Top School Districts in Missouri, 2018

Parents mulling over the best area of Missouri in which to raise their children need look no further than the communities of St. Louis County, as all of the state’s five best public school districts are located within its limits.

The #1 ranked public school system in Missouri is Ladue School District, administering four elementaries, one middle, and one high school in Ladue, MO, a small suburb of St. Louis with the highest median income of any city in Missouri. The district is among the elite in the state, with 82% of students achieving reading proficiency.

Placing second is the School District of Clayton, serving Clayton and parts of Richmond Heights and St. Louis City. Clayton High School has been repeatedly recognized by Newsweek as one of the nation’s best public high schools.

Ranking third is Lindbergh Schools, a system of six elementaries, two middle schools and one high school based in southwest St. Louis County. Lindbergh Senior High’s 96% graduation rate places it among the top high schools in the state.

Kirkwood School District, founded in 1865 and one of the oldest districts in the state, follows at #4. A planned suburb with a wonderful historic district, bustling farmer’s market, and tree-lined residential areas, Kirkwood is a great community in which to raise a family.

Brentwood School District, with its four high-achieving schools and early childhood center, rounds out the top five.

Top School Districts in Missouri, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1LadueMissouri
2ClaytonMissouri
3Lindbergh SchoolsMissouri
4Kirkwood R-ViiMissouri
5BrentwoodMissouri
6Rockwood R-ViMissouri
7Parkway C-2Missouri
8Webster GrovesMissouri
9Otterville R-ViMissouri
10New HavenMissouri
11Liberty 53Missouri
12Nixa Public SchoolsMissouri
13Park HillMissouri
14Kearney R-IMissouri
15Blue Springs R-IvMissouri
16Blair Oaks R-IiMissouri
17North Platte Co. R-IMissouri
18Wentzville R-IvMissouri
19Francis Howell R-IiiMissouri
20Archie R-VMissouri
21Orchard Farm R-VMissouri
22Northeast Randolph Co. R-IvMissouri
23Adrian R-IiiMissouri
24Lee'S Summit R-ViiMissouri
25Platte Co. R-IiiMissouri
26Valley ParkMissouri
27Grain Valley R-VMissouri
28Fox C-6Missouri
29Maplewood-Richmond HeightsMissouri
30Mid-Buchanan Co. R-VMissouri
31Rock Port R-IiMissouri
32Festus R-ViMissouri
33West Platte Co. R-IiMissouri
34Braymer C-4Missouri
35St. Elizabeth R-IvMissouri
36Raymore-Peculiar R-IiMissouri
37Webb City R-ViiMissouri
38Mound City R-IiMissouri
39Knob Noster R-ViiiMissouri
40Windsor C-1Missouri
41Ft. Zumwalt R-IiMissouri
42WashingtonMissouri
43Zalma R-VMissouri
44Affton 101Missouri
45Smithville R-IiMissouri
46Ozark R-ViMissouri
47North ShelbyMissouri
48Lone Jack C-6Missouri
49Wellington-Napoleon R-IxMissouri
50Southern Boone Co. R-IMissouri
51Meadville R-IvMissouri
52Santa Fe R-XMissouri
53Hardin-Central C-2Missouri
54Pattonville R-IiiMissouri
55Farmington R-ViiMissouri
56Chadwick R-IMissouri
57Ste. Genevieve Co. R-IiMissouri
58Grandview R-IiMissouri
59Scotland Co. R-IMissouri
60Fair Grove R-XMissouri
61Mehlville R-IxMissouri
62Osage Co. R-IiiMissouri
63Lawson R-XivMissouri
64Jackson R-IiMissouri
65Bell City R-IiMissouri
66Green Ridge R-ViiiMissouri
67Lathrop R-IiMissouri
68Oak Grove R-ViMissouri
69Crystal City 47Missouri
70Carl Junction R-IMissouri
71Waynesville R-ViMissouri
72Midway R-IMissouri
73Concordia R-IiMissouri
74St. James R-IMissouri
75Buchanan Co. R-IvMissouri
76Maysville R-IMissouri
77East Buchanan Co. C-1Missouri
78Oran R-IiiMissouri
79Rolla 31Missouri
80Willard R-IiMissouri
81Northwest R-IMissouri
82Centralia R-ViMissouri
83King City R-IMissouri
84Marion Co. R-IiMissouri
85Pleasant Hill R-IiiMissouri
86Hillsboro R-IiiMissouri
87Savannah R-IiiMissouri
88West St. Francois Co. R-IvMissouri
89Maryville R-IiMissouri
90Advance R-IvMissouri
91Warrensburg R-ViMissouri
92Kirksville R-IiiMissouri
93Desoto 73Missouri
94Cole Co. R-IMissouri
95Branson R-IvMissouri
96North Andrew Co. R-ViMissouri
97Adair Co. R-IiMissouri
98Palmyra R-IMissouri
99Leeton R-XMissouri

