This Week in TCS

January 15 Core Notes

A Game Changer.

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This week, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox unveiled the new ELEVATE Dual Enrollment Scholarship Program, benefiting Tuscaloosa City Schools' students! Under the guidelines of the program, eligible students can earn up to six hours of college credit through either Shelton State Community College, Stillman College or The University of Alabama.



This new benefit is open only to TCS students who live in the TCS attendance zone, who are classified as seniors and meet the eligibility requirements of the college or university.


The mayor underscored his support of TCS in a Monday press conference.


“We want to give value to living in the city of Tuscaloosa and attending the Tuscaloosa city schools," said Maddox.


Superintendent Dr. Mike Daria called the opportunity a "game changer" for TCS students.


"That commitment to high expectations that the Tuscaloosa City Schools has for each and every student is reinforced with this ELEVATE dual enrollment funding," said Daria. "Where now, the school system’s commitment to equity and access becomes a reality--where funding is removed as a barrier to dual enrollment."


The Class of 2021 will have the first opportunity to participate in the scholarship program and will begin registering in the coming weeks.

Pre-K Registration is Now Open!

The Tuscaloosa City Schools will begin accepting applications for the Alabama First Class Pre-K Program on January 15, 2020-March 5, 2020 at 12 noon. Applicants must be four years old on or before September 2, 2020 and live within the zone. The application process is online only.


For more information, call 205-342-0516.

Save the Date: Kindergaten Registration

Tuscaloosa City Schools will host Kindergarten Early Registration March 12-13th. Students must be 5 years old on or before September 2, 2020.

Parents and guardians are asked report to their home school with your child on the designated dates to register and after those dates. To make the process go faster, please bring the following documents with you:


  • Proof of residence (2 utility bills and lease agreement)
  • Proof of Birth
  • Proof of Immunization
  • State ID
  • Social Security Card (optional)


Families are asked to bring your child with you for kindergarten readiness testing. Contact your local school for convenient times during the two-day window.


For more information, please contact the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education at 205-759-3533.

January is School Board Member Recognition Month

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TCS is joining all the public school systems across the state to celebrate School Board Member Recognition Month and honor local board members for their commitment to Tuscaloosa and its children.


“It takes strong schools to build a strong community, and these men and women devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level,” said Dr. Mike Daria, superintendent. “They make tough decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our citizens expect.”


Board members were recognized by school leaders at Tuesday's school board meeting.

Top 100 State Finalist

Northridge Middle School has made it to the second round of a nationwide competition where the winners have the opportunity to win $100,000! The school was named a state winner in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow program where students in grades 6-12 show how STEM can be applied to help improve their local communities.


NMS was the only middle school in Alabama to make it to this round of competition. Following recent news stories of abductions, students at Northridge proposed the development of a free app with a tracking type device that can be attached to everyday items. T

Successful completion of round two means the school will receive $15,000 and a video kit.

Watch Inside Tuscaloosa City Schools!

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TCS teachers were honored with the Nick's Kids Teacher Excellence Award. Eight Tuscaloosa City School employees were presented with Apple Awards. The Worlds of Work Expo gives 8th graders a look at dozens of possible careers. Northridge High sends four students to college to compete in athletics and continue their educations. These stories and more are on this edition on Inside Tuscaloosa City Schools.

REMINDER: TCS will be closed Monday, January 20 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday.

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