Tacoma school information

IndexTacomaWashingtonNational
Average Test Scores42%48%49%
Student/Teacher ratio19:120:116:1
Total public schools931,99179,221
Total private schools2454824,874
Total post-secondary schools101477,963
The Tacoma, WA educational system consists of 93 public schools, 24 private schools and 10 post-secondary schools. Tacoma public schools have average test scores of 42% which is 14% lower than than the Washington average and 15% lower than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Tacoma public schools is 19:1, compared to 20:1 in Washington and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 83.8% of students have completed 8th grade, 83.0% have completed high school, 26.7% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 2.6% have completed a doctorate degree.

Did you know?

  • The average school test scores in Tacoma are 15% lower than the national average.
  • There are approximately 93 public schools in Tacoma.
  • 83.8% of people in Tacoma have completed 8th grade.
  • 83.0% of people in Tacoma have completed high school.
  • 26.7% of people in Tacoma have completed a bachelors degree.

Best Schools in Tacoma

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  • Alternative Spcl Needs Div Occ601 S 8th StGrades: 9 - 12Students: 0 · Ratio: 0:1n/a
  • Angelo Giaudrone Middle School4902 S Alaska StGrades: 6 - 8Students: 640 · Ratio: 18:144
  • Arlington3002 S 72nd StGrades: PK - 5Students: 267 · Ratio: 13:135
  • Baker8320 S I StGrades: 6 - 8Students: 697 · Ratio: 20:135
  • Bates Technical High School1101 South Yakima AvenueGrades: 9 - 12Students: 268 · Ratio: 0:1n/a
  • Birney1202 S 76th StGrades: PK - 5Students: 444 · Ratio: 14:135
  • Blix Elementary1302 E 38th StGrades: PK - 5Students: 494 · Ratio: 17:126
  • Boze1140 E 65th StGrades: PK - 5Students: 374 · Ratio: 15:137
  • Browns Point1526 51st St NeGrades: KG - 5Students: 460 · Ratio: 17:169
  • Bryant717 S Grant AveGrades: PK - 8Students: 427 · Ratio: 16:151
  • Comm Based Trans Program601 S 8th StGrades: 11 - 12Students: 51 · Ratio: 17:1n/a
  • Crescent Heights4110 Nassau Ave NeGrades: KG - 5Students: 498 · Ratio: 18:159
  • Day Reporting School5501 6th AvenueGrades: 9 - 12Students: 18 · Ratio: 9:10
  • Delong4901 S 14 St StGrades: KG - 5Students: 547 · Ratio: 15:147
  • Downing2502 N Orchard StGrades: PK - 5Students: 276 · Ratio: 15:167
  • Edison5830 S Pine StGrades: PK - 5Students: 510 · Ratio: 16:135
  • Fawcett126 E 60th StGrades: KG - 5Students: 460 · Ratio: 16:147
  • Fern Hill8442 S Park AveGrades: PK - 5Students: 362 · Ratio: 16:155
  • First Creek Middle School1801 E. 56th StreetGrades: 6 - 8Students: 773 · Ratio: 18:131
  • Foss2112 S Tyler StGrades: 9 - 12Students: 887 · Ratio: 22:113
  • Franklin1402 S Lawrence StGrades: PK - 5Students: 287 · Ratio: 13:135
  • Fresh Start601 S 8th StreetGrades: 9 - 12Students: 195 · Ratio: 0:135
  • Geiger7401 S 8th StGrades: KG - 5Students: 415 · Ratio: 16:147
  • Grant1018 N Prospect StGrades: PK - 5Students: 345 · Ratio: 14:155
  • Gray6229 S Tyler StGrades: 6 - 8Students: 617 · Ratio: 20:137
  • Helen B. Stafford Elementary1615 South 92nd StGrades: PK - 5Students: 519 · Ratio: 16:153
  • Jason Lee602 N Sprague AveGrades: 6 - 8Students: 594 · Ratio: 18:135
  • Jefferson6501 N 23rd StGrades: PK - 5Students: 309 · Ratio: 15:150
  • Larchmont8601 E B StGrades: PK - 5Students: 419 · Ratio: 15:135