Methodology

The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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Top School Districts in Mississippi, 2018

With its rich traditions of hearty southern cuisine and soulful delta blues and gospel music, and status as the birthplace of some of the most important American figures of the past century, including rock n’ roll pioneer Elvis Presley, media icon Oprah Winfrey, and legendary playwright Tennessee Williams, Mississippi has a lot to be proud of. The Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of School Improvement’s focus on raising the performance of the state’s public schools ensures that many more Mississippians will join past notable Mississippians in making a lasting impact on American culture.

Mississippi’s top public school system is the Madison County School District, with over 10,000 students in the communities of Flora, Madison, parts of Jackson and other areas of Madison County. The district’s impressive 85.6% graduation rate is well above the statewide average.

The Clinton Public School District in Clinton, MS places at #2 on the list. Due to the students’ proficiency in a broad range of subjects and high grad rate, CPSD earned an “A” accountability grade through the state’s Department of Education.

Ranking third is Pontotoc City School District, comprising two elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. PCSD students regularly excel in a wide range of areas, earning their district the distinction of being “A” level.

The list of Mississippi’s top five school districts is filled out by Enterprise School District (#4), which received the Beacon Award at the 2018 at the 46th annual MSBA conference, followed by Lamar County School District, which received its first “A” rating for the 16-17 school year.

Top School Districts in Mississippi, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Madison County School DistrictMississippi
2Clinton Public School DistrictMississippi
3Pontotoc City SchoolsMississippi
4Enterprise School DistrictMississippi
5Lamar County School DistrictMississippi
6Rankin County School DistrictMississippi
7Desoto County School DistrictMississippi
8Petal School DistrictMississippi
9Oxford School DistrictMississippi
10Long Beach School DistrictMississippi
11Pass Christian Public School DistrictMississippi
12Tishomingo County Sp Mun Sch DistrictMississippi
13New Albany Public SchoolsMississippi
14Kosciusko School DistrictMississippi
15Ocean Springs School DistrictMississippi
16Hancock County School DistrictMississippi
17Pearl River County School DistrictMississippi
18Harrison County School DistrictMississippi
19Monroe County School DistrictMississippi
20Union Public School DistrictMississippi
21Lowndes County School DistrictMississippi
22Tupelo Public School DistrictMississippi
23Pearl Public School DistrictMississippi
24Jackson County School DistrictMississippi
25Senatobia Municipal School DistrictMississippi
26Lee County School DistrictMississippi
27Corinth School DistrictMississippi
28Alcorn School DistrictMississippi
29Pontotoc County School DistrictMississippi
30Newton County School DistrictMississippi
31Union County School DistrictMississippi
32Lauderdale County School DistrictMississippi
33Biloxi Public School DistrictMississippi
34George County School DistrictMississippi
35Booneville School DistrictMississippi
36Lafayette County School DistrictMississippi
37Webster County School DistrictMississippi
38Lawrence County School DistrictMississippi
39Stone County School DistrictMississippi
40Amory School DistrictMississippi
41Itawamba County School DistrictMississippi
42Bay St Louis Waveland School DistrictMississippi
43Neshoba County School DistrictMississippi
44Prentiss County School DistrictMississippi
45North Pike School DistrictMississippi
46Jones County School DistrictMississippi
47Grenada School DistrictMississippi
48Poplarville Separate School DistrictMississippi
49South Tippah School DistrictMississippi
50Lincoln County School DistrictMississippi
51Hinds County School DistrictMississippi
52Gulfport School DistrictMississippi
53Choctaw County School DistrictMississippi
54Smith County School DistrictMississippi
55Winona Separate School DistrictMississippi
56Baldwyn School DistrictMississippi
57Chickasaw County School DistrictMississippi
58Simpson County School DistrictMississippi
59Richton School DistrictMississippi
60Brookhaven School DistrictMississippi
61Calhoun County School DistrictMississippi
62Greene County School DistrictMississippi
63Water Valley School DistrictMississippi
64South Panola School DistrictMississippi
65Scott County School DistrictMississippi
66Columbia School DistrictMississippi
67Pascagoula School DistrictMississippi
68Forrest County School DistrictMississippi
69Tate County School DistrictMississippi
70Houston School DistrictMississippi
71North Tippah School DistrictMississippi
72Wayne County School DistrictMississippi
73Carroll County School DistrictMississippi
74Franklin County School DistrictMississippi
75Picayune School DistrictMississippi
76Louisville Municipal School DistrictMississippi
77Laurel School DistrictMississippi
78Marion County School DistrictMississippi
79South Delta School DistrictMississippi
80Vicksburg Warren School DistrictMississippi
81Cleveland School DistrictMississippi
82West Jasper Consolidated SchoolsMississippi
83Nettleton School DistrictMississippi
84East Jasper Consolidated Sch DistrictMississippi
85Jackson Public School DistrictMississippi
86Yazoo County School DistrictMississippi
87Forest Municipal School DistrictMississippi
88Jefferson Davis County School DistrictMississippi
89Quitman School DistrictMississippi
90Marshall County School DistrictMississippi
91Copiah County School DistrictMississippi
92Tunica County School DistrictMississippi
93Philadelphia Public School DistrictMississippi
94Benton County School DistrictMississippi
95Columbus Municipal School DistrictMississippi
96Okolona Separate School DistrictMississippi
97Greenwood Public School DistrictMississippi
98Wilkinson County School DistrictMississippi
99Hattiesburg Public School DistrictMississippi
100Canton Public School DistrictMississippi

