Top School Districts in Wisconsin, 2018

The Badger State compares very favorably in pre-K-12 education with the rest of the nation, ranking 6th in the U.S. in NAEP math scores and high school graduation rate, as well as 8th in NAEP reading scores according to U.S. News & World Report. Wisconsin offers its residents some of the best public school districts in the nation.

Wisconsin’s best public school district is Mequon-Thiensville School District, comprising six schools serving Mequon and Thiensville, two suburbs of Milwaukee. MTSD has been repeatedly recognized nationally for its academic excellence, with three of its schools earning the National Blue Ribbon Award in the past fifteen years, most recently Oriole Lane Elementary in 2017.

Waunakee Community School District is Wisconsin’s #2 school district. Administering one independent kindergarten, three elementaries, one intermediate school, and one high school, WCSD schools either meet or exceed expectations in every academic measure.

Ranking third is Whitefish Bay School District, a small system comprising four schools serving Whitefish Bay, WI. The district has consistently excelled in academics and standardized testing compared with the rest of the state, recently becoming the only district in Wisconsin to boast an average ACT score above 25 for over 16 years.

#4 Kohler District honors Wisconsin’s legacy of excellent public schooling, with one of its schools earning a National Blue Ribbon Award in 2013.

Elmbrook School District places fifth due to its students high academic performance: the district’s graduation rate regularly reaches 98%.

Top School Districts in Wisconsin, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Mequon-Thiensville School DistrictWisconsin
2Waunakee Community School DistrictWisconsin
3Whitefish Bay School DistrictWisconsin
4Kohler School DistrictWisconsin
5Elmbrook School DistrictWisconsin
6Hamilton School DistrictWisconsin
7Middleton-Cross Plains Area School DistrictWisconsin
8Benton School DistrictWisconsin
9Mcfarland School DistrictWisconsin
10Kettle Moraine School DistrictWisconsin
11Germantown School DistrictWisconsin
12De Pere School DistrictWisconsin
13Franklin Public School DistrictWisconsin
14Grafton School DistrictWisconsin
15New Berlin School DistrictWisconsin
16Monona Grove School DistrictWisconsin
17Cedarburg School DistrictWisconsin
18Wauwatosa School DistrictWisconsin
19Northern Ozaukee School DistrictWisconsin
20Mukwonago School DistrictWisconsin
21Shorewood School DistrictWisconsin
22Pewaukee School DistrictWisconsin
23Kimberly Area School DistrictWisconsin
24Menomonee Falls School DistrictWisconsin
25Oregon School DistrictWisconsin
26Slinger School DistrictWisconsin
27Mount Horeb Area School DistrictWisconsin
28Howard-Suamico School DistrictWisconsin
29Oconomowoc Area School DistrictWisconsin
30Greendale School DistrictWisconsin
31Muskego-Norway School DistrictWisconsin
32Gibraltar Area School DistrictWisconsin
33Hudson School DistrictWisconsin
34River Falls School DistrictWisconsin
35West De Pere School DistrictWisconsin
36Grantsburg School DistrictWisconsin
37Deerfield Community School DistrictWisconsin
38Winneconne Community School DistrictWisconsin
39Spring Valley School DistrictWisconsin
40Oostburg School DistrictWisconsin
41Sun Prairie Area School DistrictWisconsin
42Southern Door County School DistrictWisconsin
43Pecatonica Area School DistrictWisconsin
44Hilbert School DistrictWisconsin
45Sauk Prairie School DistrictWisconsin
46Howards Grove School DistrictWisconsin
47Neenah Joint School DistrictWisconsin
48New Glarus School DistrictWisconsin
49Pulaski Community School DistrictWisconsin
50Onalaska School DistrictWisconsin
51De Forest Area School DistrictWisconsin
52Verona Area School DistrictWisconsin
53Hortonville Area School DistrictWisconsin
54West Salem School DistrictWisconsin
55Cedar Grove-Belgium Area School DistrictWisconsin
56Platteville School DistrictWisconsin
57Fall River School DistrictWisconsin
58Whitnall School DistrictWisconsin
59Lake Mills Area School DistrictWisconsin
60Wrightstown Community School DistrictWisconsin
61Dodgeville School DistrictWisconsin
62Elk Mound Area School DistrictWisconsin
63Port Washington-Saukville School DistrictWisconsin
64Plymouth Joint School DistrictWisconsin
65Wild Rose School DistrictWisconsin
66Elkhorn Area School DistrictWisconsin
67Highland School DistrictWisconsin
68Rosendale-Brandon School DistrictWisconsin
69Ashwaubenon School DistrictWisconsin
70Green Lake School DistrictWisconsin
71Somerset School DistrictWisconsin
72Denmark School DistrictWisconsin
73Beloit Turner School DistrictWisconsin
74Random Lake School DistrictWisconsin
75New Richmond School DistrictWisconsin
76Stoughton Area School DistrictWisconsin
77Turtle Lake School DistrictWisconsin
78Prescott School DistrictWisconsin
79Columbus School DistrictWisconsin
80Sheboygan Falls School DistrictWisconsin
81Holmen School DistrictWisconsin
82Altoona School DistrictWisconsin
83Ellsworth Community School DistrictWisconsin
84Spencer School DistrictWisconsin
85Luxemburg-Casco School DistrictWisconsin
86Osceola School DistrictWisconsin
87Reedsville School DistrictWisconsin
88Belleville School DistrictWisconsin
89Kiel Area School DistrictWisconsin
90Tomorrow River School DistrictWisconsin
91Milton School DistrictWisconsin
92Cochrane-Fountain City School DistrictWisconsin
93Evansville Community School DistrictWisconsin
94Lodi School DistrictWisconsin
95Prentice School DistrictWisconsin
96Weyauwega-Fremont School DistrictWisconsin
97Saint Croix Central School DistrictWisconsin
98East Troy Community School DistrictWisconsin
99River Valley School DistrictWisconsin
100Amery School DistrictWisconsin

