Independent Schools

Green Gate School  (Ad Sponsor)

3265 McGehee Rd., Montgomery
Phone: (334) 281.3300; Fax: (334) 286.4884
Email: or
Director of Education: Yvonna Richardson
Headmaster: Ken Richardson

Age/Grades:  Green Gate has the right learning environment for ages 12 Months through Grade 8.
Mission: For many years Green Gate has been defining its goals and expectations, for all students. Using the knowledge gained we can design educational objectives for all students twelve months through grade eight.
Mission Statement:  Green Gate School is committed to providing a warm, loving, nurturing, secure and challenging environment for the development of its students’ intellect, character, social skills, physical health and appreciation for the arts.

Curriculum: K-4 and Kindergarten: Green Gate is where your child can play, explore, and create! Our philosophy is that play is a child’s vehicle for learning. We view learning as a natural and ongoing process, occurring as we interact with our environment, and we view children as an individual who develops and discovers in their own way. We play with a purpose. Elementary Academics:  All children have diverse gifts and educational needs that should be met by knowledgeable, caring teachers. Reading, is virtually the basis of all learning, is the most important subject on which Green Gate focuses. Learning to write well is also emphasized; students who can write will have a competitive advantage. Finally, to navigate modern life students need a strong knowledge of numeracy. We help students learn to question not just learn answers.  Middle School Academics: Pre-teens are in constant self-discovery building on their question “Who am I” enjoy writing and publishing their autobiography. Taking the autobiography one step further by doing an Ancestry project is the highlight of the year, students join for a nine- week adventure into their past. With the knowledge, we live in the world with continuously disappearing borders. We teach a combination of history, geography, local, state, national and world issues and participate in a mock government.
Accreditations: Green Gate is accredited through, ADVANCED ED formerly known as SACS / Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Other: We offer an Afterschool program with a study hall monitored by teachers. Extra-curricular activities offered after school.
Tuition: Green Gate provides an affordable, private school tuition with many payment options. We also accept the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Recipient’s. Please call our office to discuss

Hooper Academy  (Ad Sponsor)

380 Fischer Rd., Hope Hull
Phone: (334) 288.5980; Founded: 1970
Headmaster: Greg Faulkner
Religious Affiliation: Non –secular  Ages/grades: K5 through 12th
Curriculum: Advanced and standard diplomas, music and computer K5-6th
Registration Deadline: Based on availability.
Accreditation: AISA; SACS; AAIS     Sports: Include football (grades 2-12), volleyball, boys and girls basketball, baseball, track, softball, weight training, dance, cheerleading, soccer and golf.
Clubs: Beta Club, National Honor Society, Science Club, Math Team, SGA, Performing Arts, Yearbook/Journalism, FCA, and Spanish. Other: Extended care program available. Licensed Day Care program available on campus.                                                                                                       Tuition: K-12, Call for rates.


Macon-East Academy  (Ad Sponsor)

15396 Vaughn Road, Cecil
Phone: (334) 277.6566;
Founded: 1995
Email: link on website
Headmaster: Glynn Lott;
Religious Affiliation: None  Ages/grades: K3 – 12
Curriculum: College Prep, Honors and AP
Accreditation: SACS, NCPSA, AISA and Alabama Association of Independent School
Testing Requirements: Tests given to K4, K5 & 1st grade; standardized scores 2-12
Sports: Basketball, football, baseball, soccer, golf, softball, deer hunt, volleyball and cheerleading
Clubs: Student Government, Technology Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Students, National Honor Society, Drama and Yearbook.
Other: Teacher-student ratio: Preschool: 12; K-6th: 18; grades 7-12: 24
Tuition: Please call for 2016-2017 rates.
Uniforms are required for 1st – 12 graders


Montessori @ Mulberry  (Ad Sponsor)

2034 Clubview St., Montgomery
Phone: (334) 265.7733; Founded: 2010
Admissions: Jackie Maloy-Watson
Religious Affiliation: None    Ages/grades: 12 months through Kindergarten
Curriculum: Each child is encouraged to reach his/her full potential in all areas of life.  The specific needs of individual children are met at each developmental level.  Our curriculum, which is challenging, interdisciplinary and real world related, provides a strong academic bridge to elementary school.
Registration Deadline: Open as space permits.
Testing Requirements: Personal interview.
Tuition: Please call for more information.


