Top School Districts in Iowa, 2018

Iowans reputation for modest, hardworking folk is reflected in the quality and high achievement of the state’s public school districts. In fact, Iowa was ranked fifth in the country in education by U.S. News and World Report.

The honor of being Iowa’s best school system goes to Johnston Community School District serving Johnston, IA, a northern suburb of capital city Des Moines. Among the largest school districts in the state, JCSD is comprised of eight schools, several specialty centers and employs over 1,000 people.

Waukee Community School District earns the second position on the list. The district--named Iowa’s fastest growing in 2015--administers 13 schools with an enrollment of over 9,500 students from preschool through grade 12. Over 89% percent of WCSD graduates proceed on to a form of postgraduate education, and the district ranks high in every measurement of academic achievement.

Ranking third is the Pleasant Valley Community School District, which serves the communities of Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley, Riverdale and LeClaire, IA. The district of around 4,200 students has received accreditation through the Iowa Department of Education and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Fourth on the list is Gilbert School District located in Gilbert, IA. GSD consistently ranks high in academic excellence and recently received a terrific rating in the most recent Iowa School Report Card.

Ankeny Community School District of Polk County, IA places at #5. The large district of over 10,000 students is one of the fastest growing in the state, and has been accredited by a number of organizations.

Top School Districts in Iowa, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Johnston Comm School DistrictIowa
2Waukee Comm School DistrictIowa
3Pleasant Valley Comm School DistrictIowa
4Gilbert Comm School DistrictIowa
5Ankeny Comm School DistrictIowa
6Dallas Center-Grimes Comm School DistrictIowa
7Harris-Lake Park Comm School DistrictIowa
8Ames Comm School DistrictIowa
9Decorah Community School DistrictIowa
10Mount Vernon Comm School DistrictIowa
11Norwalk Comm School DistrictIowa
12Woodward-Granger Comm School DistrictIowa
13Logan-Magnolia Comm School DistrictIowa
14Mediapolis Comm School DistrictIowa
15West Des Moines Comm School DistrictIowa
16Denver Comm School DistrictIowa
17Galva-Holstein Comm School DistrictIowa
18Linn-Mar Comm School DistrictIowa
19Ogden Comm School DistrictIowa
20Waverly-Shell Rock Comm School DistrictIowa
21Solon Comm School DistrictIowa
22Pella Comm School DistrictIowa
23Carlisle Comm School DistrictIowa
24Madrid Comm School DistrictIowa
25Adel Desoto Minburn Comm School DistrictIowa
26Winterset Comm School DistrictIowa
27Moc-Floyd Valley Comm School DistrictIowa
28Alburnett Comm School DistrictIowa
29Cedar Falls Comm School DistrictIowa