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 Wyoming, 2018

The Cowboy State is home to some of the most stunning mountain ranges in the continental United States, two of the most widely visiting national parks (Yellowstone and Grand Teton), and public school districts boasting some of the nation’s highest testing students: Wyoming ranks 11th in the nation in both NAEP reading and math scores according to U.S. News & World Report.

Wyoming’s best school district is Sheridan County School District #2, comprising six elementary schools, one junior high, one high school, and two alternative schools serving Sheridan, WY. The district’s students perform excellently in academics, leading the state among large districts in both reading and math.

Ranking #2 in Wyoming is Sublette County School District #1, a small system of four schools serving several communities in its namesake county. As proof of the district’s high level of achievement, Pinedale High School was awarded a bronze medal by U.S. News & World Report, signifying its status as one of the nation’s best public high schools.

Uinta County School District #6 ranks third among Wyoming’s school districts. According to Niche.com, the district boasts an impressive graduation rate of 85%.

At #4 is Niobrara County School District #1, comprising four schools serving the totality of Niobrara County and part of Goshen County, followed by Lincoln County School District #2 (#5), whose schools are all accredited by AdvancED and the State of Wyoming.

Top School Districts in Wyoming, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Sheridan County School District #2Wyoming
2Sublette County School District #1Wyoming
3Uinta County School District #6Wyoming
4Niobrara County School District #1Wyoming
5Lincoln County School District #2Wyoming
6Uinta County School District #4Wyoming
7Teton County School District #1Wyoming
8Laramie County School District #2Wyoming
9Big Horn County School District #2Wyoming
10Lincoln County School District #1Wyoming
11Park County School District # 1Wyoming
12Park County School District # 6Wyoming
13Fremont County School District # 1Wyoming
14Albany County School District #1Wyoming
15Sheridan County School District #1Wyoming
16Washakie County School District #1Wyoming
17Converse County School District #1Wyoming
18Sublette County School District #9Wyoming
19Natrona County School District #1Wyoming
20Johnson County School District #1Wyoming
21Weston County School District #7Wyoming
22Crook County School District #1Wyoming
23Uinta County School District #1Wyoming
24Carbon County School District #2Wyoming
25Converse County School District #2Wyoming
26Big Horn County School District #3Wyoming
27Fremont County School District #24Wyoming
28Big Horn County School District #1Wyoming
29Hot Springs County School District #1Wyoming
30Campbell County School District #1Wyoming
31Sweetwater County School District #1Wyoming
32Laramie County School District #1Wyoming
33Platte County School District #2Wyoming
34Weston County School District #1Wyoming
35Goshen County School District #1Wyoming
36Fremont County School District # 6Wyoming
37Sweetwater County School District #2Wyoming
38Carbon County School District #1Wyoming
39Platte County School District #1Wyoming
40Fremont County School District #25Wyoming
41Big Horn County School District #4Wyoming
42Fremont County School District #38Wyoming
43Fremont County School District #14Wyoming

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 Nebraska, 2018

Nebraska, the vast, agriculturally-rich Great Plains state dividing the eastern and western parts of the country, is a quiet heavyweight in public education: the Cornhusker State ranks fifth nationwide in high school graduation rate, according to the latest survey by U.S. News & World Report.

The best public school district in Nebraska is Bennington Public Schools, serving the small town of Bennington, NE. Comprising three elementaries, a middle school, and a high school, the district exceeds statewide standards in nearly every measure.

Elkhorn Public Schools, based in the western part of the Omaha metro area, ranks #2 in the state. On account of its reputation as excellent school system with a high graduation rate, enrollment in EPS schools has grown by more than 6% with each year.

Placing third is Norris School District #160, whose four schools serve the communities of Lancaster County, NE. The district is small and rural-based, but is growing steadily with an eye towards the future: Norris was recently one of the first few hundred schools around the globe to be a Google Reference District.

At #4 is Stapleton Public Schools, another modestly-sized district with a hardworking, high achieving student body. U.S. News and World Report recently bestowed Stapleton High School with a bronze medal due to students’ high proficiency in math and English.

