Best Public Schools in Tuscaloosa, AL


The city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama is home to 23 schools across two school districts - Tuscaloosa City School District and Tuscaloosa County School District. The schools serve students from elementary through high school, with a mix of traditional public schools and specialized magnet programs.

Several schools in Tuscaloosa stand out as exceptional performers. Northridge High School and the Tuscaloosa Magnet School Elementary and Tuscaloosa Magnet School Middle are among the top-ranked schools in the state, with high test scores and 5-star ratings. Other high-performing schools include Rock Quarry Elementary and Verner Elementary.

However, the data also reveals significant disparities in student performance and school resources across Tuscaloosa. Schools with higher poverty rates, as measured by free/reduced lunch eligibility, tend to have lower test scores. Additionally, there is a correlation between smaller student-teacher ratios and better academic outcomes. While some of the highest-spending schools in Tuscaloosa struggle academically, the data suggests that factors beyond just funding, such as instructional quality and school leadership, play a crucial role in student achievement.

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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Alabama State Department of Education.

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