30Center Point-Urbana Comm School DistrictIowa
31Spirit Lake Comm School DistrictIowa
32Lynnville-Sully Comm School DistrictIowa
33Treynor Comm School DistrictIowa
34Boyden-Hull Comm School DistrictIowa
35College Comm School DistrictIowa
36North Scott Comm School DistrictIowa
37Turkey Valley Comm School DistrictIowa
38Van Meter Comm School DistrictIowa
39Sioux Center Comm School DistrictIowa
40Grinnell-Newburg Comm School DistrictIowa
41West Marshall Comm School DistrictIowa
42Bettendorf Comm School DistrictIowa
43West Lyon Comm School DistrictIowa
44Northeast Comm School DistrictIowa
45Western Dubuque Comm School DistrictIowa
46North Linn Comm School DistrictIowa
47Carroll Comm School DistrictIowa
48Humboldt Comm School DistrictIowa
49Woodbury Central Comm School DistrictIowa
50West Branch Comm School DistrictIowa
51Iowa City Comm School DistrictIowa
52Glidden-Ralston Comm School DistrictIowa
53Sheldon Comm School DistrictIowa
54Roland-Story Comm School DistrictIowa
55Urbandale Comm School DistrictIowa
56North Polk Comm School DistrictIowa
57Lawton-Bronson Comm School DistrictIowa
58Calamus-Wheatland Comm School DistrictIowa
59Janesville Consolidated School DistrictIowa
60Remsen-Union Comm School DistrictIowa
61Benton Comm School DistrictIowa
62Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Comm School DistrictIowa
63North Mahaska Comm School DistrictIowa
64Bondurant-Farrar Comm School DistrictIowa
65Harlan Comm School DistrictIowa
66Pleasantville Comm School DistrictIowa
67Southeast Polk Comm School DistrictIowa
68Clear Lake Comm School DistrictIowa
69Bcluw Comm School DistrictIowa
70Sergeant Bluff-Luton Comm School DistrictIowa
71Nashua-Plainfield Comm School DistrictIowa
72South Hamilton Comm School DistrictIowa
73Garner-Hayfield Comm School DistrictIowa
74Osage Comm School DistrictIowa
75Clear Creek Amana Comm School DistrictIowa
76Clarksville Comm School DistrictIowa
77West Central Comm School DistrictIowa
78Williamsburg Comm School DistrictIowa
79Collins-Maxwell Comm School DistrictIowa
80Central Lyon Comm School DistrictIowa
81Northeast Hamilton Comm School DistrictIowa
82Okoboji Comm School DistrictIowa
83Underwood Comm School DistrictIowa
84Glenwood Comm School DistrictIowa
85Central Clinton Comm School DistrictIowa
86North Fayette Comm School DistrictIowa
87Earlham Comm School DistrictIowa
88Nevada Comm School DistrictIowa
89East Mills Comm School DistrictIowa
90Grundy Center Comm School DistrictIowa
91Bedford Comm School DistrictIowa
92Forest City Comm School DistrictIowa
93Central City Comm School DistrictIowa
94Central Springs Comm School DistrictIowa
95Agwsr Comm School DistrictIowa
96Lisbon Comm School DistrictIowa
97Manson Northwest Webster Comm School DistrictIowa
98English Valleys Comm School DistrictIowa
99Knoxville Comm School DistrictIowa
100Webster City Comm School DistrictIowa

