Memphis school information

Average Test Scores37%52%49%
Student/Teacher ration/an/a16:1
Total public schools1871,39079,221
Total private schools7743024,874
Total post-secondary schools351897,963
The Memphis, TN educational system consists of 187 public schools, 77 private schools and 35 post-secondary schools. Memphis public schools have average test scores of 37% which is 30% lower than than the Tennessee average and 25% lower than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Memphis public schools is n/a, compared to n/a in Tennessee and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 81.4% of students have completed 8th grade, 80.0% have completed high school, 25.1% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 3.4% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Memphis are 25% lower than the national average.
  • There are approximately 187 public schools in Memphis.
  • 81.4% of people in Memphis have completed 8th grade.
  • 80.0% of people in Memphis have completed high school.
  • 25.1% of people in Memphis have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Memphis

Completed 8th grade81.4%82.0%84.3%
Completed high school80.0%79.9%83.0%
Completed some college54.7%53.2%59.4%
Completed associate degree31.0%32.2%38.5%
Completed bachelors25.1%25.4%30.3%
Completed masters9.8%9.3%11.5%
Completed professional degree3.4%2.8%3.3%
Completed doctorate1.3%1.2%1.3%

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

Nearby cities with high average school scores

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Bartlett, TN58,31859%20%
Olive Branch, MS35,50854%10%
Millington, TN11,06945%8%
Southaven, MS51,81639%20%
Walls, MS1,32636%28%
Memphis, TN655,85737%25%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Boston, MA658,27951%3%
Washington, DC659,00923%53%
Denver, CO663,30329%42%
Nashville, TN643,77143%12%
Seattle, WA668,84957%16%
Memphis, TN655,85737%25%
Source: The Memphis, TN 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.