Bush Hills Academy

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Bush Hills Academy
BCS small logo.png Birmingham City Schools
Years 1952present
Location 901 16th Street West, (map)
Bush Hills
Grades K-8
Principal Ashley Samuels
Enrollment 261 (2008)
Colors red & white
Mascot Hawks
Website bhamcityschools.org

Bush Hills STEAM Academy (formerly Owenton Technical School, Charles B. Glenn Vocational High School and Charles B. Glenn Middle School is a K-8 school in the Birmingham City Schools system located at 901 16th Street West in the Bush Hills neighborhood of Ensley.

The original school was constructed before 1911 as a technical school in the Owenton neighborhood, near Birmingham-Southern College in what is now Bush Hills. In 1952 the school, which taught vocational classes to African-American students, was named for Charles Glenn, superintendent of Birmingham schools from 1921 to 1942. After the school system was integrated, it was converted into a regular middle school.

Glenn Middle School was rebuilt as a K-8 school in 2010, taking in students from Wilson Elementary School. After construction was completed, the school was renamed. The new 73,840 square foot building was designed by Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood architects. It includes a 200-seat cafeteria, a competition gymnasium, and a separate playground and carpool pick-up area for younger students.

Construction of the new $16 million school building was delayed when McCrory Building Company defaulted on its contract. The Blalock Building Company was selected to complete the work.

Bush Hills Academy was designated a "failing school" in early 2016 because of students' relatively low scores in the reading and math portions of the ACT Aspire test. The school was taken off of the list of "failing schools" in 2017 and 2018, but appeared again in 2019.



  • Ganucheau, Adam (February 11, 2016) "18 Birmingham schools designated as 'failing'." The Birmingham News

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