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 Idaho, 2018

Idaho’s vast natural expanses of forests, mountains and rivers are perfect for after school adventuring and leisure activities. Luckily, the state’s wealth of excellent school districts ensure that children receive a great education while they are still tucked behind their desks.

The top school district in Idaho is the McCall-Donnelly School District, located in beautiful Valley County, a renowned resort destination with myriad opportunities for outdoor recreation. Owing to the quality of both the community and its schools, MDSD’s enrollment has increased for four consecutive years, topping 1110 students in 2016.

Ranked second is Garden Valley School District, a modest sized system of four schools based in Garden Valley, ID. Performance in GVSD schools has consistently improved in recent years, thanks to a coordinated plan focused on college and career readiness.

Blaine School District, located in Hailey, ID and comprised of eight schools, comes in third. The district is well-funded and boasts a graduation rate above the national average.

Fourth-ranked Moscow School District serves the community of Moscow, ID, a major agricultural hub and home to the University of Idaho. MSD 281’s schools and surroundings undoubtedly rank among the nation’s most beautiful, contributing to a positive learning environment.

Rounding out Idaho’s top five school districts is Westside Joint School District in Dayton, ID. The modestly-sized rural district boasts a graduation rate well above the national average.

Top School Districts in Idaho, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Mc Call-Donnelly DistrictIdaho
2Garden Valley DistrictIdaho
3Blaine County DistrictIdaho
4Moscow DistrictIdaho
5West Side Joint DistrictIdaho
6Grace Joint DistrictIdaho
7Coeur D'Alene DistrictIdaho
8Madison DistrictIdaho
9Meridian Joint DistrictIdaho
10Marsh Valley Joint DistrictIdaho
11Lake Pend Oreille DistrictIdaho
12New Plymouth DistrictIdaho
13Bonneville Joint DistrictIdaho
14Lakeland DistrictIdaho
15Boise Independent DistrictIdaho
16Kimberly DistrictIdaho
17Vallivue School DistrictIdaho
18Dietrich DistrictIdaho
19Butte County Joint DistrictIdaho
20Sugar-Salem Joint DistrictIdaho
21Jefferson County Jt DistrictIdaho
22Shelley Joint DistrictIdaho
23Basin School DistrictIdaho
24Pocatello DistrictIdaho
25Cottonwood Joint DistrictIdaho
26West Jefferson DistrictIdaho
27Whitepine Jt School DistrictIdaho
28Post Falls DistrictIdaho
29Fruitland DistrictIdaho
30Notus DistrictIdaho
31Twin Falls DistrictIdaho
32Kendrick Joint DistrictIdaho
33Filer DistrictIdaho
34Weiser DistrictIdaho
35Hansen DistrictIdaho
36Murtaugh Joint DistrictIdaho
37Lewiston Independent DistrictIdaho
38Middleton DistrictIdaho
39Genesee Joint DistrictIdaho
40Salmon DistrictIdaho
41Idaho Falls DistrictIdaho
42Richfield DistrictIdaho
43Mountain View School DistrictIdaho
44Troy School DistrictIdaho
45Preston Joint DistrictIdaho
46Challis Joint DistrictIdaho
47Kuna Joint DistrictIdaho
48Bear Lake County DistrictIdaho
49Fremont County Joint DistrictIdaho
50Oneida County DistrictIdaho
51Homedale Joint DistrictIdaho
52Parma DistrictIdaho
53Nampa School DistrictIdaho
54Cascade DistrictIdaho
55Ririe Joint DistrictIdaho
56Minidoka County Joint DistrictIdaho
57Horseshoe Bend School DistrictIdaho
58Wallace DistrictIdaho
59Emmett Independent DistIdaho
60Mountain Home DistrictIdaho
61Buhl Joint DistrictIdaho
62St Maries Joint DistrictIdaho
63Melba Joint DistrictIdaho
64Snake River DistrictIdaho
65Firth DistrictIdaho
66Boundary County DistrictIdaho
67Cassia County Joint DistrictIdaho
68Teton County DistrictIdaho
69Wendell DistrictIdaho
70Jerome Joint DistrictIdaho
71Potlatch DistrictIdaho
72Wilder DistrictIdaho
73Soda Springs Joint DistrictIdaho
74Council DistrictIdaho
75Payette Joint DistrictIdaho
76American Falls Joint DistrictIdaho
77Castleford DistrictIdaho
78Blackfoot DistrictIdaho
79Shoshone Joint DistrictIdaho
80Kellogg Joint DistrictIdaho
81West Bonner County DistrictIdaho
82Hagerman Joint DistrictIdaho
83Orofino Joint DistrictIdaho
84Valley DistrictIdaho
85Marsing Joint DistrictIdaho
86Caldwell DistrictIdaho
87Aberdeen DistrictIdaho
88Glenns Ferry Joint DistrictIdaho
89Kamiah Joint DistrictIdaho
90Kootenai DistrictIdaho
91Gooding Joint DistrictIdaho
92Plummer-Worley Joint DistrictIdaho
93Lapwai DistrictIdaho
94Bruneau-Grand View Joint DistIdaho

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 Illinois, 2018

When discussing the best states in the U.S. to raise kids, there’s a strong argument to be had for Illinois, as Chicago area suburbs boast some of the best public school districts in the country, by any measure. Academic achievement, generous funding, superb athletic programs, and great extracurricular activities are all attributes shared by most districts in the region.

