Contact - Private Schools in Birmingham, Alabama

1. Hilltop Montessori School
Courses / Programs
Hilltop Montessori School is an independent, secular school in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama offering the highest quality of private education based on the principle of Montessori philosophy. Our student body is composed of children from age 18 months through eighth grade. Hilltop Montessori’s curriculum fosters within the child a positive attitude toward learning, a respect toward self and others, and an understanding of one’s responsibility to the world.

Hilltop’s school community is strongly multi-cultural, from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds living in Jefferson, Shelby and St. Clair counties.
Montessori Education for Children from Age 18 Months Through 8th Grade:

- Preschool
- Lower Elementary school
- Upper Elementary school
- Middle school

- Children receiving Montessori instruction excel academically and socially and gain the confidence they need to reach their fullest potential.
2. Shades Mountain Christian School
Courses / Programs
Shades Mountain Christian School is an independent Christian school located in Hoover, the largest suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. The school is a ministry of Shades Mountain Independent Church with an enrollment of approximately 470 students in Grades K4 through 12. Many students commute from Jefferson and Shelby counties.

The school, founded in 1974, is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International. The school provides a strong academic program within the context of the biblical worldview. Students have the opportunity to explore and develop their talents in a variety of areas such as music, art, and athletics.
Christian Education for Students in Grades K4-12:

- Kindergarten

- Elementary school

- Middle school

- High school

- Honors / Advanced placement (AP) courses

- After school program
3. Jefferson Christian Academy
Courses / Programs
Located in the Birmingham AL metro area, Jefferson Christian Academy (JCA) is a private Christian school that provides quality education for K4 through to 12th grade. We also have an Early Childhood Learning Center for infants and preschoolers ages 6 weeks – 3 years.

Our school is situated in Irondale and our students come from Jefferson County, Saint Clair County, Shelby County, and Blount County. Academically, Jefferson Christian Academy is college preparatory.

JCA is accredited by the SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and the NCSA (National Christian School Association).

The teachers and staff at JCA are committed and loving Christians who believe in the mission of the school. With God's guidance, Jefferson Christian Academy will cultivate and maintain an environment where the student is nurtured and challenged to realize his/her potential in spiritual maturity, academic attainment, athletic achievement and social and emotional development.
- Early childhood learning center for infants & preschoolers ages 6 weeks-3 years
- Full-day kindergarten: K-4 and K-5
- Christian elementary, middle and high school
- Bible classes & chapel services
- Free before-school program
- Extracurricular programs include sports, drama, debate, photography & more...
4. Advent Episcopal School
Courses / Programs
The Advent Episcopal School is an independent, co-educational Christian school in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama offering an advanced-curriculum academic program for children in four-year-old kindergarten through 8th grade. We have an enrollment of 340 children with a curriculum that features foreign language, science, music, and computer at all levels. We also offer a before and after-school day care program.

We believe that the mental development of a child cannot be isolated from his or her physical, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being. In a big, rapidly changing world, The Advent provides the stability of a wholesome, caring, small-school environment where each child can experience the total learning process - thinking, planning, and problem solving - in an atmosphere of enthusiasm.
Co-educational Programs for Children in Preschool through Grade 8:

- Kindergarten (4 & 5 year olds)

- Lower School (Grades 1 - 4)

- Upper School (Grades 5 - 8)

- Before & after-school day care program
5. John Carroll Catholic High School
Courses / Programs
John Carroll Catholic High School is a private Catholic high school in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama. We offer outstanding academic, spiritual, fine arts, library, guidance, sports, and extracurricular programs that offer students a complete high school experience and opportunities to develop into well-rounded young people who are ready to take the next steps into adulthood.

Honors courses are designed to challenge gifted students to pursue their studies in greater depth. These courses require more independent study, research, analysis and critical thinking. Advanced courses are offered for those students whose placement exam and prior achievement qualify them for a rigorous college preparatory course of study.
Private High School Program for Grades 9-12:

Features & courses include:
- College preparatory education
- Honors courses
- Advanced placement courses
- Fine arts
- Athletics
6. Joseph S. Bruno Montessori Academy
Courses / Programs
The Joseph S. Bruno Montessori Academy in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama is a non-profit, private school educating students from preschool through eighth grade. Our goal is to provide the opportunity for all students to grow to their fullest potential cognitively, socially, emotionally, spiritually, morally and aesthetically.

Our educational practices are built around the theories of Jean Piaget and Howard Gardner, as well as Maria Montessori. We believe children are born with the need to explore and discover and with the strong desire to learn.

We provide the kind of lessons, even the most challenging ones, that make learning exciting and stimulate the desire to find out more. Lessons are given to small groups of students or even individually so that they can understand the concepts presented.
Quality Preschool through Middle School Programs:
- Preschool Program (age 3-6)
- Lower Elementary (Grade 1-3 / age 6-9)
- Upper Elementary (Grade 4-6 / age 9-12)
- Middle School (Grade 7-8)

Subjects include:
- Drama
- Arts
- Music
- Library
- Spanish
- Physical Education
- Extended Care
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