Award Year: 2014

Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools - Elementary

315 McFarland Boulevard East
Tuscaloosa, AL, 35404-3838

(205) 759-3655

Mrs. Jeanne Rickard Burkhalter, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School

Tuscaloosa City

School Website


To motivate all learners to discover knowledge, create a better world, and serve the global community in a manner that respects others.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 48%
  • White: 48%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 2%
5th grade students research, collaborate and resolve a community poroblem.

5th grade students research, collaborate and resolve a community poroblem.

The business of education is no longer one of memorizing facts and figures; rather, it is becoming a process by which all stakeholders constantly seek new lines of thinking and different ways to support and reflect on ideas. Tuscaloosa Magnet School - Elementary believes in embracing all stakeholders as fellow educators necessary to the process. This philosophy has created a unique place for all students to learn and grow. The success of our school is evidenced in an array of activities and programs embedded within our school day. Using the School-wide Enrichment Model, students participate in daily specials which are integrated into the academic curriculum and feature two art lessons, music lessons, Spanish lessons and a gardening lesson weekly. Students also self-select weekly specials such as robotics, chess, dance, yoga, knitting and others as part of the Community Partnership program. Teacher-led after-school clubs and PTA themed nights such as Sweetheart Dance, Magic Fest, and Writing Night further extend students learning beyond the school day. This is just a small sample of the many learning experiences that are an integral part of our school’s connection to stakeholders and the whole-child approach to teaching. The success of our program is evidenced in an array of relevant, student-led projects, meaningful community involvement, and a culture that asserts questions are the product of understanding rather than answers. As an International Baccalaureate World School, we have fully embraced the idea that"...we, as lifelong learners, believe that other people, despite their differences, can also be right.