Illinois’ best school district is Naperville Community Unit School District 203, which serves central Naperville and parts of Bolingbrook and Lisle in Dupage County. Naperville Central High School, one of District 203’s two high schools, has been listed in U.S. News and World Report’s list of the top high schools in America, while 203’s Meadow Glens Elementary was named a Blue Ribbon School in 2015.

Morton Community Unit School District 709, located in Morton, IL, is Illinois’ second highest ranked school district. Comprising four elementary schools, one junior high and one high school, Morton District 709 schools have repeatedly received medals for their achievements from US News & World Reports, and its students average an ACT composite score 2.5 points higher than the statewide average.

Third in the ranking is Wauconda Community Unit School District 118 serving Wauconda (not to be confused with Wakanda, the fictional African nation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe), and other communities in Lake County.

Dunlap Community Unit School District 323 (#4) serving Peoria County, and Barrington Community Unit School District 220 (#5), which earned the highest financial rating in the state, round out the top five.

Top School Districts in Illinois, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Naperville Cusd 203Illinois
2Morton Cusd 709Illinois
3Wauconda Cusd 118Illinois
4Dunlap Cusd 323Illinois
5Barrington Cusd 220Illinois
6Elmhurst Sd 205Illinois
7Indian Prairie Cusd 204Illinois
8Geneva Cusd 304Illinois
9St Charles Cusd 303Illinois
10Cons Sd 158Illinois
11Lake Zurich Cusd 95Illinois
12Cusd 200Illinois
13Tremont Cusd 702Illinois
14Tri Valley Cusd 3Illinois
15Byron Cusd 226Illinois
16Pleasant Plains Cusd 8Illinois
17Waterloo Cusd 5Illinois
18Mascoutah Cud 19Illinois
19Central Cusd 301Illinois
20Princeville Cusd 326Illinois
21Batavia Usd 101Illinois
22Columbia Cusd 4Illinois
23Rochester Cusd 3AIllinois
24Edwardsville Cusd 7Illinois
25Oswego Cusd 308Illinois
26Monticello Cusd 25Illinois
27Maroa Forsyth Cusd 2Illinois
28Mt Zion Cusd 3Illinois
29Roanoke Benson Cusd 60Illinois
30Mahomet-Seymour Cusd 3Illinois
31Lisle Cusd 202Illinois
32Kaneland Cusd 302Illinois
33Leroy Cusd 2Illinois
34Deer Creek-Mackinaw Cusd 701Illinois
35Pecatonica Cusd 321Illinois
36Eureka Cud 140Illinois
37Cusd 201Illinois
38Scales Mound Cusd 211Illinois
39Mclean County Usd 5Illinois
40Plainfield Sd 202Illinois
41Brimfield Cusd 309Illinois
42Liberty Cusd 2Illinois
43Central Cusd 4Illinois
44Williamsville Cusd 15Illinois
45Yorkville Cusd 115Illinois
46Geneseo Cusd 228Illinois
47Hinckley Big Rock Cusd 429Illinois
48Teutopolis Cusd 50Illinois
49Cissna Park Cusd 6Illinois
50Ball Chatham Cusd 5Illinois
51Galena Usd 120Illinois
52Highland Cusd 5Illinois
53Grant Park Cusd 6Illinois
54Beecher Cusd 200UIllinois
55R O W V A Cusd 208Illinois
56Il Valley Central Usd 321Illinois
57Erie Cusd 1Illinois
58Eastland Cusd 308Illinois
59Indian Creek Cusd 425Illinois
60Macomb Cusd 185Illinois
61Elmwood Cusd 322Illinois
62West Washington Co Cud 10Illinois
63Wesclin Cusd 3Illinois
64River Ridge Cusd 210Illinois
65Rockridge Cusd 300Illinois
66Sangamon Valley Cusd 9Illinois
67Stark County Cusd 100Illinois
68Spoon River Valley Cusd 4Illinois
69Coal City Cusd 1Illinois
70Tolono Cusd 7Illinois
71Lexington Cusd 7Illinois
72Prairie Central Cusd 8Illinois
73North Wayne Cusd 200Illinois
74Meridian Cusd 223Illinois
75Heyworth Cusd 4Illinois
76Chadwick-Milledgeville Cusd 399Illinois
77Panhandle Cusd 2Illinois
78Genoa Kingston Cusd 424Illinois
79Olympia Cusd 16Illinois
80Greenfield Cusd 10Illinois
81Dakota Cusd 201Illinois
82Cerro Gordo Cusd 100Illinois
83Williamsfield Cusd 210Illinois
84Midland Cusd 7Illinois
85El Paso-Gridley Cusd 11Illinois
86Durand Cusd 322Illinois
87Illini Bluffs Cusd 327Illinois
88Knoxville Cusd 202Illinois
89Ashton-Franklin Center Cusd 275Illinois
90Sullivan Cusd 300Illinois
91Deland-Weldon Cusd 57Illinois
92Bureau Valley Cusd 340Illinois
93Pearl City Cusd 200Illinois
94River Bend Cusd 2Illinois
95Putnam County Cusd 535Illinois
96Peotone Cusd 207UIllinois
97Carterville Cusd 5Illinois
98Triad Cusd 2Illinois
99Sycamore Cusd 427Illinois
100Mt Pulaski Cusd 23Illinois

