Washington school information

IndexWashingtonDistrict of ColumbiaNational
Average Test Scores23%23%49%
Student/Teacher ratio13:113:116:1
Total public schools20820879,221
Total private schools878724,874
Total post-secondary schools38387,963
The Washington, DC educational system consists of 208 public schools, 87 private schools and 38 post-secondary schools. Washington public schools have average test scores of 23% which is equal to than the District of Columbia average and 53% lower than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Washington public schools is 13:1, compared to 13:1 in District of Columbia and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 88.2% of students have completed 8th grade, 87.4% have completed high school, 55.4% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 12.5% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Washington are 53% lower than the national average.
  • There are approximately 208 public schools in Washington.
  • 88.2% of people in Washington have completed 8th grade.
  • 87.4% of people in Washington have completed high school.
  • 55.4% of people in Washington have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Washington

IndexWashingtonDistrict of ColumbiaNational
Completed 8th grade88.2%88.2%84.3%
Completed high school87.4%87.4%83.0%
Completed some college71.9%71.9%59.4%
Completed associate degree58.5%58.5%38.5%
Completed bachelors55.4%55.4%30.3%
Completed masters32.0%32.0%11.5%
Completed professional degree12.5%12.5%3.3%
Completed doctorate4.1%4.1%1.3%

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

Nearby cities with high average school scores

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Wolf Trap, VA16,72295%93%
McLean, VA48,86795%92%
Mantua, VA7,49794%91%
Wakefield, VA12,69793%90%
Pimmit Hills, VA6,51191%85%
Washington, DC659,00923%53%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Boston, MA658,27951%3%
Memphis, TN655,85737%25%
Denver, CO663,30329%42%
Seattle, WA668,84957%16%
Nashville, TN643,77143%12%
Washington, DC659,00923%53%
Source: The Washington, DC 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.