W. J. Christian School

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W. J. Christian K-8 School
BCS small logo.png Birmingham City Schools
Years 1961present
Location 725 Mountain Drive, (map)
Roebuck Springs-South Roebuck
Grades K-8
Principal Nichole Williams
Enrollment 532 (2007)
Colors Columbia blue and red
Mascot Chargers
Website bcs.schoolwires.net

William J. Christian K-8 School is a K-8 school in the Birmingham City Schools system located at 725 Mountain Drive in the Roebuck Springs neighborhood. It was named for former Birmingham Board of Education member William Christian. The principal is Nichole Williams.

W. J. Christian school serves as a neighborhood elementary school for grades K-5 and as a magnet middle school for talented and gifted students in grades 6-8. Students in the middle school program must maintain a 70% grade in all subjects and participate in community service projects.

In 1983 Southern Natural Gas "adopted" W. J. Christian School, sending company engineers to discuss science and technology careers with advanced students.

In 2005 W. J. Christian became the first public school in the state to offer a chess program. The team, coached by Charles Smith, has won Alabama State Scholastic Chess Championships in 2008 and 2011.

An addition to the school, including three classrooms, a band room and a connecting hallway was designed by Sherlock Smith & Adams. Additional work in 2008 was designed by Dorsey Architects.



  • "Sonat adopts a school" (Spring 1983) SONAT magazine, p. 8-9
  • Ruisi, Anne (April 6, 2011) "Birmingham city schools students win Alabama chess titles." The Birmingham News

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