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 Indiana, 2018

The Hoosier State has plenty of excellent school districts located in some great, family-friendly communities. Interestingly, children in Indiana don’t have to enter school until the age of seven, but when they do begin classes, they are sure to be well-served by the districts on this list.

Indiana’s best school district is Carmel Clay School Corporation, a system of 15 schools serving Carmel and Clay Township, IN. The district’s high level of achievement has resulted in AdvancED accreditation, and a number of Blue Ribbon School awards for its elementary schools.

The second position in the ranking belongs to West Lafayette Community School Corporation, a smaller system of three schools serving West Lafayette, IN. Remarkably, WLCSC is ranked nationally in the top 1% for sTEM Education.

Third place belongs to Zionsville Community School Corporation, which serves Zionsville, IN, a northwestern suburb of Indianapolis. The district began the “Strong in Every Way” program in 2016 to provide ZCS students in need with adult mentors as a means of encouragement and in order to help develop their non-cognitive skills.

Ranked fourth is the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation, serving the communities of Fishers and Noblesville, IN. One of its schools, Geist Elementary School, was named a Blue Ribbon School in 2016.

Closing out the top five is Brownsburg Community School Corporation, located in Brownsburg, IN. BCSC students excel in state test scores, with 88% of students achieving proficiency in math, and 86% hitting the mark in reading.