Rounding out the top five is Millard Public Schools, headquartered in southwest Omaha, NE. Much larger than the districts before it in the ranking, Millard’s standard of excellence has been recognized for a long time running; 13 of its schools have been honored with the Blue Ribbon Award.

Top School Districts in Nebraska, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Bennington Public SchoolsNebraska
2Elkhorn Public SchoolsNebraska
3Norris School Dist 160Nebraska
4Stapleton Public SchoolsNebraska
5Millard Public SchoolsNebraska
6Westside Community SchoolsNebraska
7Milford Public SchoolsNebraska
8Diller-Odell Public SchoolsNebraska
9Wallace Public Sch Dist 65 RNebraska
10Fort Calhoun Community SchsNebraska
11Lincoln Public SchoolsNebraska
12Gretna Public SchoolsNebraska
13Arlington Public SchoolsNebraska
14Douglas Co West Community SchsNebraska
15Holdrege Public SchoolsNebraska
16Palmyra District O R 1Nebraska
17North Bend Central Public SchsNebraska
18Hemingford Public SchoolsNebraska
19Elmwood-Murdock Public SchoolsNebraska
20Ashland-Greenwood Public SchsNebraska
21Yutan Public SchoolsNebraska
22Heartland Community SchoolsNebraska
23Sterling Public SchoolsNebraska
24Pierce Public SchoolsNebraska
25Papillion-La Vista Public SchsNebraska
26Creighton Community Public SchoolsNebraska
27Ord Public SchoolsNebraska
28Burwell Public SchoolsNebraska
29Mc Cool Junction Public SchsNebraska
30Hartington Public SchoolsNebraska
31Pleasanton Public SchoolsNebraska
32Logan View Public SchoolsNebraska
33Springfield Platteview Community SchoolsNebraska
34Mitchell Public SchoolsNebraska
35Conestoga Public SchoolsNebraska
36Cambridge Public SchoolsNebraska
37Osmond Community SchoolsNebraska
38Auburn Public SchoolsNebraska
39Malcolm Public SchoolsNebraska
40Cross County Community SchoolsNebraska
41Sidney Public SchoolsNebraska
42Kearney Public SchoolsNebraska
43Blair Community SchoolsNebraska
44Gothenburg Public SchoolsNebraska
45Arapahoe Public SchoolsNebraska
46West Holt Public SchoolsNebraska
47Sutton Public SchoolsNebraska
48Bertrand Public SchoolsNebraska
49Fillmore Central Public SchsNebraska
50Raymond Central Public SchoolsNebraska
51Laurel-Concord Public SchoolsNebraska
52Waverly School District 145Nebraska
53Adams Central Public SchoolsNebraska
54York Public SchoolsNebraska
55Wahoo Public SchoolsNebraska
56Pender Public SchoolsNebraska
57Chase County SchoolsNebraska
58Beatrice Public SchoolsNebraska
59Bloomfield Community SchoolsNebraska
60Seward Public SchoolsNebraska
61Creek Valley SchoolsNebraska
62Freeman Public SchoolsNebraska
63Centennial Public SchoolsNebraska
64David City Public SchoolsNebraska
65Randolph Public SchoolsNebraska
66Weeping Water Public SchoolsNebraska
67Wisner-Pilger Public SchoolsNebraska
68Wausa Public SchoolsNebraska
69Aurora Public SchoolsNebraska
70Mullen Public SchoolsNebraska
71Chadron Public SchoolsNebraska
72Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca SchoolsNebraska
73Leyton Public SchoolsNebraska
74Battle Creek Public SchoolsNebraska
75Wakefield Public SchoolsNebraska
76Morrill Public SchoolsNebraska
77Valentine Community SchoolsNebraska
78Mc Cook Public SchoolsNebraska
79Bridgeport Public SchoolsNebraska
80Louisville Public SchoolsNebraska
81Franklin Public SchoolsNebraska
82Columbus Public SchoolsNebraska
83Stanton Community SchoolsNebraska
84Broken Bow Public SchoolsNebraska
85Norfolk Public SchoolsNebraska
86Garden County SchoolsNebraska
87Tri County Public SchoolsNebraska
88Overton Public SchoolsNebraska
89Allen Consolidated SchoolsNebraska
90Johnson-Brock Public SchoolsNebraska
91Oakland Craig Public SchoolsNebraska
92Boone Central SchoolsNebraska
93Ponca Public SchoolsNebraska
94Alma Public SchoolsNebraska
95Osceola Public SchoolsNebraska
96Northwest Public SchoolsNebraska
97Hitchcock Co Sch SystemNebraska
98Bellevue Public SchoolsNebraska
99Crete Public SchoolsNebraska
100Superior Public SchoolsNebraska

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 New Jersey, 2018

The Garden State belongs in the upper echelon of American states when it comes to public education; according to U.S. News & World Report, New Jersey is #3 in the nation in Pre-K-12 education, and #2 in high school graduation rate.

