A new public charter high school is planned for the Bessemer Municipal Airport.
The Alabama Aerospace and Aviation High School has received approval from the state public charter school commission and plans to open in the fall of 2022.
“The aviation-focused public charter school will offer an immersive, industry-aligned education for an intentionally diverse student population designed to prepare them for future aerospace and aviation careers,” according to a news release.
“I’m excited about what this school means for our communities, students, families, and broader workforce development in the state of Alabama,” said AAHS founder Ruben Morris in the release. “I’m looking forward to working with our partners and the community to build a school that will provide pathways for students to literally take flight in their academics and careers.”
The school will open in 2022 in a temporary location at the Foundation of Life Church in Bessemer while a permanent facility is built at the Bessemer Municipal Airport, according to the release.
The school initially hoped to open in Birmingham, but was denied approval by the Birmingham Board of Education earlier this year.
The school will serve students in grades 9-12 and hopes to enroll a freshman class of about 130 students, according to the release, and add a grade each year.
Interested students will be given the opportunity to earn a private pilot or drone license before leaving high school. The school plans to partner with Delta Tech Ops, Auburn University School of Aviation, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Criminal Justice Department and Tuskegee University, among others.
For more information about AAHS or to complete an intent to enroll form, visit alaahs.org.