About Banks Academy

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Banks Academy, is a private Christian High School located in the East Lake community of Birmingham, Alabama. The school opened in August of 2015 and is located at the original Lakewood Baptist Church’s building. (8301 8th Avenue South) Banks Academy currently has 9th & 10th Grade students and will add an 11th grade for the fall of 2017. Each year a grade will be added until all high school grades are established.  Students that meet the qualifications to attend Banks Academy are awarded scholarships to help cover the cost of tuition. (To download a Student application, go to the APPLY tab).

Most inner city high schools have low graduation rates and failing test scores when compared to successful schools. Parents in Eastern area if Birmingham, now have an alternative when deciding where to send their high school-age children.  Banks Academy is providing “school choice” for the parents and students in the eastern section of Birmingham.

Banks Academy is reaching students in the community and providing hope for a bright future.

Our School Provides:

  1. A safe and secure school building and environment.
  2. A group of teachers committed to getting students caught up to their grade level
  3. A work study program in which the students spend time each week at a business they are interested in.
  4. A quality education that is based on merit and not on pushing them through the system
  5. A cutting edge school in which successful strategies of learning are implemented
  6. A Christ centered setting in which the authority of our lives is Jesus Christi and the written word of God.

The Banks name is not unfamiliar to the East Lake Community. In 1957, Banks High School began with a 9th grade class only. The school quickly became a pillar of the community and achieved great success in academics and athletics. From 1957 through 1989, more than 9,000 students from the community attended the school.

The original Banks High School became a power house in the state of Alabama in football and was also recognized nationally.  Coach George “Shorty” White, head football coach from 1961-1974, won three state championships in the 60s and 70s along with producing 88 or more Division one football scholarship players. In 1973, Coach White was named National Coach of the Year. Some of the notable alumni include: John Amari (1966) State House member and 10th District Judge; David Cutcliffe (1972) College Head Football Coach Ole Miss and Duke University; Johnny Musso (1967) Football College Hall of Fame Member; College Football Standouts- Jimmy Sidle, Larry Willingham, Gary and Jeff Rutledge, Billy Shields, Bobby Johns, Donnie and Johnny Johnston, Danny Collins, Joe and John Shaw, Rick Neal; Corporate President Gary Gustin; Business leaders Bill Jones, Billy Strickland, Songwriter and Recording Artist Beth Thornley; John Archibald, Syndicated Journalist; and many others. The high school was discontinued in 1989 and the building became a middle school thereafter until it was closed in 2006.

Banks Academy is bringing the past into the present with an extensive Banks High School Alumni section on the web site (See Banks Alumni tab).