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Message to 5th grade families at Brookwood, Lake View, and Vance elementary schools

Message to 5th grade families at Brookwood, Lake View, and Vance elementary schools

Dear Families of 5th Grade Students at Brookwood, Lake View, and Vance Elementary Schools,

The Alabama Accountability Act of 2015 was created is to provide school choice to students attending certain designated schools. The Act also includes a provision for financial assistance through an income tax credit to a parent who transfers a student from a Priority School to another public or non-public school of the parent’s choice.

Brookwood Middle School has been designated a Priority School, pursuant to the Act. This designation does not tell the entire story of a school or reflect the progress happening at Brookwood Middle. You are receiving this information because 5th grade students at Brookwood, Lake View, and Vance Elementary Schools will move up to 6th grade next year at Brookwood Middle. 

Strategies are currently being implemented to ensure that your student receives the best education possible. The following strategies are currently in place at Brookwood Middle.

  • Brookwood Middle is implementing the TCSS Whole Child Framework, which emphasizes all aspects of a student’s well-being, to set them up for academic success. Twenty-three percent of Brookwood Middle students missed 18 or more days of school last school year. This high absence rate factored significantly in Brookwood Middle receiving the Priority School designation. Through the Whole Child Framework, we’re focusing on the importance of school attendance and helping students and families improve attendance.
  • Brookwood Middle is putting in place strategies and activities, such as a student leadership team, to enhance the overall school culture.
  • During the previous school year, Brookwood Middle was one of just seven middle schools in Alabama to be named an A+ CollegeReady School of Excellence. This award was a result of the growth of the 8th grade class's scores on the PSAT 8/9 exam.
  • Brookwood Middle has earned the distinction of State School of Character from, a national advocate for character development. State Schools of Character demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development, which has a positive effect on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate.

Under the AAA, we are required to notify you of your options as follows, for the 2024-2025 school year:

  • Option 1: Your student may remain at Brookwood Middle (for the upcoming school year) and continue to take advantage of the programs provided by the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education. If you choose this option, there is no action you are required to take. 
  • Option 2: Under the law, your student may transfer to a comparable school within the same school system, if the school you wish to transfer to is: not included on the annual list of Priority Schools, and has available space, and is willing to accept the student. Option 2 is not available in the Tuscaloosa County School System.  
  • Option 3: If Option 2 is not available, your student may transfer to a comparable school in another local school system, that is not on the annual list of Priority Schools, has available space, and is willing to accept the student.
  • Option 4: Your student may transfer to a qualifying non-public school in Alabama that is willing to accept the student.

Parent or guardians who elect to utilize the transfer process (Options 3 or 4) must complete the appropriate Student Transfer Form. The form is available by contacting Mr. John Howard, Brookwood Middle School Principal, at (205) 342-2748, or Mrs. Jackie Hudgins, TCSS Director of Accountability, at (205) 342-2739. 

The Student Transfer Form for the 2024-2025 School Year must be submitted to Mr. Howard or Mrs. Hudgins no later than March 1, 2024.

Finally, please be aware that this letter is an important tax document. Please retain a copy of it and the Student Transfer Form for preparation of your upcoming state income tax return. You will need to submit the Student Transfer Form with your state tax return to the Alabama Department of Revenue, if you request a tax credit pursuant to Alabama Act No. 2015-434 and Alabama Act 2023-418.

If you have any questions regarding this notification, please contact Mr. John Howard or Mrs. Jackie Hudgins at the contact information listed above.


Dr. Keri C. Johnson