Montessori Academy  (Ad Sponsor)

1025 South Hull Street, Montgomery
Phone: (334) 262.8685; Founded: 1982
Website: www.
Director of Admissions: Rhonda Goff Barton
Religious Affiliation: None
Ages/grades: 12 months through 6 years /Montessori age-appropriate academic program
Curriculum: Montessori including language, pre-reading, reading, math, science, history, art and music (AMS affiliated).
Registration Deadline: Open as space permits.
Testing Requirements: Personal interview
Sports & Clubs: Ballet, Spanish and tumbling
Other: Celebrating 31 years of Quality Education for the Crucial Early Years American Montessori Society certified teachers.
Tuition: Please call for more information.

Montessori at Hampstead  (Ad Sponsor)

5251 Hampstead High Street, Unit #111, Montgomery
Phone: (334) 356-1969
Fax: (334) 356.2045; Founded: 2011
Mission: Set in a beautiful community just off Taylor Road in Montgomery, Montessori School at Hampstead provides a hands-on, tailor-made approach to education that nourishes a child’s curiosity inside and outside the classroom. Our students are able to work at their own pace and receive the time and attention they need to excel.
Accreditation: Accreditation candidate with both AdvancEd (formally SACS) and The International Montessori Council.
Admissions: Mandy Griffin, Associate Head of School
Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Ages/grades: 18 months – 9th grade
Curriculum: Montessori    Registration Deadline: 2016/2017 Registration begins January 30th.
Open House:  Our Open House will be on Saturday, January 30th from 10:00am – 3:30pm for 18 months – 15 years old.
Testing Requirements: Parents required to tour (when geographically possible); Transcripts for students 6 and up; meeting with educational psychologist for students 6 and up.
Sports & Clubs: Forensics, P.E., Big Green Bus, Bricks4Kidz
Other: On-site Community Farm, Yoga, Music, French, library, and art
Tuition: School Year Tuition from $8,000 – $9,000


The Montgomery Academy  (Ad Sponsor)

Upper School, 3240 Vaughn Rd., Montgomery
Lower School, 1550 Perry Hill Rd.
Phone: 272.8210
Head of School: Mr. Jay Spencer (effective June 1, 2016); Vivian Barfoot is currently the Interim Head
Director of Admissions: Ms. Susannah Cleveland (334) 273.7152
Religious Affiliation: Non-sectarian
Ages/grades: K – 12
Curriculum: College Preparatory; competitive admissions. The curriculum is designed to provide above average to superior students the preparation necessary for success, both in college and in later life. Through the Student Honor Council and the school’s Honor Code, the Academy strives to build personal integrity and character in every student.
Testing Requirements: An admissions test is given to all applicants in grades K-12.  Please see our website regarding specific information regarding testing (  Applicants must submit a transcript and teacher recommendations.  Interview is required for applicants grades 5-12.
Open House Dates:  Kindergarten Open House is Thursday, January 14, 2016.  Please call the Admissions Office to RSVP and for the time:  334-272-8210.  Tours are recommended in order for prospective families to see the school “in action.”  For more information about applying to the Academy and to schedule an individual tour, please call the Admissions Office.
Registration Deadline: Testing should take place by February 19, 2016, to be considered in the first round of decisions.  After February 19, 2016, we will accept applications and consider applicants as space permits.
Accreditation: Montgomery Academy is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and is jointly accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Southern Association of Independent Schools.  The Academy is a member of The College Board, Educational Records Bureau, School Scholarship Service, Southern Association for College Admission Counseling, the Association of Independent School Admission Professionals, National Association for College Admission Counseling, Cum Laude Society, and the National, Southern, and Alabama Associations of Independent Schools, and the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education. NAIS membership, in particular, is a hallmark of nationally competitive independent schools.
Mission: Montgomery Academy develops leaders committed to honor, scholarship, service and the pursuit of excellence. Implicit in this is the existence of an environment in which students are simultaneously supported and challenged. The ultimate component of this mission is to assist students in becoming adults of strong moral character who contribute to society in both their professional and community lives.  Montgomery Academy provides a friendly learning environment that is challenging, nurturing, well rounded and developmentally appropriate. This combination and its results, which are seen in the success and accomplishments of our graduates, is what we call the “MA Difference.” The school employs highly qualified, award winning and experienced faculty and administration, most of whom have advanced degrees.
Sports: There are 31 teams for boys and girls in grades 7-12 including, basketball, soccer, football, golf, tennis, baseball, softball, track, cross country, volleyball, swimming and cheerleading. Coaches are dedicated to bringing out the best in their players and to teaching the value of sportsmanship and teamwork. All students participate in physical education classes where they can explore a variety of sports and fitness activities. Montgomery Academy’s Athletic Department provides all necessary equipment such as bats, balls, helmets, and all required padding for football. In addition, all team uniforms are provided with tennis being the only exception. Parents of students participating on MA sports teams may incur costs for team spirit packs. Spirit packs include items that enhance team spirit and unity, but are not required for participation.
Clubs: There are several clubs for students to join in the Lower, Middle and Upper School. These include:  Academy Ambassadors, Art Club, Bible Studies, Creative Writing Club, Drama Club, Dance Team, Environment Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Speech and Debate, Government Club, HEART-Community Service, Honor Council, Math Club, Peer Pals, Science Club, Student Council, Student Newspaper, World Language Clubs and Honor Societies, and Yearbook.
Tuition:  Tuition at the Academy covers a hot nutritious lunch for the year in grades K-12, the enrollment deposit, admission to all home athletic events, snacks in grades K-4, most extracurricular and athletic team fees, a yearbook and all technology fees.  The Academy does not charge new family fees or building fees.  A separate bill for books and supplies (which will vary for each student and from year-to-year) and certain class trips is sent in the fall.  Uniforms are required and are purchased by Lands’ End. The Board has not yet set tuition for the 2016-2017 school year.
Generous financial aid is available to applicants in grades K-12. Each year a small number of rising high school students are chosen to receive Millsap Scholarships to attend Montgomery Academy. Based on a number of qualifications including academic success and financial need, the students selected will receive need-based scholarships from their freshman year to senior year.  Students are selected in the spring for the following fall semester. The process includes an application, teacher recommendations, an interview and proof of academic achievement. Selection is based largely on the following criteria: an exceptional academic record, the skills, ability and desire to succeed, leadership potential, and a true financial need.  Millsap Scholars will receive: need-based financial aid, an iPad, admission to one ACT prep course hosted by MA, and will participate in the Philanthropy 101 Leadership Course their junior year.  Please contact Susannah Cleveland, Director of Admissions for more information (272-8210).