New Jersey’s best school system is West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, comprising ten schools serving students hailing from West Windsor and Plainsboro Townships. A number of its schools have received the highest honor any public school can receive, the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon award, including West WIndsor-Plainsboro High School North in 2006.

Tenafly Public Schools, serving Tenafly, NJ, ranks second in the state. The district’s six schools consistently exceed state and nationwide standards of achievement, and Tenafly High School was recognized as a gold medal school by U.S. News & World Report, an honor bestowed to the best public high schools in the nation.

Third in the ranking is Bernards Township School District. Several of the district’s schools have been recognized by Newsweek and other nationwide publications for their excellence. In addition, Liberty Corner School earned a Blue Ribbon award in 2015. 

Millburn Township Public Schools (#4) is another system making good on New Jersey’s reputation for excellent public schooling, with numerous honors under its belt.

Closing out New Jersey’s top five is Princeton Public Schools, a district of six schools serving youngsters from Princeton, NJ. In 2017, PPS’s Littlebrook Elementary became another New Jersey school to earn Blue Ribbon recognition.

Top School Districts in New Jersey, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
2Tenafly Public SchoolsNew Jersey
3Bernards Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
4Millburn Township SchoolsNew Jersey
5Princeton Public SchoolsNew Jersey
6Ridgewood Public SchoolsNew Jersey
7The School District Of The ChathamsNew Jersey
8Mountain Lakes Board Of EducationNew Jersey
9Glen Rock Public School DistrictNew Jersey
10Montgomery Township School DistrictNew Jersey
11Livingston Public SchoolsNew Jersey
12Edison Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
13Madison Public SchoolsNew Jersey
14River Dell Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
15New Providence Board Of EducationNew Jersey
16Westfield Public SchoolsNew Jersey
17Haddonfield Board Of EducationNew Jersey
18Cresskill Public School DistrictNew Jersey
19Berkeley Heights Public SchoolsNew Jersey
20Montville Township School DistrictNew Jersey
21Kinnelon Board Of EducationNew Jersey
22Summit Public SchoolsNew Jersey
23Mahwah Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
24Robbinsville Public SchoolsNew Jersey
25South Brunswick School DistrictNew Jersey
26Somerset Hills Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
27Scotch Plains-Fanwood School DistrictNew Jersey
28Holmdel Township School DistrictNew Jersey
29Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
30Ramsey Public SchoolsNew Jersey
31Mount Olive Township School DistrictNew Jersey
32Hopewell Valley Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
33Hillsborough Township Public School DistrictNew Jersey
34Park Ridge Public SchoolsNew Jersey
35Glen Ridge Public SchoolsNew Jersey
36Cranford Public School DistrictNew Jersey
37Randolph Township SchoolsNew Jersey
38Pequannock Township School DistrictNew Jersey
39Fort Lee Public SchoolsNew Jersey
40East Brunswick Public SchoolsNew Jersey
41Parsippany-Troy Hills Township SchoolsNew Jersey
42Emerson Public SchoolsNew Jersey
43Waldwick School DistrictNew Jersey
44Moorestown Township Public School DistrictNew Jersey
45Fair Lawn Public SchoolsNew Jersey
46Leonia Public SchoolsNew Jersey
47South Orange-Maplewood School DistrictNew Jersey
48Verona Public SchoolsNew Jersey
49Haddon Heights Public SchoolsNew Jersey
50Westwood Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
51Paramus Public SchoolsNew Jersey
52Wall Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
53Metuchen Public SchoolsNew Jersey
54Monroe Township Board Of EducationNew Jersey
55Montclair Public SchoolsNew Jersey
56Dumont Board Of EducationNew Jersey
57West Essex Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
58Clearview Regional High School DistrictNew Jersey
59Caldwell-West Caldwell Public SchoolsNew Jersey
60Cherry Hill Public SchoolsNew Jersey
61Highland Park Board Of EducationNew Jersey
62Kingsway Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
63Piscataway Township SchoolsNew Jersey
64Henry Hudson Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
65Wayne Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
66Rutherford Public SchoolsNew Jersey
67Clark Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
68Southern Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
69Upper Freehold Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
70Midland Park Public SchoolsNew Jersey
71Middletown Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
72Sparta Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
73East Windsor Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
74Manasquan School DistrictNew Jersey
75Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
76Morris School DistrictNew Jersey
77Springfield Public SchoolsNew Jersey
78Weehawken Board Of EducationNew Jersey
79Jackson Township School DistrictNew Jersey
80Boonton Town School DistrictNew Jersey
81Jefferson TownshipNew Jersey
82Point Pleasant Borough Board Of EducationNew Jersey
83Cedar Grove Township School DistrictNew Jersey
84Northern Burlington County Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
85Spotswood Public SchoolsNew Jersey
86Point Pleasant Beach Board Of EducationNew Jersey
87Roxbury Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
88Hasbrouck Heights Board Of EducationNew Jersey
89Lawrence Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
90Middlesex Borough Public SchoolsNew Jersey
91Woodbridge Township School DistrictNew Jersey
92Bergenfield Borough School DistrictNew Jersey
93Old Bridge Township School DistrictNew Jersey
94Bordentown RegionalNew Jersey
95Hackettstown Public SchoolsNew Jersey
96Delsea Regional High School DistrictNew Jersey
97Ridgefield Park TownshipNew Jersey
98Washington Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
99Plumsted Township Board Of EducationNew Jersey
100Nutley Public School DistrictNew Jersey

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 Oklahoma, 2018

Oklahoma’s unique history of settlement by many different European peoples, along with its strong Native American presence and cultural influence, has resulted in a heterogenous student body enrolled in the state’s public schools.

