Vestavia Hills High School

Summary:

Vestavia Hills High School is a public high school serving grades 10-12 in the highly-ranked Shelby County school district. With a student population of 1,578, the school consistently ranks among the top 5 high schools in Alabama, boasting strong academic performance, diverse student demographics, and a low student-teacher ratio.

Vestavia Hills High School's academic excellence is evident, with 68.75% of 11th-grade students proficient or better in Mathematics, 71.88% in Science, and 67.19% in English, far surpassing the state averages. The school also excels in the performance of various student subgroups, ranking among the top 5 high schools in Alabama for Asian, Hispanic, and multi-racial students, as well as for female and male students. Additionally, the school's special education and low socioeconomic status students perform well, ranking in the top 25 high schools in the state.

Compared to nearby high-performing schools, such as Hoover High School and Mountain Brook High School, Vestavia Hills High School maintains a relatively low student-teacher ratio and spends $12,105 per student, which is higher than the state average but lower than Mountain Brook High School's $16,839 per student. While the school has a predominantly White student population, it is more diverse than nearby schools like Mountain Brook High School, which has over 94% White students.


Detail:

Public 10-12

 2235 Lime Rock Rd
       Vestavia Hills, AL  35216-3399


(205) 402-5250

District: Vestavia Hills City

SchoolDigger Rank:
4th of 371 Alabama High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,105 Help


Feeder schools for Vestavia Hills High School:

Elementary:    East Elementary
    Liberty Park Elementary
    Vestavia Hills Elementary Cahaba Heights
    Vestavia Hills Elementary Dolly Ridge
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Middle:    Liberty Park Middle School
    Pizitz Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.8 Help
Number of students:  1,578

Racial breakdown:

White:
81.7%
Asian:
6.7%
African American:
5.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  10.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Vestavia Hills High School ranks better than 98.9% of high schools in Alabama. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 99.82. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (81.7%), Asian (6.7%), African American (5.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 10.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Vestavia Hills High School is 13.8. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Vestavia Hills High School is $12,105.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Vestavia Hills High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Vestavia Hills High School 4th of 371 Alabama public high schools. (See Vestavia Hills High School in the ranking list.)

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Vestavia Hills City:

SchoolDigger ranks Vestavia Hills City 2nd of 134 Alabama school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Vestavia Hills High School

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Rank History for all students at Vestavia Hills High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 91.62 6th 357 98.3%
2005 89.81 7th 359 98.1%
2006 88.54 9th 357 97.5%
2007 90.21 10th 358 97.2%
2008 90.55 6th 359 98.3%
2009 93.36 5th 357 98.6%
2010 91.85 3rd 358 99.2%
2011 90.47 6th 360 98.3%
2012 89.62 7th 358 98.0%
2013 79.85 7th 358 98.0%
2014 99.33 3rd 358 99.2%
2015 99.55 4th 353 98.9%
2016 98.93 6th 351 98.3%
2017 99.35 5th 353 98.6%
2018 99.45 3rd 356 99.2%
2019 99.81 3rd 366 99.2%
2021 99.96 3rd 371 99.2%
2022 99.94 3rd 367 99.2%
2023 99.82 4th 371 98.9%
See the entire list of Alabama High School Rankings!

Rank History for Multi-racial students at Vestavia Hills High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 90.77 2nd 37 94.6%
2021 98.72 1st 43 97.7%
2023 99.21 1st 45 97.8%
See the entire list of Best Alabama High Schools for Multi-racial Students!

Rank History for Special Education students at Vestavia Hills High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 71.39 11th 83 86.7%
2018 96.98 6th 160 96.3%
2019 98.29 3rd 171 98.2%
2021 98.02 4th 196 98.0%
2022 95.77 5th 169 97.0%
2023 80.25 19th 182 89.6%
See the entire list of Best Alabama High Schools for Special Education Students!

Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Vestavia Hills High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 96.05 9th 315 97.1%
2018 83.78 40th 349 88.5%
2019 94.56 16th 358 95.5%
2021 99.79 2nd 361 99.4%
2023 89.59 24th 349 93.1%
See the entire list of Best Alabama High Schools for Low Socio Economic Status Students!

Rank History for Female students at Vestavia Hills High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 99.36 3rd 343 99.1%
2018 99.40 3rd 347 99.1%
2019 99.57 3rd 354 99.2%
2021 99.94 3rd 359 99.2%
2022 99.85 3rd 367 99.2%
2023 99.56 3rd 358 99.2%
See the entire list of Best Alabama High Schools for Female Students!

