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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Atlanta Public Schools is a public school district located in Atlanta, GA. It has 52,377 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 31% of students are at least proficient in math and 34% in reading.

Atlanta Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
34%
Percent Proficient - Math
31%
Average Graduation Rate
80%
Average SAT
1080
2,002 responses
Average ACT
22
1,457 responses

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
52,377
Free or Reduced Lunch
76.6%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$62,926
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.5%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$19,713/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    53%
  • Support Services
    43%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$41,719
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,052
National
$949
Median Home Value
$161,504
National
$184,700

Atlanta Public Schools Reviews

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I've been a student in the Atlanta public school system since the eighth grade. My experience in middle school(Sutton middle School) was great! The campus was beautiful, the teachers are all very attentive to the students, extra curricular activities were of fun as well. I currently attend North Atlanta High School and this by far has to be the closest experience to a private school (in a public setting) that I've experienced so far. The campus is huge, but intimate. I would consider my North Atlanta teachers and students as family. The teachers are all great I have no complaints and I've done extremely well. My overall experience with the Atlanta public school system has been awesome!
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My experience has been rewarding at times with APS. I became enrolled at Atlanta Public School System in the first grade. Since an early age, I was responsible for accomplishing my school assignments not to mention my homework without my mother having to remind me. I stayed hold to making my academic my priority. While in the first grade, my teacher Ms. Jones noticed that I could pronounce and conduct oral conversations very well. I was selected along with a few other students to give the morning announcement over the PA system. Giving inspirations to the entire student body felt special. Most of teachers had a bright and happy spirit to jump start each student. There were teachers who had the passion to see children learn and smile. They would come up with another option of some sort to help everyone engage in our schoolwork.There were only a few teachers who would allow kids to stay late after class for additional assistance. I enjoyed school and working hard to get good grades.
I love Atlanta Public Schools! As I just moved from Nassau, Bahamas a few years ago I noticed the huge difference which is for the better in my opinion. Schools in Nassau was so restricted. We had no individual freedom and weren't allowed to express ourselves as individuals. We all wore uniforms, we weren't allowed to wear nail polish or fake nails, dye our hair or wear extensions. We didn't have spirit week, homecoming or as many clubs and sport that I now have. Students were forbidden to bring any electronics to school including cellphones which risked our safety. I also love the diversity seeing that the Bahamas consisted mostly of African Americans. It's amazing to see how we have the student body to make sure all our voices are heard. Overall APS gave me an experience I never thought I would have which made moving to Georgia a little better.