Methodology

The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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Top School Districts in South Carolina, 2018

Known for its long, beautiful coastline, historical landmarks dating back to colonial America, and mixture of cultures, South Carolina also has a number of excellent public school districts serving the state’s youth.

The best public school system in South Carolina is Fort Mill School District, one of four districts serving York County (and the first of two in the state’s top five). Comprising nine elementary schools, five middle schools, and two high schools (with one more set to open in August 2019), Fort Mills Schools is smaller than most in the state, yet also one of the fastest growing. The district earned the honor of accreditation by AdvancED, a distinction only bestowed upon districts meeting a high standard of academic excellence.

South Carolina’s #2 ranked school system is Clover School District, made up of 12 schools also serving York County. CSD outperforms a majority of the state’s school districts, with students achieving 70% proficiency in math.

The third spot in the ranking belongs to District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties. Nationally renowned as an excellent school system, a remarkable 17 students from School District Five’s four high schools recently earned the distinction of becoming National Merit Scholarship finalists.

Rounding out South Carolina’s top five school districts are Dorchester School District Two (#4), comprising 25 schools based in Summerville, SC, and Lexington School District 1 (#5) of Lexington County, SC.

Top School Districts in South Carolina, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1York 04South Carolina
2York 02South Carolina
3Lexington 05South Carolina
4Dorchester 02South Carolina
5Lexington 01South Carolina
6Anderson 01South Carolina
7Spartanburg 01South Carolina
8Charleston 01South Carolina
9Spartanburg 05South Carolina
10Anderson 04South Carolina
11Anderson 02South Carolina
12Spartanburg 02South Carolina
13Greenville 01South Carolina
14Abbeville 60South Carolina
15Pickens 01South Carolina
16Berkeley 01South Carolina
17Horry 01South Carolina
18Anderson 05South Carolina
19Richland 02South Carolina
20York 03South Carolina
21Beaufort 01South Carolina
22Spartanburg 03South Carolina
23Spartanburg 04South Carolina
24Edgefield 01South Carolina
25Kershaw 01South Carolina
26Oconee 01South Carolina
27Lancaster 01South Carolina
28Greenwood 52South Carolina
29York 01South Carolina
30Florence 01South Carolina
31Lexington 02South Carolina
32Spartanburg 06South Carolina
33Clarendon 03South Carolina
34Spartanburg 07South Carolina
35Dorchester 04South Carolina
36Laurens 56South Carolina
37Aiken 01South Carolina
38Laurens 55South Carolina
39Saluda 01South Carolina
40Bamberg 01South Carolina
41Anderson 03South Carolina
42Georgetown 01South Carolina
43Chesterfield 01South Carolina
44Richland 01South Carolina
45Calhoun 01South Carolina
46Newberry 01South Carolina
47Cherokee 01South Carolina
48Union 01South Carolina
49Dillon 03South Carolina
50Greenwood 51South Carolina
51Darlington 01South Carolina
52Lexington 03South Carolina
53Barnwell 29South Carolina
54Florence 05South Carolina
55Hampton 01South Carolina
56Greenwood 50South Carolina
57Mccormick 01South Carolina
58Florence 02South Carolina
59Clarendon 02South Carolina
60Lexington 04South Carolina
61Fairfield 01South Carolina
62Dillon 04South Carolina
63Colleton 01South Carolina
64Chester 01South Carolina
65Orangeburg 05South Carolina
66Barnwell 45South Carolina
67Florence 03South Carolina
68Orangeburg 04South Carolina
69Marlboro 01South Carolina
70Clarendon 01South Carolina
71Orangeburg 03South Carolina
72Barnwell 19South Carolina
73Williamsburg 01South Carolina
74Florence 04South Carolina
75Hampton 02South Carolina
76Jasper 01South Carolina
77Bamberg 02South Carolina
78Allendale 01South Carolina
79Lee 01South Carolina