Deer Creek Public Schools is Oklahoma’s #1 public school district. The system of eight schools serving parts of Oklahoma and Logan Counties has earned numerous National Blue RIbbon Awards over the years, with Blue Creek Middle School most recently taking the honor in 2017.

Oklahoma’s #2 school district is Central High Public Schools, comprising three schools in Marlow, OK. Central High’s elementary school took home National Blue Ribbon honors in 2013.

Edmond Public Schools, a large district of 27 schools located in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond, ranks third. The terrific school system has earned more Blue Ribbon honors than any school in the state--with ten--in addition to being recognized for its excellence by such publications as The Washington Post and Newsweek.

Fourth in the ranking is Bixby Public Schools, based in the Tulsa-area suburb that lends it its name. The seven-school district achieved a whopping graduation rate of 99.2% in 2016.

Rounding out Oklahoma’s five best school districts is Arapaho-Butler Public School District, comprising two excellent schools in Arapaho, OK. The district’s academic excellence is indicated in its high school’s rating of “A-” in the 2015-2016 state report card.

Top School Districts in Oklahoma, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictRank
1Deer CreekOklahoma
2Central HighOklahoma
3EdmondOklahoma
4BixbyOklahoma
5Arapaho-ButlerOklahoma
6Thomas-Fay-Custer Unified DistOklahoma
7ChisholmOklahoma
8OwassoOklahoma
9CheyenneOklahoma
10PlainviewOklahoma
11PiedmontOklahoma
12BethanyOklahoma
13MooreOklahoma
14JenksOklahoma
15NewcastleOklahoma
16Bridge CreekOklahoma
17NormanOklahoma
18TuttleOklahoma
19SequoyahOklahoma
20WaynokaOklahoma
21AdairOklahoma
22VerdigrisOklahoma
23LeedeyOklahoma
24BartlesvilleOklahoma
25StillwaterOklahoma
26Lookeba SicklesOklahoma
27BlanchardOklahoma
28TexhomaOklahoma
29ViciOklahoma
30MustangOklahoma
31KiowaOklahoma
32WeatherfordOklahoma
33Amber-PocassetOklahoma
34KingstonOklahoma
35GroveOklahoma
36Broken ArrowOklahoma
37YukonOklahoma
38ClaremoreOklahoma
39CaddoOklahoma
40KingfisherOklahoma
41Choctaw-Nicoma ParkOklahoma
42Oologah-TalalaOklahoma
43Mulhall-OrlandoOklahoma
44MidwayOklahoma
45CanuteOklahoma
46BerryhillOklahoma
47TushkaOklahoma
48PrestonOklahoma
49PragueOklahoma
50ElginOklahoma
51HintonOklahoma
52CollinsvilleOklahoma
53PryorOklahoma
54Lone GroveOklahoma
55LattaOklahoma
56ByngOklahoma
57ClintonOklahoma
58CrowderOklahoma
59CoyleOklahoma
60PurcellOklahoma
61ShattuckOklahoma
62Fort GibsonOklahoma
63BristowOklahoma
64CacheOklahoma
65MannfordOklahoma
66RipleyOklahoma
67SmithvilleOklahoma
68SentinelOklahoma
69HilldaleOklahoma
70CowetaOklahoma
71KieferOklahoma
72BethelOklahoma
73DicksonOklahoma
74OkarcheOklahoma
75SperryOklahoma
76GoodwellOklahoma
77Ponca CityOklahoma
78WashingtonOklahoma
79DurantOklahoma
80AlvaOklahoma
81AltusOklahoma
82GarberOklahoma
83Sand SpringsOklahoma
84MangumOklahoma
85TurnerOklahoma
86StonewallOklahoma
87CordellOklahoma
88HarrahOklahoma
89JonesOklahoma
90SkiatookOklahoma
91CanadianOklahoma
92MorrisOklahoma
93PerryOklahoma
94Midwest City-Del CityOklahoma
95ShidlerOklahoma
96InolaOklahoma
97MoorelandOklahoma
98GuymonOklahoma
99CushingOklahoma
100CopanOklahoma

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 Ohio, 2018

The Buckeye State is the 7th most populous in the nation, and its many cities each possess a distinct character and their share of high performing public school districts focused on preparing students for entry into one of Ohio’s 80 plus institutions of higher learning.

