Accountability Act means growth for some private church schools

Critics of the new Alabama Accountability Act say it will do little to help students now enrolled in failing schools make a move to get a better education. They blame transportation problems and the uncertainty over funding.But some private church schools have a different take, and see the Act as a way to grow. Phillip Turner, the administrator of the Northside Christian School, expects a 40 percent increase in enrollment. That's why Turner plans to hire more teachers for the upcoming school year.

The Cornerstone Schools of Alabama and The Holy Family Cristo Rey' Catholic High School administrators say they received calls from interested parents as well.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -"The School that Works," Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School, will host testing for prospective students tomorrow (June 20) and Tuesday, June 25 at 9 a.m. both days.

The testing is part of Holy Family Cristo Rey's recruitment of students for the 2013-14 school year. The school is located at 2001 19th St. in Ensley just off Interstate 59. Application fees are $40, and the registration fee for the placement test is $10, payable in cash, check, or money order the day of the test.

For families interested in applying at Holy Family Cristo Rey for the 2013-14 school year, qualifications and eligibility requirements are listed on the school website, For further information, call Beverly Dixon, Director of Admissions, at 205-263-1033 or email her at