Bessemer City School District

For the 2022 school year, there are 9 public schools serving 3,318 students in Bessemer City School District. This district's average testing ranking is 1/10, which is in the bottom 50% of public schools in Alabama.
Public Schools in Bessemer City School District have an average math proficiency score of 22% (versus the Alabama public school average of 47%), and reading proficiency score of 22% (versus the 45% statewide average).
The top ranked public schools in Bessemer City School District are Westhills Elementary School, Greenwood Elementary School and Charles F Hard Elementary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking. Bessemer City School District has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in Alabama.
Minority enrollment is 98% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the Alabama public school average of 47% (majority Black).

Overview

School District Name
Bessemer City School District
School District Website
School District Phone Number
2020-2021 School Year Data
This School District
This State (AL)
# Schools
9 Schools
1,552 Schools
# Students
3,318 Students
731,765 Students
# Teachers
182 Teachers
42,338 Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
18:1
18:1

District Rank

Bessemer City School District, which is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 139 school districts in Alabama (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-2019 school year.
The school district's graduation rate of 78% has increased from 73% over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2020-2021 School Year Data
This School District
State Average (AL)
Overall District Rank
#127 out of 139 school districts
(Bottom 50%)
This chart display the overall district rank of Bessemer City  School District, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
21%
47%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Bessemer City  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of AL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
22%
45%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Bessemer City  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of AL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Graduation Rate
78%
91%
This chart display public school graduation rate of Bessemer City  School District and public school graduation rate of AL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.

Students by Ethnicity:

Diversity Score
0.33
0.61
# American Indian Students
6 Students
6,802 Students
% American Indian Students
n/a
1%
# Asian Students
n/a
10,976 Students
% Asian Students
n/a
2%
# Hispanic Students
466 Students
68,594 Students
% Hispanic Students
14%
9%
# Black Students
2,681 Students
235,870 Students
% Black Students
81%
32%
# White Students
71 Students
389,026 Students
% White Students
2%
53%
# Hawaiian Students
n/a
915 Students
% Hawaiian Students
n/a
n/a
# Two or more races Students
94 Students
19,582 Students
% of Two or more races Students
3%
3%

Students by Grade:

# Students in PK Grade:
71
18,409
# Students in K Grade:
269
53,003
# Students in 1st Grade:
286
54,852
# Students in 2nd Grade:
271
53,708
# Students in 3rd Grade:
297
53,520
# Students in 4th Grade:
255
53,607
# Students in 5th Grade:
273
54,664
# Students in 6th Grade:
294
57,108
# Students in 7th Grade:
264
58,734
# Students in 8th Grade:
222
57,965
# Students in 9th Grade:
251
57,772
# Students in 10th Grade:
210
55,659
# Students in 11th Grade:
209
52,297
# Students in 12th Grade:
146
50,467
# Ungraded Students:
-
-

District Revenue and Spending

The revenue/student of $12,440 is higher than the state median of $11,215. The school district revenue/student has grown by 8% over four school years.
The school district's spending/student of $12,426 is higher than the state median of $11,262. The school district spending/student has grown by 8% over four school years.
This School District
This State (AL)
Total Revenue (19-20)
$41 MM
$31 MM
This chart display total revenue of Bessemer City  School District and median value from total revenues of all school districts in AL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Spending (19-20)
$41 MM
$31 MM
This chart display total spending of Bessemer City  School District and median value from total spendings of all school districts in AL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Revenue / Student
$12,440
$11,215
This chart display average revenue per public school student in Bessemer City  School District and median value from average revenue per public school student of all school districts in AL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Spending / Student
$12,426
$11,262
This chart display average spending per public school student in Bessemer City  School District and median value from average spending per public school student of all school districts in AL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.

Best Bessemer City School District Public Schools (2022)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Westhills Elementary School
Math: 40-44% | Reading: 35-39%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
710 Glenn Rd
Bessemer, AL 35022
(205) 432-3500
Grades: K-5
| 306 students
Rank: #22.
Greenwood Elementary School
Math: 30-34% | Reading: 30-34%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
5012 Roselyn Road Southeast
Bessemer, AL 35022
(205) 432-3201
Grades: K-5
| 256 students
Rank: #33.
Charles F Hard Elementary School
Math: 25-29% | Reading: 15-19%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
2801 Arlington Ave
Bessemer, AL 35020
(205) 432-3300
Grades: PK-5
| 369 students
Rank: #44.
Bessemer City Middle School
Math: 20% | Reading: 24%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
100 High School Drive
Bessemer, AL 35020
(205) 432-3600
Grades: 6-8
| 780 students
Rank: #55.
Jonesboro Elementary School
Math: 19% | Reading: 19%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
125 Owen Ave
Bessemer, AL 35020
(205) 432-3400
Grades: PK-5
| 551 students
Rank: #66.
Abrams Elementary School
Math: 15-19% | Reading: 15-19%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
1200 23rd Street N
Bessemer, AL 35020
(205) 432-3100
Grades: PK-5
| 240 students
Rank: #77.
Bessemer City High School
Math: 8% | Reading: 7%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
4950 Premiere Parkway
Bessemer, AL 35022
(205) 432-3700
Grades: 9-12
| 816 students
Rank: n/an/a
Bessemer Center For Technology
Vocational School
4940 Premiere Parkway
Bessemer, AL 35022
(205) 432-3805
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
Rank: n/an/a
New Horizon Alternative School
Alternative School
1701 6th Ave N
Bessemer, AL 35020
(205) 432-3036
Grades: 7-12
| n/a students

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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Bessemer City School District
  • 1621 5th Ave N, Bessemer, AL, 35020
  • (205) 432-3000
  • bessk12.org
  • Students: 3,318 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 18:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 98%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 78% (Btm 50% in AL)
  • Overall District Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 21% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 22% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), AL Dept. of Education

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