Birmingham City Schools see big improvements in newly released 2017-2018 school report cards

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Ramsay High School earned a B for academic year 2017-2018. Photo by Bham Now

It’s not just students who get report cards. Schools get them, too. Find out which Greater Birmingham schools made the A/B honor roll—and why we’re giving Birmingham City Schools a high five.

Most Improved

When Birmingham City Schools received its first A-F Report Card from the Alabama State Department of Education last year, there was a lot of room for improvement. This year, things are looking up. Dr. Lisa Herring, superintendent of Birmingham City Schools, summarized the progress in a video posted to Facebook on Friday.

By the Numbers

  • 22 Birmingham City Schools received the grade F in academic year 2016-2017.
  • 17 of those 22 schools, that’s more than 75 percent, improved by one letter grade or more in 2017-2018.
  • 3 of the 17 improved schools leapt all the way to a grade C in 2017-2018.

One of the schools that moved from an F to a C was Oxmoor Valley Elementary. Melvin Love, principal, made a video to celebrate.

“Last year, we committed to use the report card as a tool for growth. In response, our board committed to providing the resources and implementing the policies our schools needed to positively impact student achievement. This report card indicates that we are focused on the right measures, and these measures are leading to positive student outcomes.”

Cheri Gardner, President, Birmingham Board of Education

Force for Greatness, a 5-Year Plan

In August 2018, the Birmingham Board of Education approved a five-year strategic plan, named “Force for Greatness 2018-2023,” which sets strategies and metrics for measuring success. Follow #ForcingForward on social media for progress reports.

The A Honor Roll

Bham Now compiled a list of all the Greater Birmingham schools that made an A or B on Alabama State Department of Education’s A-F Report Cards, released December 28,2018. Find grades for all Alabama schools here.

Birmingham City Schools (A)

  • Phillips Academy 

Homewood City Schools (A)

  • Homewood City Schools (overall grade)
  • Edgewood Elementary School 
  • Homewood Middle School 
  • Homewood High School 
  • Shades Cahaba Elementary School 

Hoover City Schools (A)

  • Hoover City Schools (overall grade)
  • Spain Park High School 
  • Berry Middle School 
  • Bluff Park Elementary School 
  • Greystone Elementary School 
  • Deer Valley Elementary School 
  • Hoover High School 
  • Riverchase Elementary School 
  • Robert F Bumpus Middle School 
  • Brock’s Gap Intermediate School 
  • Ira F Simmons Middle School 
  • Shades Mountain Elementary School 

Mountain Brook City Schools (A)

  • Mountain Brook City Schools (overall grade)
  • Brookwood Forest Elementary School 
  • Cherokee Bend Elementary School 
  • Crestline Elementary School 
  • Mountain Brook Elementary School 
  • Mountain Brook High School 
  • Mountain Brook Junior High School 

Trussville City Shools (A)

  • Trussville City Schools (overall grade)
  • Hewitt-Trussville Middle School 
  • Magnolia Elementary School 
  • Paine Elementary School 
  • Cahaba Elementary School 
  • Hewitt-Trussville High School 

Vestavia Hills City Schools (A)

  • Vestavia Hills City Schools (overall grade)
  • Vestavia Hills Elementary Central 
  • East Elementary 
  • West Elementary 
  • Vestavia Hills High School 
  • Pizitz Middle School 
  • Liberty Park Elementary 
  • Liberty Park Middle School 
  • Vestavia Hills Elementary Cahaba Heights 

Jefferson County Schools (A)

  • Bagley Elementary School
  • Concord Elementary School
  • Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School

The B Honor Roll

Bessemer City Schools (B)

  • Westhills Elementary School 

Birmingham City Schools (B)

  • Christian School 
  • Epic School 
  • Princeton School 
  • Ramsay High School 

Homewood City Schools (B)

  • Hall Kent Elementary School 

Hoover City Schools (B)

  • Green Valley Elementary School 
  • Gwin Elementary School 
  • Rocky Ridge Elementary School 
  • South Shades Crest Elementary School 
  • Trace Crossings Elementary School 

Jefferson County Schools (B)

  • Bragg Middle School
  • Brookville Elementary School
  • Bryan Elementary School
  • Clay Elementary School
  • Corner High School
  • Corner Middle School
  • Fultondale High School
  • Gardendale High School
  • Greenwood Elementary School
  • Hueytown Elementary School
  • McAdory Elementary School
  • Mortimer Jordan High School
  • Mount Olive Elementary School
  • North Jefferson Middle School
  • Gresham Elementary School
  • Oak Grove Elementary School
  • Oak Grove High School
  • Shades Valley High School
  • Snow Rogers Elementary School
  • Warrior Elementary School
  • West Jefferson Elementary School