Petal school information

IndexPetalMississippiNational
Average Test Scores48%28%49%
Student/Teacher ratio15:116:116:1
Total public schools589379,221
Total private schoolsn/a20624,874
Total post-secondary schoolsn/a687,963
The Petal, MS educational system consists of 5 public schools, n/a private schools and n/a post-secondary schools. Petal public schools have average test scores of 48% which is 72% higher than than the Mississippi average and 3% lower than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Petal public schools is 15:1, compared to 16:1 in Mississippi and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 86.8% of students have completed 8th grade, 86.1% have completed high school, 25.0% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 2.9% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Petal are 3% lower than the national average.
  • There are approximately 5 public schools in Petal.
  • 86.8% of people in Petal have completed 8th grade.
  • 86.1% of people in Petal have completed high school.
  • 25.0% of people in Petal have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Petal

IndexPetalMississippiNational
Completed 8th grade86.8%78.6%84.3%
Completed high school86.1%76.7%83.0%
Completed some college61.1%52.5%59.4%
Completed associate degree33.6%29.8%38.5%
Completed bachelors25.0%21.0%30.3%
Completed masters8.8%7.9%11.5%
Completed professional degree2.9%2.2%3.3%
Completed doctorate1.4%0.9%1.3%

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

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Source: The Petal, MS 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.