Detroit school information

Average Test Scores17%41%49%
Student/Teacher ratio23:122:116:1
Total public schools3363,42179,221
Total private schools6483524,874
Total post-secondary schools191967,963
The Detroit, MI educational system consists of 336 public schools, 64 private schools and 19 post-secondary schools. Detroit public schools have average test scores of 17% which is 58% lower than than the Michigan average and 65% lower than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Detroit public schools is 23:1, compared to 22:1 in Michigan and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 73.8% of students have completed 8th grade, 72.3% have completed high school, 13.8% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 1.3% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Detroit are 65% lower than the national average.
  • There are approximately 336 public schools in Detroit.
  • 73.8% of people in Detroit have completed 8th grade.
  • 72.3% of people in Detroit have completed high school.
  • 13.8% of people in Detroit have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Detroit

Completed 8th grade73.8%86.9%84.3%
Completed high school72.3%85.9%83.0%
Completed some college46.5%60.3%59.4%
Completed associate degree20.7%36.5%38.5%
Completed bachelors13.8%27.4%30.3%
Completed masters5.5%10.7%11.5%
Completed professional degree1.3%2.8%3.3%
Completed doctorate0.6%1.1%1.3%

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

Nearby cities with high average school scores

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Grosse Pointe, MI5,25677%56%
Huntington Woods, MI6,33077%55%
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI9,26575%53%
Bingham Farms, MI1,11270%41%
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI15,78570%41%
Detroit, MI683,44317%65%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
El Paso, TX678,05876%54%
Seattle, WA668,84957%16%
Denver, CO663,30329%42%
Washington, DC659,00923%53%
Boston, MA658,27951%3%
Detroit, MI683,44317%65%
Source: The Detroit, MI 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.