Top School Districts in Indiana, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Carmel Clay SchoolsIndiana
2West Lafayette Com School CorpIndiana
3Zionsville Community SchoolsIndiana
4Hamilton Southeastern SchoolsIndiana
5Brownsburg Community Sch CorpIndiana
6Southeast Dubois Co Sch CorpIndiana
7North West Hendricks SchoolsIndiana
8Noblesville SchoolsIndiana
9North Spencer County Sch CorpIndiana
10Penn-Harris-Madison Sch CorpIndiana
11Plainfield Community Sch CorpIndiana
12M S D Southwest Allen County SchlsIndiana
13Center Grove Com Sch CorpIndiana
14Westfield-Washington SchoolsIndiana
15Fairfield Community SchoolsIndiana
16Avon Community School CorpIndiana
17East Porter County School CorpIndiana
18Valparaiso Community SchoolsIndiana
19School Town Of MunsterIndiana
20Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson UnitedIndiana
21Mill Creek Community Sch CorpIndiana
22Crown Point Community Sch CorpIndiana
23Franklin Township Com Sch CorpIndiana
24Warrick County School CorpIndiana
25Northwest Allen County SchoolsIndiana
26Clark-Pleasant Com School CorpIndiana
27M S D Boone TownshipIndiana
28Northeast Dubois Co Sch CorpIndiana
29Hamilton Heights School CorpIndiana
30Wa-Nee Community SchoolsIndiana
31Greater Jasper Con SchsIndiana
32Shelbyville Central SchoolsIndiana
33Duneland School CorporationIndiana
34Rossville Con School DistrictIndiana
35Greenwood Community Sch CorpIndiana
36Lake Central School CorpIndiana
37Danville Community School CorpIndiana
38Western School CorpIndiana
39Monroe County Com Sch CorpIndiana
40Barr-Reeve Com Schools IncIndiana
41Southern Hancock Co Com Sch CorpIndiana
42Batesville Community Sch CorpIndiana
43Greenfield-Central Com SchoolsIndiana
44North Harrison Com School CorpIndiana
45Whitley Co Cons SchoolsIndiana
46Northern Wells Com SchoolsIndiana
47Yorktown Community SchoolsIndiana
48Lanesville Community School CorpIndiana
49Middlebury Community SchoolsIndiana
50Union Township School CorpIndiana
51South Central Com School CorpIndiana
52Southwest Dubois Co Sch CorpIndiana
53Warsaw Community SchoolsIndiana
54Greensburg Community SchoolsIndiana
55Tell City-Troy Twp School CorpIndiana
56Porter Township School CorpIndiana
57Sunman-Dearborn Com Sch CorpIndiana
58Northwestern Con School CorpIndiana
59South Madison Com Sch CorpIndiana
60M S D North Posey Co SchoolsIndiana
61Tri-Creek School CorporationIndiana
62Lebanon Community School CorpIndiana
63M S D Mount VernonIndiana
64Springs Valley Com School CorpIndiana
65Covington Community Sch CorpIndiana
66Portage Township SchoolsIndiana
67Tippecanoe School CorpIndiana
68Centerville-Abington Com SchsIndiana
69Laporte Community School CorpIndiana
70South Montgomery Com Sch CorpIndiana
71Westview School CorporationIndiana
72South Spencer County Sch CorpIndiana
73South Gibson School CorpIndiana
74Smith-Green Community SchoolsIndiana
75North Daviess Com SchoolsIndiana
76South Knox School CorpIndiana
77Delphi Community School CorpIndiana
78Mooresville Con School CorpIndiana
79Dekalb Co Ctl United Sch DistIndiana
80Clinton Central School CorpIndiana
81School Town Of HighlandIndiana
82Mt Vernon Community Sch CorpIndiana
83Brownstown Cnt Com Sch CorpIndiana
84M S D Warren CountyIndiana
85Kankakee Valley School CorpIndiana
86Delaware Community School CorpIndiana
87Huntington Co Com Sch CorpIndiana
88New Prairie United School CorpIndiana
89Eastbrook Community Sch CorpIndiana
90Eminence Community School CorpIndiana
91Hanover Community School CorpIndiana
92Southern Wells Com SchoolsIndiana
93New Albany-Floyd Co Con SchIndiana
94Eastern Howard School CorpIndiana
95Franklin Community School CorpIndiana
96Manchester Community SchoolsIndiana
97Brown County School CorporationIndiana
98Daleville Community SchoolsIndiana
99White River Valley Sch DistIndiana
100Bartholomew Con School CorpIndiana

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 Alaska, 2018

Despite it’s far flung geographical location, America’s largest and least densely populated state is not without its excellent school districts serving towns and boroughs in a number of regions.

Alaska’s top school district is Wrangell Public School District, serving Wrangell City and Borough in the southwest part of the state. Comprising one elementary school, middle school, and high school, Wrangell Public School’s forward looking vision statement promises to “foster and encourage all students to achieve their potential within an increasingly global society.”

Unalaska City School District is the number two ranked school system in the state. A small district of just one elementary school and one high school, UCSD serves Unalaska, the largest city in the Aleutian Islands and home to Dutch Harbor, one of the largest fishery ports in the United States.

