About Banks Academy

Banks Academy is an ACSI accredited private Christian High School located in the East Lake community of Birmingham, Alabama. The school opened in August of 2015 and is located at the original Lakewood Baptist Church’s building. (8301 8th Avenue South) For the fall of the 2018-19 School year, 9th through 12th grades are provided.  Students that meet the qualifications to attend Banks Academy are awarded scholarships to help cover the cost of tuition. Special consideration is given to parents and students that enroll early. (To download a Student application, go to the APPLY/TUITION tab).

Most inner city high schools have low graduation rates and failing test scores when compared to successful schools. Parents in the Eastern area of Birmingham, now have an alternative when deciding where to send their high school-age children.  Banks Academy is providing “school choice” for the parents and students in the eastern section of Birmingham.

Banks Academy is reaching students in the community and providing hope for a bright future.

Our School Provides:

  1. A safer and more secure school building and environment.
  2. A group of teachers committed to an excellent and legitimate high school education.
  3. A work study program in which the students spend time each week at a business they are interested in.
  4. A quality education that is based on merit and not on pushing them through the system
  5. A cutting edge school in which successful strategies of learning are implemented
  6. Athletic programs including volleyball, basketball, track and field and football are provided
  7. A Christ centered setting in which the authority in our lives is Jesus Christ and the written word of God.

The Banks name is not unfamiliar to the East Lake Community. In 1957, Banks High School began with a 9th grade class only. The school quickly became a pillar of the community and achieved great success in academics and athletics. From 1957 through 1989, more than 9,000 students from the community attended the school.

The original Banks High School became a power house in the state of Alabama in football and was also recognized nationally.  Coach George “Shorty” White, head football coach from 1961-1974, won three state championships in the 60s and 70s along with producing 88 or more Division one football scholarship players. In 1973, Coach White was named National Coach of the Year. Some of the notable alumni include: John Amari (1966) State House member and 10th District Judge; David Cutcliffe (1972) College Head Football Coach Ole Miss and Duke University; Johnny Musso (1967) Football College Hall of Fame Member; College Football Standouts- Jimmy Sidle, Larry Willingham, Gary and Jeff Rutledge, Billy Shields, Bobby Johns, Donnie and Johnny Johnston, Danny Collins, Joe and John Shaw, Rick Neal; Corporate President Gary Gustin; Business leaders Bill Jones, Billy Strickland, Songwriter and Recording Artist Beth Thornley; John Archibald, Syndicated Journalist; and many others. The high school was discontinued in 1989 and the building became a middle school thereafter until it was closed in 2006.

Banks Academy is bringing the past into the present with an extensive Banks High School Alumni section on the web site (See Banks Alumni tab).

ACSI Accreditation

Banks Academy is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).


AdvancedEd / Cognia Accreditation

Banks Academy is accredited by AdvancedEd (now Cognia)