Altamont is a good choice for students who excel in their present school but who want greater breadth and challenge in all areas of school life.
Altamont is a small family - approximately 325 students in grades 5-12 with socio-economic, ethnic, and religious diversity. Most of the students live in Birmingham and the surrounding communities.
Altamont is located on the crest of Red Mountain in a secluded residential neighborhood five minutes from downtown Birmingham. Its 28 acre main campus includes six tennis courts, a track and soccer field. A second campus includes soccer, softball, and baseball fields and a gymnasium. The main school campus has 47 classrooms, two science wings, a study garden, a fine arts center, a 14,000 plus volume library, an art gallery, a student center, and special rooms for chorus, art, orchestra, and dance. An audio-visual recording, editing and production studio was recently added to the fine arts suite. Two gymnasiums offer volleyball courts, basketball courts, tennis courts, and weight rooms. The school owned plant is valued at over $12,000,000.
The Altamont School is a college preparatory day school enrolling girls and boys in Grades 5 through 12. The school was established in 1975 through the merger of the Birmingham University School and the Brooke Hill School. Birmingham University School was founded as a proprietary school for boys in 1922 by Captain Basil M. Parks and reorganized as a non-profit institution in 1945. Brooke Hill School was founded in 1941 by Mr. and Mrs. George Blackburn as college preparatory school for girls.