Santa Maria school information

IndexSanta MariaCaliforniaNational
Average Test Scores21%38%49%
Student/Teacher ratio22:120:116:1
Total public schools208,30879,221
Total private schools83,43824,874
Total post-secondary schools31,0857,963
The Santa Maria, CA educational system consists of 20 public schools, 8 private schools and 3 post-secondary schools. Santa Maria public schools have average test scores of 21% which is 45% lower than than the California average and 58% lower than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Santa Maria public schools is 22:1, compared to 20:1 in California and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 58.8% of students have completed 8th grade, 56.4% have completed high school, 13.1% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 1.2% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Santa Maria are 58% lower than the national average.
  • There are approximately 20 public schools in Santa Maria.
  • 58.8% of people in Santa Maria have completed 8th grade.
  • 56.4% of people in Santa Maria have completed high school.
  • 13.1% of people in Santa Maria have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Santa Maria

IndexSanta MariaCaliforniaNational
Completed 8th grade58.8%81.1%84.3%
Completed high school56.4%79.8%83.0%
Completed some college40.0%61.5%59.4%
Completed associate degree19.6%39.8%38.5%
Completed bachelors13.1%32.0%30.3%
Completed masters3.9%11.9%11.5%
Completed professional degree1.2%3.9%3.3%
Completed doctorate0.3%1.6%1.3%

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

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City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Pismo Beach, CA7,98453%8%
Vandenberg AFB, CA3,48352%5%
Arroyo Grande, CA17,84245%8%
Orcutt, CA30,10940%18%
Nipomo, CA16,45637%25%
Santa Maria, CA103,64221%58%

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Columbia, MD103,43953%9%
Spring Hill, FL102,92959%19%
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Burbank, CA104,58347%5%
Santa Maria, CA103,64221%58%
Source: The Santa Maria, CA 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.