Ohio’s #1 school district is Indian Hill Exempted Village School District, a system of four schools serving Cincinnati suburb Indian Hill, OH. All of Indian Hill’s schools far surpass statewide academic standards, with each earning a rating of “Excellent” through the Ohio Department of Education. Additionally, Indian Hill High School placed in Newsweek’s ranking of the nation’s top 100 high schools for six straight years.

Another Cincinnati area district, Wyoming City Schools, ranks #2. The district is comprised of three primary schools, one middle school, and one high school. As a measure of the district’s academic excellence, 15 of Wyoming High School’s Class of 2018 were recognized by either the National Merit Scholarship Corporation or College Board for their scholarship.

#3 Beachwood City Schools, based in the Cleveland suburb of Beachwood, OH, has achieved a slew of impressive accomplishments over the years, including three National Blue Ribbon Awards, and a rating of “Excellent” from the state’s Department of Education.

Placing fourth is Solon City School District, a system of seven schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan Area. In 2013, Solon High School became the only Ohio high school to receive the Red Quill Legacy Award from the ACT organization, recognizing the school’s history of excellent ACT scores.

The high achieving Mason City Schools of Mason, OH, home to 2016 Blue Ribbon School Award winner WIlliam Mason High School, completes the top five.

Top School Districts in Ohio, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Indian Hill Exempted VillageOhio
2Wyoming CityOhio
3Beachwood CityOhio
4Solon CityOhio
5Mason City School DistrictOhio
6Rocky River CityOhio
7Madeira CityOhio
8Avon LocalOhio
9Botkins LocalOhio
10Avon Lake CityOhio
11Sycamore Community CityOhio
12Chagrin Falls Exempted VillageOhio
13Oakwood CityOhio
14Orange CityOhio
15Olentangy LocalOhio
16Mariemont CityOhio
17Kenston LocalOhio
18Hudson CityOhio
19Ottawa Hills LocalOhio
20Granville Exempted VillageOhio
21Kirtland LocalOhio
22Westlake CityOhio
23Dublin CityOhio
24Aurora CityOhio
25Brecksville-Broadview Heights CityOhio
26Jackson LocalOhio
27Bay Village CityOhio
28Minster LocalOhio
29Springboro Community CityOhio
30Upper Arlington CityOhio
31Forest Hills LocalOhio
32Miller City-New Cleveland LocalOhio
33Bexley CityOhio
34Olmsted Falls CityOhio
35Revere LocalOhio
36New Albany-Plain LocalOhio
37St Henry Consolidated LocalOhio
38Kings LocalOhio
39Wadsworth CityOhio
40North Royalton CityOhio
41Centerville CityOhio
42Independence LocalOhio
43Fort Recovery LocalOhio
44Ottoville LocalOhio
45Marion LocalOhio
46Cuyahoga Heights LocalOhio
47Lake LocalOhio
48Twinsburg CityOhio
49Chardon LocalOhio
50Grandview Heights CityOhio
51Beavercreek CityOhio
52Lakota LocalOhio
53Copley-Fairlawn CityOhio
54Mayfield CityOhio
55Russia LocalOhio
56Anthony Wayne LocalOhio
57Canfield LocalOhio
58West Geauga LocalOhio
59Van Buren LocalOhio
60Kalida LocalOhio
61Anna LocalOhio
62Little Miami LocalOhio
63New Bremen LocalOhio
64Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local School DistrictOhio
65South Range LocalOhio
66Coldwater Exempted VillageOhio
67Perrysburg Exempted VillageOhio
68North Canton CityOhio
69Loveland CityOhio
70Highland LocalOhio
71Fort Loramie LocalOhio
72Milford Exempted VillageOhio
73Norwayne LocalOhio
74Hilliard CityOhio
75Archbold-Area LocalOhio
76Green LocalOhio
77Versailles Exempted VillageOhio
78Pickerington LocalOhio
79Pandora-Gilboa LocalOhio
80Manchester LocalOhio
81Wayne LocalOhio
82Mentor Exempted VillageOhio
83Marysville Exempted VillageOhio
84Maplewood LocalOhio
85Nordonia Hills CityOhio
86Tipp City Exempted VillageOhio
87Worthington CityOhio
88Columbiana Exempted VillageOhio
89Shaker Heights CityOhio
90Ross LocalOhio
91Poland LocalOhio
92Strongsville CityOhio
93Bluffton Exempted VillageOhio
94Big Walnut LocalOhio
95Mccomb LocalOhio
96Amherst Exempted VillageOhio
97Perry LocalOhio
98Clinton-Massie LocalOhio
99Teays Valley LocalOhio
100Springfield LocalOhio

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 North Dakota, 2018

Traditionally one of the least populated U.S. states, North Dakota has experienced a population boom in the past ten years thanks to new developments in oil extraction technology which have bolstered state industry. With the influx of recent migrants, North Dakota’s public school districts have rapidly expanded to accommodate new students, opening many new schools.

North Dakota’s best school district is Northwood School District No. 129, a system of one elementary and one high school serving the small town of less than 1,000, Northwood, ND. Northwood High School was recently awarded a bronze medal by U.S. News & World Report, placing it among the best public high schools in the nation.

Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood School District No.1, comprising two elementaries and one high school based in Mohall, ND, comes in at #2. Students enrolled in the district’s schools benefit from a student:teacher ratio of 10:1, two better than the state average of 12:1.

At #3 is another modestly sized school district, Wyndmere Public Schools serving the small town of Wyndmere, ND. Based on state test results, 82% of Wyndmere’s students are proficient in reading, while 77% are proficient in reading.

Buxton, ND’s Central Valley School District No.3 places fourth in the ranking. Central Valley High School’s high graduation rate and state test scores earned it a bronze medal from U.S. News & World Report.

Kindred Public School #2, home of 2017 National Blue Ribbon School award recipient, Kindred Elementary School, is North Dakota’s #5 best school district.

Top School Districts in North Dakota, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Northwood 129North Dakota
2Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 1North Dakota
3Wyndmere 42North Dakota
4Central Valley 3North Dakota
5Kindred 2North Dakota
6Mckenzie Co 1North Dakota
7Beach 3North Dakota
8Valley City 2North Dakota
9Edgeley 3North Dakota
10Milnor 2North Dakota
11Thompson 61North Dakota
12North Border 100North Dakota
13Ellendale 40North Dakota
14New Rockford-Sheyenne 2North Dakota
15Surrey 41North Dakota
16Kenmare 28North Dakota
17Maple Valley 4North Dakota
18Bowman Co 1North Dakota
19Griggs County Central 18North Dakota
20Harvey 38North Dakota
21Cavalier 6North Dakota
22Hillsboro 9North Dakota
23Jamestown 1North Dakota
24Napoleon 2North Dakota
25West Fargo 6North Dakota
26Oakes 41North Dakota
27Midway 128North Dakota
28Fargo 1North Dakota
29Garrison 51North Dakota
30Underwood 8North Dakota
31Bismarck 1North Dakota
32Northern Cass 97North Dakota
33Beulah 27North Dakota
34Lewis And Clark 161North Dakota
35Rugby 5North Dakota
36Lisbon 19North Dakota
37Minot 1North Dakota
38Killdeer 16North Dakota
39Grand Forks 1North Dakota
40North Star 10North Dakota
41Tioga 15North Dakota
42Richardton-Taylor 34North Dakota
43Larimore 44North Dakota
44Stanley 2North Dakota
45Central Cass 17North Dakota
46Grafton 3North Dakota
47Barnes County North 7North Dakota
48Lamoure 8North Dakota
49Bottineau 1North Dakota
50Devils Lake 1North Dakota
51Nesson 2North Dakota
52Mandan 1North Dakota
53United 7North Dakota
54Richland 44North Dakota
55South Heart 9North Dakota
56Hankinson 8North Dakota
57Velva 1North Dakota
58Hazen 3North Dakota
59May-Port Cg 14North Dakota
60Enderlin Area 24North Dakota
61Williston 1North Dakota
62Hettinger 13North Dakota
63Belfield 13North Dakota
64Wahpeton 37North Dakota
65Dickinson 1North Dakota
66Linton 36North Dakota
67Wilton 1North Dakota
68Sargent Central 6North Dakota
69Washburn 4North Dakota
70Kidder County 1North Dakota
71Tgu 60North Dakota
72Mt Pleasant 4North Dakota
73Lakota 66North Dakota
74Langdon Area 23North Dakota
75Mott-Regent 1North Dakota
76Minto 20North Dakota
77Divide County 1North Dakota
78Glenburn 26North Dakota
79Dakota Prairie 1North Dakota
80Belcourt 7North Dakota
81New Town 1North Dakota
82St John 3North Dakota
83Parshall 3North Dakota
84Dunseith 1North Dakota
85Eight Mile 6North Dakota
86Minnewaukan 5North Dakota
87Warwick 29North 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 North Carolina, 2018

The Tarheel state lays claim to some of the best public school systems in the southeastern region of the United States; North Carolina schools rank 11th in the nation in college readiness according to U.S. News & World Report.

The best school district in North Carolina is Chapel-Hill-Carrboro City Schools, comprising 19 schools serving over 12,000 students in the southeastern part of Orange County, NC. Two of the districts high schools have been featured in The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek’s rankings of the best high schools in the nation.

Another large district of schools, Union City Public Schools of Union County, NC, ranks #2. UCPS’s accomplishments are vast; the district is home to three National Blue Ribbon award winning schools and boasts a graduation rate of 92.5 percent.

North Carolina’s largest school district, the Wake County Public School System, places third in the ranking. WCPSS administers 171 schools with over 160,000 students as of 2018.

Fourth on the list is Polk County Schools, a comparatively smaller district of seven schools located in rural Western North Carolina. Students enrolled in the districts schools have achieved an excellent graduation rate of 89%.

Asheville City Schools, a district of eleven schools serving the college town/outdoor recreation mecca of Asheville, NC, closes out the list of North Carolina’s top five public school districts.

