School Details

Ramsay High School

1800 13th Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35205
(205) 231-7000
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 8-12 736 students 15 students/teacher (AL avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

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Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE)

In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.
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Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE)

In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Birmingham City School District average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ramsay High School is a public high school in Birmingham. The principal of Ramsay High School is Jeanette Watters, who can be contacted at jwatters@bhm.k12.al.us.. 736 students attend Ramsay High School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 61% of the 736 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Ramsay High School is 15:1. Homewood High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 98% 95%
White, non-Hispanic 1.0% 1%
Hispanic 0.5% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% 0%
Asian 0.3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 61% 81%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I attend this school . I am apart of the new International Baccalaureate programme that they offer for 11th & 12th graders. It's an awesome school and is very open to different learning ideas. The only thing Ramsay needs to improve is the nutrition. Lunch isn't the best thing on your taste buds .

  • (1 year ago)

    Ok its 2013 and as I've read in similar post this is still who you know school the staff separates the school by where you came from. If you didn't go to WJ Christian or Phillips Academy they don't want you there. The teaching staff isn't all that great either. They have a math teacher who finished high dchool in 2005 she is so not qualified in my opinion to teach a ramsay student. They up there fees on everything. Basketball has 125.00 transportion fee 80 to 110 meal fee by a caterer really. That is ridiculous. I personally don't like this school at all.

  • (2 years ago)

    Academically accelerated high school located in Birmingham. The environment is conducive for learning and promotes cross curriculum learning.

  • (2 years ago)

    I love Ramsay. The staff and students are very nice and respectful. Each time I have visited the school I was greeted with a warm wlecome especially by the students. Kudos to the parents and staff. The police officer on the other hand could be more approachable. I thought that children and adults were suppose to feel safe with the police not intimidated.

  • (3 years ago)

    My decision to enroll my smart athletic and competitive child into a Magnet school was an easy choice for me. Unfortunately under the "Who You Know Policy that Ramsay have in place for the intake process it left us stuck within our failing public zoned school. I can accept the decision because I know that my child will excel far beyond the parameters of your fine institution. However all students should be offered reasonable acceptance based on their qualifications as a student and not based on the reputation of knowing the principal assistant principal teacher or coach.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am currently a student a t Ramsay. Of course like many kids I was very frightened being a Freshman at a new school. Though scared out of my mind I was welcomed with open arms. The school is wonderful. One great thing I love about Ramsay is the class size. There are probably less than 20 students in a class so I learn easily. The teachers take the time to help you and make sure you are learning and progressing well. The staff in the office are rude though...LOL. I love Ramsay and I'm glad I am a student there.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am glad this information is made available to us parents of hopefully future Ramsey students. I certainly do not like favoritism in any environment espe not where children are involved. Whether one may realize it or not we all should be and teach our children to be true to ourselves/themselves. Second thought about Ramsey. ASFA may be an option but it is my understanding that there are a lot of social issues there. Unfortunately there are not many options for our little scholars.

  • (5 years ago)

    So tired of the Football issue.....no one says this about Alabama School of Fine Arts. Ramsay used to be called Ramsay Alternative High School when I attended. That is a great name to explain just what Ramsay provided for it's inner city students. A haven away from the sports laden culture that exists in our city schools that zaps the focus from other important parts of the educational process. Ramsay is a prep school first and foremost and secondly a fine arts academy that just happens to offer sports . I think Ramsay has the right order to their priorities and the proof is in the pudding. Just one opinion.

  • (5 years ago)

    Ramsay High has an excellent curriculum. The faculty is always looking for better programs and ideas to continue in the excellent education that they have been providing for years. Ramsay helps their students to mature and they are very well prepared when they leave. They have a very good graduation ratio and they are big on getting scholarships for their students. I feel safe with my child being at Ramsay.