Saint James School  (Ad Sponsor)

6010 Vaughn Road, Montgomery
Phone: (334) 277.8033; Founded: 1955
Ages/grades: Pre-K3 through 12th (including all-day and half-day Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 options)
Head of School: Dr. Larry McLemore
High School Principal: Dr. Bryan Oliver
Middle School Principal: Mr. J.B. Copeland
Elementary Principal: Mr. Jim Terry
Religious Affiliation: None
Curriculum: College Preparatory
Testing Requirements: Admissions testing required. Contact Admissions Office (334-273-2992) for information.
Registration Deadline: Testing begins in January and is ongoing as space becomes available. Initial invitations for acceptance mailed early March. Later enrollment as openings occur.
Accreditation: SACS, NAIS, SAIS, AISA, SACAC, NACAC, and the College Board
Sports: Over 40 competitive sports teams, including basketball, football and baseball, tennis, equestrian, cross country, track, soccer, golf, wrestling, volleyball, softball, cheerleading, and indoor track.
Clubs: Over 30 clubs and organizations including ten honor societies, SGA, Speech and Debate Club, Write Club, Film Club, Drama Club, French Club, Latin Club, Spanish Club, Math Club, Science Olympiad, Tri-M, Scholars’ Bowl, Stand Up to Cancer Club, Government Club, Book Club, Girls’ Club, Interact Club, Key Club, Pep Club, Student Y Club, Fellowship of Christian Students, Young Democrats, and Young Republicans.
Other: Seniors in the Class of 2015 received $8.4 million in merit-based scholarships to colleges and universities across the nation. Challenging academics, competitive athletics, and nationally recognized arts classes combine to create Central Alabama’s most engaging independent school environment at Saint James School (STJ). Montgomery’s oldest independent private school, Saint James provides the most well-rounded course offerings in the area, blending superior academics and state-of-the-art technology, with absorbing enrichment, exploratory, and college elective classes. STJ partners with state universities to offer a wide-range of unique pre-college major electives, Alabama’s only high school to do so. Designated an Apple Distinguished School, Saint James School envelops students in a 21st century learning environment, providing Macbooks® and iPads® for Grades 5-12, and integrated use of iPods®, iPads®, and Macbooks® in Pre-K through Grade 4 classes. Up to 25 languages are available for study utilizing teacher-directed Rosetta Stone Classroom®. The school’s talented and dedicated faculty is a vital component of the learning equation, creating a welcoming, yet challenging atmosphere to help students from Grades Pre-K3 through12 reach their highest potential. As STJ students make great strides academically, they also grow personally, learning to become young men and women of character who are self-motivated, intellectually curious, reflective, and articulate. The rigorous academic curriculum is balanced with outstanding offerings in the nationally recognized fine and performing arts department and state championship athletic program. To make the transition to Saint James easier, all new students are paired with a specially selected student buddy. In addition, ESL tutoring is provided to foreign-born students, to assist with English comprehension, reading, and writing skills.
Tuition: Please call or visit our website for more information on rates.
Mandatory drug testing, grades 6 – 12.
Uniforms Required.


