Top School Districts in Nevada, 2018

As one of the fastest growing states in the nation, Nevada is rapidly adding districts and schools in order to accomodate all of its new residents. While many Nevada school districts are still working on getting everything in order, others are already achieving highly in academics and other areas.

Nevada’s top school district is Storey County School District, serving schools in Sparks and Virginia City, NV. According to U.S. News & World Report, 80% of Virginia City High School students are proficient in both mathematics and English.

Washoe County School District, a large system of schools serving the cities of Reno and Sparks and the unincorporated communities of Verdi, Incline Village and Gerlach, is Nevada’s second best school district. Seven of its nearly 100 schools have been honored as Blue Ribbon schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

Third on the list is Douglas County School District, serving the communities of Gardnerville, Minden, and South Lake Tahoe, NV. DCSD consists of seven elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools.

Placing fourth is Eureka County School District, a system of three schools located in Eureka and Crescent Valley, NV, about 240 miles east of Reno. The students of Eureka County High School have set a high standard of achievement, enough to be granted a bronze medal by U.S. News & World Report in their ranking of the top high schools in the nation.

Rounding out the top five is Lyon County School District, administering 17 schools in Lyon County, NV.

Top School Districts in Nevada, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Storey County School DistrictNevada
2Washoe County School DistrictNevada
3Douglas County School DistrictNevada
4Eureka County School DistrictNevada
5Lyon County School DistrictNevada
6Carson City School DistrictNevada
7Humboldt County School DistrictNevada
8Clark County School DistrictNevada
9Churchill County School DistrictNevada
10Elko County School DistrictNevada
11Nye County School DistrictNevada
12Lander County School DistrictNevada
13White Pine County School DistrictNevada
14Lincoln County School DistrictNevada
15Mineral County School DistrictNevada
16Pershing County School DistrictNevada

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 Minnesota, 2018

Frosty Minnesota takes public education seriously; the Land 10,000 Lakes ranked seventh in the nation in pre-K-12 education in US News & World Report’s latest survey of nationwide public education quality. The pleasant demeanor and high rate of civic participation of Minnesota’s citizens is a testament to the state’s terrific school systems.

Leading the pack at #1 is Wayzata Public Schools, an extensive district of 16 schools and over 11,000 students serving several cities in Hennepin County, MN (with but one school, West Middle School, actually located in the city of Wayzata). Owing to the excellence of its schools, a remarkably high percentage of the district’s graduates go on to pursue a college education.

Minnesota’s second best school district is Edina Public Schools, a smaller system, compared to the preceding entry on the list, of six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. EPS’s honors are myriad; six of its schools have earned Blue Ribbon School Awards, and Newsweek recently named Edina High School in its 2016 ranking of the nation’s best.

Ranking third is another excellent district, Minnetonka Public Schools, a system of 10 schools centered in Minnetonka, MI. Like other districts on the list, Minnetonka’s honors are too numerous to mention: 90% of its 2017 graduates went on to college, and the district was named a top workplace in the state by the Star Tribune.

Filling out the list of Minnesota’s top five school districts are Waconia Public Schools ISD 110 (#4) serving Carver and Hennepin counties, and Mahtomedi Public Schools ISD 832 (#5), whose students’ test scores regularly rank among the highest in the state.