Methodology

The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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Top School Districts in South Dakota, 2018

The Mount Rushmore State is no slouch when it comes to public school education, placing in the top 20 in both college readiness and NAEP math scores in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the fifty states in Pre-K-12 education. South Dakota’s finest school districts compare favorably with the best in the nation.

The state’s top school district is comprised of one school, Chester Area School in Chester, SD with elementary, middle, and high school branches. According to Niche.com, a remarkable 95% of the elementary school students are proficient in mathematics.

Number two in the ranking is Parker School District, another one school district located in Parker, SD. The district is the only school district in South Dakota to receive the Distinguished School District award for seven straight years, and Parker Elementary earned the National Blue Ribbon Award in 2012.

Warner School District, a small but excellent school district serving the town that lends it its name comes in at #3.

At #4 is Groton Area School District, comprising one elementary school and one combined middle school/high school in Groton, SD. Groton’s two schools regularly deliver a high level of academic excellence, with Groton Area Elementary taking home the National Blue Ribbon School Award in 2012.

Closing out the top five is Harrisburg School District, larger than the preceding districts on the list with six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school serving Lincoln County, SD.

Top School Districts in South Dakota, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Chester Area School District 39-1South Dakota
2Parker School District 60-4South Dakota
3Warner School District 06-5South Dakota
4Groton Area School District 06-6South Dakota
5Harrisburg School District 41-2South Dakota
6Plankinton School District 01-1South Dakota
7Arlington School District 38-1South Dakota
8Brandon Valley School District 49-2South Dakota
9Dakota Valley School District 61-8South Dakota
10Alcester-Hudson School District 61-1South Dakota
11Elk Point-Jefferson School District 61-7South Dakota
12Webster Area 18-5South Dakota
13Ethan School District 17-1South Dakota
14Deubrook Area School District 05-6South Dakota
15Brookings School District 05-1South Dakota
16Montrose School District 43-2South Dakota
17Mitchell School District 17-2South Dakota
18Parkston School District 33-3South Dakota
19Garretson School District 49-4South Dakota
20Howard School District 48-3South Dakota
21De Smet School District 38-2South Dakota
22Hamlin School District 28-3South Dakota
23Pierre School District 32-2South Dakota
24Irene - Wakonda School District 13-3South Dakota
25Wall School District 51-5South Dakota
26Gettysburg School District 53-1South Dakota
27Canton School District 41-1South Dakota
28Platte - Geddes School District 11-5South Dakota
29Beresford School District 61-2South Dakota
30Sioux Falls School District 49-5South Dakota
31Lake Preston School District 38-3South Dakota
32Faulkton Area Schools 24-4South Dakota
33Milbank School District 25-4South Dakota
34Dell Rapids School District 49-3South Dakota
35Agar-Blunt-Onida School District 58-3South Dakota
36Miller 29-4South Dakota
37Watertown School District 14-4South Dakota
38Rosholt School District 54-4South Dakota
39Burke School District 26-2South Dakota
40Aberdeen School District 06-1South Dakota
41Sioux Valley School District 05-5South Dakota
42Lennox School District 41-4South Dakota
43Tea Area School District 41-5South Dakota
44Langford Area 45-5South Dakota
45Meade School District 46-1South Dakota
46Britton-Hecla School District 45-4South Dakota
47Madison Central School District 39-2South Dakota
48West Central School District 49-7South Dakota
49Vermillion School District 13-1South Dakota
