Avg. test scores 16%
High school dipl. 1%
Bachelors degree 37%

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

Key findings

  • The 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%

      Columbia, SC School Districts

      • Richland School District 1
      • Lexington School District 5
      • Richland School District 2

      There are a total of 73 public schools, 39 private schools and 14 post-secondary schools in Columbia. Using the proficiency score averages, the average test scores for Columbia, SC schools is 41%. The average student to teacher ratio is 16:1. In Columbia, SC, an average of 85.0% of students have completed 8th grade and an average of 84.2% have completed high school.

      Nearby cities with high average school scores

      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%

      Cities with similar population

      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.