Top School Districts in Minnesota, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Wayzata Public School DistrictMinnesota
2Edina Public School DistrictMinnesota
3Minnetonka Public School DistrictMinnesota
4Waconia Public School DistrictMinnesota
5Mahtomedi Public School DistrictMinnesota
6Westonka Public School DistrictMinnesota
7Byron Public School DistrictMinnesota
8Eden Prairie Public School DistrictMinnesota
9Orono Public School DistrictMinnesota
10St. Anthony-New Brighton SchoolsMinnesota
11Prior Lake-Savage Area SchoolsMinnesota
12New Prague Area SchoolsMinnesota
13Delano Public School DistrictMinnesota
14Eastern Carver County Public SchoolMinnesota
15Houston Public School DistrictMinnesota
16Zumbrota-Mazeppa School DistrictMinnesota
17Lakeville Public School DistrictMinnesota
18St. Michael-Albertville School DistMinnesota
19Sartell-St. Stephen School DistrictMinnesota
20Shakopee Public School DistrictMinnesota
21Centennial Public School DistrictMinnesota
22Esko Public School DistrictMinnesota
23Stillwater Area Public School Dist.Minnesota
24South Washington County School DistMinnesota
25Chisago Lakes School DistrictMinnesota
26Farmington Public School DistrictMinnesota
27Kasson-Mantorville School DistrictMinnesota
28Howard Lake-Waverly-WinstedMinnesota
29Annandale Public School DistrictMinnesota
30Rosemount-Apple Valley-EaganMinnesota
31Alexandria Public School DistrictMinnesota
32Stewartville Public School DistrictMinnesota
33Mounds View Public School DistrictMinnesota
34Becker Public School DistrictMinnesota
35Cleveland Public School DistrictMinnesota
36Holdingford Public School DistrictMinnesota
37Pine Island Public School Dist.Minnesota
38Hills-Beaver Creek School DistrictMinnesota
39Watertown-Mayer Public School Dist.Minnesota
40Randolph Public School DistrictMinnesota
41St. Louis Park Public School Dist.Minnesota
42Stephen-Argyle Central SchoolsMinnesota
43Barnesville Public School Dist.Minnesota
44Tri-County School DistrictMinnesota
45Springfield Public School DistrictMinnesota
46Monticello Public School DistrictMinnesota
47St. Charles Public School DistrictMinnesota
48Ulen-Hitterdal Public School DistMinnesota
49Sauk Rapids-Rice Public SchoolsMinnesota
50Hawley Public School DistrictMinnesota
51Jordan Public School DistrictMinnesota
52Northfield Public School DistrictMinnesota
53Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Public SchMinnesota
54Fertile-Beltrami School DistrictMinnesota
55Anoka-Hennepin Public School Dist.Minnesota
56Foley Public School DistrictMinnesota
57Battle Lake Public School DistrictMinnesota
58Albany Public School DistrictMinnesota
59Lyle Public School DistrictMinnesota
60Fergus Falls Public School DistrictMinnesota
61Plainview-Elgin-MillvilleMinnesota
62Maple Lake Public School DistrictMinnesota
63Rockford Public School DistrictMinnesota
64Elk River Public School DistrictMinnesota
65Sleepy Eye Public School DistrictMinnesota
66Mankato Public School DistrictMinnesota
67Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa School DistMinnesota
68Lake Crystal-Wellcome MemorialMinnesota
69Maple River School DistrictMinnesota
70Hutchinson Public School DistrictMinnesota
71Eden Valley-Watkins School DistrictMinnesota
72Cloquet Public School DistrictMinnesota
73Royalton Public School DistrictMinnesota
74Big Lake Public School DistrictMinnesota
75Dover-Eyota Public School DistrictMinnesota
76Brainerd Public School DistrictMinnesota
77Wabasha-Kellogg Public School Dist.Minnesota
78Hopkins Public School DistrictMinnesota
79Wheaton Area Public School DistrictMinnesota
80Waseca Public School DistrictMinnesota
81St. Francis Public School DistrictMinnesota
82Dassel-Cokato Public School Dist.Minnesota
83Luverne Public School DistrictMinnesota
84St. Peter Public School DistrictMinnesota
85Rochester Public School DistrictMinnesota
86White Bear Lake School DistrictMinnesota
87Rocori Public School DistrictMinnesota
88Hastings Public School DistrictMinnesota
89Parkers Prairie Public School Dist.Minnesota
90Hayfield Public School DistrictMinnesota
91Marshall County Central SchoolsMinnesota
92Bloomington Public School DistrictMinnesota
93Forest Lake Public School DistrictMinnesota
94Central Public School DistrictMinnesota
95North Branch Public SchoolsMinnesota
96Dilworth-Glyndon-FeltonMinnesota
97Murray County Central School Dist.Minnesota
98Red Wing Public School DistrictMinnesota
99Cannon Falls Public School DistrictMinnesota
100Osakis Public School DistrictMinnesota

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 Massachusetts, 2018

Massachusetts reputation for educational excellence is unrivaled in the nation: the state placed first overall in US News & World Report’s ranking of Pre-K-12 public education. The Bay State’s high educational standard dates back to the 17th century, when it was first state to require that all its municipalities employ a teacher. Massachusetts also boasts the nation’s oldest university (Harvard), public elementary (The Mather School), and high school (Boston Latin School).

The best public school district in a state full of them is Lexington Public Schools. Lexington’s nine schools have earned numerous honors recognizing their excellence, including a Blue Ribbon Award for Jonas Clarke Middle School in 2013.

Massachusetts #2 ranked public school district is Westford Public Schools, centered in Westford, MA. The district exceeds state standards in nearly every category, according to the 2017 district report card.

Placing third is Winchester Public Schools, a system of eight schools in Winchester, MA, a suburb eight miles north of downtown Boston. All of its schools rank among the best in the state, and WInchester High School’s graduation rate regularly tops 95%.

