The Alabama School of Fine Arts, a state funded, public school in downtown Birmingham, recently admitted 100 new students from across Alabama.
Three of those new students chosen are from North Jefferson County. Hudson Weber of Gardendale and Rio Mahaffey of Warrior will study in the field of visual arts. Skyler Brown of Gardendale was chosen in the field of math and science.
ASFA is the only public school in the state with a special focus in the arts, math and science.
Jaronda Little, ASFA’s Outreach & Admissions Officer, says that the students spend “each morning on robust academic coursework that exceeds state high school diploma standards, students in grades 7-12 devote sustained hours every day to honing their craft, flexing their creativity, and developing their unique voices within their chosen discipline of either creative writing, dance, music, theatre arts, visual arts or advanced mathematics and science.”
The school has approximately 350 students attending currently and Little notes that ASFA’s graduates “ build on the creative habits of mind they develop at ASFA to establish successful careers in a wide array of fields, serving as innovative leaders, cultural champions, and role models for future generations.”