Academies of Birmingham are Birmingham City Schools’ innovative approach to preparing today’s students for career and college success. The mission of the Academies of Birmingham is to provide students with a safe learning environment that promotes intellectual growth and career exploration. Academy students are presented with a rigorous academic curriculum and provided access to business networks that will prepare them now to compete in a global economy. Learn More.
Career-technical education (CTE) students are fortunate to have the experience of major corporations and the leadership of highly qualified teachers available when developing their skills for college and their future careers. The Birmingham City School System's CTE programs develop the talents and skills of students in classroom settings that are rigorous, progressive and certified to international standards. Learn More
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced course of study, that prepares students for success in college and life beyond. The mission of the program is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better, more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Learn More GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a competitive grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to high-risk communities to develop comprehensive, research-driven programs to prepare low-income, minority and first-generation students for higher education. GEAR UP students receive tutoring, mentoring, enhanced advisement from counselors, summer academic enrichment and financial education to learn how to pay for college. Learn More The Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE) is an enrichment program that provides support for gifted and high ability learners. The GATE program seeks to provide exciting and engaging project and problem-based learning opportunities for students in the gifted program. Gifted education specialists are trained in building critical and creative thinking skills, addressing social-emotional needs of gifted learners, concept-based curriculum design, and differentiating instruction in the classroom. These individuals are able to provide resources for parents and classroom teachers who are seeking to challenge gifted and talented students. Learn More
The Consolidated Federal Programs provides funding to 38 Title I public schools and 12 private/non-public schools located in the Birmingham City School System. Title I Part A funds are allocated to schools based on free and/or reduced lunch percentages received from the Birmingham City Schools Child Nutrition Department. Learn More
Student Support Programs
After Care Programs Learn More Dropping out of high school does not have to be the end of your education. If you are age 17-21 and need to complete your high school diploma, call or visit our office to see if the Dropout Recovery Program is right for you. There are three (3) locations and three (3) sessions that are available to you. Read more about the Dropout Recovery Opportunity. The Family Involvement Program's goal is to bridge the gap between school and home while extending the learning process for all children. The program meets this goal by conducting district-wide workshops and conferences for parents, adult family members and significant others throughout the school year. These workshops provide information and resources, which enhance the knowledge base of parental involvement while giving parents the opportunity to participate in meaningful communication involving student academic achievement. Learn More
AmeriCorps VISTA is a federal service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years. Learn More