Westwood Public Schools is Massachusetts fourth-best public school district. Along with its remarkable high graduation rate, over 80% of the district’s students are at least proficient in both math and reading, as reflected in state test scores.

At #5 is Shrewsbury Public Schools, a district of nine schools headquartered in the nearly 300-year-old town of Shrewsbury, MA. The high achieving district is considered one of the best systems for teachers to earn a living, and it attracts the best, as 100% of its core classes are taught by those considered highly qualified.

Top School Districts in Massachusetts, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1LexingtonMassachusetts
2WestfordMassachusetts
3WinchesterMassachusetts
4WestwoodMassachusetts
5ShrewsburyMassachusetts
6WestonMassachusetts
7BelmontMassachusetts
8Mount GreylockMassachusetts
9BrooklineMassachusetts
10NewtonMassachusetts
11SharonMassachusetts
12ArlingtonMassachusetts
13WaylandMassachusetts
14HinghamMassachusetts
15Acton-BoxboroughMassachusetts
16WellesleyMassachusetts
17Dover-SherbornMassachusetts
18BedfordMassachusetts
19King PhilipMassachusetts
20AndoverMassachusetts
21ScituateMassachusetts
22NeedhamMassachusetts
23HarvardMassachusetts
24HopkintonMassachusetts
25LynnfieldMassachusetts
26MedfieldMassachusetts
27Manchester Essex RegionalMassachusetts
28WestboroughMassachusetts
29Groton-DunstableMassachusetts
30HollistonMassachusetts
31CohassetMassachusetts
32FranklinMassachusetts
33NatickMassachusetts
34WachusettMassachusetts
35GraftonMassachusetts
36NashobaMassachusetts
37ChelmsfordMassachusetts
38MarbleheadMassachusetts
39DuxburyMassachusetts
40LittletonMassachusetts
41CantonMassachusetts
42MiltonMassachusetts
43NorwellMassachusetts
44BraintreeMassachusetts
45MedwayMassachusetts
46North ReadingMassachusetts
47LongmeadowMassachusetts
48Old RochesterMassachusetts
49ReadingMassachusetts
50Hamilton-WenhamMassachusetts
51MarshfieldMassachusetts
52MansfieldMassachusetts
53WalpoleMassachusetts
54HanoverMassachusetts
55Mendon-UptonMassachusetts
56MelroseMassachusetts
57IpswichMassachusetts
58EastonMassachusetts
59HopedaleMassachusetts
60MasconometMassachusetts
61PentucketMassachusetts
62Silver LakeMassachusetts
63NausetMassachusetts
64DedhamMassachusetts
65NewburyportMassachusetts
66AshlandMassachusetts
67WilmingtonMassachusetts
68West BridgewaterMassachusetts
69SandwichMassachusetts
70TantasquaMassachusetts
71North AttleboroughMassachusetts
72NortonMassachusetts
73Hampden-WilbrahamMassachusetts
74SwampscottMassachusetts
75HolbrookMassachusetts
76North AndoverMassachusetts
77WakefieldMassachusetts
78LunenburgMassachusetts
79SeekonkMassachusetts
80FoxboroughMassachusetts
81SuttonMassachusetts
82LenoxMassachusetts
83HadleyMassachusetts
84PembrokeMassachusetts
85MillisMassachusetts
86GeorgetownMassachusetts
87Amherst-PelhamMassachusetts
88BurlingtonMassachusetts
89StonehamMassachusetts
90AuburnMassachusetts
91RockportMassachusetts
92HampshireMassachusetts
93AvonMassachusetts
94Freetown-LakevilleMassachusetts
95DouglasMassachusetts
96CambridgeMassachusetts
97MilfordMassachusetts
98East BridgewaterMassachusetts
99Berlin-BoylstonMassachusetts
100GranbyMassachusetts

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 Michigan, 2018

The Great Lakes State has a lot to offer: its natural beauty makes it major regional travel destination, and it remains a leading player in the high-tech, agriculture and manufacturing industries. Additionally, Michigan has many excellent public districts that play a large role in preparing the state’s youngsters for the future.

The best school district in Michigan is the Novi Community School District of Novi, MI, a suburb 25 miles outside of Detroit. NCSD’s eight schools regularly rank among the best the state has to offer, with Novi Woods earning a Blue Ribbon School Award in 2015, a distinction only afforded to the nation’s best schools.

Michigan’s #2 school district is Rochester Community Schools District, a large system serving communities in both Oakland and Macomb Counties with an enrollment topping 14,500 students. Recently, the district was awarded the Association of School Business Officials International Meritorious Budget Award for its 2017-2018 budget year, recognizing its financial efficiency and budget transparency.

