Award Year: 2015

Shades Cahaba Elementary School

3001 Independence Drive
Homewood, AL, 35209-4109

(205) 871-1113

Dr. John Langston Lowry, Principal at time of Nomination

Homewood City Schools

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Shades Cahaba educates, respects, protects, and loves children.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 12%
  • White: 73%
  • Hispanic: 11%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 8%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Shades Cahaba Elementary School

Shades Cahaba Elementary School

Shades Cahaba is located in Homewood, Alabama. Since 1950, it has been an elementary school, with a current student body of approximately 550 kindergarten through fifth grade children. Our student population is a diverse one, adding a uniqueness to our learning community. We are proud of our high academic standing based on years of strong standardized test scores. As a National School of Character, awarded in 2006 and 2012, our character education program directs a positive school culture of respect and responsibility. The population diversity serves to enhance the richness of the learning experience, tolerance, and appreciation of cultural differences. The Shades Cahaba Way (SCW) was born in 2002. The SCW consists of 6 simple rules or life lessons. They are as follows: Speak for yourself, and others when needed. Listen to others, and they will listen to you. Avoid put-downs, who needs them? Take charge of yourself; you are responsible for you. Show respect, every person is important. Have fun, life is a gift. The SCW creates a common language among faculty, staff, students, and parents. Having a common set of values is a way to constantly remind, address, and teach character traits to the students. Today, the SCW is heard not only in the halls, but also at the community pool, in Scout meetings, on the ball fields, at Homewood Middle School and at the family dinner table. We believe this effort of building students of outstanding character allows us to "educate, respect, protect and love children."