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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Baltimore Polytechnic Institute is a highly rated, public school located in Baltimore, MD. It has 1,553 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 99% of students are at least proficient in math and 97% in reading.
About Baltimore Polytechnic Institute...
Address
1400 W Cold Spring Ln
Baltimore, MD 21209
Telephone
(410) 396-7026

Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
97%
Percent Proficient - Math
99%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1160
540 responses
Average ACT
26
49 responses
AP Enrollment
26%
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$46,641
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,009
National
$949
Median Home Value
$153,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
91%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.56 responses
Poll
77%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.56 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 230 responses
Report
  • Spirit fair
    24%
  • Spirit week
    21%
  • Poly-City Game
    20%
  • Staff v. Student games
    12%
  • Any sport game
    10%
  • Ingenuity Symposium
    5%
  • Dance Symposium
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,553
Free or Reduced Lunch
36%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.68 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.68 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.68 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$67,847
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.6%
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.90 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.90 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.90 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$17,228/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.94 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.94 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.94 responses
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Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Reviews

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Poly definitely prepares you for college classes with its competitive and crazy curriculum. It’s advised that you take as many AP classes as you can, but it doesn’t become important to the students until it’s too late - speaking from experience. I wished there was someone to tell me that I needed AP classes to stand out in college admissions. However, overall, BPI is a great school for students that are up to a challenge! It’s even more beneficial to be part of the Poly family outside of school. I have encountered other Poly Alumni that have given me help and even discounts in places we meet! It doesn’t always feel like a regular school. It’s a place where students can connect with each other and teachers on a deeper level.
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Baltimore Polytechnic Institute has an extrememy rigorous curriculum, promoting college readiness. There is an "A course" program in which all of the students are enrolled in honors classes, also meaning that they only take classes with all honors students. This gives the students an environment in which they can learn with minimal distraction, and work with peers who care about their grades and assignments. In contrast, there is a "B course" program in which students do not take all honors classes. The material moves slower, allowing the student to get optimal help and understanding of the concept.

Despite Baltimore Polytechnic Institute's technological education, it is not very tech-advanced, with textbooks nearly a century old and many disfunctional computers. The student needs access to a computer at home, where they can make up work from classes, such as computer science, that they were unable to complete in class due to technical difficulty.
Baltimore Polytechnic Institute is a very great school for students that want to pursue the engineering or science field. It's very up pace 7 class schedule prepares you for boatloads of work that you would receive in college. You are in a safe environment with support of teachers, counselors, and administrators. The school tradition with the rivalry against Baltimore City College high school gives the school spirit a great feeling. The tradition has continued for 137 years and still goes strong, it gives you pride to be a Poly Engineer. Being at Poly you are the greatest student in the city, you are held up to that standard and achieve that standard because nothing less is allowed with all the guidance and help provided for you to succeed.