The Advent Advantage has many facets that combine to create a unique educational foundation. Our Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade students are actively engaged in a supportive learning environment that has produced life-long learners since 1950. They start here, and go on to do the amazing!
Academic Excellence - Our students achieve! They leave Advent very prepared to succeed at the most demanding high schools in the country. The vigorous Advent curriculum has been proven to equip our students with the knowledge and skill set that makes them highly recruited. Advent has received the AISA President's Award, given to the highest performing K-8 independent school in the state, as well as being a Blue Ribbon School.
PK-8 - The atmosphere at Advent encourages academic and personal achievement by allowing students the freedom to be themselves. Without the associated pressures of a high school environment, our students enjoy more camaraderie, more parental involvement, more teacher focus, and fewer behavioral issues. This setting is also a natural incubator for leadership.
Supportive Community - Our supportive community plays an integral role in propelling our students to reach and exceed their goals. Faculty, parents, and Advent clergy partner together to create a nurturing and wholesome environment with a Christian basis of support and encouragement.
Downtown Campus - The Advent campus is unique in its downtown location. Cultural and entertainment venues are literally within walking distance. The campus is designed to facilitate the comfort, interaction, safety, and flow of younger students - with access to technology integrated into every facet. Advent has received the Attorney General's Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence.
Diversity as Excellence - The Advent student body is reflective of the rich diversity of Birmingham. Because this diversity is a normal part of life for Advent students, our students maneuver comfortably among people of different social, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds.
Dr. Michael Thompson, New York Times Best-Selling Author
If I could design psychologically safe schools, every elementary school in America would go from K through grade 8 and would be no larger than 400 children.
The Advent K-8 Advantage
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Focused on Pre-K to Eighth
Advent focuses on the best possible Pre-K to eighth grade experience.
Our faculty love to teach students in this age range and are cognizant of their social, emotional, and physical needs during this critically formative period.
Our programs do not compete with a high school program for valuable human and financial capital.
Predicting Academic Success
Numerous national studies demonstrate the advantage of a kindergarten to eighth grade education; they enhance academic, social, and emotional development while bringing about improved self-esteem and confidence (Rand Study and National Middle School Association Study).
A two-year study by American College Testing (ACT) found that eighth grade academic achievement in an eighth grade curriculum was more significant in determining future success in high school and college than any high school academic experience.
The experiences of our alumni indicate that Advent provides powerful long-lasting experiences that position students for success in high school, college, and beyond.
A Safe Place for Preadolescents
Advent is a safe place for children of all ages.
Our environment allows emerging adolescents to become confident and poised, and helps them find life-long academic interests and skills.
At Advent, there is no pressure to grow up too fast or imitate the social behaviors of high school students.
Transitioning to High School
In the final year of the Advent experience we work closely with our eighth grade students and their parents to help in the transition to high school. Our alumni distinguish themselves in their new classrooms.
Local independent high schools, boarding schools, and public schools eagerly seek to add Advent graduates to their classes.
Preparing our students to be productive and comfortable at the next level is critical to the thinking of both teachers and administrators at Advent.