50Bridgewater-Emery 30-3South Dakota
51Redfield School District 56-4South Dakota
52Yankton School District 63-3South Dakota
53Baltic School District 49-1South Dakota
54Bon Homme School District 04-2South Dakota
55Tri-Valley School District 49-6South Dakota
56Avon School District 04-1South Dakota
57Menno School District 33-2South Dakota
58Kimball School District 07-2South Dakota
59Mccook Central School District 43-7South Dakota
60Castlewood School District 28-1South Dakota
61Ipswich Public School District 22-6South Dakota
62Haakon School District 27-1South Dakota
63Flandreau School District 50-3South Dakota
64Deuel School District 19-4South Dakota
65Lead-Deadwood School District 40-1South Dakota
66Chamberlain School District 07-1South Dakota
67Gregory School District 26-4South Dakota
68Spearfish School District 40-2South Dakota
69Custer School District 16-1South Dakota
70Douglas School District 51-1South Dakota
71Stanley County School District 57-1South Dakota
72Leola School District 44-2South Dakota
73Colome Consolidated 59-3South Dakota
74Rapid City Area School District 51-4South Dakota
75Newell School District 09-2South Dakota
76Hanson School District 30-1South Dakota
77Highmore-Harrold 34-2South Dakota
78Hill City School District 51-2South Dakota
79Lemmon School District 52-4South Dakota
80Tripp-Delmont School District 33-5South Dakota
81Scotland School District 04-3South Dakota
82Mount Vernon School District 17-3South Dakota
83Northwestern Area School District 56-7South Dakota
84New Underwood School District 51-3South Dakota
85Hot Springs School District 23-2South Dakota
86Freeman School District 33-1South Dakota
87Colman-Egan School District 50-5South Dakota
88Wilmot School District 54-7South Dakota
89Gayville-Volin School District 63-1South Dakota
90Wolsey Wessington School District 02-6South Dakota
91Mobridge-Pollock 62-6South Dakota
92Huron School District 02-2South Dakota
93Clark School District 12-2South Dakota
94Dupree School District 64-2South Dakota
95Wagner Community School District 11-4South Dakota
96Timber Lake School District 20-3South Dakota
97Elkton School District 05-3South Dakota
98Willow Lake School District 12-3South Dakota
99Viborg-Hurley School District 60-6South Dakota
100Wessington Springs School District 36-2South Dakota

Methodology

The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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Top School Districts in Tennessee, 2018

The Volunteer State is exceptionally good at sending kids out into the world with a satisfactory education: U.S. News & World Report ranked Tennessee 9th in the nation in graduation rate in their most latest survey.

Tennessee’s best public school district is Williamson County Schools, a large district comprising 44 schools serving Williamson County, TN. WCS is one of the fastest growing in the state, and plans to open three more schools for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. The expansion hasn’t hurt the district’s academic performance any, as the WCS’s 2017 graduating classes’ ACT composite score of 25.2 is the highest in the district’s history.

At #2 is Maryville City Schools, comprising seven schools serving Maryville, TN. In 2017, the district managed a remarkable graduation rate of 94.3%, with 90% of graduating students going on to some form of secondary education.

Johnson City Schools, a district made of up of eight elementaries, two intermediate/middle schools and one high school, comes in third place.The district’s students’ ACT and SAT scores consistently exceed state and national averages, perhaps owing to the high qualifications of JCS’s teachers, 20 of which have received National Board Certification.

Gibson Special Schools, a well rated district based in Dyer, TN, ranks #4, followed by Rutherford County Schools (#5) of Murfreesboro, TN, a large school district that received AdvancED accreditation in 2010.

