Registration, tuition, and handbook

Frequently asked questions

While we are eager to return to school, we invite you on a virtual tour of Bessemer Academy! If you are interested in enrolling at BA, please watch the tour video and contact Debra Napier in our main office at (205)428-6288 to receive application information and schedule a meeting with our Headmaster.

There is a $50 registration fee for applicants for our preschool and $250 for Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Bessemer Academy Admissions Policy

Students of any race, color, or national and/or ethnic origin are admitted to Bessemer Academy and shall have all rights, opportunities and privileges generally accorded to students attending the institution. This school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, and/or ethnic programs. This policy is in compliance with the requirements of Title 26, United States Code Section 501.

Students applying for admission to Bessemer Academy must present a record in good standing if transferring from another school and must display at all times after enrollment appropriate behavior. Students must not be under suspension or expulsion from another school and should be able to perform at or above their anticipated entrance level. Students who do not meet grade requirements may be considered for additional evaluation or may enroll on probation pending review of grades at the end of the first nine weeks. Students must have passed all core requirement classes and have at least a “C” average. Students who transfer from a non-accredited school may be required to take an exam for each credit they wish to transfer. Any student wishing to transfer to Bessemer Academy as a senior must be eligible to graduate from their former school and have the courses required to graduate from Bessemer Academy. A student wishing to transfer to Bessemer Academy from block scheduling should be aware that their educational program could be in jeopardy. Read updated requirements for prospective elementary students.

A student at Bessemer Academy cannot be a parent, be expecting a child or be married. This policy applies to males and females alike. Expulsion will occur if this policy is broken. Any student wishing to enroll in K5 must be five years old on or before October 1st and any student wishing to enroll in the First Grade must be six on or before October 1st.

In order to have a safe and secure environment, no student who has a communicable and/or infectious disease may enroll. The prospective student could reapply after clearance from a doctor.

Enrollment at Bessemer Academy is based on a one-year contract between the parent, student and the school. The enrollment contract will be fulfilled at the end of one year and will not be automatically renewed. Parents of prospective students must complete an enrollment application. Bessemer Academy reserves the right to reject those students who have failing records from a previous school and/or Bessemer Academy. In some cases, further evaluation may be required. The Board of Directors of Bessemer Academy reserves the right to accept or reject any applicant for any reason deemed sufficient by the Board of Directors.

Each applicant must present a birth certificate, social security card, current immunization, previous school records and a nationally recognized test taken within the last two years. The applicant must complete an application, school contract, and student registration card and pay the application fee and the first month’s tuition. The Administrator must interview the student and parent.

After the applicant has completed these requirements, the application will be reviewed by the Admission Committee and submitted to the Board of Directors for consideration. Following this evaluation, the applicant and his/her parents will be notified as to the acceptance or denial of the applicant.