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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Benjamin Banneker Academic High School is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Washington, DC. It has 482 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 72% of students are at least proficient in math and 92% in reading.

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
72%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1120
322 responses
Average ACT
24
12 responses
AP Enrollment
52%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$85,388
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,422
National
$949
Median Home Value
$569,636
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
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.32 responses
Poll
59%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.32 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 58 responses
  • Winter ball
    34%
  • Pep rally
    29%
  • Spirit Week
    16%
  • Games
    12%
  • Annual Play
    3%
  • Homecoming
    2%
  • Pep rallies
    2%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
482
Free or Reduced Lunch
20%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.41 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.41 responses
37%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.41 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$93,577
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.7%
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.53 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.53 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.53 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$32,249/ year
National
$12,239
56%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.54 responses
26%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.54 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.54 responses
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Benjamin Banneker Academic High School Reviews

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Banneker is academically rigorous, consequently earning it the #1 spot in D.C's best high schools. If you're looking to take AP classes, they're available, however, you won't be allowed to take any until your sophomore year. Additionally, there are no phones allowed in the school, at all. I didn't find this out until I began attending but in some ways, it has helped us all focus on our academics a lot better. The school definitely prepares you for college-no doubt about that!
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What I like most about my High School is that it is very challenging. You may wonder why I would want a challenging school. Challenging schools help students prepare for college and yes it is very stressful. The overall atmosphere of the school is positive though there are some things I would like to see changes. For example, the lack of resources available at school or clubs and sports or other school related activities to help relieve stress. Also the school is not the most cleanest but is the most safest. As I have said before the atmosphere at Banneker is very positive meaning there aren't many bullying problems which is great! I would say that every class form their own bond and not too much violence/issues
The school culture here is amazing! This school is currently #1 in the District of Columbia area. The school is not big has a capacity of 500 or less students. They have programs such Advance Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate Program (IB) as well. Students get to chose which program they want to approach and to maintain a certain gpa. The school offers art, music, and language classes as well along with programs to be certified in Microsoft Word, and etc.. This school is a magnet school which will prepare you for college as well. The benefits that this school provides will help you reap in the future.