Ranking third is the Troy School District, comprising 20 schools in Troy, MI, a city that is part of the Greater Detroit area. The district’s accolades are numerous; it is one of four districts in the area to be granted an “A+” rating from Detroit News, and Troy High School earned a gold medal from U.S. News & World Report, ranking it among the nation’s best public high schools.

The fourth position on the list belongs to Okemos Public Schools, a recently reorganized district of seven schools located in Okemos, MI, followed by #5 East Rapids Public Schools, whose schools have earned two Blue Ribbon School honors in just the past three years.

Top School Districts in Michigan, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Novi Community School DistrictMichigan
2Rochester Community School DistrictMichigan
3Troy School DistrictMichigan
4Okemos Public SchoolsMichigan
5East Grand Rapids Public SchoolsMichigan
6Birmingham Public SchoolsMichigan
7Bloomfield Hills SchoolsMichigan
8Northville Public SchoolsMichigan
9South Lyon Community SchoolsMichigan
10Saline Area SchoolsMichigan
11Forest Hills Public SchoolsMichigan
12Plymouth-Canton Community SchoolsMichigan
13Ann Arbor Public SchoolsMichigan
14Lake Orion Community SchoolsMichigan
15Hudsonville Public School DistrictMichigan
16Glen Lake Community SchoolsMichigan
17Byron Center Public SchoolsMichigan
18Grosse Pointe Public SchoolsMichigan
19Spring Lake Public SchoolsMichigan
20Caledonia Community SchoolsMichigan
21Chelsea School DistrictMichigan
22Haslett Public SchoolsMichigan
23Mattawan Consolidated SchoolMichigan
24Brighton Area SchoolsMichigan
25Dexter Community School DistrictMichigan
26West Bloomfield School DistrictMichigan
27North Muskegon Public SchoolsMichigan
28Rockford Public SchoolsMichigan
29Oxford Community SchoolsMichigan
30Clarkston Community School DistrictMichigan
31Walled Lake Consolidated SchoolsMichigan
32Howell Public SchoolsMichigan
33Lakeshore School District (Berrien)Michigan
34Berkley School DistrictMichigan
35Midland Public SchoolsMichigan
36Marysville Public SchoolsMichigan
37Grosse Ile Township SchoolsMichigan
38Hamilton Community SchoolsMichigan
39Grand Haven Area Public SchoolsMichigan
40East Lansing School DistrictMichigan
41Jenison Public SchoolsMichigan
42Edwardsburg Public SchoolsMichigan
43Milan Area SchoolsMichigan
44St. Joseph Public SchoolsMichigan
45Portage Public SchoolsMichigan
46School District Of The City Of Royal OakMichigan
47Grandville Public SchoolsMichigan
48Pewamo-Westphalia Community SchoolsMichigan
49Manchester Community SchoolsMichigan
50Gull Lake Community SchoolsMichigan
51Dewitt Public SchoolsMichigan
52Hopkins Public SchoolsMichigan
53Hartland Consolidated SchoolsMichigan
54Lake Fenton Community SchoolsMichigan
55Huron Valley SchoolsMichigan
56Clawson Public SchoolsMichigan
57Vicksburg Community SchoolsMichigan
58Zeeland Public SchoolsMichigan
59Fowler Public SchoolsMichigan
60Lowell Area SchoolsMichigan
61Les Cheneaux Community SchoolsMichigan
62Armada Area SchoolsMichigan
63Harbor Springs School DistrictMichigan
64Farmington Public School DistrictMichigan
65Livonia Public Schools School DistrictMichigan
66Frankenmuth School DistrictMichigan
67Bedford Public SchoolsMichigan
68Houghton-Portage Township School DistrictMichigan
69Fenton Area Public SchoolsMichigan
70Thornapple Kellogg School DistrictMichigan
71Avondale School DistrictMichigan
72Yale Public SchoolsMichigan
73East China School DistrictMichigan
74Saugatuck Public SchoolsMichigan
75Freeland Community School DistrictMichigan
76Kingsley Area SchoolsMichigan
77West Ottawa Public School DistrictMichigan
78L'Anse Creuse Public SchoolsMichigan
79Grand Blanc Community SchoolsMichigan
80Goodrich Area SchoolsMichigan
81Memphis Community SchoolsMichigan
82Elk Rapids SchoolsMichigan
83Portland Public SchoolsMichigan
84Lakeview Public Schools (Macomb)Michigan
85Leland Public School DistrictMichigan
86Western School DistrictMichigan
87Boyne Falls Public School DistrictMichigan
88Pinckney Community SchoolsMichigan
89Public Schools Of PetoskeyMichigan
90Allendale Public SchoolsMichigan
91Anchor Bay School DistrictMichigan
92Whiteford Agricultural School District Of The Counties Of LeMichigan
93Almont Community SchoolsMichigan
94Cedar Springs Public SchoolsMichigan
95Utica Community SchoolsMichigan
96Davison Community SchoolsMichigan
97Williamston Community SchoolsMichigan
98New Lothrop Area Public SchoolsMichigan
99Wayland Union SchoolsMichigan
100Mason Public Schools (Ingham)Michigan

