Boston school information

IndexBostonMassachusettsNational
Average Test Scores51%64%49%
Student/Teacher ratio15:114:116:1
Total public schools681,16779,221
Total private schools2250824,874
Total post-secondary schools531937,963
The Boston, MA educational system consists of 68 public schools, 22 private schools and 53 post-secondary schools. Boston public schools have average test scores of 51% which is 21% lower than than the Massachusetts average and 3% higher than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Boston public schools is 15:1, compared to 14:1 in Massachusetts and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 84.3% of students have completed 8th grade, 82.8% have completed high school, 46.4% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 7.3% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Boston are 3% higher than the national average.
  • There are approximately 68 public schools in Boston.
  • 84.3% of people in Boston have completed 8th grade.
  • 82.8% of people in Boston have completed high school.
  • 46.4% of people in Boston have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Boston

IndexBostonMassachusettsNational
Completed 8th grade84.3%88.3%84.3%
Completed high school82.8%87.2%83.0%
Completed some college64.4%65.0%59.4%
Completed associate degree51.0%49.0%38.5%
Completed bachelors46.4%41.2%30.3%
Completed masters20.7%18.2%11.5%
Completed professional degree7.3%5.4%3.3%
Completed doctorate3.0%2.6%1.3%

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

Nearby cities with high average school scores

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Lynnfield, MA12,48989%80%
Dover, MA2,45389%80%
Belmont, MA25,55588%79%
Winchester, MA22,49188%78%
Lexington, MA32,93688%78%
Boston, MA658,27951%3%

Cities with similar population

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