Portsmouth school information

Average Test Scores73%78%49%
Student/Teacher ratio14:113:116:1
Total public schools271,59679,221
Total private schools855324,874
Total post-secondary schools21997,963
The Portsmouth, VA educational system consists of 27 public schools, 8 private schools and 2 post-secondary schools. Portsmouth public schools have average test scores of 73% which is 6% lower than than the Virginia average and 48% higher than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Portsmouth public schools is 14:1, compared to 13:1 in Virginia and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 80.8% of students have completed 8th grade, 79.2% have completed high school, 21.1% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 1.9% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Portsmouth are 48% higher than the national average.
  • There are approximately 27 public schools in Portsmouth.
  • 80.8% of people in Portsmouth have completed 8th grade.
  • 79.2% of people in Portsmouth have completed high school.
  • 21.1% of people in Portsmouth have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Portsmouth

Completed 8th grade80.8%85.9%84.3%
Completed high school79.2%84.7%83.0%
Completed some college55.4%64.1%59.4%
Completed associate degree29.2%44.2%38.5%
Completed bachelors21.1%36.9%30.3%
Completed masters7.4%15.7%11.5%
Completed professional degree1.9%4.2%3.3%
Completed doctorate0.8%1.7%1.3%

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

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City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Carrollton, VA5,48185%72%
Chesapeake, VA233,19479%62%
Hampton, VA136,78971%45%
Norfolk, VA245,72469%39%
Portsmouth, VA96,07173%48%

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Dearborn, MI95,52044%10%
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Portsmouth, VA96,07173%48%
Source: The Portsmouth, VA 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.