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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Decatur City Schools is an above average, public school district located in Decatur, AL. It has 8,746 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 43% of students are at least proficient in math and 37% in reading.
Address
302 4th Ave NE
Decatur, AL 35601
Telephone
(256) 552-3000
Website

Decatur City Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
37%
Percent Proficient - Math
43%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1150
17 responses
Average ACT
24
260 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
8,746
Free or Reduced Lunch
51.2%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$56,969
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.1%

Finances

Total Expenses
$91,988,000
Expenses Per Student
$11,107/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    62%
  • Support Services
    32%
  • Other
    6%

Decatur City Schools Reviews

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Overall, Decatur City Schools is a wonderful school system. Having attended Decatur City schools all my life - as a elementary, middle, and high school student - I can personally attest to their excellence. The academics are top notch. The teachers are knowledge in their field and very dedicated to their students. The classrooms themselves are diverse - filled with all different kinds of people. As an elementary school student, I interacted with African American, Latinx, Asian, and Jewish children, and learned how to tolerate and accept differences because of it. School spirit is very high in general. With most students attending every football game, and most other sporting events. I could barely turn around in my high school without spotting someone sporting a "Decatur High" t-shirt or jacket. The food, however, is awful with administrators looking to cut costs and calories instead of providing truly nourishing and healthy food for the students.
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Decatur City Schools is great. I had started in the 4th grade and they were so supportive with everything sense I had been homeschooled and started living with my grandmother who is husband is no longer living. When I started high school though I would say it kinda went down a little but for the superintendent walking out there doing the best they can. Tough I understand it is not a perfect school system because there is no perfect system Decatur City Schools is doing it best with the Career Tech Center and with the two new high schools. We have just started the Jr. High which is at the old Austin High School so now we have Austin High school Decatur High school Austin Jr. High Decatur Middle school Cedar Ridge Middle school and all our elementary Schools.
Overall, I learned a little from my time at Decatur City Schools. The system is very focussed on college readiness. My extracurriculars (band, Drama, and choir) helped me to learn time management, leadership skills, and public speaking. On the downside, the system can be clichy, so sometimes I had to work extra hard to be recognized for my hard work (not only by students, but faculty would sometimes show favoritism as well).