Banks Academy

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Banks Academy Logo Columbia jpegBanks Academy is a private Christian High School in northeast Birmingham serving the surrounding areas. The mission is to provide excellent education in mind, body, and spirit developing students to be prepared for their next stage in life: college, trade school, or the workforce. We have a 100% graduation rate with 70%+ of students pursuing additional education. Our focus is on building character and life skills knowing that is the foundation for education. Banks Academy is led by Executive Director Cas McWaters and Dr. Cathy Trimble, a nationally recognized leader by Teach for America, and dedicated faculty of passionate teachers. Banks Academy offers football, cheerleading, girls’/boys’ basketball, girls’ volleyball, and track while seeking to be competitive in all sports. We have multiple clubs including chess, debate, music, entrepreneurship, and etiquette.

The school was founded by graduates and friends from the old Banks High School in East Lake. The current board is Tahiera Brown, Pastor David Cobbin, Dr. Cal Dodson, Stephen Foster, Brad Gray, Bill Hart, Sam Henderson III, Scott Moody, Donna Tyner, and Darryl White is president and school founder. Coach Jermaine Watson leads the football program. Banks Academy provides scholarships that can cover a major portion of tuition for most students. It is the school’s policy to not let the lack of funds keep any qualified student from attending. Come join Banks Academy Jets as a student, a mentor, or a financial partner as we “Soar to Higher Heights!” Hear more about the vision of Banks Academy at or watch our “Grow with Us” video. We are excited about our new facility and partnership with Huffman Baptist Church. This large facility gives us all we need for academics and athletics.

  • Qualified, caring teachers and staff
  • Challenging curriculum & athletics
  • East Lake Academy, Inc. dba Banks Academy is a 501 c 3 Non-Profit Corporation.

Click to hear from students about what Banks Academy means to them.

Learn about Principal, Dr. Cathy Trimble’s vision and leadership here.

Read about Banks Academy’s new Executive Director here.

Address: 700 Huffman Road, Birmingham, AL 35215

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 205-834-5433


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Est: 2015

Grades: 9-12

Class Size/Ratio: 65, 16:1

Accreditation: AdvancED and Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)

Athletics: Basketball, volleyball, track, cheerleading, and football


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