Columbia school information

IndexColumbiaSouth CarolinaNational
Average Test Scores41%46%49%
Student/Teacher ratio16:116:116:1
Total public schools7393279,221
Total private schools3936924,874
Total post-secondary schools14967,963
The Columbia, SC educational system consists of 73 public schools, 39 private schools and 14 post-secondary schools. Columbia public schools have average test scores of 41% which is 11% lower than than the South Carolina average and 16% lower than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Columbia public schools is 16:1, compared to 16:1 in South Carolina and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 85.0% of students have completed 8th grade, 84.2% have completed high school, 41.6% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 5.9% have completed a doctorate degree.
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  • The average school test scores in Columbia are 16% lower than the national average.
  • There are approximately 73 public schools in Columbia.
  • 85.0% of people in Columbia have completed 8th grade.
  • 84.2% of people in Columbia have completed high school.
  • 41.6% of people in Columbia have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Columbia

IndexColumbiaSouth CarolinaNational
Completed 8th grade85.0%83.0%84.3%
Completed high school84.2%81.6%83.0%
Completed some college67.5%56.6%59.4%
Completed associate degree48.6%35.6%38.5%
Completed bachelors41.6%26.5%30.3%
Completed masters18.3%9.6%11.5%
Completed professional degree5.9%2.5%3.3%
Completed doctorate2.1%1.1%1.3%

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

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City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Lake Murray of Richland, SC5,79869%40%
Lexington, SC20,31565%32%
Irmo, SC11,85158%18%
Blythewood, SC2,61258%17%
Forest Acres, SC10,57155%13%
Columbia, SC132,53741%16%

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City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Olathe, KS132,78751%3%
Sterling Heights, MI131,67446%7%
Miramar, FL133,74151%4%
Waco, TX130,65961%24%
Thornton, CO130,51129%40%
Columbia, SC132,53741%16%
Source: The Columbia, SC 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.