Jersey City school information

IndexJersey CityNew JerseyNational
Average Test Scores32%43%49%
Student/Teacher ratio12:113:116:1
Total public schools511,60479,221
Total private schools3782324,874
Total post-secondary schools131577,963
The Jersey City, NJ educational system consists of 51 public schools, 37 private schools and 13 post-secondary schools. Jersey City public schools have average test scores of 32% which is 25% lower than than the New Jersey average and 34% lower than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Jersey City public schools is 12:1, compared to 13:1 in New Jersey and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 85.5% of students have completed 8th grade, 83.8% have completed high school, 44.1% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 4.3% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Jersey City are 34% lower than the national average.
  • There are approximately 51 public schools in Jersey City.
  • 85.5% of people in Jersey City have completed 8th grade.
  • 83.8% of people in Jersey City have completed high school.
  • 44.1% of people in Jersey City have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Jersey City

IndexJersey CityNew JerseyNational
Completed 8th grade85.5%87.5%84.3%
Completed high school83.8%86.3%83.0%
Completed some college62.3%60.7%59.4%
Completed associate degree48.6%43.9%38.5%
Completed bachelors44.1%37.5%30.3%
Completed masters17.9%14.4%11.5%
Completed professional degree4.3%4.0%3.3%
Completed doctorate1.7%1.5%1.3%

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

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City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Essex Fells, NJ2,16492%87%
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Glen Ridge, NJ7,61573%48%
River Edge, NJ11,58673%48%
Jersey City, NJ261,66632%34%

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Jersey City, NJ261,66632%34%
Source: The Jersey City, NJ 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.