Briarwood Christian School
|Briarwood Christian School|
6255 Cahaba Valley Rd
|NCES School ID||01926233|
|Campus type||Large suburb|
|Accreditation||Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)|
Briarwood Christian School is a private school in Birmingham, Alabama. It was started by Briarwood Presbyterian Church in 1965. In 1977, the school had its own dedicated facilities constructed on Highway 119, about 15 miles south of the current church campus. Elementary school classes are still held at the main church building.
Briarwood Christian School is now a SACS-accredited K-12 school with 1,900 students. It operates in four sections: Early Childhood, Elementary, Junior High, and Senior High.
The Briarwood football team has won four state titles and is currently coached by Mathew Forester. Former head coach Fred Yancey is second on the list of all-time winningest Alabama high school head coaches. His staff includes fellow former Alabama players David Hannah, Chris Donnelly, and Ernest Carroll. Former Alabama teammates under Bear Bryant, Jeremiah Castille (Super Bowl competitor) and Joey Jones (current University of South Alabama head coach) as well as former Alabama defensive back Sam Shade have also served as assistant coaches at the school. Former Briarwood players include NFL players Tim and Simeon Castille, as well as Barrett Trotter, former Auburn starting quarterback and St. Louis Rams football operations assistant. Former Briarwood quarterback and offensive coordinator Joe Craddock is currently on the football coaching staff at University of Arkansas football. Craddock serves as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Razorbacks.
Other Varsity Sports
The school believes the Bible teaches the use of corporal punishment in the discipline of young people. Staff are instructed to use the paddle whenever necessary. For more serious offenses, students may be suspended. 
In 2017, the school's sponsor, the Briarwood Presbyterian Church, petitioned the state of Alabama to charter its own police force.
“After the shooting at Sandy Hook and in the wake of similar assaults at churches and schools, Briarwood recognized the need to provide qualified first responders to coordinate with local law enforcement." Matt Moore, church administrator
That year, the bill died in the legislature, but in 2019, HB 309 passed and was signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey
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