Paterson school information

IndexPatersonNew JerseyNational
Average Test Scores19%43%49%
Student/Teacher ratio11:113:116:1
Total public schools391,60479,221
Total private schools1682324,874
Total post-secondary schools41577,963
The Paterson, NJ educational system consists of 39 public schools, 16 private schools and 4 post-secondary schools. Paterson public schools have average test scores of 19% which is 55% lower than than the New Jersey average and 60% lower than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Paterson public schools is 11:1, compared to 13:1 in New Jersey and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 72.6% of students have completed 8th grade, 68.2% have completed high school, 10.4% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 0.6% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Paterson are 60% lower than the national average.
  • There are approximately 39 public schools in Paterson.
  • 72.6% of people in Paterson have completed 8th grade.
  • 68.2% of people in Paterson have completed high school.
  • 10.4% of people in Paterson have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Paterson

IndexPatersonNew JerseyNational
Completed 8th grade72.6%87.5%84.3%
Completed high school68.2%86.3%83.0%
Completed some college31.3%60.7%59.4%
Completed associate degree14.9%43.9%38.5%
Completed bachelors10.4%37.5%30.3%
Completed masters3.0%14.4%11.5%
Completed professional degree0.6%4.0%3.3%
Completed doctorate0.1%1.5%1.3%

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

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City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Orangeburg, NY4,19299%100%
Essex Fells, NJ2,16492%87%
Teterboro, NJ8690%82%
Closter, NJ8,65083%68%
Saddle River, NJ3,24180%62%
Paterson, NJ146,89419%60%

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City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Bridgeport, CT147,02220%59%
Torrance, CA147,30758%18%
Clarksville, TN146,28164%30%
Joliet, IL147,51525%48%
Naperville, IL145,78961%25%
Paterson, NJ146,89419%60%
Source: The Paterson, NJ 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.