Los Angeles school information

IndexLos AngelesCaliforniaNational
Average Test Scores31%38%49%
Student/Teacher ratio20:120:116:1
Total public schools4328,30879,221
Total private schools3043,43824,874
Total post-secondary schools1571,0857,963
The Los Angeles, CA educational system consists of 432 public schools, 304 private schools and 157 post-secondary schools. Los Angeles public schools have average test scores of 31% which is 19% lower than than the California average and 37% lower than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Los Angeles public schools is 20:1, compared to 20:1 in California and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 75.8% of students have completed 8th grade, 74.4% have completed high school, 32.5% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 4.0% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Los Angeles are 37% lower than the national average.
  • There are approximately 432 public schools in Los Angeles.
  • 75.8% of people in Los Angeles have completed 8th grade.
  • 74.4% of people in Los Angeles have completed high school.
  • 32.5% of people in Los Angeles have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Los Angeles

IndexLos AngelesCaliforniaNational
Completed 8th grade75.8%81.1%84.3%
Completed high school74.4%79.8%83.0%
Completed some college56.4%61.5%59.4%
Completed associate degree38.5%39.8%38.5%
Completed bachelors32.5%32.0%30.3%
Completed masters11.1%11.9%11.5%
Completed professional degree4.0%3.9%3.3%
Completed doctorate1.3%1.6%1.3%

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

Nearby cities with high average school scores

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
San Marino, CA13,32485%74%
La Cañada Flintridge, CA20,47783%68%
Manhattan Beach, CA35,57379%60%
Arcadia, CA57,75576%54%
South Pasadena, CA25,93676%54%
Los Angeles, CA3,918,87231%37%

Cities with similar population

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