Alabama School Of Fine Arts (Closed 2018)

The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math was ≥95% (which was higher than the Alabama state average of 82%) for the 2011-12 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts was ≥95% (which was higher than the Alabama state average of 86%) for the 2011-12 school year.

School Overview

School TypeAlternative school
Grades OfferedGrades 7-12
Total Students (07-08)359 students
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Total Classroom Teachers (06-07)47 teachers
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School Comparison

Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (AL)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
(11-12)
≥95%
82%
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
(11-12)
≥95%
86%
Student : Teacher Ration/a18:1
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American Indian (07-08)
n/a
1%
Asian (07-08)
14%
1%
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Hispanic (07-08)
1%
4%
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Black (07-08)
18%
36%
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White (07-08)
67%
58%
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Hawaiian (07-08)
n/a
n/a
Two or more races (07-08)
n/a
n/a
Diversity Score
n/a0.59
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Eligible for Free Lunch (06-07)
4%
42%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch (06-07)
3%
9%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameAlabama School Of Fine Arts School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, AL Dept. of Education

School Notes

  • The Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) is a public, partially residential high school located in Birmingham, Alabama. The mission of the Alabama School of Fine Arts, a community of explorers, is to nurture impassioned students by guiding and inspiring them to discover and fulfill their individual creative abilities in an atmosphere distinguished by the fusion of fact and feeling, risk and reward, art and science, school and community.
  • Overview: ASFA admits students into one of six specialty programs:
  • creative writing, music, dance, theater, visual arts, or mathematics and sciences. The five arts departments are among the most prestigious in the nation. The mathematics and sciences program, housed in the school's Russell Mathematics and Science Center, is among the best of its kind and is a member of NCSSSMST. ASFA boasts one of the strongest academic core programs in Alabama, with 100% of ASFA students passing the Alabama graduation exam.
  • The school began in 1968 with grants by Governor Lurleen Wallace to Birmingham, AL arts organizations for after-school instructional activities. After receiving legislative approval in 1971, the school grew quickly into a comprehensive arts institution. In 1976, the school created a private, non-profit support organization, the ASFA Foundation, to enlist private sector assistance to address school needs. The school’s Board of Trustees appoints members to the Foundation’s Board of Directors, which approves foundation policy and employs an Executive Director, who directs foundation operations. In 1991, the school added its sixth and final specialty program, the mathematics and science department. In 1993, ASFA moved into its new instructional and performance complex in the heart of the Birmingham cultural district.
  • Because ASFA is a public school funded by the Alabama legislature, students who are residents of Alabama pay no tuition. Enrollment is not limited to Alabama residents, but out of state students must pay tuition. Scholarships are available to help defray the cost of room and board for students who demonstrate financial need.
  • Admission into ASFA is highly competitive. Prospective students must first submit an application for admission with test scores, transcripts, essays, and three letters of recommendation. Select students are then invited to audition for their chosen department. For the arts departments, audition is through performance, portfolios, and interview. For the mathematics and science department, audition is through interview and two rounds of testing.

Nearby Public Schools

The nearest high school to Alabama School Of Fine Arts is Parker High School (1.0 miles away)
The nearest middle school and elementary school is Phillips Academy (0.5 miles away)
Show me:
  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Miles Grades Students
  • Birmingham Phillips Academy Math: 61% | Reading: 65%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    Grades: PK-8 | 714 students
    0.5 miles
    2316 7th Avenue North
    Birmingham, AL 35203
    (205) 231-9500
    0.5 PK-8 714
  • Birmingham Washington Elementary School Math: 16% | Reading: 15%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: PK-8 | 564 students
    0.8 miles
    115 Fourth Avenue South
    Birmingham, AL 35205
    (205) 231-7740
    0.8 PK-8 564
  • Birmingham Parker High School Math: 10-14% | Reading: 15-19%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: 9-12 | 696 students
    1.0 miles
    400 Abraham Woods Jr Blvd
    Birmingham, AL 35204
    (205) 231-2370
    1 9-12 696
  • Birmingham Tuggle Elementary School Math: 32% | Reading: 21%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: PK-5 | 535 students
    1.0 miles
    412 12th Ct N
    Birmingham, AL 35204
    (205) 231-2675
    1 PK-5 535
  • Birmingham Spain Rehab Special Education School
    Grades: K-12
    1.2 miles
    1717 6th Ave S
    Birmingham, AL 35233
    (205) 943-4169
    1.2 K-12 n/a
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