Poverty is a real issue affecting nearly half of our students in the Tuscaloosa City Schools. Research says children living in poverty can be impacted by its effects at school compared to their classmates. It's called the achievement gap. Recently released data shows the gap is an opportunity to improve the lives of students. 

    Learn why closing the achievement gap is an intense focus for the Tuscaloosa City Schools
     and how our Strategic Plan aims to address the issue. 

The Issue

  • Poverty in Tuscaloosa

    Learn how the U.S. Census Bureau defines poverty and how many it affects our community. 


  • TCS Students in Poverty

    The achievement gap is real. Discover how some TCS students compare to their peers.


  • Breaking the Cyle

    Administrators share how they broke the poverty cycle and what motivates their work.

  • Resources