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 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.


  • SAT

    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. 


      2020-2021 National SAT Testing Dates

    Test Dates

    Registration Deadline

    August 29, 2020

    July 31, 2020

    September 26, 2020

    August 26, 2020

    October 3, 2020

    September 4, 2020

    November 7, 2020

    October 7, 2020

    December 5, 2020

    November 5, 2020

    March 13, 2021

    February 12, 2021

    May 8, 2021

    April 8, 2021

    June 5, 2021

    May 6, 2021

    Click Here to Register


                                                            Current SAT Fees



    The SAT (no Essay)


    The SAT with Essay


    *All fees are nonrefundable unless otherwise noted* 

  • ACT

    The 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


      Test Dates

      Registration Deadline

      September 12, 2020

      September 13, 2020

      September 19, 2020

      August 14, 2020

      October 10, 2020

      October 17, 2020

      October 24, 2020

      October 25, 2020

      September 17, 2020

      December 12, 2020

      November 6, 2020

      February 6, 2021

      January 8, 2021

      April 17, 2021

      March 12, 2021

      June 12, 2021

      May 7, 2021

      July 17, 2021

      June 18, 2021

      Click Here to Register

      Current ACT Fees and Services




      Details Included

      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 Exam

      • ACT -  To sign up for a free account and access ACT Practice Tests Click Here
      • PSAT  -  To take the PSAT Practice Tests Click Here 
      • SAT - To sign up for a free account and access SAT Practice Tests Click Here
      • Accuplacer - To sign up for the free practice Study App  Click Here

    • AP 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: 
      Jennifer Hines, IB Coordinator
      Tammy Simmons, IB Counselor 
      Central High School
      Phone: (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 
      To learn more about FAFSA or to complete the FAFSA Application Click Here.
      Instructions on how to create a FSA ID (Username/Password) Click Here
      Instructions on how to complete the FAFSA Application Click Here 

    • Scholarships

      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 Information 
      Alabama College and University Merit-Based Scholarships Click Here
      To access a list of External Scholarships Click Here
      To access a list of Scholarship Applications Click Here

      Chamber of Commerce Guide to college scholarships

      For additional assistance, see your Senior Counselor or the Career Coach.

    • Scholarship Search Engines

      To search for scholarships, please click on the search engines below.  

      University Headquarters

      Scholarship Portal

      Career One Stop





      Chegg Scholarships








      If you have any questions or need any assistance, please see your Counselor or the Career Coach. 

    • Apprenticeship Programs

      Apprenticeship Programs 
      Mercedes Technician Training Program Click Here   
      Mercedes Mechatronics Program Click Here   
      Nucor Steel Technical Academy Click Here  
      BF Goodrich Technical Scholar Program Click Here
      Phifer Incorporated Apprenticeships Click Here
      Flex-N-Gate Click Here
      Gestamp Click Here
      Bolta Click Here
      Premier Service Company, Inc. Click Here
      LAVENDER, INC (Welding Apprenticeship) Click Here
      TJAC Local 372 Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship Click Here
      Energy & Utilities
      Hunt Refining Company Operations Co-Op Click Here
      Warrior Met Coal Click Here
      Alabama Power Click Here 
      DCH Health System Click Here
      Hospitality & Tourism
      DCH Health System Click Here
      Bama Dining Apprenticeship Click Here
      Hotel Indigo Click Here 

    • Job Opportunities

    • Military

      Military Branches

      Alabama Army National Guard Click Here 

      Alabama Air National Guard Click Here

      U.S. Air Force Click Here 

      U.S. Army Click Here

      U.S. Marines Click Here

      U.S. Navy Click Here

      Army Reserve Click Here

      Air Force Reserve Click Here

      Navy Reserve Click Here

      Marine Corps Reserve Click Here  

    • Summer Programs/Camps

      Summer Programs/Camps 
      Tuskegee University (Middle & High School Students)
      Summer Seminar (US Naval Academy) 
      Huntingdon College Summer Camps (High School Students)

    • Counselors

      Northridge High School
      Phone:  (205) 759-3590
      Kenneth Smothers, 9th/10th Grade Counselor  
      Deven Eberhardt, 11th Grade Counselor  
      Lynsey Vickery, 12th Grade Counselor  
      Paul W. Bryant High School 
      Phone:  (205) 759-3538
      Wanda Williams, 9th Grade Counselor   
      McKiva Wilson, 11th Grade Counselor  
      Candace Young, 12th Grade Counselor  
      Central High School 
      Phone: (205) 759-3720
      Talietha Wright, 9th/10th Grade Counselor
      Whitney Clark, 11th/12th Grade Counselor
      Tammy Simmons, IB Counselor