  • Lincoln701 S 37th StGrades: 9 - 12Students: 1,407 · Ratio: 20:116
  • Lister2106 E 44th StGrades: PK - 5Students: 532 · Ratio: 17:131
  • Lowell810 Mr. Dahl DrGrades: KG - 5Students: 440 · Ratio: 17:178
  • Lyon101 E 46th StGrades: PK - 5Students: 341 · Ratio: 14:127
  • Madison Headstart3102 S 43rd StreetGrades: PK - PKStudents: 3 · Ratio: 0:1n/a
  • Manitou Park4330 S 66th StGrades: PK - 5Students: 620 · Ratio: 16:128
  • Mann1002 S 52nd StGrades: PK - 5Students: 491 · Ratio: 15:138
  • Mason3901 N 28th StGrades: 6 - 8Students: 827 · Ratio: 21:161
  • Mccarver2111 S J StGrades: PK - 5Students: 427 · Ratio: 13:130
  • Meeker4402 Nassau Ave NeGrades: 6 - 8Students: 656 · Ratio: 22:154
  • Mt Tahoma4634 S 74th StGrades: 9 - 12Students: 1,530 · Ratio: 23:119
  • Northeast Tacoma5412 29th St NeGrades: PK - 5Students: 383 · Ratio: 16:157
  • Oakland High School3319 S Adams StGrades: 8 - 12Students: 234 · Ratio: 19:140
  • Pearl Street Center815 S Pearl StGrades: 6 - 12Students: 11 · Ratio: 11:10
  • Point Defiance4330 N Visscher StGrades: PK - 5Students: 428 · Ratio: 17:164
  • Reed1802 S 36th StGrades: PK - 5Students: 467 · Ratio: 15:132
  • Remann Hall Juvenile Detention Center5501 6th AveGrades: 5 - 12Students: 33 · Ratio: 11:10
  • Roosevelt3550 E Roosevelt AveGrades: PK - 5Students: 263 · Ratio: 11:125
  • Science And Math Institute5501 N. Pearl StGrades: 9 - 12Students: 459 · Ratio: 18:172
  • Sheridan5317 E Mckinley AveGrades: PK - 5Students: 606 · Ratio: 16:139
  • Sherman4415 N 38th StGrades: KG - 5Students: 408 · Ratio: 18:162
  • Skyline2301 N Mildred StGrades: PK - 5Students: 388 · Ratio: 15:157
  • Special Services601 S. 8th StreetGrades: PK - 12Students: 67 · Ratio: 0:150
  • Stadium111 N E StGrades: 9 - 12Students: 1,680 · Ratio: 24:145
  • Stanley1712 S 17th StGrades: PK - 5Students: 290 · Ratio: 11:150
  • Stewart6501 S 10th StGrades: 6 - 8Students: 407 · Ratio: 14:140
  • Tacoma Business Academy601 S 8th StreetGrades: 9 - 12Students: 0 · Ratio: 0:1n/a
  • Tacoma Pierce County Education Center601 S 8th StreetGrades: 9 - 12Students: 2 · Ratio: 0:1n/a
  • Tacoma School Of The Arts1102 A StGrades: 9 - 12Students: 521 · Ratio: 18:164
  • Tcc Fresh Start601 S 8th StGrades: 9 - 12Students: 0 · Ratio: 0:1n/a
  • Truman5801 N 35th StGrades: 6 - 8Students: 758 · Ratio: 21:149
  • Washington Elementary6501 S 10th StGrades: KG - 5Students: 439 · Ratio: 17:174
  • Whitman1120 S 39th StGrades: PK - 5Students: 428 · Ratio: 15:131
  • Wilson1202 N Orchard StGrades: 9 - 12Students: 1,268 · Ratio: 23:147

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Education level achieved in Tacoma

IndexTacomaWashingtonNational
Completed 8th grade83.8%87.5%84.3%
Completed high school83.0%86.6%83.0%
Completed some college60.8%67.7%59.4%
Completed associate degree35.6%43.3%38.5%
Completed bachelors26.7%33.6%30.3%
Completed masters9.1%12.3%11.5%
Completed professional degree2.6%3.6%3.3%
Completed doctorate0.9%1.5%1.3%

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

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City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Lake Tapps, WA13,03069%40%
Artondale, WA13,50667%37%
Bonney Lake, WA19,02265%33%
DuPont, WA9,22465%32%
Vashon, WA9,84465%31%
Tacoma, WA205,60242%15%

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Source: The Tacoma, WA 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.