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 Kansas, 2018

Kansas is a midwestern agricultural powerhouse served by many excellent public school districts. The state’s top school districts span many counties in regions all over the state.

The top ranking school district in Kansas is Waconda USD 272, a smaller system of one elementary school and one junior/senior high school located in Cawker City, KS. Despite its size, the district’s schools have received numerous awards over the years, including a Blue Ribbon School honor and a number of Governor’s Awards.

Blue Valley USD 229, serving portions of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, is second on the list of Kansas’s top school districts. A large system of over 30 schools, Blue Valley’s schools have received a great many accolades over the years. Most recently, 52 high school seniors from the district’s five high schools were named National Merit semifinalists.

Third in the ranking is Spring Hill School District USD 230, a large district serving parts of two counties which is growing at almost five percent annually. Spring Hill schools perform very well, and around 85% of its graduates go on to some form of post-grad education.

De Soto USD 232 (#4) is another large school district of over 7,000 students serving De Soto, KS and parts of several other nearby communities. De Soto USD schools have garnered multiple awards over the years.

Closing out the top five list is Andover USD 385, a large unified district in Andover, KS with a reputation for academic excellence.

Top School Districts in Kansas, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1WacondaKansas
2Blue ValleyKansas
3Spring HillKansas
4De SotoKansas
5AndoverKansas
6Gardner EdgertonKansas
7Silver LakeKansas
8GoddardKansas
9Piper-Kansas CityKansas
10OlatheKansas
11Valley FallsKansas
12Rock CreekKansas
13Auburn WashburnKansas
14CircleKansas
15Baldwin CityKansas
16CheneyKansas
17MaizeKansas
18Basehor-LinwoodKansas
19HaysKansas
20HesstonKansas
21VermillionKansas
22LouisburgKansas
23Pike ValleyKansas
24LyndonKansas
25Little RiverKansas
26Burlingame Public SchoolKansas
27HoltonKansas
28Hodgeman County SchoolsKansas
29Durham-Hillsboro-LehighKansas
30PhillipsburgKansas
31North Ottawa CountyKansas
32ClearwaterKansas
33Comanche CountyKansas
34EurekaKansas
35RenwickKansas
36Valley Center Pub SchKansas
37St Francis Comm SchKansas
38Smoky ValleyKansas
39PaolaKansas
40AugustaKansas
41Cimarron-EnsignKansas
42BuhlerKansas
43MeadeKansas
44Norton Community SchoolsKansas
45BarnesKansas
46SeamanKansas
47LincolnKansas
48LawrenceKansas
49Sedgwick Public SchoolsKansas
50DightonKansas
51Hoxie Community SchoolsKansas
52Canton-GalvaKansas
53WellsvilleKansas
54ConcordiaKansas
55Manhattan-OgdenKansas
56NickersonKansas
57Thunder Ridge SchoolsKansas
58HiawathaKansas
59VictoriaKansas
60WoodsonKansas
61OakleyKansas
62SpearvilleKansas
63UniontownKansas
64LansingKansas
65Twin ValleyKansas
66Northern ValleyKansas
67Frontenac Public SchoolsKansas
68OswegoKansas
69MulvaneKansas
70Kaw ValleyKansas
71Southern Lyon CountyKansas
72Royal ValleyKansas
73Remington-WhitewaterKansas
74MoundridgeKansas
75EllsworthKansas
76WamegoKansas
77Riley CountyKansas
78ChapmanKansas
79Rose Hill Public SchoolsKansas
80Southeast Of SalineKansas
81North Lyon CountyKansas
82Jefferson WestKansas
83Smith CenterKansas
84Republic CountyKansas
85NewtonKansas
86Barber County NorthKansas
87Clay CenterKansas
88Chase CountyKansas
89North JacksonKansas
90Sylvan GroveKansas
91CherokeeKansas
92MinneolaKansas
93EudoraKansas
94Mill Creek ValleyKansas
95InmanKansas
96GirardKansas
97HumboldtKansas
98Belle PlaineKansas
99Haven Public SchoolsKansas
100GarnettKansas

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 Louisiana, 2018

The Bayou State’s top school districts are spread out all across its confines, great school systems are located in the Baton Rouge area, the New Orleans metro area, and other regions further west. Owing to its old world influence, Louisiana is the only U.S. state whose political subdivisions are referred to as parishes, and many of its school districts are named after the parish in which they are based. As a whole, the state’s school districts have steadily improved in recent years.

