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Fast Facts

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 almost 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, with 33 PreK classes across 10 schools, serving approximately 550 students. The system's graduation rate is 90.86% and rising, and the Class of 2021 garnered over $9.8 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 1,500 dedicated employees serve the community by challenging students to a curriculum to exceed the expectations of every student on our 20 campuses from the first day of school to their graduation day. TCS is dedicated to increasing 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


  • Total students: 11,303
  • Black: 66.5%
  • White: 23.1%
  • Hispanic: 5.9%
  • Asian: 2.1%
  • American Indian: .5%
  • Pacific Islander: .18%
  • Other: 1.66%

Free or reduced lunch: 71%


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

55 National Board Teachers

Operating Budget

  • $130 Million General Fund
  • $6.7 Million Capital
  • $10.6 Million Debt Service


  • Local: 42%
  • State: 46%
  • Federal: 12%