We head north to Denali Borough for #3 on the list, Denali Borough School District. DBSD is notable for its Career and Technical Education programs that apply unique learning approaches with the aim of setting students on a career path that interests them.

#4 Petersburg City School District serves Petersburg, a borough located near the home of the state’s top ranked school district, Wrangell, Alaska.

Closing out the top five is Haines Borough School District, which encompasses schools in both the city and borough of Haines. Its sole elementary school, Haines Elementary School, was named a National Blue Ribbon School for the school year of 2014-2015.

Top School Districts in Alaska, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Wrangell Public School DistrictAlaska
2Unalaska City School DistrictAlaska
3Denali Borough School DistrictAlaska
4Petersburg Borough School DistrictAlaska
5Haines Borough School DistrictAlaska
6Sitka School DistrictAlaska
7Valdez City School DistrictAlaska
8Aleutians East Borough School DistrictAlaska
9Delta-Greely School DistrictAlaska
10Matanuska-Susitna Borough School DistrictAlaska
11Kenai Peninsula Borough School DistrictAlaska
12Craig City School DistrictAlaska
13Kodiak Island Borough School DistrictAlaska
14Fairbanks North Star Borough School DistrictAlaska
15Juneau Borough School DistrictAlaska
16Anchorage School DistrictAlaska
17Ketchikan Gateway Borough School DistrictAlaska
18Copper River School DistrictAlaska
19Cordova City School DistrictAlaska
20Annette Island School DistrictAlaska
21North Slope Borough School DistrictAlaska
22Alaska Gateway School DistrictAlaska
23Chugach School DistrictAlaska
24Lake And Peninsula Borough School DistrictAlaska
25Nome Public SchoolsAlaska
26Yukon-Koyukuk School DistrictAlaska
27Dillingham City School DistrictAlaska
28Lower Kuskokwim School DistrictAlaska
29Bering Strait School DistrictAlaska
30Northwest Arctic Borough School DistrictAlaska
31Southwest Region School DistrictAlaska
32Kuspuk School DistrictAlaska
33Yupiit School DistrictAlaska
34Yukon Flats School DistrictAlaska
35Lower Yukon School DistrictAlaska
36Kashunamiut School DistrictAlaska

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 Arizona, 2018

Students in Arizona not only get to enjoy year-round warm weather (making for great recess periods), but are also afforded an excellent education. You might imagine that the top school districts in the state would all be based within the Phoenix metropolitan area, however, among the top ten there is a balanced distribution representing several regions of the state.

Of the ten highest ranked school districts in Arizona, three are located in Pima County (whose county seat, Tucson, is the state’s second largest city), five are within the Greater Phoenix Area, and two are based in Apache County located in the northeastern portion of the state. Gilbert, a fast growing city of over 200,000 in the Phoenix area, owns the distinction of being home to two districts in the top ten.

Arizona’s best school district is Gilbert Unified Public School District, serving the aforementioned city of Gilbert in Maricopa County. 11 of GUSD’s 27 elementary schools, 6 junior highs, and five high schools have been named A+ Schools of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation.

Second in the ranking is Dysart Unified School District, which serves parts of several cities in the Northwest Phoenix Metro area. The nationally recognized district regularly exceeds averages in graduation rate and standardized testing.

We move south to a suburban community of Tucson for third-ranked Tanque Verde Unified School District, whose sole high school--Tanque Verde High School--was featured in US News and World Report’s 2017 Best High Schools in America list.

#4 St. Johns Unified School District and #5 Round Valley Unified School District are two fine districts serving parts of Apache County, home to more Indian reservation land than any other U.S. county.