Louisiana's highest ranked school district is Zachary Community School District, serving Zachary, LA, a city located 15 miles north of capital city Baton Rouge. Founded in 2003, ZCSD was named the #1 district in the state for a remarkable 11 years in a row through 2016, and continues to grow faster than any district in the state.

The #2 school district in the state is West Feliciana Parish Public Schools, based in St. Francisville, LA, and serving parts of other surrounding communities, as well. Unique for a public school district, West Feliciana requires all of its students to wear uniforms. The district’s schools regularly excel in both academics and athletics on the state level.

St. Tammamy Parish Public Schools places third among the state’s districts. In 2017, St. Tammamy once again maintained its “A” rating given by the Louisiana Department of Education.

Hit hard by Hurricane Katrina back in 2005, Plaquemines Parish School Board has overcome adversity to be named the state’s #4 best school district.

Rounding out the top five is Ascension Parish School Board, a large system of 27 schools based in Donaldsonville, LA,.

Top School Districts in Louisiana, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Zachary Community School DistrictLouisiana
2West Feliciana ParishLouisiana
3St. Tammany ParishLouisiana
4Plaquemines ParishLouisiana
5Ascension ParishLouisiana
6St. Charles ParishLouisiana
7Livingston ParishLouisiana
8Vernon ParishLouisiana
9St. Bernard ParishLouisiana
10Allen ParishLouisiana
11Bossier ParishLouisiana
12Ouachita ParishLouisiana
13Lasalle ParishLouisiana
14Calcasieu ParishLouisiana
15Lafayette ParishLouisiana
16Beauregard ParishLouisiana
17Jefferson Davis ParishLouisiana
18Vermilion ParishLouisiana
19St. James ParishLouisiana
20Cameron ParishLouisiana
21Grant ParishLouisiana
22Lafourche ParishLouisiana
23Terrebonne ParishLouisiana
24Acadia ParishLouisiana
25Rapides ParishLouisiana
26Iberville ParishLouisiana
27Lincoln ParishLouisiana
28Jefferson ParishLouisiana
29Desoto ParishLouisiana
30St. Mary ParishLouisiana
31Sabine ParishLouisiana
32West Baton Rouge ParishLouisiana
33Iberia ParishLouisiana
34St. John The Baptist ParishLouisiana
35Winn ParishLouisiana
36Assumption ParishLouisiana
37West Carroll ParishLouisiana
38St. Martin ParishLouisiana
39Caldwell ParishLouisiana
40Evangeline ParishLouisiana
41East Baton Rouge ParishLouisiana
42Jackson ParishLouisiana
43Richland ParishLouisiana
44Washington ParishLouisiana
45Catahoula ParishLouisiana
46Pointe Coupee ParishLouisiana
47Avoyelles ParishLouisiana
48Webster ParishLouisiana
49Orleans ParishLouisiana
50Tangipahoa ParishLouisiana
51Bienville ParishLouisiana
52Caddo ParishLouisiana
53Natchitoches ParishLouisiana
54East Feliciana ParishLouisiana
55Red River ParishLouisiana
56Concordia ParishLouisiana
57City Of Monroe School DistrictLouisiana
58St. Landry ParishLouisiana
59Union ParishLouisiana
60Franklin ParishLouisiana
61Morehouse ParishLouisiana
62City Of Bogalusa School DistrictLouisiana
63Tensas ParishLouisiana
64Claiborne ParishLouisiana
65East Carroll ParishLouisiana
66City Of Baker School DistrictLouisiana
67Madison ParishLouisiana
68St. Helena ParishLouisiana

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 Kentucky, 2018

The Bluegrass State’s educational system has undergone a great deal of reform over the past 25 years, improving testing standards, curriculum, and access to resources in school districts across the state. Nowadays, Kentucky is home to many excellent public school districts.

The top school district in Kentucky is Fort Thomas Independent School District based in Fort Thomas, KY, though it is actually considered part of the Greater Cincinnati area. Fort Thomas Independent School District is exceptional; having been named a “District of Distinction” three times in a row, as well as achieving the honor of being the top-ranked district in Kentucky as assessed by the state government.

