Cary school information

IndexCaryNorth CarolinaNational
Average Test Scores68%44%49%
Student/Teacher ratio16:115:116:1
Total public schools141,89579,221
Total private schools451024,874
Total post-secondary schools21837,963
The Cary, NC educational system consists of 14 public schools, 4 private schools and 2 post-secondary schools. Cary public schools have average test scores of 68% which is 55% higher than than the North Carolina average and 38% higher than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Cary public schools is 16:1, compared to 15:1 in North Carolina and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 94.8% of students have completed 8th grade, 94.4% have completed high school, 64.2% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 8.1% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Cary are 38% higher than the national average.
  • There are approximately 14 public schools in Cary.
  • 94.8% of people in Cary have completed 8th grade.
  • 94.4% of people in Cary have completed high school.
  • 64.2% of people in Cary have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Cary

IndexCaryNorth CarolinaNational
Completed 8th grade94.8%83.4%84.3%
Completed high school94.4%81.9%83.0%
Completed some college84.4%59.9%59.4%
Completed associate degree71.7%38.1%38.5%
Completed bachelors64.2%29.0%30.3%
Completed masters27.3%10.2%11.5%
Completed professional degree8.1%2.9%3.3%
Completed doctorate4.9%1.3%1.3%

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

Nearby cities with high average school scores

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Morrisville, NC22,60082%66%
Apex, NC43,89368%39%
Chapel Hill, NC59,00564%31%
Holly Springs, NC30,12664%30%
Fuquay-Varina, NC22,72253%7%
Cary, NC155,82268%38%

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Salinas, CA155,88925%49%
McKinney, TX156,82181%64%
Palmdale, CA156,82326%46%
Hayward, CA154,50729%41%
Fort Collins, CO157,25145%9%
Cary, NC155,82268%38%
Source: The Cary, NC 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.