Green Acres Middle School

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Green Acres Middle School
Green Acres Middle School crest.jpg
BCS small logo.png Birmingham City Schools
Years 1956present
Location 945 Pineview Road, (map)
Green Acres
District 7
Cluster III
Grades 6-8
Principal Anthony Oliver
Enrollment 340 (2017)
Colors green & gold
Mascot Mustangs
Website bhamcityschools.org

Green Acres Middle School is a middle school in the Birmingham City Schools system located at 945 Pineview Road in the Green Acres neighborhood, for which it is named. It serves children in the Vinesville, Central Park, West End, and Belview Heights neighborhoods.

The school was built in 1956 on land formerly owned by Zula Cofield, who protested the actions by the city to condemn her property. The school was originally Green Acres Elementary School and taught classes for kindergarten through 8th grade.

In 1989 the school dropped its elementary grades and became a 6-8 middle school. The change was made as a result of a study conducted by a Blue Ribbon Comprehensive Needs Assessment Committee. The new Green Acres Middle School added an emphasis on the developmental needs of transient students.

In 2008 the school underwent extensive renovations. Originally budgeted at $6.5 million, the scope of work was increased to nearly $10 million as the exterior cladding, roofing and air conditioning were all replaced and a new media center was added.

In 2013, under the terms of the Alabama Accountability Act, Green Acres Middle School was deemed a "failing school" by the Alabama Department of Education, permitting parents to claim tax credits to transfer students to another school. The school remained on an updated list prepared under the revised Alabama Accountability Act of 2015 and released in February 2016. The school did not appear on the 2017 or 2018 lists, but returned in 2019.

In November 2016 Green Acres Middle School was awarded a $1.49 million federal School Improvement Grant to expand access to computers and to community resources.

Principals

References

  • Stock, Erin (June 2, 2008) "Green Acres school construction projected to go $3 million over budget." The Birmingham News
  • Chandler, Kim (June 18, 2013) "Alabama Accountability Act: 78 schools listed as failing/ Current private school students not eligible for tax credits." The Birmingham News
  • Phillips, Ryan (February 11, 2016) "Birmingham City Schools see staggering number of failing schools." Birmingham Business Journal