• Autauga Academy
497 Golson Rd., Prattville
Phone: (334) 365.4343; Founded: 1969
Principal: Al Griffin
Religious Affiliation: None
Ages/grades: K3 through 12th
Curriculum: College Prep
Testing Requirements: Entrance/
admission exam
Registration Deadline: Now accepting
Accreditation: AISA and SACS
Sports: Football, basketball, track, cheerleading, baseball, soccer, softball & volleyball
Clubs: Beta, Science, Math, Yearbook, SGA, FCA, computer and School Newspaper.
Other: Academic scholarships available for grades 1-11.
Tuition: Please call for rates.  Extended Care Fees: Call for additional information.

• Edgewood Academy

P.O. Box 160, 5475 Elmore Rd, Elmore
Phone: (334) 567.5102
Headmaster: Clint Welch
Ages/Grades: K3-12
Curriculum: Offers 2 diplomas – standard,
dual enrollment; including advanced
placement courses.
Testing Requirement: Admissions test &
evaluation of scholastic record
Registration deadline: Applications accepted all year; testing begins January on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Accreditation: AISA since 1974 and Advanced ED (formerly known as SACS), NCPSA and CITA
Sports: Football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, cheerleading, peewee cheerleading, track and Pee-Wee/Termite football.
Clubs: National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, SGA, FCA, Spanish, Youth in Government, Drama, Beta, Accounting Team, First Priority, and Math Team.
Tuition: Please call for tuition rates.
• Lowndes Academy
P. O. Box 99, Lowndesboro, Al.
215 South Broad Street, Lowndesboro, AL
Phone: (334) 278.3367; Fax: (334) 278.4476
Headmaster: Darrell Self
Religious Affiliation: None
Ages/grades: K3-12th
Curriculum: Elementary A Beka; college prep
Testing Requirements: None
Registration deadline: Open
Accreditation: AISA; SACS
Sports: Football (Pee-Wee, Jr. High & Varsity), Girls Volleyball, Baseball, Softball, Track, Basketball and Cheerleading
Clubs: Beta Club, FCA, SGA, ACE, Drama, Key Club, Spanish and Mathematics
Other: After school care, music, dance, gymnastics, piano, yearbook staff.
Hosts the district Spelling Bee each year. Very active booster club hosts deer hunt, annual fundraiser.
Tuition: Please visit website or call for more info.


• South Montgomery Academy

147 Old School House Rd., Grady, AL
Phone: (334) 562.3235; Founded: 1970
Headmaster: Tim Davenport
Religious Affiliation: none
Ages/grades: Daycare starting at K3 – 12 grade
Curriculum: ABeka, Ala. high school courses of study
Registration Deadline: none
Testing Requirements: none
Accreditation: AISA & SACS
Sports & Clubs: Cheerleading, Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, General club, Beta, FCA, SGA, Student Govt. and 4H Club.
Tuition: Call for Rates.


• Zelia Stephens Early Childhood Center
Alabama State University
1100 Tuscaloosa Street, Montgomery
Phone: (334) 229.4470; Fax: (334) 229.4461
Email:; Website:
Founded: 1971
Headmaster: Sandra Hinton
Religious Affiliation: None
Ages: 3 years to 1st grade
Curriculum:  Teaching Strategies Creative Curriculum, Houghton Miflon and Harcourt
Registration: March 1st
Testing Requirements: None
Accreditation: Advanced Ed (formerly known as SACS)
Tuition: Please call for tuition rates.
Uniforms required.

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