Pittsburgh school information

Average Test Scores48%53%49%
Student/Teacher ratio14:116:116:1
Total public schools1852,56379,221
Total private schools1171,62624,874
Total post-secondary schools414067,963
The Pittsburgh, PA educational system consists of 185 public schools, 117 private schools and 41 post-secondary schools. Pittsburgh public schools have average test scores of 48% which is 9% lower than than the Pennsylvania average and 2% lower than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Pittsburgh public schools is 14:1, compared to 16:1 in Pennsylvania and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 87.5% of students have completed 8th grade, 86.9% have completed high school, 40.7% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 7.4% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Pittsburgh are 2% lower than the national average.
  • There are approximately 185 public schools in Pittsburgh.
  • 87.5% of people in Pittsburgh have completed 8th grade.
  • 86.9% of people in Pittsburgh have completed high school.
  • 40.7% of people in Pittsburgh have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Pittsburgh

Completed 8th grade87.5%86.9%84.3%
Completed high school86.9%85.6%83.0%
Completed some college64.4%53.6%59.4%
Completed associate degree48.6%37.4%38.5%
Completed bachelors40.7%29.3%30.3%
Completed masters19.4%11.5%11.5%
Completed professional degree7.4%3.3%3.3%
Completed doctorate3.6%1.4%1.3%

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

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City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
McDonald, PA2,12787%77%
McMurray, PA4,90987%76%
Upper St. Clair, PA19,52181%64%
Bradford Woods, PA1,23080%62%
Leetsdale, PA1,28780%62%
Pittsburgh, PA305,30548%2%

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City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Stockton, CA301,44329%41%
Anchorage, AK299,32138%22%
Lexington-Fayette, KY311,52949%0%
Cincinnati, OH298,01156%15%
St. Paul, MN297,16038%23%
Pittsburgh, PA305,30548%2%
Source: The Pittsburgh, PA 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.