About The School

Mission Statement

Booker T. Washington Magnet High School is designed to meet the needs of students with special talents and interests and is committed to excellence in all things:

  • In providing a hands-on interdisciplinary, arts-centered approach to instruction;
  • In utilizing technology to support the curriculum;
  • In challenging students to high levels of academic and artistic achievement;
  • In stimulating creative thinking;
  • In maintaining a safe, caring environment in which diversity is celebrated;
  • In creating lifelong learners and productive citizens;

And in maintaining a supportive partnership among students, teachers, parents and the community

About The School

BTW History

Booker T. Washington High School began in early 1865 as a primary school for African Americans. The first graduation exercises were held May 25, 1904. The school grew rapidly to the extent that in 1916 an additional building was erected at Union and Grove Streets.

In 1937, plans were made to open a senior high. A thirty-room unit was constructed after several of the original structures were demolished in 1948. A 123-foot underground tunnel was developed to connect each side of the campus. The adjoining auditorium-gymnasium was constructed in 1954.

In 1956, Booker T. Washington became a high school. Booker T. Washington (BTW) Magnet High School is a public, inner-city magnet program that serves students in Montgomery, Alabama. BTW has a rich heritage on its present site. BTW was derived from the Carver Creative and Performing Arts Center (CCPAC). CCPAC was developed in 1982 to accommodate the growing need for specialized arts instruction for students within the Montgomery County School System. CCPAC grew from four arts areas to sixteen arts areas from 1982 to 1992.

In 1996, a federal grant enabled the school to become a designated magnet school housed on the campus of the old Booker T. Washington School. Booker T. Washington became a high school. Booker T. Washington (BTW) Magnet High School is a public, inner-city magnet program that serves students in Montgomery, Alabama. CCPAC is now joined by the Center for Air and Space Studies, the Center for Advanced Technology, the 21st Century Academy for Careers in Law, and the Academy for Communication Arts. Currently, there are 19 components of study within these five magnets.

In its eleven-year history, the administration, faculty, and staff have worked to promote excellence for all students. BTW remains dedicated to the student-created motto "Excellence in All Things," and each student is expected to perform at his or her highest level of ability. Teachers and students recognize the need for the arts in daily life, and all areas of the school emphasize the principles set forth in the Comprehensive Arts Based Instruction (Discipline- and Arts-Based Education).



  • Alabama Department of Education Report Card for BTW - "A"
  • Award for Arts Innovation, International NetWork of Performing and Visual Arts Schools
  • Community Partnership Award, International NetWork of Performing and Visual Arts Schools
  • Star School, International NetWork of Performing and Visual Arts Schools
  • School Arts Achievement Award, Alabama Alliance for Education in the Arts
  • School of Character Finalist, Center for the Advancement of Ethics & Character, Boston University
  • Twice Recognized by Redbook Magazine as "One of America's Best Schools"
  • Home of two of Alabama's Presidential Scholars in the Arts
  • Apple Distinguished Schools Award for Distinction in Technology Innovation
  • Featured in the CBS Television "Class of 2000" Series
  • BTW Jazz Choir and Concert Choir performed at Carnegie Hall, New York
  • Featured in the American Teacher Awards three times, the Disney Channel
  • The National Science Olympiad (The Top Ten Finishers, Chemistry, Top Ten School wide)


  • Two winners of the National Achievement Award
  • National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists and Finalists
  • National Achievement Scholarship Semifinalists and Finalists
  • National Imation Computer Arts Competition (1 of 100 out of 1,200 entries)
  • Grand Prize Winner, Scholastic/Epic Records/Sony Corporation, Lyric Writing Contest
  • Featured Actress in "Fried Green Tomatoes," between the movies "The Prince of Tides"
  • Dupont Science Essay Awards, Top Honors
  • Featured Artists, Smithsonian Portrait Gallery, Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C
  • Featured Dancers with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alabama Ballet, Touring Cast-Sesame Street
  • Published in The Best Poems and Poets of 2002
  • Cast Member of the Tony Award Winning Musical, "FOSSE" Touring Company
  • Cast Member of the Tony Award Winning Revival of " The Music Man" Touring Company


  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics
  • National Board Certified Teachers
  • Three American Teacher Awards Honorees, Disney Corporation
  • One American Teacher of the Year (Visual Arts), Disney Corporation
  • Reader's Digest, American Hero in Education
  • National Faculty's Recognition Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year, National Association of Secondary School Principals & McDonalds
  • National Dance Educator of the Year Honoree, National Dance Association
  • Two Distinguished Teachers, White House Commission on Presidential Scholars
  • One Toyota International Teacher
  • Multiple Recipients Who's Who Among American Teachers
  • Educational Advisor, Congressional Youth Leadership Council
  • Board of Judges, Columbia Scholastic Press Association
  • Educational Advisor to the International Summit of Young Technology Leaders
  • National American Teacher Awards Review Committee Member
  • National Youth Leadership Forum Member


  • Redbook Magazine
  • National Association of Secondary School Principal Journal
  • NEA Today
  • Educational Leadership
  • Women's Day
  • Minds Alive - Teachers as Scholars

Registration and Acceptance


Students must submit a completed application.

Students must attach the following to the application:

  • An unofficial transcript for the previous year
  • A report card for the first semester of the current year;
  • A recent photograph

Failure to complete the application and/or provide the requested information will result in the student's disqualification.

Students must pass current grade-level courses.

Students' grades in math, science, social studies, and English must have a combined G.P.A of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Quality points earned for each letter grade are used to determine academic eligibility.

tudents must successfully complete an audition/interview. Students agree to honor the selected appointment time for the interview/audition by arriving at the appointed time. Failure to appear for the scheduled interview/audtion will result in disqualification.

Students understand that they must comply with all BTW requirements if they are accepted.

Students understand that enrollment may require a commitment of time outside regular school hours, including weekends, and must accept full responsibility for participating in these events.

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