Middle School Families
Students in grades 6-8 attend one of four neighborhood schools: Eastwood, Northridge and Westlawn. They are eligible to apply to one of three specialty schools: The Alberta School of Performing Arts and Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools - Middle.
Students attend school Monday-Friday from 8:10 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
In addition to year-long academic classes (language arts, science, social science), students participate in physical education and select from a broad range of elective courses. All schools have multiple fine arts programs, career and technical educational opportunities, and world languages. All students are also encouraged to participate in a wide variety of clubs, organizations and athletic teams.
Tuscaloosa City Schools believes strongly in the importance of middle-grades education. During these critical years, all students will be engaged in an education that is developmentally responsive, challenging, empowering and equitable.
Our world is changing, and at TCS middle schools, so are we.
Dr. Andrew Maxey
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Tuscaloosa City Schools initiated HALT, Harassment Awareness Learning Together, district-wide to combat bullying in the entire school system in August 2012. During the fall of 2014, TCS partnered with a team of University of Alabama public relations students and the City of Tuscaloosa for Phase 3 of the campaign.
The goals of the HALT Initiative:
- Create a TCS bullying document with policies, contact, and forms
- Bully training for HALT coordinators who will use train-the-trainer model to train entire faculty and staff at each school
- Implement parent/community awareness training on the topic of bullying
- Create avenues for reporting bullying at the local school-level and central office
- Work with HALT coordinators to implement comprehensive curriculum to address both the bully, victim, and empowering bystanders
- Create HALT posters, bracelets, pledge cards to support awareness in schools
- Create a HALT web presence under Student Services
- Professional development for all faculty and staff including the transportation department on the topic of bullying
- Increase awareness of the topic of bullying in order to decrease cases of bullying
Middle School Matters!
The superintendent's strategic plan, approved by the board of education in December of 2015, included a commitment to making middle grades education a priority in the Tuscaloosa City Schools. Since that time, groups of stakeholders across the system have worked together to develop Middle School Matters!, our position statement and public commitment regarding middle grades education.
How will this affect my school?
The commitments articulated in Middle Schools Matters! have been adopted by all Tuscaloosa City Schools as the guiding principles around which to structure all school plans and initiatives. Visit your school’s website and contact your school’s principal for more information about how Middle School Matters! will impact the school this year. More information will be provided to parents at Open House
Where can I find more information about this system initiative?
Parents and community members are invited to submit questions regarding Middle School Matters! via Let’s Talk or by contacting the Director of Strategic Initiatives, Dr. Andrew Maxey by calling 205-759-3722 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tuscaloosa City Schools’ Department of Special Education Support Services promotes opportunities for students to participate in educational and extracurricular activities designed to facilitate maximum student achievement. A full range of services, meeting the needs of all identified students' grade Prek-12, special education and gifted, is offered in all schools in the Tuscaloosa City School System.
Special Education Services includes qualified Special Education Teachers and Paraprofessionals, Speech/Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Orientation & Mobility Specialist, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, School Psychologists and other related service providers. Together we plan and provide educational programs for students with disabilities in partnership with general education staff, administrators and parents.
We nurture individuals, who value themselves and others and provide an educational foundation that enables students to have the ability to think, communicate, create and apply their unique learning experiences throughout their lifetime.
We believe that parents are a valuable and essential part of the educational process and that their aspirations for and insights about their child’s program are an integral component as we plan together for their child’s educational success.
Tuscaloosa City Schools has a commitment to educate all learners. Offering diverse environments to challenge learners in various ways, the school system provides several options for students. Learn more about these offerings and how to apply to the following schools: The Alberta School of Performing Arts, Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools -- Elementary and Middle, and Oak Hill School.
Applications for these schools are available to any students residing in the Tuscaloosa City School attendance zones. An online application is available on www.tuscaloosacityschools.com starting in January and must be completed and submitted by 3 p.m. on the last day of school in January. Hard copies of the application will be available at any of the Tuscaloosa City Schools.
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