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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Alexandria City Public Schools is a public school district located in Alexandria, VA. It has 15,966 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 52% of students are at least proficient in math and 69% in reading.

Alexandria City Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
69%
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
75%
Average SAT
1130
856 responses
Average ACT
26
283 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
15,966
Free or Reduced Lunch
44.6%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$83,768
Teachers in First/Second Year
13%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$18,280/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    56%
  • Support Services
    41%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$123,059
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,746
National
$949
Median Home Value
$677,993
National
$184,700

Alexandria City Public Schools Reviews

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It changed me dramatically and in a positive way! I transferred schools last year and wasn’t sure if i would succeed in Virginia. I came from a school that couldn’t maintain employees. Everyday there was a fight or a bomb threat. But, here in Virginia I felt open and i felt alive. I felt like i could be myself! Because of Alexandria City Public Schools, I’m Graduating!
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While the facilities certainly need work, I’ve always enjoyed my time at ACPS and I’ve been here 11 years. I’ve rarely felt as though I wasn’t prepared, I’ve loved the vast majority of my teachers, and I can truly say that I don’t think I’d be the same person I am today if I hadn’t been in ACPS. There’s opportunities for every interest, especially in high school, and my one big complaint would be that I don’t have enough time in the day for all the classes I want to take. The reason for 4 stars and not 5 is that the buildings, especially the elementary schools and 9th grade campus, are really run-down and it takes a long time to get things done. However, I think ACPS really stepped up its game amidst coronavirus with making sure everyone has the resources needed to continue learning, especially compared to other school districts in the area.
I enrolled in ACPs as a high school senior, the high school was good however it was very homogenous despite claims to diversity. There was good access to resources such as scholarships and mental health facilities. However the teachers got away with a lot and there were several examples of abuses of powers from teachers to the detriment of the students. It was a very large school and teachers and counselors were stretched thin among students. i remember counselors were 1 to a 100 sometimes. Because it was a public school it obviously did not receive as much funding as the private schools around us but they still made do. There was a good budget for sports and arts and I was able to take testing such as the ACT and the SAT. There were many volunteers from the community and things such as the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria that allowed me to go to college. My school was also in a safe area so while individuals made the experience somewhat difficult overall it was rather enjoyable