Chicago school information

IndexChicagoIllinoisNational
Average Test Scores23%31%49%
Student/Teacher ratio21:118:116:1
Total public schools6443,93879,221
Total private schools3871,43824,874
Total post-secondary schools1043067,963
The Chicago, IL educational system consists of 644 public schools, 387 private schools and 104 post-secondary schools. Chicago public schools have average test scores of 23% which is 25% lower than than the Illinois average and 52% lower than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Chicago public schools is 21:1, compared to 18:1 in Illinois and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 82.2% of students have completed 8th grade, 80.3% have completed high school, 36.5% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 4.5% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Chicago are 52% lower than the national average.
  • There are approximately 644 public schools in Chicago.
  • 82.2% of people in Chicago have completed 8th grade.
  • 80.3% of people in Chicago have completed high school.
  • 36.5% of people in Chicago have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Chicago

IndexChicagoIllinoisNational
Completed 8th grade82.2%86.2%84.3%
Completed high school80.3%84.7%83.0%
Completed some college60.1%61.8%59.4%
Completed associate degree42.2%40.7%38.5%
Completed bachelors36.5%32.9%30.3%
Completed masters14.8%12.7%11.5%
Completed professional degree4.5%3.4%3.3%
Completed doctorate1.5%1.2%1.3%

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

Nearby cities with high average school scores

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Kenilworth, IL2,61377%56%
Western Springs, IL13,13373%49%
River Forest, IL11,21772%46%
Wilmette, IL27,36771%44%
Whiting, IN4,87068%38%
Chicago, IL2,714,01723%52%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Houston, TX2,240,58268%39%
Philadelphia, PA1,559,93828%43%
Phoenix, AZ1,555,32434%31%
Los Angeles, CA3,918,87231%37%
San Antonio, TX1,439,35867%36%
Chicago, IL2,714,01723%52%
Source: The Chicago, IL 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.