“Leaders in Learning for Tomorrow’s World”, a long-time motto for Vestavia Hills City Schools, encapsulates the student-centered philosophy of the school district. Since its founding in 1970, Vestavia Hills School System has kept its focus on equipping its scholars to meet the challenges of the future. Highly-participative parents and benchmarked educational attainment levels encourage every student’s college aspirations after graduation; approximately 90% attend 4-year colleges, 8% attend 2-year colleges, and 2% enter the military or workforce.
Vestavia Hills School System scores consistently strong on academic performance measures. The average ACT score for VHHS students is 25.3. Average means SAT scores include: Reading 639, Math 648, and Writing 616. In a typical year, 55% of the graduating class is offered college scholarships worth more than $18.5 million, and graduating classes often have 18 to 25 students recognized as National Merit Semi-Finalists.
A major effort in recent years to enhance Vestavia’s already strong school system has been the infusion of technology into all of the schools and in all of the system’s day-to-day operations. Each classroom in the district is equipped with fully interactive classroom capabilities: interactive Promethean Boards, ceiling-mounted LCD projectors, integrated sound systems, student response “clicker” systems, Airline Active-Slates, document image cameras, and new teacher laptops. In the 2012-2013 school year, the district is piloting a “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) initiative. In the BYOD program, students bring their own mobile learning devices, whether they are e-readers, tablets, or laptops to school. As a result, all eight schools are completing research about the instructional effects of having students bring their own mobile learning devices.