A Brief Overview of the Tuscaloosa City Schools

  • The Tuscaloosa City Schools strive to: 

    • Continually improve academic achievement and enrichment through quality instruction for all students
    • Foster a system-wide culture of innovation
    • Develop an inclusive environment with high academic standards
    • Improve communication within TCS and within all stakeholders

    The Tuscaloosa City Schools provides instruction to more than 11,000 Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade students throughout metropolitan Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The system's Pre-K program has doubled in size over the past 10 years and now stands at 34 classrooms serving students systemwide. The system's graduation rate is 86 percent and rising, and the Class of 2016 garnered more than $10 million in scholarship offers. Twenty-one schools comprise the district, including 11 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, one K-8 school, 3 high schools and 2 program sites dedicated to specialty education: one for students receiving alternative education, and a career technical facility for grades 9 – 12.

    The Tuscaloosa City Schools also has a strong commitment to professional development. More than 1,400 dedicated employees serve the community by challenging students to a curriculum to exceed the expectations of every student in our 20 campuses from the first day of school to their graduation day. TCS is dedicated to growing accomplished teaching through individualized professional learning opportunities, including the development of a comprehensive National Board Certification support system. 

    Tuscaloosa City Schools: High Expectations for Each and Every Student.

Key Statistics

  • Enrollment

    • Total students: 10,611
    • Free or reduced lunch: 65%
    • Black: 71%
    • White: 22%
    • Hispanic: 4%
    • Asian: 2%


    • Elementary: 11
    • K-8: 1
    • Middle: 4
    • High: 3
    • Specialty: 2


    Operating Budget

    • $125,277,044


    • Local: 41%
    • State: 39%
    • Federal: 19%
    • Other: 1%
  • 11 Elementary Schools
  • 4 Middle Schools
  • 3 High Schools
  • 10,611 Total Students
  • 65% Students Qualifying for Free or Reduced Lunch
  • $125,277,044 Operating Budget