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  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    C-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Baltimore City Public Schools is a public school district located in Baltimore, MD. It has 79,297 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 17% of students are at least proficient in math and 17% in reading.

Baltimore City Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
17%
Percent Proficient - Math
17%
Average Graduation Rate
72%
Average SAT
1020
3,133 responses
Average ACT
23
243 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
79,297
Free or Reduced Lunch
58.4%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$73,235
Teachers in First/Second Year
22%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$17,570/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    63%
  • Support Services
    33%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    D-
Median Household Income
$29,554
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$884
National
$949
Median Home Value
$194,343
National
$184,700

Baltimore City Public Schools Reviews

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My experience with Baltimore City Public Schools has been a non-existing one, it seems that voices of students and sometime teachers are not heard. Learning in an environment where heat or air-conditioning or even safe drinking water isn't a priority for some city schools officials bothers me. Compared to other students across the state of Maryland, I feel as though I am not as prepared as I could be. I will say one thing I learned from Baltimore City Public Schools is how to handle difficult situations.
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I liked going to school with kids from all different backgrounds, religions, races, and economic status. Sports is huge in Baltimore, especially football and basketball. I like riding the bus and subway to and from school. Hanging out with my friends and going to school events at other schools. The issue that I have is that I do t think the CEO puts enough money into the programs that can help some kids that really struggle in school. Also, most of our school buildings are old and falling apart. You can’t drink the water in the schools because it has lead in it. We need better computers and science equipment.
I have been lucky enough to attend some of the best schools in Baltimore City since we don’t have to attend zoned schools, however city schools are drastically underfunded. Funding is made up from local revenue from property tax and money from the state, which has remained flat in regards to inflation since 2008. Due to the levels of concentrated poverty in Baltimore, we get very little local funding compared to wealthier counties. This leaves us at a major deficit and it shows through our lack of properly maintained school buildings. Many lack proper heat, fully functioning bathrooms and technology. Despite all this, there are some truly great schools in the district that you’re able to get into if you maintain good grades that will afford you priceless opportunities to follow your passions, which I am genuinely grateful for.