At Altamont, we believe that all students have the ability to lead. The C. Kyser Miree Ethical Leadership Center helps students find their unique expression of leadership and empowers them to discover the strength and beauty of service through The Four Pillars of the Miree Center.
Service Corps is Altamont’s hub for community service. Service Corps participants step out into the community with open hearts and open minds to assist people and causes in need of help.
Heritage Panel teaches tolerance and acceptance through discourse. Panelists bring personal stories into the classroom as the springboard for dialogue about values and beliefs.
Through lectures, films, and focus groups, Altamont students are exposed to cultural and global issues in our own backyard and around the world. Friends of the World is a Middle School arm of Miree with a focus on global and environmental awareness.
Middle School students apply to the LEAD program and collaboratively develop Middle School initiatives within the Altamont community. LEAD projects include Middle School dances, service projects, and all-school assemblies. In Feb. 2019, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin spoke at Altamont's Black History month assembly at the invitation of Middle School LEAD students.
Upper School Miree Leaders create and implement Miree Projects based on individual interests that serve a need in the greater Birmingham community. Additionally, Miree Leaders complete over 80 hours of community service, attend 12 cultural events, and successfully defend their leadership experiences in order to earn the Miree Commendation on the Altamont diploma. An example of a Miree Project is a 5K color run that two students created to raise money and awareness for the nonprofit Rise Against Hunger. Through their efforts more than 40,000 meals were purchased and packaged.
List of Current Partners and Miree Project Placements
AG Gaston Boys and Girls Club
Alabama Environmental Council
Dress Code Committee
Monarch Butterfly Community
New Student Orientation Overhaul
Student Driver Safety
Boys and Girls Club
Community Food Bank
Disability Rights and Resources
Greater Birmingham Humane Society
Helen’s Angels for Children’s Hospital Cardiac Unit
Kick Butts Antismoking
Red Mountain Park
Rise Against Hunger
Saint Martins in the Pines Memory Care Unit
STAIR (Start The Adventure in Reading) at IPC
Students Today, Leaders Forever
The Miree Center is a three- or four-year comprehensive leadership program that incorporates individual leadership instruction with collaborative, service-based experiences. The Miree Project allows students to creatively work from a point of personal passion with the standard of having to work collaboratively toward a firmly established goal. All Miree Projects are unique, but all standards for completion are the same. This long-term approach allows students to monitor their own growth and development while simultaneously seeking to impact the community. Compounded by time, it's the combination of self-awareness and the standard of collaborative leadership during the highly formative adolescent years that sets The Miree Center apart.
Expectations for Miree students are high. Students are expected to represent Altamont and The Miree Center by putting service and mission above personal desires and exhibiting ethical behavior at all timems. Additionally, students are expected to be tolerant of all differences- of both thought and culture- and to meet or exceed all goals and commitments established in the action plan for their Miree Projects.
The Miree Project is the centerpiece of the participant's experience. Students marry a personal interest to a need in the community by developing an action plan to affect change. Freshmen learn project planning and techniques and collaborative skills as they commit to their own action plan. Juniors learn to challenge established practices in order to improve upon their projects. At the end of the 11th grade year, juniors hone communication skills in a thesis-style Miree Project Defense. Finally, seniors learn mentoring skills as they mentor new freshmen in the Miree Center. Seniors who complete all requirements graduate as Miree Center Graduates, receiving a special commendation on their Altamont diplomas.
All donations to The C. Kyser Miree Ethical Leadership Center go to a restricted endowment designated to The Miree Center's programming and service initiatives. The impact of donations reaches beyond the walls of Altamont and into the community when students exercise leadership skills to benefit non-profits and community needs in the Birmingham metropolitan area.
Click here to visit Altamont's giving page.
Friends of the World: 5th-8th grade students sign up with Mr. Tsivourakis.
Middle School LEAD: 7th & 8th grade students must apply and interview in the spring of the 6th or 7th grade year.
The C. Kyser Miree Ethical Leadership Center
9th and 10th grade students may apply in the fall of the 9th or 10th grade year. Applicants build a website to serve as a leadership portfolio as well as interview for admission into the upper school program. Contact Mrs. Berdy for more information.