Kansas City school information

IndexKansas CityMissouriNational
Average Test Scores43%51%49%
Student/Teacher ratio15:114:116:1
Total public schools1661,89979,221
Total private schools5353124,874
Total post-secondary schools302137,963
The Kansas City, MO educational system consists of 166 public schools, 53 private schools and 30 post-secondary schools. Kansas City public schools have average test scores of 43% which is 16% lower than than the Missouri average and 13% lower than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Kansas City public schools is 15:1, compared to 14:1 in Missouri and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 86.4% of students have completed 8th grade, 85.6% have completed high school, 33.0% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 3.4% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Kansas City are 13% lower than the national average.
  • There are approximately 166 public schools in Kansas City.
  • 86.4% of people in Kansas City have completed 8th grade.
  • 85.6% of people in Kansas City have completed high school.
  • 33.0% of people in Kansas City have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Kansas City

IndexKansas CityMissouriNational
Completed 8th grade86.4%86.0%84.3%
Completed high school85.6%84.2%83.0%
Completed some college62.7%57.7%59.4%
Completed associate degree40.2%35.2%38.5%
Completed bachelors33.0%27.6%30.3%
Completed masters12.3%10.4%11.5%
Completed professional degree3.4%2.8%3.3%
Completed doctorate1.1%1.2%1.3%

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

Nearby cities with high average school scores

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Riverside, MO3,10385%72%
Westwood, KS1,74775%51%
Leawood, KS33,76370%43%
Parkville, MO6,12469%39%
Liberty, MO30,23966%33%
Kansas City, MO471,76743%13%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Mesa, AZ470,45639%21%
Long Beach, CA469,79337%25%
Sacramento, CA484,53029%40%
Atlanta, GA456,37828%44%
Virginia Beach, VA449,73382%67%
Kansas City, MO471,76743%13%
Source: The Kansas City, MO 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.