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Avg. test scores 77%
High school dipl. 3%
Bachelors degree 21%

Chicago school information

IndexChicagoIllinoisNational
Average Test Scores23%31%49%
Student/Teacher ratio21:118:116:1
Total public schools6443,93879,221
Total private schools3871,43824,874
Total post-secondary schools1043067,963
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Key findings

  • The school test scores in Chicago are 52% lower than the national average
  • There are approximately 644 public schools in Chicago
  • 82.2% of people in Chicago have completed 8th grade
  • 80.3% of people in Chicago have completed high school
  • 36.5% of people in Chicago have completed a bachelors degree

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Compare Chicago, IL Schools

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      Education level achieved in Chicago

      IndexChicagoIllinoisNational
      Completed 8th grade82.2%86.2%84.3%
      Completed high school80.3%84.7%83.0%
      Completed some college60.1%61.8%59.4%
      Completed associate degree42.2%40.7%38.5%
      Completed bachelors36.5%32.9%30.3%
      Completed masters14.8%12.7%11.5%
      Completed professional degree4.5%3.4%3.3%
      Completed doctorate1.5%1.2%1.3%

      Chicago, IL School Districts

      • Chicago Public School District 299
      • Central Stickney School District 110

      There are a total of 644 public schools, 387 private schools and 104 post-secondary schools in Chicago. Using the proficiency score averages, the average test scores for Chicago, IL schools is 23%. The average student to teacher ratio is 21:1. In Chicago, IL, an average of 82.2% of students have completed 8th grade and an average of 80.3% have completed high school.

      Nearby cities with high average school scores

      City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
      Kenilworth, IL2,61377%56%
      Western Springs, IL13,13373%49%
      River Forest, IL11,21772%46%
      Wilmette, IL27,36771%44%
      Whiting, IN4,87068%38%
      Chicago, IL2,714,01723%52%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
      Houston, TX2,240,58268%39%
      Philadelphia, PA1,559,93828%43%
      Phoenix, AZ1,555,32434%31%
      Los Angeles, CA3,918,87231%37%
      San Antonio, TX1,439,35867%36%
      Chicago, IL2,714,01723%52%
      Source: The Chicago, IL 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.