Beechwood Independent School District, headquartered in Fort Mitchell, KY, places second on the list. The district’s high school students achieved the highest ACT scores in the state, and both its elementary and high schools have received the Blue Ribbon award in recent years.

Third on the list is Oldham County Schools, a large system of 18 schools, and several specialty centers serving much of Oldham County. The district is one of the largest in the state and continues to grow, with enrollment doubling in the past few years.

Even larger is the fourth place district on the list, Boone County Schools, administering 21 schools with an enrollment of over 17,500 students. All of the schools in the district have been granted accreditation by AdvancEd due to academic excellence.

Campbell County Schools in Campbell County, also near the city of Cincinnati in neighboring Ohio, ranks fifth, overall. The district has received numerous accolades for its academic achievements, including a silver medal from U.S. News and World Report.

Top School Districts in Kentucky, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Fort Thomas IndependentKentucky
2Beechwood IndependentKentucky
3Oldham CountyKentucky
4Boone CountyKentucky
5Campbell CountyKentucky
6Murray IndependentKentucky
7Daviess CountyKentucky
8Walton-Vero IndependentKentucky
9Hancock CountyKentucky
10Kenton CountyKentucky
11Mccracken CountyKentucky
12Fayette CountyKentucky
13Marshall CountyKentucky
14Boyle CountyKentucky
15Scott CountyKentucky
16Russell IndependentKentucky
17Woodford CountyKentucky
18Spencer CountyKentucky
19Anderson CountyKentucky
20Logan CountyKentucky
21Calloway CountyKentucky
22Meade CountyKentucky
23Henderson CountyKentucky
24Pulaski CountyKentucky
25Corbin IndependentKentucky
26Cloverport IndependentKentucky
27Elizabethtown IndependentKentucky
28Graves CountyKentucky
29Muhlenberg CountyKentucky
30Paintsville IndependentKentucky
31Johnson CountyKentucky
32Shelby CountyKentucky
33Boyd CountyKentucky
34Bourbon CountyKentucky
35Mclean CountyKentucky
36Pikeville IndependentKentucky
37Barren CountyKentucky
38Bullitt CountyKentucky
39Edmonson CountyKentucky
40Ballard CountyKentucky
41Montgomery CountyKentucky
42Marion CountyKentucky
43Bowling Green IndependentKentucky
44Warren CountyKentucky
45Clark CountyKentucky
46Lyon CountyKentucky
47Trigg CountyKentucky
48Laurel CountyKentucky
49Jessamine CountyKentucky
50Owen CountyKentucky
51Hopkins CountyKentucky
52Larue CountyKentucky
53Hardin CountyKentucky
54Simpson CountyKentucky
55Breckinridge CountyKentucky
56Garrard CountyKentucky
57Allen CountyKentucky
58Madison CountyKentucky
59Ohio CountyKentucky
60Mason CountyKentucky
61Glasgow IndependentKentucky
62Union CountyKentucky
63Danville IndependentKentucky
64Erlanger-Elsmere IndependentKentucky
65Taylor CountyKentucky
66Pendleton CountyKentucky
67Crittenden CountyKentucky
68Morgan CountyKentucky
69Green CountyKentucky
70Owensboro IndependentKentucky
71Floyd CountyKentucky
72Harrison CountyKentucky
73Rockcastle CountyKentucky
74Grant CountyKentucky
75Williamstown IndependentKentucky
76Hart CountyKentucky
77Caldwell CountyKentucky
78Ashland IndependentKentucky
79Monroe CountyKentucky
80Wayne CountyKentucky
81Nelson CountyKentucky
82Carter CountyKentucky
83Trimble CountyKentucky
84Bardstown IndependentKentucky
85Franklin CountyKentucky
86Mercer CountyKentucky
87Gallatin CountyKentucky
88Whitley CountyKentucky
89Webster CountyKentucky
90Casey CountyKentucky
91Grayson CountyKentucky
92Adair CountyKentucky
93Washington CountyKentucky
94Raceland-Worthington IndependentKentucky
95Butler CountyKentucky
96Bath CountyKentucky
97Jefferson CountyKentucky
98Russell CountyKentucky
99Harlan IndependentKentucky
100Berea IndependentKentucky

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 Maine, 2018

New England’s northernmost state is no slouch in academics; the Pine Tree State ranked 6th in the nation in Pre-K-12 education in U.S. News and World Report’s latest survey. This high standard of excellence is reflected in many of the state’s school districts.

