Birmingham school information

IndexBirminghamAlabamaNational
Average Test Scores22%37%49%
Student/Teacher ratio15:115:116:1
Total public schools1201,30779,221
Total private schools5935324,874
Total post-secondary schools161027,963
The Birmingham, AL educational system consists of 120 public schools, 59 private schools and 16 post-secondary schools. Birmingham public schools have average test scores of 22% which is 41% lower than than the Alabama average and 55% lower than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Birmingham public schools is 15:1, compared to 15:1 in Alabama and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 82.4% of students have completed 8th grade, 81.4% have completed high school, 25.0% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 3.6% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Birmingham are 55% lower than the national average.
  • There are approximately 120 public schools in Birmingham.
  • 82.4% of people in Birmingham have completed 8th grade.
  • 81.4% of people in Birmingham have completed high school.
  • 25.0% of people in Birmingham have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Birmingham

IndexBirminghamAlabamaNational
Completed 8th grade82.4%80.7%84.3%
Completed high school81.4%79.2%83.0%
Completed some college57.0%53.8%59.4%
Completed associate degree32.7%31.9%38.5%
Completed bachelors25.0%24.0%30.3%
Completed masters9.2%8.9%11.5%
Completed professional degree3.6%2.5%3.3%
Completed doctorate1.3%1.0%1.3%

Highest level of education achieved in Birmingham (high school & post-secondary)

Nearby cities with high average school scores

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Mountain Brook, AL20,53284%70%
Vestavia Hills, AL34,24378%58%
Homewood, AL25,65268%38%
Shoal Creek, AL1,44866%34%
Indian Springs Village, AL2,52962%25%
Birmingham, AL212,42422%55%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Spokane, WA212,07848%3%
Des Moines, IA212,85960%23%
Rochester, NY210,29129%40%
San Bernardino, CA214,58120%58%
Modesto, CA208,51230%40%
Birmingham, AL212,42422%55%
Source: The Birmingham, AL education data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) and from the National Center for Education Statistics. The average school test scores are based on all schools that completed test scores within the state. Average test scores are conducted by each state independently and the type of tests may change from one state to another. Test scores were not available for all schools within the state, but were available for the vast majority.