Our Pre-K-8 independent school gives your child the deep, fertile foundation they need to go on and do incredible things. Early childhood education is the most important time in your child’s academic career—use it to set them up for future success. Give them the very best foundation possible. Give them Advent.
Advent Episcopal School was founded in 1950 with the purpose of instilling ambition, drive, and academic excellence in Birmingham’s children. We’re a college-preparatory day school for students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade—the most formative years in your child’s educational journey.
The Advent Academic Advantage is both measurable and tangible. Our students’ standardized test scores are among the highest in the nation, and every year since 2016, Advent has been awarded the AISA President’s Award—recognizing our school as the highest performing independent school in the state. High schools and universities actively recruit our graduates, because our students are superbly well prepared to tackle even the most challenging prospects in secondary and higher education.
Our students achieve great things. The rigorous Advent curriculum has been proven to equip our students with the knowledge and skill sets that make them highly recruitable by high schools, universities, and beyond. Advent is a Blue Ribbon School, and has received the AISA President’s Award as the highest performing Pre-K - 8 independent school in the state of Alabama.
Our community plays an integral role in propelling our students to reach and exceed their goals. Faculty, parents, and Advent staff partner together to create a nurturing and wholesome environment with a solid Christian basis of support and encouragement.
Our campus is designed to facilitate the comfort, interaction, safety, and flow of younger students. We are within walking distance of Birmingham’s greatest cultural and entertainment venues, and often, our field trips occur right in our backyard—downtown Birmingham. Additionally, Advent has received the Attorney General’s Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence, showcasing our priority for student safety at all times.
The Advent student body reflects the rich diversity of Birmingham. Diversity is a normal part of life for Advent students—they are able to maneuver comfortably among people of different social, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. This leads the way toward a tolerant, empathetic, well-rounded adulthood, which sets them up for success in every facet of life.
Visiting Advent is the best way to get to know us, and for us to get to know you. We have several different and recurring opportunities for you to experience our campus.
A campus tour can be scheduled through our Admission Office. We’re happy to schedule an individual family tour almost any time, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Choose a date and time that works for you, and enjoy a personal tour of our school.
We host three open houses throughout the year. Open houses are geared toward our prospective parents, and include an overview of our curriculum, faculty, students, and program, as well as a group tour. This is a great opportunity to see what we’re about and mingle with other Advent parents.
“I feel very fortunate that my two children had the opportunity to spend their elementary and middle school years at Advent. Not only were they more than adequately prepared academically to succeed at two of the most challenging high schools in the state, the character and spiritual development they received at Advent will continue to benefit them throughout their lives.” —Melissa H.
“Advent School has been a big part of our family’s life for over twenty years. To send our daughter to school here has been one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. I am profoundly grateful for Advent Episcopal School!” —Jayne P.
“The love and care given to each student as well as the outstanding education offered—our grandson was reading fluently by the time he reached kindergarten.” —Patricia M.
“I can’t say enough wonderful things about the Advent Episcopal School! We started in 5th and 4th grade with my children, so a bit late, but I have been thrilled with not only the education they are receiving academically, but with the emphasis on the arts and foreign language—all within a very nurturing, personal environment.” —Lindsay B.