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  Mission Statement  

Shades Mountain students will leave our school proficient learners - prepared academically, emotionally and socially, as lifelong learners and contributing members of a global community.

 Shades Mountain will:

  • Establish a learning community that encourages respect for self, others and the community 
  • Promote academics, positive self-esteem and good citizenship 
  • Encourage students to take responsibility for their own choices and behaviors 
  • Advocate respect for a healthy body and mind 
  • Provide exposure to the cultural arts 
  • Encourage all students to use rational and creative thought processes 
  • Provide varied instructional techniques/activities to accommodate individual learning styles
  • Offer opportunities to experience the fulfillment of giving to others and serving the community


  About The School  

Who Are We?

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Shades Mountain Elementary is recognized as one of the oldest and most historic elementary schools in the Hoover City Schools system. Nestled within the trees at the top of Shades Mountain, it is a school known for its strong parent and community support and caring, creative faculty. The school’s mascot is a lion; it is also the acronym (Learning In Our Neighborhood School) used to describe the character of Shades Mountain.  It is the sense of neighborhood and family along with the pride of being a member of it that makes Shades Mountain special.  It is a place where a child is not considered yours or mine but ours.  Shades Mountain encourages growth in learners of all ages. 




ATTENDANCE: If your child is absent, please provide a doctor’s excuse or a written parent excuse within 3 days of the absence even if you notified your child’s teacher by email. If a doctor’s excuse or written parent excuse is not received within 3 days of the absence, it will be considered unexcused.

TARDIES: Being tardy greatly affects student success and routine. Please try to have your child at school on time. Excessive tardies will be handled through our Administrators.

CHECK-OUTS: No check-outs will be allowed after 2:15 p.m. Our buses are pulling in at this time. Please plan accordingly. An unexcused checkout will be considered a tardy.

PRE-ARRANGED ABSENCE: If you know your child is going to be absent for a reason other than a normally excused absence (i.e., family trip), a pre-arranged absence form must be filled out. This will need to be filled out by you and given to your child’s teacher to complete any assignments that will be missed at least three (3) days prior to the absence. The principal will evaluate the request and make a final determination regarding the absence. There is a limit of three (3) days that can be excused for the academic year.

If you have any questions concerning attendance, please contact LaWanna Nowell at or 205-439-3100