Lewis Martin Smith Middle School (SMS), is an urban, Title I, public school located in the Roebuck community, a sub-community in the Eastern area of Birmingham, Alabama, built in 1956. The school was named for Lewis Martin Smith who served as the Birmingham City Schools' Board of Education President from 1957-1958, as well as President of the Alabama Power Company. Because of his prominence in the community and his personal commitment to excellence, it was deemed appropriate to name the school in his honor.
The school was originally designed to serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade, however, due to community growth and changes in 1981, it became a middle school serving students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. In 1998, the school was remodeled to improve the band facilities, renovate the main office and administrative areas, and add a new gymnasium. Students from neighboring elementary schools, Huffman Academy, Martha Gaskins, Sun Valley, and W. J. Christian attend Smith Middle School. Smith Middle School currently has the highest enrollment of middle schools in the area.
We have varied resources and programs available on our campus to address the specific needs of our school and community. ALL students receive free breakfast and lunch. We have the READ 180 Reading program, which is a researched based program with proven results in raising student reading achievement. We are an AVID School, which provides ALL students with learning strategies and opportunities usually reserved for students enrolled in college preparation courses. Speak First sponsors our Debate Team, providing resources for practice and competition. Within our diverse student body, we also serve an over-aged population of students who have had academic challenges prior to enrolling in our school. However, we strive to offer academic resources and field based learning to assist those students in reaching their highest potential. We also offer the LEXIA Reading Program and Moby Max for our Exceptional Education students.
We understand that technology literacy is an essential part of a 21st Century education, therefore, strive to embed the use of technology in every aspect of learning. In an effort to support this goal, we house two physical computer labs and one rolling laptop lab. One computer lab is used for have Career Technical Education and STEM courses taught during each grade levels' Unified Arts period, and the other is reserved by teachers and students to use for benchmark assessments, universal screeners, and classroom instruction that requires the use of technology. We also have a mobile Laptop Cart and an iPad Cart each with enough devices for a class set.
At Smith, we truly believe that TOGETHER we aspire, and TOGETHER we achieve. So we work closely with community partners to provide a variety of opportunities and resources to our stakeholders, such as our school’s PTA, the Killough Springs Neighborhood Association, CORD (Center for Community Outreach Development), DUKE Talent Identification Program (grades 6 &7), and SREB (Southern Regional Education Board Math Ready & Literacy Programs).