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Avg. test scores 79%
High school dipl. 32%
Bachelors degree 57%

Santa Maria school information

IndexSanta MariaCaliforniaNational
Average Test Scores21%38%49%
Student/Teacher ratio22:120:116:1
Total public schools208,30879,221
Total private schools83,43824,874
Total post-secondary schools31,0857,963
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Key findings

  • The school test scores in Santa Maria are 58% lower than the national average
  • There are approximately 20 public schools in Santa Maria
  • 58.8% of people in Santa Maria have completed 8th grade
  • 56.4% of people in Santa Maria have completed high school
  • 13.1% of people in Santa Maria have completed a bachelors degree

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      Education level achieved in Santa Maria

      IndexSanta MariaCaliforniaNational
      Completed 8th grade58.8%81.1%84.3%
      Completed high school56.4%79.8%83.0%
      Completed some college40.0%61.5%59.4%
      Completed associate degree19.6%39.8%38.5%
      Completed bachelors13.1%32.0%30.3%
      Completed masters3.9%11.9%11.5%
      Completed professional degree1.2%3.9%3.3%
      Completed doctorate0.3%1.6%1.3%

      Santa Maria, CA School Districts

      • Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary School District
      • Blochman Union Elementary School District
      • Santa Maria Joint Union High School District

      There are a total of 20 public schools, 8 private schools and 3 post-secondary schools in Santa Maria. Using the proficiency score averages, the average test scores for Santa Maria, CA schools is 21%. The average student to teacher ratio is 22:1. In Santa Maria, CA, an average of 58.8% of students have completed 8th grade and an average of 56.4% have completed high school.

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      City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
      Pismo Beach, CA7,98453%8%
      Vandenberg AFB, CA3,48352%5%
      Arroyo Grande, CA17,84245%8%
      Orcutt, CA30,10940%18%
      Nipomo, CA16,45637%25%
      Santa Maria, CA103,64221%58%

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      Columbia, MD103,43953%9%
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      Lakeland, FL102,71450%2%
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      Santa Maria, CA103,64221%58%
      Source: The Santa Maria, 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.