Saint Rose Academy

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Coordinates: 33°29′55.31″N 86°47′16.28″W / 33.4986972°N 86.7878556°W / 33.4986972; -86.7878556

Saint Rose Academy
1401 22nd St South Birmingham, AL 35205
Type Private
Motto Veritas et Caritas
Established 1956
Principal Sister Mary Elizabeth, O.P.
Staff 27
Grades PreK-8
Enrollment 183
Color(s) Black and white
Mascot Knight (formerly the Llama)
Information Phone: (205) 933-0549
Fax: (205) 933-0591

Saint Rose Academy, located in Birmingham, Alabama atop Red Mountain, is a private, co-educational Catholic elementary school run by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia.


Saint Rose Academy was established in 1956. The school was originally the home of Terence Mackin who gave his home to the Dominican sisters of Nashville so that a school could be created. His sister Sister Aloysius Mackin helped with the creation of the school. In 1962 more classrooms were added to the Mackin house. A few years later it was the first private school in Birmingham to desegregate. In 1993 the gym building was built which contains three classrooms as well as a multipurpose sport court and music room. A few years later the school bought the Discovery Place building.


Saint Rose Academy's campus is located just above the Red Mountain Expressway Cut. The school has three buildings on its campus - The Mackin House, a gymnasium that also houses classrooms and the primary building that was formerly part of the Discovery Place. The school is in the process of raising funds for major building renovations.

Students, faculty, and administration[edit]

Saint Rose Academy has an average class size of 22 with one class per grade. The faculty is made of a mixture of Dominican sisters and lay teachers. The position of principal is filled with a Dominican sister while other positions are filled based on need. Sisters typically do not stay at Saint Rose Academy for more than a few years as their assignments are determined by the Motherhouse in Nashville.


Students may wear several shirts, including burgundy polo shirts. Girls may wear skirts, shorts, or trousers. Boys may wear shorts or trousers. Brown shoes are required.

On Mass days (mostly Fridays), students must wear Oxford shirts and boys must wear ties. Girls must wear skirts.


Saint Rose Academy is a member of the Toy Bowl league, a sports division for Catholic schools in Birmingham. They participate in volleyball and basketball as well as a track and field meet that takes place at John Carroll Catholic High School in May. They are also part of the John Carroll Middle School sports program that is part of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. . Staff- Cheryl Palisaince,Ann Fondren, Sr. Annunciata, Raine Greene, Karen Tuggle, Kim Rothery, Andrew Rothery, Sr. Mary Clare, Senora Reaves, Ginger Hensely,Debby Alfano, Sr. Mary Emmanuel, John Arndt.


Saint Rose Academy. Saint Rose Academy. Web. 16 February 2010.

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