Palo Alto school information

IndexPalo AltoCaliforniaNational
Average Test Scores82%38%49%
Student/Teacher ratio18:120:116:1
Total public schools178,30879,221
Total private schools143,43824,874
Total post-secondary schools51,0857,963
The Palo Alto, CA educational system consists of 17 public schools, 14 private schools and 5 post-secondary schools. Palo Alto public schools have average test scores of 82% which is 116% higher than than the California average and 68% higher than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Palo Alto public schools is 18:1, compared to 20:1 in California and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 97.3% of students have completed 8th grade, 97.1% have completed high school, 80.0% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 22.3% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Palo Alto are 68% higher than the national average.
  • There are approximately 17 public schools in Palo Alto.
  • 97.3% of people in Palo Alto have completed 8th grade.
  • 97.1% of people in Palo Alto have completed high school.
  • 80.0% of people in Palo Alto have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Palo Alto

IndexPalo AltoCaliforniaNational
Completed 8th grade97.3%81.1%84.3%
Completed high school97.1%79.8%83.0%
Completed some college91.8%61.5%59.4%
Completed associate degree83.8%39.8%38.5%
Completed bachelors80.0%32.0%30.3%
Completed masters51.5%11.9%11.5%
Completed professional degree22.3%3.9%3.3%
Completed doctorate13.8%1.6%1.3%

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

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Palo Alto, CA66,64982%68%

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Palo Alto, CA66,64982%68%
Source: The Palo Alto, 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.