Hayes K-8 School

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Hayes K-8 School
Hayes K-8 school crest.png
BCS small logo.png Birmingham City Schools
Years 2012present
Location 505 43rd Street North, (map)
North Avondale
Grades K-8
Principal Jerome Wiggins
Enrollment 664 (2022)
Colors orange & blue
Mascot Pacesetters
Website bhamcityschools.org

Carol William Hayes K-8 School is a K-8 school in the Birmingham City Schools system, constructed in 2012 on the site of the former Hayes High School at 505 43rd Street North in North Avondale. The principal is Jerome Wiggins.

Plans for the $18.25 million school were approved in 2008 and construction began soon after the demolition of the high school in 2009. The newly-elected Birmingham Board of Education debated the idea of building a new high school at the site, halting construction in February 2010. They decided the following September to proceed with the K-8 school, which accepted students from Whatley K-8 School and Gibson Elementary School.

In 2013, under the terms of the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013, Hayes K-8 School was deemed a "failing school", permitting parents to claim tax credits to transfer students to another school. The school remained on the list prepared under the revised Alabama Accountability Act of 2015, which was announced by the Alabama Department of Education in February 2016 and on the lists released in January 2017, 2018 and 2019.

In 2022 the school was tapped to participate in Alabama's "Turnaround Schools Initiative" to provide supplemental public funding and other state resources to assist with lasting improvements to programs.



  • Leech, Marie (February 9, 2010) "Birmingham school board halts Hayes K-8 school construction to rethink project." The Birmingham News
  • Leech, Marie (September 14, 2010) "Birmingham school board votes to proceed with Hayes K-8 school." 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
  • Crain, Trisha Powell (September 6, 2022) "Alabama is investing $15 million to turn around 15 schools with ‘overwhelming’ needs." The Birmingham News