Top School Districts in Tennessee, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Williamson CountyTennessee
2MaryvilleTennessee
3Johnson CityTennessee
4Gibson Co Sp DistTennessee
5Rutherford CountyTennessee
6Wilson CountyTennessee
7Sumner CountyTennessee
8Oak RidgeTennessee
9BradfordTennessee
10KingsportTennessee
11Dickson CountyTennessee
12Lawrence CountyTennessee
13GreenevilleTennessee
14Dyer CountyTennessee
15Knox CountyTennessee
16Washington CountyTennessee
17Loudon CountyTennessee
18Henderson CountyTennessee
19Lincoln CountyTennessee
20AlcoaTennessee
21Trousdale CountyTennessee
22Cheatham CountyTennessee
23BristolTennessee
24Weakley CountyTennessee
25Montgomery CountyTennessee
26Obion CountyTennessee
27Chester CountyTennessee
28MckenzieTennessee
29ElizabethtonTennessee
30Tipton CountyTennessee
31Smith CountyTennessee
32Bradley CountyTennessee
33ClevelandTennessee
34HuntingdonTennessee
35Blount CountyTennessee
36Hamilton CountyTennessee
37Stewart CountyTennessee
38Robertson CountyTennessee
39White CountyTennessee
40MilanTennessee
41Meigs CountyTennessee
42Hamblen CountyTennessee
43Henry CountyTennessee
44Roane CountyTennessee
45Moore CountyTennessee
46Marion CountyTennessee
47Putnam CountyTennessee
48Sullivan CountyTennessee
49Franklin CountyTennessee
50Marshall CountyTennessee
51Bedford CountyTennessee
52TullahomaTennessee
53Cumberland CountyTennessee
54Mcminn CountyTennessee
55Sevier CountyTennessee
56Rhea CountyTennessee
57Humphreys CountyTennessee
58West Carroll Sp DistTennessee
59Dekalb CountyTennessee
60Overton CountyTennessee
61Lewis CountyTennessee
62Maury CountyTennessee
63South CarrollTennessee
64Coffee CountyTennessee
65Anderson CountyTennessee
66Decatur CountyTennessee
67Johnson CountyTennessee
68Hickman CountyTennessee
69Hawkins CountyTennessee
70Polk CountyTennessee
71Macon CountyTennessee
72Hollow Rock - BrucetonTennessee
73TrentonTennessee
74DyersburgTennessee
75Mcnairy CountyTennessee
76Cannon CountyTennessee
77Perry CountyTennessee
78Benton CountyTennessee
79Greene CountyTennessee
80Jefferson CountyTennessee
81Unicoi CountyTennessee
82Houston CountyTennessee
83Davidson CountyTennessee
84Sequatchie CountyTennessee
85Scott CountyTennessee
86Claiborne CountyTennessee
87Pickett CountyTennessee
88Bledsoe CountyTennessee
89Lenoir CityTennessee
90Hardin CountyTennessee
91OneidaTennessee
92Warren CountyTennessee
93Monroe CountyTennessee
94Giles CountyTennessee
95Cocke CountyTennessee
96Wayne CountyTennessee
97Union CityTennessee
98Campbell CountyTennessee
99Crockett CountyTennessee
100Lauderdale CountyTennessee

Methodology

The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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Top School Districts in Utah, 2018

With its stark desert beauty, friendly, well-educated residents, expanding economy, and myriad opportunities for outdoor recreation, more and more Americans are migrating to Utah, and they’re bringing their children with them; the state’s public school enrollment exceeded 650K for the first time in 2017. Luckily for them, the Beehive State has plenty of excellent school districts to choose from.

Cache County School District is the state’s best public school system. Comprising 16 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 4 high schools and 1 special school, Cache County leads the state in both language arts and math proficiencies, as well as earning the highest scores on the 2016 SAGE tests.

Utah’s #2 public school district is Park City School District, located in the mountain town of Park City, UT. Long recognized as one of the state’s best school districts, PCSD has achieved a 95% graduation rate, 10 points above the Utah average and in the top 1% in the U.S., overall.

Ranking #3 is Morgan County School District, a smaller district of two elementaries, one middle school and one high school. According to Niche.com, the district boasts a graduation rate of 92%.

At #4 is South Summit School District based in Kamas, UT. The district is growing fast and hopes to build a new high school. Located 42 miles east of downtown Salt Lake City, the town is known as the “Gateway to the Uintas.”

The fifth best school district in Utah is the Alpine School District , the largest school district in the state with 86 total schools and over 75,000 students enrolled.

