Birmingham City Schools

Hayes K-8

Hayes K-8 school. (Source: Julianna Hunter)

Students: 797

Teachers: 28

Education Report Card 2017-2018: F (51)

Failing Schools List: 2019; 2018; 2017; 2016; 2015; 2014.


In the seven years since it opened in 2012, Hayes K-8 school has had four principals. The current principal, Natasha Flowers, took over in 2018. The first principal, when the school opened, led the school from 2012 to 2013. The following principal, Cedric Tatum, served as principal for four years, from 2013 to 2017.

Enrollment at Hayes has not changed significantly since the 2014-2015 school year, when 838 students attended the school, according to Education Report Card information. But between  2016-2017 and 2017-2018 the student population dropped by 134 students. The grades distribution for 2017-2018 is 17 pre-k students; 107 kindergarteners; 103 first graders; 90 second graders; 93 students in third grade; 98 in fourth; 80 in fifth; 74 in sixth; 73 in seventh; and 76 in eighth grade.

The school is situated in the East Birmingham neighborhood of North Avondale. The i3 Academy, a newly approved charter school, is slated to open in 2020 and will be located in the nearby Woodlawn neighborhood.  Within three miles of Hayes K-8 are 10 private schools.

Academic performance at Hayes K-8 has been consistently poor. The school has six consecutive years on the Alabama Accountability Act’s failing schools list. The 2017-2018 Education Report Card indicated that 76% of the school’s students are not proficient in reading, English and math. Just under 10% of the students are proficient in reading, 6.7% of students scored proficient in math and 5% were above the standard for science. Ninety-nine  percent of the students participated in the testing assessments that led to the ERC results.

Neighborhood Demographics:  According the U.S. Census Bureau 2017-2013 American Community Survey Estimates, the population  for the ZIP code where Hayes K-8 is located has a median income of $52,034; 26.5 percent of the population earns below the poverty level. Sixty-five percent of the population is white and 32 percent is black or African American. The median age is 39 and 14%, or 1,241 people, are school-aged children between the ages of 5 and 19. Ninety percent of the population for this ZIP code achieved a high school education or higher.