The Altamont School

  • 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.

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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 AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 5-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1922
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students361 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
30%
State avg.: 21%
Students by GradeThe Altamont School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
70%
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses14 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP 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 score1350
Average ACT score29
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$19,500
Tuition NotesTuition varies depending upon grade level
% on Financial Aid
27%
Admissions DirectorThomas Goldsmith

Sports

Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter TrackBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryGolf,
SoccerSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWinter Track,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.19 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, Thespians

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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  • Birmingham
    Grades: 8-12 | 21 students
    1.9 miles
    1312 22nd St S
    Birmingham, AL 35205
    (205)939-3665
    1.9 8-12
    21
  • Birmingham
    Grades: PK-12 | 535 students
    1.8 miles
    118 55th Street N
    Birmingham, AL 35212
    (205)591-7600
    1.8 PK-12
    535
  • Pelham
    Grades: 8-12 | 316 students
    11.8 miles
    190 Woodward Drive
    Pelham, AL 35124
    (205)988-3350
    11.8 8-12
    316
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    Grades: NS-8 | 143 students
    1.7 miles
    5901 Crestwood Blvd
    Birmingham, AL 35212
    (205)592-0541
    1.7 NS-8
    143
  • Birmingham
    Grades: PK-8 | 317 students
    3.2 miles
    4901 Old Leeds Rd
    Birmingham, AL 35213
    (205)956-9731
    3.2 PK-8
    317

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