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Middle School Families

Students in grades 6-8 attend one of three neighborhood schools: Eastwood, Northridge and Westlawn. They are eligible to apply to one of two 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

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' grades Pre K-12, special education, and gifted, is offered in all schools in the Tuscaloosa City School System.            

Special Education Services include qualified Special Education Teachers and Paraprofessionals, Speech/Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Orientation & Mobility specialists, 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 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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TCS Resources

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