Children are a heritage from the LORD... --Psalm 127:3


Shades Mountain Christian School

School Profile  

2290 Old Tyler Road • Hoover, AL 35226 • (205) 978-6001 • Fax: (205) 978-9120 •


The School:

Shades Mountain Christian School (SMCS) is an independent, community Christian school serving grades K3 through 12. The school, founded in 1974, is fully accredited by AdvancEd, formerly known as Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International. The school provides a strong academic program with a Biblical worldview.

Mission Statement:

To assist Christian parents in their responsibility to equip their children for life through academics and service to Christ.

Core Values Statement:

We exist to equip and empower young champions for Christ - young men and women who will be change agents for the Kingdom of God - through service to the entire Birmingham Metropolitan area and our larger global community.

The Community:

The school is located in Hoover, Alabama.  Our families commute from the Birmingham Metropolitan area, including Jefferson and Shelby counties. Our school community is comprised of students from over 100 churches and congregations.

The Faculty:

The faculty is composed of committed Christians who hold degrees in their field of study and believe they have been called to serve the Christian school. Most of our teachers, are state certified and are certified through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

The Students:

SMCS consists of approximately 350 students, ranging from K3 to 12th grade.  Students have the opportunity to explore and develop their talents in academics, arts and athletics.  Students are admitted on the basis of a completed application, minimum GPA requirements, discipline standards, one parent who is a devoted follower of Jesus Christ, and an interview with school leadership.  

Lower School:

The lower school consists of the kindergarten program of K3 – K5 and elementary program of

1st – 6th grades.   The K3 and K4 are half day programs.  The K3 – 2nd grade primarily use A Beka curriculum with a strong emphasis on reading and phonics.   The 3rd – 6th grades use various curricula with a focus on math, history, science, language and Bible.  All lower school students participate in art, music and physical education.   Band is offered in 5th and 6th grades.

Upper School:

The upper school consists of middle school (7th - 8th grades) and high school (9th -12th grades).  The core curriculum consists of Bible, English, math, science, and social studies.  Electives include Spanish, art, band, choir, theatre, computer, leadership, yearbook, money management, as well as other electives.

Honors/ AP/ Dual Enrollement:

Honors courses are available in English, Science, and Math. Instruction on a college level (Advanced Placement) is available for students in History, Calculus and Biology.  Dual Enrollment is offered is English composition.

Grade Point Average:

Students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5.   Grades earned during 9th – 12th grades are included in a cumulative GPA.   Honors courses are worth an additional .5 GPA quality point and Advanced Placement courses are worth an additional 1 GPA quality point.

Activities / Clubs:

The arts department includes concert choir, concert band, marching band, theatre and art.   School clubs include Student Council, National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.  Class officers are elected for 7th – 12th grades.


SMCS is a member of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) and is class

1-A.   Boys’ sports include:  football, basketball, baseball, cross-country, golf, soccer, track and tennis.   Girls’ sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, golf, volleyball, soccer, softball and tennis.

Graduation Requirements:

Two diploma plans are available: College Preparatory Diploma (25 required credits with a minimum 2.5 GPA) and College Preparatory with Honors Diploma (26 required credits, including four honors courses and one AP course, with a minimum 3.5 GPA).  
Graduating Classes:

On average, 95% of SMCS graduates attend college and many receive scholarships.   In the last graduating class, approximately $ 1.5 million in scholarship money was offered to the students.   Several of our graduates over the years have been National Merit Scholars.  See the list below of colleges that SMCS graduates have attended.