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High School Families

The Tuscaloosa City Schools serves high school students in three locations: Paul W. Bryant High School, Central High School and Northridge High School. Students in grades 9-12 are provided with an assortment of opportunities to prepare them for college and or career. The Tuscaloosa City Schools offers more Advanced Placement (AP) courses than any school system in West Alabama. With the expansion of the International Baccalaureate Programme, ninth and tenth grade students are able to have a full complement of IB education throughout their high school career. 

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. 

Students attend school Monday-Friday from 8:25 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.


Kelly Norstrom
Director of College & Career Readiness


Strategic Plan Connected Goals


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

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Special Education

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. 

Specialty Programs

Tuscaloosa City Schools has a commitment to educating 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 Central High School. 

Applications for these schools are available to any students residing in the Tuscaloosa City School attendance zones. An online application is available on 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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