Seattle school information

IndexSeattleWashingtonNational
Average Test Scores57%48%49%
Student/Teacher ratio18:120:116:1
Total public schools1541,99179,221
Total private schools8754824,874
Total post-secondary schools301477,963
The Seattle, WA educational system consists of 154 public schools, 87 private schools and 30 post-secondary schools. Seattle public schools have average test scores of 57% which is 18% higher than than the Washington average and 16% higher than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Seattle public schools is 18:1, compared to 20:1 in Washington and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 92.6% of students have completed 8th grade, 92.1% have completed high school, 60.4% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 8.7% have completed a doctorate degree.
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  • The average school test scores in Seattle are 16% higher than the national average.
  • There are approximately 154 public schools in Seattle.
  • 92.6% of people in Seattle have completed 8th grade.
  • 92.1% of people in Seattle have completed high school.
  • 60.4% of people in Seattle have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Seattle

IndexSeattleWashingtonNational
Completed 8th grade92.6%87.5%84.3%
Completed high school92.1%86.6%83.0%
Completed some college83.4%67.7%59.4%
Completed associate degree67.2%43.3%38.5%
Completed bachelors60.4%33.6%30.3%
Completed masters24.9%12.3%11.5%
Completed professional degree8.7%3.6%3.3%
Completed doctorate3.7%1.5%1.3%

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

Nearby cities with high average school scores

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Medina, WA3,16988%79%
Mercer Island, WA24,46783%69%
Sammamish, WA62,13681%65%
Cottage Lake, WA23,84581%65%
Lake Forest Park, WA13,15680%63%
Seattle, WA668,84957%16%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Denver, CO663,30329%42%
El Paso, TX678,05876%54%
Washington, DC659,00923%53%
Boston, MA658,27951%3%
Memphis, TN655,85737%25%
Seattle, WA668,84957%16%
Source: The Seattle, WA 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.