About Altamont

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.

Our main campus is located on 28-acres on the crest of Red Mountain in a secluded residential neighborhood five minutes from downtown Birmingham. The main school building houses 40 classrooms, two science wings, a Fine Arts Center, a Student Center, an art gallery and sculpture garden, a complete computer network with a wireless hub, a computer lab, a 15,000-volume library, and special studios for chorus, art, photography, orchestra. An audio-visual recording, editing and production studio was recently added to the fine arts suite. The athletic facilities include two gymnasiums with two basketball courts, three volleyball courts, and a weight room. The main campus offers six tennis courts, a soccer field and a track with discus cage, shot put ring, long jump pit, pole vault, and a golf cage. A second campus provides another gymnasium as well as soccer, baseball, and softball fields.


Three-fourths of seniors maintain an A/B average in Altamont’s accelerated courses. Our students leave us ready for challenging college coursework. As well as joining other students in a great many curricular and extracurricular activities, two out of every three students also compete on one or more of our 30 athletic teams.

Our faculty includes 50 full- or part-time teachers regionally and nationally recognized as outstanding educators. They all teach in their certified fields of study, sponsor clubs, coach sports, and serve as academic advisors. Seventy-three percent of the faculty hold Masters degrees or higher, and three-quarters of the faculty have taught at Altamont for five years or longer.

Altamont is governed by a Board of Trustees that includes parents, patrons, alumni and friends. We are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and we hold membership in the National Association of Independent Schools, among other affiliations.

The school year, from late August to late May, is divided into two terms with Thanksgiving, Holiday, Winter and Spring Breaks and several long weekends. A typical day, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:20 p.m., includes six class periods, on a rotating schedule.

College Bound

  • Altamont graduates are accepted into the most selective colleges and universities in the country: Brown, Davidson, Duke, Harvard, Kenyon, Oberlin, Princeton, Pomona, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Swarthmore, Washington & Lee, Washington University, Williams, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, and the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • The college search program includes the annual College Tour of 15-20 northern or southern colleges and universities.
  • Of the 230 students in the classes of 2009 - 2012, there were 25 National Merit Finalists, 26 National Merit Semifinalists, 7 National Achievement Finalists, 10 National Achievement Semifinalists, and 19 Commended Scholars.

Fall Project Week

  • Altamont students use their education to benefit the community, thinking globally and acting locally on issues affecting the environment, the arts, public health, and other social issues.