Tri-Cities Education

The region is known for its advances in science and technology, which have carried over to excellent education opportunities in each of our local school districts, as well as in the opportunities of higher education. There are nine public school districts and 12 private schools in the metro area.

Educational Attainment Estimates

(Age 25+ Population)

High School Graduate26.3%
Some College, No Degree24.0%
Associates Degree9.0%
Bachelors Degree14.2%
Graduate Degree9.6%

Post Secondary Institutions Enrollment

Community College

2010-2011 School Year

 Teacher/Student Ratio

2010-2011 Average Expenditure Per Pupil


SAT Scores–2012 Graduates

Kennewick School District497517475
Pasco School District438447422
Richland School District527545508
State Average519530503
National Average496514488

Source: Kennewick, Pasco and Richland School Districts
Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Public Schools

Benton City School District   509.588.3717
Columbia School District   509.547.2136
Finley School District   509.586.3217
Kahlotus School District   509.282.3338
Kennewick School District   509.222.5000
North Franklin School District   509.234.2021
Pasco School District   509.543.6700
Prosser School District   509.786.3323
Richland School District   509.967.6000

Vocational Schools

The Tri-Tech Skills Center (509.222.7300) offers classes for students interested in learning a specific vocational trade. The Center offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to receive skills needed for entry-level jobs while earning a high school diploma.

Private School

Bethlehem Lutheran School & Preschool   509.582.5624
Calvary Christian School & Preschool   509.735.1002
Christ the King School   509.946.6158
Franklin Academy   509.628.9265
Kingsport Christian School   509.547.6498
Liberty Christian School   509.946.0602
St. Joseph's Catholic School   509.586.0481
St. Patrick's School   509.547.7261
Tri-City Junior Academy   509.547.8092
Tri-Cities Prep   509.546.2465

Columbia Basin College

Columbia Basin College (CBC – 509.547.0511) offers its 13,000 students a full array of Associate Degree and Vocational/Technical career programs. The College works closely with regional employers to develop specific programs needed to train prospective workers for area businesses. The Workforce Training Center houses 120 computer work stations and provides state-of-the-art training customized to an employer’s needs.

Washington State University

Washington State University’s-Tri-Cities (WSU-TC – 509.372.7000) branch campus provides its 1,100 students the opportunity to acquire undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of programs. WSU-TC recently expanded it Tri-City facility to include a Consolidated Information Center (CIC), merging the Department of Energy’s Technical Library with WSU’s existing library to provide public access to years of technical research and knowledge. The University’s long-term vision shows continued expansion.

Mid-Columbia Education Alliance

A non-profit partnership supported by business, community and educational leaders in the Mid-Columbia region, MCEA works to increase public awareness and understanding about Washington's efforts to improve the quality of education for all students.

For more information, please contact:

Executive Director
201 Greenbriar West
Richland, WA 99352