Santa Monica school information

IndexSanta MonicaCaliforniaNational
Average Test Scores61%38%49%
Student/Teacher ratio20:120:116:1
Total public schools168,30879,221
Total private schools163,43824,874
Total post-secondary schools71,0857,963
The Santa Monica, CA educational system consists of 16 public schools, 16 private schools and 7 post-secondary schools. Santa Monica public schools have average test scores of 61% which is 60% higher than than the California average and 24% higher than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Santa Monica public schools is 20:1, compared to 20:1 in California and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 94.3% of students have completed 8th grade, 93.9% have completed high school, 67.0% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 12.9% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Santa Monica are 24% higher than the national average.
  • There are approximately 16 public schools in Santa Monica.
  • 94.3% of people in Santa Monica have completed 8th grade.
  • 93.9% of people in Santa Monica have completed high school.
  • 67.0% of people in Santa Monica have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Santa Monica

IndexSanta MonicaCaliforniaNational
Completed 8th grade94.3%81.1%84.3%
Completed high school93.9%79.8%83.0%
Completed some college86.0%61.5%59.4%
Completed associate degree72.0%39.8%38.5%
Completed bachelors67.0%32.0%30.3%
Completed masters28.2%11.9%11.5%
Completed professional degree12.9%3.9%3.3%
Completed doctorate4.6%1.6%1.3%

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

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City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Manhattan Beach, CA35,57379%60%
Hermosa Beach, CA19,72671%43%
West Hollywood, CA35,66170%43%
Hidden Hills, CA1,57369%40%
La Crescenta-Montrose, CA19,82466%35%
Santa Monica, CA92,24761%24%

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Lynn, MA92,07451%3%
Lawrence, KS92,61147%4%
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Santa Monica, CA92,24761%24%
Source: The Santa Monica, 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.