Maine’s best school district is Falmouth Public Schools, serving the community of Falmouth, ME. The district is consistently recognized as one of the state’s best, with several of its schools receiving Blue Ribbon honors over the years.

Placing second is Yarmouth Schools in Yarmouth, Maine, a district of one primary school, one elementary school, and one high school. Yarmouth High School has been repeatedly recognized as one of America’s best public high schools by Newsweek.

The state’s #3 school district is Regional School Unit No. 51 (MSAD 51) headquartered in Cumberland Center, ME. Students in the district average an impressive graduation rate of 95%.

Cape Elizabeth School Department in Cape Elizabeth, ME earns the honor of being Maine’s #4 school district. Cape Elizabeth High School has received numerous accolades over the years, including a Blue Ribbon Award, and a spot in both Newsweek’s and U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of the top public high schools in the nation.

Regional School Unit #21 (RSU 21) places fifth in the ranking. The high achieving district serves the communities of Arundel, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport.

Top School Districts in Maine, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Falmouth Public SchoolsMaine
2Yarmouth SchoolsMaine
3Rsu 51/Msad 51Maine
4Cape Elizabeth Public SchoolsMaine
5Rsu 21Maine
6Wells-Ogunquit CsdMaine
7Rsu 05Maine
8York Public SchoolsMaine
9Rsu 26Maine
10Scarborough Public SchoolsMaine
11Rsu 23Maine
12Gorham Public SchoolsMaine
13Hermon Public SchoolsMaine
14Kittery Public SchoolsMaine
15Brunswick Public SchoolsMaine
16Rsu 35/Msad 35Maine
17Winthrop Public SchoolsMaine
18Rsu 44/Msad 44Maine
19Rsu 15/Msad 15Maine
20Rsu 60/Msad 60Maine
21Bangor Public SchoolsMaine
22Rsu 75/Msad 75Maine
23Lisbon Public SchoolsMaine
24Rsu 34Maine
25Rsu 12Maine
26Rsu 14Maine
27Rsu 38Maine
28Rsu 52/Msad 52Maine
29Rsu 33/Msad 33Maine
30South Portland Public SchoolsMaine
31Easton Public SchoolsMaine
32Rsu 57/Msad 57Maine
33Rsu 86/Msad 20Maine
34Greenville Public SchoolsMaine
35Rsu 58/Msad 58Maine
36Rsu 11/Msad 11Maine
37Rsu 06/Msad 06Maine
38Rsu 01 - LkrsuMaine
39Rsu 18Maine
40Rsu 29/Msad 29Maine
41Rsu 37/Msad 37Maine
42Rsu 13Maine
43Rsu 04Maine
44Rsu 16Maine
45Rsu 20Maine
46Machias Public SchoolsMaine
47Portland Public SchoolsMaine
48Rsu 70/Msad 70Maine
49Brewer Public SchoolsMaine
50Rsu 61/Msad 61Maine
51Rsu 31/Msad 31Maine
52Rsu 24Maine
53Rsu 64/Msad 64Maine
54Msad 27Maine
55Winslow SchoolsMaine
56Auburn Public SchoolsMaine
57Augusta Public SchoolsMaine
58Westbrook Public SchoolsMaine
59Sanford Public SchoolsMaine
60Boothbay-Boothbay Hbr CsdMaine
61Rsu 32/Msad 32Maine
62Rsu 02Maine
63Rsu 19Maine
64Rsu 79/Msad 01Maine
65Rsu 17/Msad 17Maine
66Madawaska Public SchoolsMaine
67Rsu 39Maine
68Millinocket Public SchoolsMaine
69Rsu 40/Msad 40Maine
70Rsu 54/Msad 54Maine
71Baileyville Public SchoolsMaine
72Deer Isle-Stonington CsdMaine
73Rsu 42/Msad 42Maine
74Rsu 55/Msad 55Maine
75Lewiston Public SchoolsMaine
76Rsu 80/Msad 04Maine
77Rsu 74/Msad 74Maine
78Rsu 59/Msad 59Maine
79Calais Public SchoolsMaine
80Biddeford Public SchoolsMaine
81Rsu 25Maine
82Rsu 49/Msad 49Maine
83Rsu 10Maine
84Rsu 83/Msad 13Maine
85Rsu 45/Msad 45Maine
86Msad 46Maine
87Waterville Public SchoolsMaine
88Rsu 88/Msad 24Maine
89Rsu 03/Msad 03Maine
90East Millinocket Public SchoolsMaine
91Rsu 41/Msad 41Maine

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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