Arrington Middle School

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Arrington Middle School
BCS small logo.png Birmingham City Schools
Years 1985present
Location 2101 Jefferson Avenue Southwest, (map)
Jones Valley
Grades 6-8
Principal Bruce Roper
Enrollment 336 (2017)
Colors maroon & white
Mascot Bulldogs

Richard Arrington Jr Middle School (formerly Southwest Middle School) is a middle school in the Birmingham City Schools system located at 2101 Jefferson Avenue Southwest near Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in the Jones Valley neighborhood of Southwest Birmingham. It is a feeder for Wenonah High School. Eddie Cauthen is the current principal.

The school was constructed in 1985 and later named in honor of Richard Arrington, Jr, Mayor of Birmingham from 1979 to 1999. A major renovation in 1998 included the installation of windows.]

In a school consolidation plan prepared by Superintendent Craig Witherspoon in 2013, Center Street Middle School would close, with students transferring to Arrington Middle School, with some going to a new program housed at Carver High School.

That same year, under the terms of the Alabama Accountability Act, Arrington Middle School was deemed a "failing school", permitting parents to claim tax credits to transfer students to another school. The school remained on the list released by the Alabama Department of Education in 2015 and 2016. When the 2017 list was released, Arrington was no longer deemed a failing school.