Rank History for Male students at Vestavia Hills High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 98.46 8th 339 97.6%
2018 98.83 5th 350 98.6%
2019 99.80 3rd 357 99.2%
2021 99.93 3rd 366 99.2%
2022 99.91 3rd 366 99.2%
2023 99.78 4th 358 98.9%
See the entire list of Best Alabama High Schools for Male Students!

Rank History for Asian students at Vestavia Hills High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 80.72 4th 17 76.5%
2018 82.79 3rd 18 83.3%
2019 93.11 1st 18 94.4%
2021 93.64 2nd 18 88.9%
2022 93.53 1st 16 93.8%
2023 86.38 2nd 15 86.7%
See the entire list of Best Alabama High Schools for Asian Students!

Rank History for African American students at Vestavia Hills High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 69.64 28th 189 85.2%
2018 74.72 36th 223 83.9%
2019 86.64 18th 224 92.0%
2021 99.31 4th 228 98.2%
2022 86.53 20th 222 91.0%
2023 92.53 13th 224 94.2%
See the entire list of Best Alabama High Schools for African American Students!

Rank History for Hispanic students at Vestavia Hills High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 98.59 1st 93 98.9%
2018 96.61 3rd 95 96.8%
2019 97.51 3rd 103 97.1%
2021 94.93 9th 113 92.0%
2022 99.01 4th 114 96.5%
2023 99.65 3rd 122 97.5%
See the entire list of Best Alabama High Schools for Hispanic Students!

Rank History for White students at Vestavia Hills High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 96.69 10th 230 95.7%
2018 99.15 5th 300 98.3%
2019 99.66 3rd 313 99.0%
2021 99.69 5th 319 98.4%
2022 99.62 5th 326 98.5%
2023 99.13 6th 317 98.1%
See the entire list of Best Alabama High Schools for White Students!

Data source: test scores: Alabama State Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Alabama State Department of Education

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Reviews:
by a citizen
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Open Quote As a former FB Player, I can't say enough good things about Coach Buddy Anderson and his staff. They are good men and role models. If I have a son I'd love for him to play for him & his staff. Close Quote


by a student
Monday, November 7, 2011

Open Quote I graduated in class of 2009-2010 and in the last 4 years of me being there, the quality of education went into a steep decline. It used to be a pretty decent place to grow and actually learn something but their heads are far too big to not spend all of their money on every shiny new gadget that comes out. The people here are not that nice and the teachers are rather condescending; there are probably only 10 teachers at this institution that are not full of "fluff". It's a pretty fake school. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Vestavia Hills High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 1281 1281
1989 1159 44 20 3 0 n/a n/a 0 1226
1990 1147 36 20 5 2 n/a n/a 0 1210
1991 1151 32 20 2 1 n/a n/a 0 1206
1992 1138 28 28 2 0 n/a n/a 0 1196
1993 1177 38 17 4 2 n/a n/a 0 1238
1994 1164 48 29 3 7 n/a n/a 0 1251
1995 1233 53 35 4 0 n/a n/a 0 1325
1996 1233 53 35 4 0 n/a n/a 0 1325
1997 1249 58 47 2 1 n/a n/a 0 1357
1998 1226 59 49 2 2 n/a n/a 0 1338
1999 1256 65 53 4 5 n/a n/a 0 1383
2000 1272 71 59 4 3 n/a n/a 0 1409
2001 1260 65 55 11 2 n/a n/a 0 1393
2002 1356 81 18 9 3 n/a n/a 0 1467
2003 1356 81 18 9 3 n/a n/a 0 1467
2004 1397 94 44 7 6 n/a n/a 0 1548
2005 1447 104 69 12 10 n/a n/a 0 1642
2006 1472 121 70 15 8 n/a n/a 0 1686
2007 1471 128 91 22 1 n/a n/a 0 1713
2008 1451 143 87 27 3 n/a n/a 0 1711
2009 1431 138 81 24 4 n/a n/a 0 1678
2010 1461 128 86 31 4 n/a n/a 2 1712
2011 1516 135 79 38 5 0 1 0 1774
2012 1533 150 83 29 5 1 20 0 1821
2013 1559 153 94 46 5 1 16 0 1874
2014 1578 149 93 48 3 2 13 0 1886
2015 1606 141 95 46 3 2 15 0 1908
2016 1604 150 95 78 2 1 42 0 1972
2017 1653 159 93 87 1 0 43 0 2036
2018 1660 152 93 85 1 0 41 0 2032
2019 1634 137 113 84 1 1 38 0 2008
2020 1673 119 112 77 1 1 38 0 2021
2021 1236 95 93 65 1 1 23 0 1514
2022 1268 88 103 64 1 1 36 0 1561
2023 1289 87 105 56 1 0 40 0 1578