  • (6 years ago)

    Forced increased enrollment has killed the intimate small school feel and style of learning. Intimate class sessions with teachers have become like lecture halls with only the 'brightest jewels' shining. Although there are some dedicated teachers many are protected only by tenure. The quality of student has declined and it shows.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm currently a freshman at RHS and I absolutely love it. Yes we do have our days but overall theres nothing better I could ask for. The academics are great and most teachers will take the time out to help you if you need it. The fine arts department is also a plus. The sports selection at Ramsay is improving. We have girls and boys basketball softball baseball tennis soccer golf volleyball and I hear their working on establishing a football team. Well. . . Ramsay is just a really great school to go to. You won't regret it! - MTW '12

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is an academic school so therefore we don't have many of the extra programs that other schools have. The ectra things that we do have are actually a highlight. The students say that this place isn't what it was surpose to be because they want a football team. Even though that is refered to as the heart of a school it isn't at Ramsay We have alot of interesting things that make up for the missing football team. We get to go places that might be off limit to other schools like Paris and washington D.C.

  • (7 years ago)

    Ramsay is one of the few shinning jewels in the Birmingham City School System. Academics and extracurricular activities are encouraged and rewarded through excellent learning plans developed for each individual student.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is my child's second year at Ramsay and I am pleased overall of the educational opportunities. I am disappointed that my child comes home with little if no information about activities and meetings going on but I don't blame the school for this. He has so much opportunity that I know if he would motivate himself he would be more involved and enjoy his time at Ramsay alot more. My child has the ability to make high scores but has somehow gotten lost because of his lack of motivation and stimulation. I know it is difficult to grab hold of exceptional students that somehow don't reach out. I wish there was more staff to see his potential and motivate him. I love Ramsay and think that it should continue to be available for those families and students that desire it and qualify for it.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am currently a senior at Ramsay High School but i must say that i have never made a better descion. This is a place that allows for growht in every area we are nurtured not babied. The teachers are enthusiastic about teaching and taking us (thie student to another level and preparing us for exams college and life. Classes are small so students get high levels of attetion. The parent support is phenominal they are always looking for something to do or some way to help out.That is not all there are so so many ways to get involved both with the community and extra-curricular activities. I am probably one of the most involved people in the school this year and the opportunites are awesome!....This is a great school and there is nothing in the system like it! I love this schoolrdfc!

  • (7 years ago)

    I personally feel that the school is not all that it is hyped up to be. Although we are given some what of an advanced education Ramsay is not what I expected of my high school years. Favortism is often shown and there are no fun and important extracurricular activities besides basketball.

  • (7 years ago)

    The best the Birmingham System has to offer but not the best available in the greater area. As a magnet school its students are cherry-picked from the whole system leaving average or poorer (or more disruptive) students in their zoned schools. Teaching staff is better than average but motivation to teach-learn is spotty. My child regularly reports teachers doing extra for their favorites and leaving the rest to just get by--in almost every subject area. If you aren't one of the chosen as my child has been fortunate to be you just get a so-so education--which most students don't seem to mind too much. At least it's a relatively safe environment and most kids graduate on time and go on to some sort of college experience. As both a parent of Birmingham System kids and a former secondary school teacher in the System I find my child's description fair & credible.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is the only Magnet High School in the Birmingham City school system. It has a 100% graduation rate and also boast a 100% passage rate on the Alabama Exit Exam.

  • (8 years ago)

    It is early in the year but so far we are impressed with the Academic Programs they have to offer. There is music art sports and other activities such as FBLA JROTC other groups a child can be a part of and learn leadership and community service. Educating them and giving them the experience they need to develop into successful pleasant people in society. The turn out at the Open House was amazing. The parent participation is great. I have not yet been able to attend a PTA meeting yet but look forward to it.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is great. Their is a lot to get involved in even though we lack a football team. Our boys and girls basketball team are the 5A State Champs. This is our girls 3rd championship in a row. The principals could be more involved with the what goes aroun the school instead of showing up when it is going to make them look good. Our teachers really do care about the students and get involved in our lives. They look out for us. They basically run the school and keep it alive. We have many fun programs and plays for students to participate in and Harvest Week Spring Week and basketball season are many things to look forward to throuhout the year. I llove this school. I can't picture myself going anywhere else. I've been here since my freshman year and I'm curretly a junior the Class of 2007.

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