Columbia school information

IndexColumbiaMarylandNational
Average Test Scores53%41%49%
Student/Teacher ratio13:116:116:1
Total public schools241,16379,221
Total private schools1967424,874
Total post-secondary schools21127,963
The Columbia, MD educational system consists of 24 public schools, 19 private schools and 2 post-secondary schools. Columbia public schools have average test scores of 53% which is 29% higher than than the Maryland average and 9% higher than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Columbia public schools is 13:1, compared to 16:1 in Maryland and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 95.1% of students have completed 8th grade, 94.7% have completed high school, 63.6% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 10.7% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Columbia are 9% higher than the national average.
  • There are approximately 24 public schools in Columbia.
  • 95.1% of people in Columbia have completed 8th grade.
  • 94.7% of people in Columbia have completed high school.
  • 63.6% of people in Columbia have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Columbia

IndexColumbiaMarylandNational
Completed 8th grade95.1%87.5%84.3%
Completed high school94.7%86.5%83.0%
Completed some college83.9%64.2%59.4%
Completed associate degree68.6%44.8%38.5%
Completed bachelors63.6%38.4%30.3%
Completed masters31.9%17.7%11.5%
Completed professional degree10.7%5.5%3.3%
Completed doctorate5.5%2.5%1.3%

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

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City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Fulton, MD3,09776%54%
Eldersburg, MD31,89270%42%
Ashton-Sandy Spring, MD6,02469%40%
Bethesda, MD62,60868%39%
Chevy Chase town, MD2,94868%38%
Columbia, MD103,43953%9%

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Columbia, MD103,43953%9%
Source: The Columbia, MD 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.