurtured and heard as he or she interacts in all subject areas.
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5  
Sending our children to St. Rose is one of the best decisions we have ever made! Wonderful!!!
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5  
Imagine a school with one class per grade, where students encourage each other, discipline is NOT frowned upon and students want to do well. Well, that is Saint Rose. I have been a parent there since 2006,and I have never questioned our decision to send our children here. Have there been trying times? Yes. Have there been some disappointing times? Yes. But when you have children who like to go to school, and ask when it's time to go back to school while on break...Well, money can't buy that. The coolest part, the sisters are women who have entered a congregation that teaches without pay, and they still do it!!!!!
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5  
This is an extraordinary school! The faculty and staff are truly attentive. Over 90% of the graduating 8th graders place in honors algebra or geometry. We are thrilled that our children are enrolled under the direct supervision of the Dominican Sisters.
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5  
Saint Rose is a wonderful school! I have experienced the benefits of a Christ-centered education with the highest educational standards for both my children and grandchildren who have attended and are attending the school.
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5  
My child has attended St. Rose for two years, and we are very excited about the upcoming school year. We feel that the quality of education is top-notch because of the dedication of the sisters, the staff, and the families. We love the small, intimate feel of the school, and I am very pleased with the Christ-centered, family-focused atmosphere. Latin is being introduced as a part of the normal course of study to better prepare children for the introduction of other romance languages and to improve vocabulary, reading, and spelling skills. This is not the most tech-savvy school (and I''m happy about that), but there is interest in increasing the IT capacity in each classroom with smart boards and personal computing devices (i.e., iPads for note taking) that would support the current curriculum.
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5  
Not only is out daughter receiving a wonderful education, but more importantly she is becoming dependent upon God. I have never seen so much love among teachers and students. The teachers truly want her to be the best she can be. The discipline is amazing and is executed in a loving way. This school is helping mold my daughter into a productive member of society and for that I am grateful!
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked AL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 206 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $7,345
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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