Information for Families of High School Students
The Tuscaloosa City Schools serves high school students in three locations: Paul W. Bryant High School, Central High School and Northridge High School.
Students attend school Monday-Friday from 8:25 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Coursework is offered through a block schedule featuring a five-period day where students can earn up to eight Carnegie units per academic year. In the state of Alabama, 24 Carnegie units are required for graduation.
Dual Credit/Enrollment Program
Dual Enrollment is a program that allows eligible high school students to enroll in college courses while they are still in high school. Students can possibly earn high school and college credit for the courses they take and pass.To learn more about Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit Programs available, click on the schools below. To sign-up for Dual Enrollment See your Counselor.
- Shelton State Community College Click Here
- UA Early College Click Here
- Stillman College Click Here
Application Deadlines Per SemesterFall Semester - May 1stSpring Semester - November 15thSummer Semester - March 1st
The SAT is a college entrance exam. The test is three-hour-and-45-minutes long. It measures critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills that students have developed over time and that they need to be successful in college. The test is aligned with current curriculum and institutional practices in high school and college. By including a third measure of skills, writing, the SAT reinforces the importance of writing throughout a student’s education and will help colleges make better admissions and placement decisions.2019-2020 National SAT Testing Dates
August 24, 2019
July 26, 2019
October 5, 2019
September 6, 2019
November 2, 2019
October 3, 2019
December 7, 2019
November 8, 2019
March 14, 2020
February 14, 2020
May 2, 2020
April 3, 2020
June 6, 2020
May 8, 2020Current SAT Fees
The SAT (no Essay)
The SAT with Essay
ACTThe ACT (American College Test) is the leading college entrance exam that measures what you have learned in high school to determine your readiness for college. The ACT is America’s most widely accepted college entrance exam. It assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science.2019-2020 National ACT Testing Dates
September 14, 2019**
August 16, 2019
October 26, 2019
September 20, 2019
December 14, 2019
November 8, 2019
February 8, 2020*
January 10, 2020
April 4, 2020
February 28, 2020
June 13, 2020
May 8, 2020
July 18, 2020
June 19, 2020Current ACT Fees and Services
The ACT (no writing)
Includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four colleges
The ACT with writing
Includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four colleges*All fees are nonrefundable unless otherwise noted*
Practice Tests for College Entrance Tests
Practice College Entrance Exams
In life you can take a million different paths to get to your future. AP (Advanced Placement) courses can help you find and pursue your unique direction by giving you the opportunity to explore what interests you the most. AP courses can connect you directly to a wide variety of college majors and careers.
It can also help you transform the subjects you are enthusiastic about into a fulfilling future. Why not take courses in high school that you can benefit from in college. To learn about how an AP course subject could benefit you Click Here:
**See the Course Selection Chart in the Academic Guide to learn about the AP Courses that are offered at your school.**
IB (International Baccalaureate)Central High School's International Baccalaureate Programme (IB Program) was established to challenge students to excel in their studies while also encouraging both personal and academic achievement. Although the IB Program is student centered, students strive on a daily basis to become more knowledgeable thinkers, communicators, open-minded, risk takers, and principled. Students who gain these attributes are prepared to go beyond intellectual and academic success. To learn more about the IB Program:Contact:Jennifer Hines, IB CoordinatororTammy Simmons, IB CounselorCentral High SchoolPhone: (205) 759-3720
Financial Aid (FAFSA)Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most important document that you will complete when applying for Financial Aid for college. This application helps to determine what type of financial assistance you may qualify for such as: pell grants, student loans, and more. Certain documents are needed from parents/guardians and child when you are completing this application:
- Parents and child's social security numbers
- Date of Births
- W-2's and Tax Return from 2 years prior (For example, applying for 2019-2020 school year, you will use 2017 Tax Returns)
- Contact information such as home address and phone numbers
Throughout the school year, Tuscaloosa City Schools will host Financial Aid Workshops to assist parents/guardians and students with the application process. The FAFSA Application opens October 1st every year. To learn more about Financial Aid Workshops at your school, contact your School Counselor. To schedule a one-on-one appointment with the Career Coach, Ms. Andrea White, at your child's school email firstname.lastname@example.org.To learn more about FAFSA or to complete the FAFSA Application Click Here.Instructions on how to create a FSA ID (Username/Password) Click HereInstructions on how to complete the FAFSA Application Click Here
Scholarships are financial aid awards designed to help students pay for a college degree. Sometimes a scholarship is a one-time check. Other school scholarships are renewable and provide money for students each semester or school year. These awards differ from student loans in that they do not have to be repaid.
Students may receive the money directly as a check-in their name. In other cases, the money is given to the student’s school. In these cases, the student would then pay the school for the difference on any money owed for tuition, fees, room, and board. If the scholarships and other forms of financial aid are enough to cover the direct college costs, the excess money is refunded to the student. Based on family income, students may also qualify for Pell Grants which also do not have to be repaid.Scholarship InformationAlabama College and University Merit-Based Scholarships Click HereTo access a list of External Scholarships Click HereChamber of Commerce Guide to college scholarshipsFor additional assistance, see your Senior Counselor or the Career Coach.
Scholarship Search Engines
To search for scholarships, please click on the search engines below.
If you have any questions or need any assistance, please see your Counselor or the Career Coach.
Apprenticeship ProgramsApprenticeship ProgramsManufacturing/Automotive/LogisticsMercedes Technician Training Program Click HereMercedes Mechatronics Program Click HereNucor Steel Technical Academy Click HereBF Goodrich Technical Scholar Program Click HerePhifer Incorporated Apprenticeships Click HereConstructionPremier Service Company, Inc. Click HereLAVENDER, INC (Welding Apprenticeship) Click HereTJAC Local 372 Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship Click HereEnergy & UtilitiesHunt Refining Company Operations Co-Op Click HereWarrior Met Coal Click HereAlabama Power Click HereHealthcareDCH Health System Click HereHospitality & TourismDCH Health System Click HereBama Dining Apprenticeship Click HereHotel Indigo Click Here
Summer Programs/CampsSummer Programs/CampsTuskegee University (Middle & High School Students)Academy Introduction Mission Program (US Coast Guard)Summer Seminar (US Naval Academy)Summer STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (US Naval Academy)Huntingdon College Summer Camps (High School Students)
CounselorsNorthridge High SchoolPhone: (205) 759-3590Kenneth Smothers, 9th/10th Grade CounselorLauren Wolbach, 11th Grade CounselorLynsey Vickery, 12th Grade CounselorPaul W. Bryant High SchoolPhone: (205) 759-3538Wanda Williams, 9th Grade CounselorMcKiva Wilson, 11th Grade CounselorAndrea Markham, 12th Grade CounselorCentral High SchoolPhone: (205) 759-3720Talietha Wright, 9th/10th Grade CounselorWhitney Clark, 11th/12th Grade CounselorTammy Simmons, IB Counselor