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SAIS Featured School: The Altamont School

Wednesday, November 15, 2017  
Posted by: Christina Mimms
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The mission of The Altamont School is to improve the fabric of society by graduating compassionate, well-educated individuals capable of independent thinking and innovative ideas. To this end, the school attracts, nurtures, and challenges students whose commitment to truth, knowledge, and honor will prepare them not only for the most rigorous college programs, but also for productive lives.


Altamont, located in Birmingham, AL, is a small family of approximately 350 students in grades 5-12 with socio-economic, ethnic, and religious diversity. Altamont is a good choice for students who excel in their present school but want greater breadth and challenge in all areas of school life. We combine an intensive, college preparatory academic program with a personalized college search program.


At Altamont, there are many opportunities for students to develop multiple talents by participating in arts, foreign language, community service, clubs, class projects, science competitions and athletics. Students also benefit from unparalleled service leadership opportunities through Altamont’s C. Kyser Miree Ethical Leadership Center.


For one week in October, Altamont’s doors swing open and the world becomes our classroom. A staple of the Altamont curriculum since the late 1990s, Project Week allows students to learn through experience by traveling to places across the country and around the world.


Altamont is located five minutes from downtown Birmingham, AL, on the crest of 

Red Mountain in a secluded residential neighborhood. The campus features completely renovated athletics and wellness spaces, the Cabaniss-Kaul Center for the Arts, the Pharo Art Studio, the Lacey-Day Photography Studio, two science wings, a study garden, a 14,000-volume library, and much more. For more information, please visit




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