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  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    C+
  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+
Birmingham City Schools is a public school district located in Birmingham, AL. It has 23,041 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 21% of students are at least proficient in math and 24% in reading.

Birmingham City Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
24%
Percent Proficient - Math
21%
Average Graduation Rate
79%
Average SAT
1020
88 responses
Average ACT
20
996 responses

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
23,041
Free or Reduced Lunch
65%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$58,853
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.4%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$11,366/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    54%
  • Support Services
    39%
  • Other
    6%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$45,890
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,001
National
$949
Median Home Value
$206,000
National
$184,700

Birmingham City Schools Reviews

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I have been enrolled in Birmingham City Schools since kindergarten. I love it! You get to experience new things and have an excellent learning experience. The teachers are easy to talk to and they will give you feed back based off your accomplishments. Birmingham City Schools really cares about the students education.
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I have attended Birmingham City schools since I went to Pre-Kindergarten. I attended the top schools that Birmingham City had to offer. While attending these schools, the discipline that I received has truly helped me make it to my Senior year. I can say that I've truly been challenged throughout my education because I've had to stay up late to study and complete my classwork.
One thing that I would like to see changed is how students are treated when trying out for sports. The coaches already have their minds made up on who they want to try out for the team. I tried out over and over again and every time I was rejected. Can you imagined how I felted.I practiced and drilled everyday and I even had a coach drilling me but I still wasn't good enough to make the team. I really would like to see this change because when you work hard at something only to be let down, a change has to come.
What I like about Birmingham City Schools is that they give courses for high paying job professions. I also like how they teach you real-world situations and on-the-job experiences through field trips. There is always that one teacher (or two) that you will remember at any of the schools in the system. What I dislike about Birmingham City Schools is the environment of kids that are very immature. They fully don't know that Birmingham City Schools is trying to turn African Americans and Hispanics into intelligent, high academic students with jobs that helps them pay for their family. One of my teachers from BCS told me, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandela". That stuck with me for 5 years til this day.