Learn more about Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools - Elementary

  • The mission of the Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools is to motivate students to discover knowledge, create a better world, and serve in a way that respects others. 

    TMSE Vision: TMSE inspires students to be lifelong learners, diverse thinkers, and caring individuals while encouraging international-mindedness through inquiry. 

    TMSE School Pledge: Today I pledge to be a critical thinker. I will be principled and demonstrate integrity with my actions and my words. I will be a caring person and always treat others with respect. 

    TMSE Essential agreements: I will strive to show the Learner Profile in my actions in and out of the classroom. I will embrace the attitudes of an IB learner at all times. I will work to make the world around me a better place.

    The Tuscaloosa Magnet School (TMSE) is recognized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School as well as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon school. TMSE is also a National School of Character where we live by our Core Values; respect; critical thinking, principled, caring and integrity. An academic magnet school, the Tuscaloosa Magnet School delivers an inquiry-based curriculum to students in grades one through five from each of the other 12 elementary programs in the system. In addition to a rigorous academic program, students are engaged in school-wide enrichment with opportunities to experience service learning, interest-based clubs, foreign language instruction, the fine arts and an award-winning physical education program.


  • Diverse Population

    The Tuscaloosa Magnet School delivers instruction to 300 children from all 12 elementary programs. Diversity is a strength at TMSE with over 50 nationalities represented in our student population and a variety of races, ethnicities, languages, beliefs and backgrounds.

  • Foreign Languages

    TMSE is the only elementary school in the system that offers foreign language instruction. Students in all grades attend Spanish classes twice weekly where they learn to read, write and speak Spanish through a hands-on model called Total Physical Response.

  • Strong Partnerships

    TMSE loves its community partners! Through a weekly community partnership program, students in all grades are exposed to myriad opportunities for learning topics based on student interest. Some partnership student favorites include yoga, anthropology, chess, creative writing and more.

  • Taking Action

    As a major component to IB, TMSE students go beyond classroom learning by taking action in their community. With classroom-initiated projects throughout the year as well as opportunities for student-initiated action, students are consistently encouraged to become compassionate, globally-minded learners.


  • Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools - Elementary
    315 McFarland Blvd. East
    Tuscaloosa, AL 35404

Key Facts

  • The Tuscaloosa Magnet School opened in 2009.


    TMSE is authorized as an IB World School.


    TMSE was awarded the National Blue Ribbon in 2014.


    TMSE implements a schoolwide enrichment program and inquiry-based learning. 


    TMSE is a National School of Character.