Top School Districts in North Carolina, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Chapel Hill-Carrboro City SchoolsNorth Carolina
2Union County Public SchoolsNorth Carolina
3Wake County SchoolsNorth Carolina
4Polk County SchoolsNorth Carolina
5Asheville City SchoolsNorth Carolina
6Mooresville Graded School DistrictNorth Carolina
7Camden County SchoolsNorth Carolina
8Watauga County SchoolsNorth Carolina
9Orange County SchoolsNorth Carolina
10Davie County SchoolsNorth Carolina
11Henderson County SchoolsNorth Carolina
12Lincoln County SchoolsNorth Carolina
13Carteret County Public SchoolsNorth Carolina
14Cabarrus County SchoolsNorth Carolina
15Currituck County SchoolsNorth Carolina
16New Hanover County SchoolsNorth Carolina
17Surry County SchoolsNorth Carolina
18Buncombe County SchoolsNorth Carolina
19Dare County SchoolsNorth Carolina
20Iredell-Statesville SchoolsNorth Carolina
21Charlotte-Mecklenburg SchoolsNorth Carolina
22Johnston County SchoolsNorth Carolina
23Elkin City SchoolsNorth Carolina
24Haywood County SchoolsNorth Carolina
25Yancey County SchoolsNorth Carolina
26Chatham County SchoolsNorth Carolina
27Davidson County SchoolsNorth Carolina
28Ashe County SchoolsNorth Carolina
29Moore County SchoolsNorth Carolina
30Stokes County SchoolsNorth Carolina
31Caldwell County SchoolsNorth Carolina
32Cleveland County SchoolsNorth Carolina
33Craven County SchoolsNorth Carolina
34Alexander County SchoolsNorth Carolina
35Catawba County SchoolsNorth Carolina
36Brunswick County SchoolsNorth Carolina
37Transylvania County SchoolsNorth Carolina
38Burke County SchoolsNorth Carolina
39Yadkin County SchoolsNorth Carolina
40Mitchell County SchoolsNorth Carolina
41Person County SchoolsNorth Carolina
42Swain County SchoolsNorth Carolina
43Madison County SchoolsNorth Carolina
44Pender County SchoolsNorth Carolina
45Mcdowell County SchoolsNorth Carolina
46Stanly County SchoolsNorth Carolina
47Wilkes County SchoolsNorth Carolina
48Lee County SchoolsNorth Carolina
49Mount Airy City SchoolsNorth Carolina
50Randolph County SchoolsNorth Carolina
51Newton Conover City SchoolsNorth Carolina
52Hickory City SchoolsNorth Carolina
53Jackson County SchoolsNorth Carolina
54Winston Salem/Forsyth County SchoolsNorth Carolina
55Rutherford County SchoolsNorth Carolina
56Guilford County SchoolsNorth Carolina
57Gates County SchoolsNorth Carolina
58Gaston County SchoolsNorth Carolina
59Alamance-Burlington SchoolsNorth Carolina
60Macon County SchoolsNorth Carolina
61Pitt County SchoolsNorth Carolina
62Hoke County SchoolsNorth Carolina
63Sampson County SchoolsNorth Carolina
64Onslow County SchoolsNorth Carolina
65Graham County SchoolsNorth Carolina
66Alleghany County SchoolsNorth Carolina
67Franklin County SchoolsNorth Carolina
68Avery County SchoolsNorth Carolina
69Clay County SchoolsNorth Carolina
70Rockingham County SchoolsNorth Carolina
71Clinton City SchoolsNorth Carolina
72Cherokee County SchoolsNorth Carolina
73Granville County SchoolsNorth Carolina
74Harnett County SchoolsNorth Carolina
75Cumberland County SchoolsNorth Carolina
76Jones County SchoolsNorth Carolina
77Wilson County SchoolsNorth Carolina
78Perquimans County SchoolsNorth Carolina
79Whiteville City SchoolsNorth Carolina
80Kannapolis City SchoolsNorth Carolina
81Edenton-Chowan SchoolsNorth Carolina
82Hyde County SchoolsNorth Carolina
83Pamlico County SchoolsNorth Carolina
84Roanoke Rapids City SchoolsNorth Carolina
85Beaufort County SchoolsNorth Carolina
86Rowan-Salisbury SchoolsNorth Carolina
87Duplin County SchoolsNorth Carolina
88Wayne County Public SchoolsNorth Carolina
89Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public SchoolsNorth Carolina
90Caswell County SchoolsNorth Carolina
91Columbus County SchoolsNorth Carolina
92Scotland County SchoolsNorth Carolina
93Durham Public SchoolsNorth Carolina
94Nash-Rocky Mount SchoolsNorth Carolina
95Asheboro City SchoolsNorth Carolina
96Lexington City SchoolsNorth Carolina
97Lenoir County Public SchoolsNorth Carolina
98Martin County SchoolsNorth Carolina
99Montgomery County SchoolsNorth Carolina
100Vance County SchoolsNorth 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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