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Vestavia Hills High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1281 65.0 19.7 0
1989 1226 65.6 18.6 n/a
1990 1210 67.4 17.9 0
1991 1206 71.0 16.9 n/a
1992 1196 72.6 16.4 n/a
1993 1238 72.4 17.1 n/a
1994 1251 74.2 16.9 n/a
1995 1325 75.3 17.6 n/a
1996 1325 75.3 17.6 n/a
1997 1357 76.4 17.8 0.6
1998 1338 76.0 17.6 0.7
1999 1383 78.0 17.7 0.6
2000 1409 84.5 16.7 0.7
2001 1393 88.1 15.8 1
2002 1467 93.9 15.6 0.9
2003 1467 93.9 15.6 0.9
2004 1548 98.5 15.7 2.1
2005 1642 104.0 15.8 2.4
2006 1686 108.0 15.6 3.7
2007 1713 112.5 15.2 3.2
2008 1711 118.5 14.4 3.9
2009 1678 120.5 13.8 4.5
2010 1712 118.2 14.4 4.7
2011 1774 121.0 14.6 7.2
2012 1821 121.0 15.0 7.7
2013 1874 126.0 14.8 9.2
2014 1886 127.0 14.8 7.6
2015 1908 129.0 14.7 7.3
2016 1972 132.0 14.9 8.4
2017 2036 142.0 14.3 9.8
2018 2032 144.0 14.1 9.2
2019 2008 144.0 13.9 8
2020 2021 144.0 14.0 6.7
2021 1514 114.0 13.2 8.3
2022 1561 102.0 15.3 2.4
2023 1578 114.0 13.8 10.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Vestavia Hills High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1281 65.0 19.7 0
1989 1226 65.6 18.6 n/a
1990 1210 67.4 17.9 0
1991 1206 71.0 16.9 n/a
1992 1196 72.6 16.4 n/a
1993 1238 72.4 17.1 n/a
1994 1251 74.2 16.9 n/a
1995 1325 75.3 17.6 n/a
1996 1325 75.3 17.6 n/a
1997 1357 76.4 17.8 0.6
1998 1338 76.0 17.6 0.7
1999 1383 78.0 17.7 0.6
2000 1409 84.5 16.7 0.7
2001 1393 88.1 15.8 1
2002 1467 93.9 15.6 0.9
2003 1467 93.9 15.6 0.9
2004 1548 98.5 15.7 2.1
2005 1642 104.0 15.8 2.4
2006 1686 108.0 15.6 3.7
2007 1713 112.5 15.2 3.2
2008 1711 118.5 14.4 3.9
2009 1678 120.5 13.8 4.5
2010 1712 118.2 14.4 4.7
2011 1774 121.0 14.6 7.2
2012 1821 121.0 15.0 7.7
2013 1874 126.0 14.8 9.2
2014 1886 127.0 14.8 7.6
2015 1908 129.0 14.7 7.3
2016 1972 132.0 14.9 8.4
2017 2036 142.0 14.3 9.8
2018 2032 144.0 14.1 9.2
2019 2008 144.0 13.9 8
2020 2021 144.0 14.0 6.7
2021 1514 114.0 13.2 8.3
2022 1561 102.0 15.3 2.4
2023 1578 114.0 13.8 10.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Vestavia Hills High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $678 (5.6%) $11,425 (94.4%) $12,105

Data source: Alabama Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Vestavia Hills High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 3rd of 366 High schoolsRanks 4th of 371 High schools
 0.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
End of Course Mathematics (Vestavia Hills High School)87.275.4
 11.8%
   End of Course Mathematics (Vestavia Hills City)87.275.4
 11.8%
   End of Course Mathematics (Alabama)42.523.6
 19%
End of Course Science (Vestavia Hills High School)86.675.2
 11.4%
   End of Course Science (Vestavia Hills City)86.675.2
 11.4%
   End of Course Science (Alabama)42.631.7
 10.9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students20081578
 21.4%
African American13787
 36.5%
American Indian11
Asian113105
 7.1%
Hispanic8456
 33.3%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White16341289
 21.1%
Two or More Races3840
 5.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients8%10.4%
 2.4%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Vestavia Hills High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,578 students attended Vestavia Hills High School.

Students at Vestavia Hills High School are 82% White, 7% Asian, 6% African American, 4% Hispanic, 3% Two or more races.

Yes! Vestavia Hills High School is one of the best high schools in the state. It ranks 4th of 371 Alabama high schools.


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