School Details

St. Rose of Lima School

1401 22nd St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
(205) 933-0549

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 190 students 13 students/teacher (AL avg is 16)

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About this school

St. Rose of Lima School is a private middle school in Birmingham. The principal of St. Rose of Lima School is Sister Mary Elizabeth Sallese, O.P., whose e-mail is 190 students go to St. Rose of Lima School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The ratio of students to teachers at St. Rose of Lima School is 13:1. Arlington School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 80% %
Hispanic 6% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 12% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    I absolutely love this school the teachers the families the staff. It's such a great atmosphere. I wouldn't have my son at any other place. It's the best place for us to be. The children are so respectful and the teachers really care. The kids like to do well in their studies; it's cool to be knowledgeable. We've made such good friends here and are proud to say that we go to St. Rose. The sisters make such a remarkable difference not only in the childrens lives but in the lives of the whole family.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have been at Saint Rose of Lima for many years and we have never regretted the decision to sacrifice and send our children to school there. The classes are small the faculty is caring and the curriculum is challenging but most importantly faith is an integral part of each day.

  • (2 years ago)

    Imagine a school with one class per grade where students encourage each other discipline is NOT frowned upon and students want to do well. Well that is Saint Rose. I have been a parent there since 2006 and I have never questioned our decision to send our children here. Have there been trying times? Yes. Have there been some disappointing times? Yes. But when you have children who like to go to school and ask when it's time to go back to school while on break...Well money can't buy that. The coolest part the sisters are women who have entered a congregation that teaches without pay and they still do it!!!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    St Rose is a great school focus on God is awesome and my kids love it there. Children who struggle with attention and with keeping up in class have a difficult time at st rose. There does not seem to be any extra time during class to help those who are struggling. I love the smaller class sizes but it seems to be growing.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have had the best experiences at St. Rose. The faculty and staff have always been responsive to our child's needs. The curriculum challenges her and we feel is preparing her well for high school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Not only is out daughter receiving a wonderful education but more importantly she is becoming dependent upon God. I have never seen so much love among teachers and students. The teachers truly want her to be the best she can be. The discipline is amazing and is executed in a loving way. This school is helping mold my daughter into a productive member of society and for that I am grateful!

  • (3 years ago)

    Superior experience!!! There are schools with better facilities and have drastically higher budgets to draw from that being said there is no school that maximizes results as well as Saint Rose. The students are educated at a level 2-3 years more advanced than most public schools. As much as I am pleased with the academics I am more thankful for the loving care given th my childrens spiritual growth and well being. The teachers and most of all the Dominican Sisters who run the school are difference makers in the students life. I feel that my children will be academically morally and spiritually prepared for their next phase of life thanks to Saint Rose.

  • (6 years ago)

    Do you have children that can't wait to get to school? I do. My children are currently in 2nd grade and 5K. To be nurtured by teachers who want to teach there; to be nurtured by sisters whose order it is to teach is an amazing feeling to be around. The campus most definitely lacks facilities but my children are excited to learn and that means more. That being said they are in the middle of a capital campaign to build a brand new school. I was sad to read the 2004 review because there is a full-time resource teacher for special needs. My 5K boy is most certainly a handful but the comments I get from his teacher are 'I love his spirit' and 'As long as I turn it into a personal job he stays on task.' Discipline isn't a bad thing ...

  • (7 years ago)

    We have had our son at St. Rose since 4K. Now he is in 7th grade. While in 5K his teacher noticed only after a month that he wasn't progressing and recomennded testing. We are grateful becase our son was languge delayed. With the right help he quickly regained his language. He is also ADD. St. Rose is structured nurturing and truly interested in the whole child Spirit Mind and Body. My son loves St. Rose. I just wish it went through 12th grade!

  • (11 years ago)

    Our child has attended St. Rose for 5 years. We are moving him next year. We kept hoping things would improve and have gotten tired of waiting. They are frequently disorganized (changing school closing dates at the last minute for example) have little racial/ethnic/economic diversity and the administration shows little compassion for children that have any learning difficulties such as ADD or ADHD. However we have encountered wonderful teachers. The teachers aren't all there is to a school though so think carefully before choosing St. Rose. Parents that can afford to contribute money are valued but lower income parents can feel left out. There is no parent-teacher organization. As with many schools they don't seem to understand the different learning styles and habits of boys versus girls so typical male behaviors can be almost criminalized. The after school care is lacking also.

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