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  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Birmingham City Schools is a public school district located in Birmingham, AL. It has 24,693 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 19% of students are at least proficient in math and 19% in reading.
Address
2015 Park Place North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Telephone
(205) 231-4220

Birmingham City Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
19%
Percent Proficient - Math
19%
Average Graduation Rate
77%
Average SAT
1010
47 responses
Average ACT
20
664 responses
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Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
24,693
Free or Reduced Lunch
63%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$59,694
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.4%

Finances

Total Expenses
$297,451,000
Expenses Per Student
$11,602/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    55%
  • Support Services
    39%
  • Other
    7%

Birmingham City Schools Reviews

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Birmingham City Schools strive for excellence! You can tell that all of the faculty cares deeply for every student. Their environment is designed to help students learn and grow in academics, and personal growth. The facilities are kept up with, and always clean. They arrange several fun events for students and their families to participate, making a child's education not only the school's job, but a community involvement.
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Birmingham City Schools has been an good experience for my senior for Kindergarten through 8th grade. The academic rigor and instruction was excellent. The teachers were qualified and prepared to provide meaningful instruction. Also, the learning community was enriching because the students had opportunities field trips, extra curricular activities which met the needs interest of the students, tutoring opportunities, career professionals met with the students and provided shadowing experiences. Furthermore, in high school students have endless options to be college and career ready.

However, I would like Birmingham City Schools to do a better job of securing certified mathematics teachers in the secondary schools. Many of the students have a difficult time in college with math courses and have to take remedial classes during their freshman year.
Birmingham City Schools is okay. I believe that there is a lot of last minute changes and that BCS does not really know what direction they want to take, however it does seem that they have the kids in mind with each and every decision made (whether it be last minute or not). But these schools definitely have to do better academically. Also, most BCS high schools are really old and outdated so I feel as high schoolers, we are being cheated out of a full high school experience with lack of classrooms, a small lunchroom, tiny lockers, and we even have to make do without a football field/track/baseball field etc.