Houston school information

IndexHoustonTexasNational
Average Test Scores68%72%49%
Student/Teacher ratio17:114:116:1
Total public schools6887,41879,221
Total private schools2571,26724,874
Total post-secondary schools894637,963
The Houston, TX educational system consists of 688 public schools, 257 private schools and 89 post-secondary schools. Houston public schools have average test scores of 68% which is 5% lower than than the Texas average and 39% higher than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Houston public schools is 17:1, compared to 14:1 in Texas and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 75.8% of students have completed 8th grade, 74.2% have completed high school, 31.2% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 4.0% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Houston are 39% higher than the national average.
  • There are approximately 688 public schools in Houston.
  • 75.8% of people in Houston have completed 8th grade.
  • 74.2% of people in Houston have completed high school.
  • 31.2% of people in Houston have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Houston

IndexHoustonTexasNational
Completed 8th grade75.8%79.3%84.3%
Completed high school74.2%77.8%83.0%
Completed some college54.7%57.3%59.4%
Completed associate degree36.0%34.9%38.5%
Completed bachelors31.2%28.1%30.3%
Completed masters12.1%9.6%11.5%
Completed professional degree4.0%2.6%3.3%
Completed doctorate1.6%1.1%1.3%

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

Nearby cities with high average school scores

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
West University Place, TX15,31898%99%
Piney Point Village, TX3,31292%86%
Bunker Hill Village, TX3,90991%84%
Bellaire, TX18,14089%81%
Hunters Creek Village, TX4,68889%81%
Houston, TX2,240,58268%39%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Chicago, IL2,714,01723%52%
Philadelphia, PA1,559,93828%43%
Phoenix, AZ1,555,32434%31%
San Antonio, TX1,439,35867%36%
San Diego, CA1,374,81246%7%
Houston, TX2,240,58268%39%
Source: The Houston, TX 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.