The Altamont School is a coeducational 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. Altamont offers many opportunities for children to develop multiple talents by participating in arts, foreign language, community service, clubs, class projects, science competitions and sports.
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 choir, art, photography, and orchestra, and an audio-visual recording, editing and production studio. The athletic facilities include two gymnasiums with two basketball courts, three volleyball courts, a weight training facility and a sports medicine classroom. 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.
A Tradition of High Achievement
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 variety of curricular and extracurricular activities, more than half of our students also compete on one or more of our athletic teams.
Our faculty includes more than 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.
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. Our school day runs from 8:00 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.