Top School Districts in Utah, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Cache DistrictUtah
2Park City DistrictUtah
3Morgan DistrictUtah
4South Summit DistrictUtah
5Alpine DistrictUtah
6Wasatch DistrictUtah
7Rich DistrictUtah
8Canyons DistrictUtah
9Provo DistrictUtah
10Davis DistrictUtah
11Beaver DistrictUtah
12Washington DistrictUtah
13Box Elder DistrictUtah
14Jordan DistrictUtah
15Nebo DistrictUtah
16South Sanpete DistrictUtah
17Tooele DistrictUtah
18Juab DistrictUtah
19Tintic DistrictUtah
20Garfield DistrictUtah
21Kane DistrictUtah
22North Sanpete DistrictUtah
23Murray DistrictUtah
24Sevier DistrictUtah
25North Summit DistrictUtah
26Uintah DistrictUtah
27Iron DistrictUtah
28Logan City DistrictUtah
29Salt Lake DistrictUtah
30Weber DistrictUtah
31Emery DistrictUtah
32Duchesne DistrictUtah
33Millard DistrictUtah
34Wayne DistrictUtah
35Granite DistrictUtah
36Carbon DistrictUtah
37Grand DistrictUtah
38Piute DistrictUtah
39Ogden City DistrictUtah
40San Juan DistrictUtah

Methodology

The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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Top School Districts in Vermont, 2018

Vermont, with its tranquil lakes, impressive mountains, and dense forests, is a great place for children to learn about and experience the natural world, and the New England state’s school system certainly picks up the slack; it was rated #4 in the nation in Pre-K-12 education by U.S. News & World Report.

Vermont’s best public school system is South Burlington School District, comprising five schools in the state’s second largest city and headquarters of the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Company. The district’s schools excel in academics, performing above the state and national averages in standardized tests.

Rivendell Interstate School District, one of the few interstate school districts in the nation, serving three towns in Vermont and one New Hampshire town, ranks #2 on the list.

At #3 is Colchester School District, administering five schools in Colchester, VT, a suburb of Burlington. CSD is known for its vibrant music and art programs and excellent physical education program.

Placing fourth is Montpelier School District, comprising three schools serving Montpelier and parts of several other towns. U.S. News & World Report honored Montpelier High School with a silver medal, naming it the 2nd best within the entire state.

Closing out the list of Vermont’s top five best school districts is Hartford School District. The district’s six schools have been repeatedly recognized for their academic excellence, performing above the national average in standardized test scores.

Top School Districts in Vermont, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1South Burlington School DistrictVermont
2Rivendell Interstate School DistrictVermont
3Colchester School DistrictVermont
4Montpelier School DistrictVermont
5Hartford School DistrictVermont
6Burlington School DistrictVermont
7Milton Incorporated School DistrictVermont
8Blue Mountain Usd #21Vermont
9Springfield School DistrictVermont
10Rutland City School DistrictVermont
11Winooski School DistrictVermont

Methodology

The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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Top School Districts in Virginia, 2018

As the birthplace of eight U.S. presidents and carrying a long history of its sons and daughters leaving school to serve in the federal government, Virginia’s public school systems are held to a high standard of academic excellence. Luckily, the state boasts some of the finest public school divisions (the term used to denote subsections of schools in Virginia, rather than “school district”) in the country.

Virginia’s top school division is Falls Church City Public Schools, administering five schools serving the Washington, D.C. suburb. FCCPS has an excellent, well earned reputation for academic excellence, recently boasting an on-time graduation rate of 100% and SAT scores over 200 points higher than the state average.

At #2 we have Arlington Public Schools, a large school division of over 30 schools and an enrollment topping 25K serving Arlington County, VA, which sits across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. Students of this affluent county are known for their diversity, hailing from 122 nations and able to speak over 100 languages.

Ranking third is Loudoun Public Schools, a massive school division with enrollment topping 80K headquartered in Ashburn, VA. 2017 witnessed 40 LCPS students becoming National Merit Semifinalists.

Fairfax County Public Schools, the largest school division in the country, boasting an enrollment of over 180,000, ranks #4.

York County School Division, a modestly sized (for Virginia), yet high-performing school division, is #5. At 95.4%, YCSD’s 2017 graduation rate was over 4 points above Virginia’s already excellent statewide average.

Top School Districts in Virginia, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Falls Church City Pblc SchsVirginia
2Arlington Co Pblc SchsVirginia
3Loudoun Co Pblc SchsVirginia
4Fairfax Co Pblc SchsVirginia
5York Co Pblc SchsVirginia
6Hanover Co Pblc SchsVirginia
7Botetourt Co Pblc SchsVirginia
8Roanoke Co Pblc SchsVirginia
9Goochland Co Pblc SchsVirginia
10Albemarle Co Pblc SchsVirginia
11Williamsburg-James City Pblc SchsVirginia
12Montgomery Co Pblc SchsVirginia
13Poquoson City Pblc SchsVirginia
14Prince William Co Pblc SchsVirginia
15Powhatan Co Pblc SchsVirginia
16Gloucester Co Pblc SchsVirginia
17Stafford Co Pblc SchsVirginia
18Floyd Co Pblc SchsVirginia
19West Point Pblc SchsVirginia
20King Geo Co Pblc SchsVirginia
21Manassas Park City Pblc SchsVirginia
22Salem City Pblc SchsVirginia
23Chesterfield Co Pblc SchsVirginia
24Henrico Co Pblc SchsVirginia
25New Kent Co Pblc SchsVirginia
26Fauquier Co Pblc SchsVirginia
27Middlesex Co Pblc SchsVirginia
28Franklin Co Pblc SchsVirginia
29Va Beach City Pblc SchsVirginia
30Prince George Co Pblc SchsVirginia
31Chesapeake City Pblc SchsVirginia
32Rockingham Co Pblc SchsVirginia
33Charlottesville Cty Pblc SchsVirginia
34Isle Of Wight Co Pblc SchsVirginia
35Colonial Heights City Pblc SchsVirginia
36Fluvanna Co Pblc SchsVirginia
37Augusta Co Pblc SchsVirginia
38Clarke Co Pblc SchsVirginia
39Scott Co Pblc SchsVirginia
40Spotsylvania Co Pblc SchsVirginia
41Radford City Pblc SchsVirginia
42Washington Co Pblc SchsVirginia
43Culpeper Co Pblc SchsVirginia
44King And Queen Co Pblc SchsVirginia
45Rockbridge Co Pblc SchsVirginia
46Pittsylvania Co Pblc SchsVirginia
47King William Co Pblc SchsVirginia
48Patrick Co Pblc SchsVirginia
49Nelson Co Pblc SchsVirginia
50Frederick Co Pblc SchsVirginia
51Manassas City Pblc SchsVirginia
52Northumberland Co Pblc SchsVirginia
53Bedford Co Pblc SchsVirginia
54Orange Co Pblc SchsVirginia
55Richmond Co Pblc SchsVirginia
56Giles Co Pblc SchsVirginia
57Pulaski Co Pblc SchsVirginia
58Alexandria City Pblc SchsVirginia
59Campbell Co Pblc SchsVirginia
60Wise Co Pblc SchsVirginia
61Craig Co Pblc SchsVirginia
62Dinwiddie Co Pblc SchsVirginia
63Bland Co Pblc SchsVirginia
64Appomattox Co Pblc SchsVirginia
65Tazewell Co Pblc SchsVirginia
66Suffolk City Pblc SchsVirginia
67Alleghany Co Pblc SchsVirginia
68Louisa Co Pblc SchsVirginia
69Shenandoah Co Pblc SchsVirginia
70Russell Co Pblc SchsVirginia
71Southampton Co Pblc SchsVirginia
72Fredericksburg City Pblc SchsVirginia
73Highland Co Pblc SchsVirginia
74Warren Co Pblc SchsVirginia
75Page Co Pblc SchsVirginia
76Carroll Co Pblc SchsVirginia
77Wythe Co Pblc SchsVirginia
78Caroline Co Pblc SchsVirginia
79Greene Co Pblc SchsVirginia
80Henry Co Pblc SchsVirginia
81Winchester City Pblc SchsVirginia
82Rappahannock Co Pblc SchsVirginia
83Mecklenburg Co Pblc SchsVirginia
84Charlotte Co Pblc SchsVirginia
85Colonial Beach Pblc SchsVirginia
86Amherst Co Pblc SchsVirginia
87Norton City Pblc SchsVirginia
88Mathews Co Pblc SchsVirginia
89Staunton City Pblc SchsVirginia
90Roanoke City Pblc SchsVirginia
91Waynesboro City Pblc SchsVirginia
92Lee Co Pblc SchsVirginia
93Surry Co Pblc SchsVirginia
94Halifax Co Pblc SchsVirginia
95Smyth Co Pblc SchsVirginia
96Bath Co Pblc SchsVirginia
97Galax City Pblc SchsVirginia
98Covington City Pblc SchsVirginia
99Grayson Co Pblc SchsVirginia
100Dickenson Co Pblc SchsVirginia

Methodology

The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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