Top School Districts in Arizona, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Gilbert Unified DistrictArizona
2Dysart Unified DistrictArizona
3Tanque Verde Unified DistrictArizona
4St Johns Unified DistrictArizona
5Round Valley Unified DistrictArizona
6Catalina Foothills Unified DistrictArizona
7Cave Creek Unified DistrictArizona
8Vail Unified DistrictArizona
9Higley Unified School DistrictArizona
10Scottsdale Unified DistrictArizona
11Chandler Unified District #80Arizona
12Deer Valley Unified DistrictArizona
13Queen Creek Unified DistrictArizona
14Fountain Hills Unified DistrictArizona
15Prescott Unified DistrictArizona
16Thatcher Unified DistrictArizona
17Morenci Unified DistrictArizona
18Lake Havasu Unified DistrictArizona
19Paradise Valley Unified DistrictArizona
20Marana Unified DistrictArizona
21Sahuarita Unified DistrictArizona
22Amphitheater Unified DistrictArizona
23Peoria Unified School DistrictArizona
24Humboldt Unified DistrictArizona
25Florence Unified School DistrictArizona
26St David Unified DistrictArizona
27Chino Valley Unified DistrictArizona
28Colorado City Unified DistrictArizona
29Snowflake Unified DistrictArizona
30Maricopa Unified School DistrictArizona
31Mesa Unified DistrictArizona
32Window Rock Unified DistrictArizona
33Bagdad Unified DistrictArizona
34Payson Unified DistrictArizona
35Blue Ridge Unified DistrictArizona
36Safford Unified DistrictArizona
37Sedona-Oak Creek Jusd #9Arizona
38Wickenburg Unified DistrictArizona
39Flagstaff Unified DistrictArizona
40Grand Canyon Unified DistrictArizona
41Apache Junction Unified DistrictArizona
42Heber-Overgaard Unified DistrictArizona
43Coolidge Unified DistrictArizona
44Flowing Wells Unified DistrictArizona
45Pima Unified DistrictArizona
46Sierra Vista Unified DistrictArizona
47Saddle Mountain Unified School DistrictArizona
48Kingman Unified School DistrictArizona
49Benson Unified School DistrictArizona
50Camp Verde Unified DistrictArizona
51Santa Cruz Valley Unified DistrictArizona
52Show Low Unified DistrictArizona
53Mammoth-San Manuel Unified DistrictArizona
54Ash Fork Joint Unified DistrictArizona
55Joseph City Unified DistrictArizona
56Tucson Unified DistrictArizona
57Nogales Unified DistrictArizona
58Littlefield Unified DistrictArizona
59Ray Unified DistrictArizona
60Tombstone Unified DistrictArizona
61Holbrook Unified DistrictArizona
62Bisbee Unified DistrictArizona
63Page Unified DistrictArizona
64Winslow Unified DistrictArizona
65Globe Unified DistrictArizona
66Sunnyside Unified DistrictArizona
67Williams Unified DistrictArizona
68Parker Unified School DistrictArizona
69Willcox Unified DistrictArizona
70Ajo Unified DistrictArizona
71Pinon Unified DistrictArizona
72Mayer Unified School DistrictArizona
73Miami Unified DistrictArizona
74Hayden-Winkelman Unified DistrictArizona
75Superior Unified School DistrictArizona
76Tuba City Unified DistrictArizona
77Chinle Unified DistrictArizona
78Douglas Unified DistrictArizona
79Fort Thomas Unified DistrictArizona
80Ganado Unified School DistrictArizona
81Kayenta Unified DistrictArizona
82Fredonia-Moccasin Unified DistrictArizona
83Red Mesa Unified DistrictArizona
84Gila Bend Unified DistrictArizona
85Whiteriver Unified DistrictArizona
86Sanders Unified DistrictArizona
87Baboquivari Unified School District #40Arizona
88Cedar Unified DistrictArizona
89San Carlos Unified DistrictArizona

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 Georgia, 2018

Balmy, geographically diverse Georgia has many excellent school districts to support its rapidly growing population. Like Florida, its neighbor to the south, Georgia school districts are mainly comprised of all the schools within a particular county, resulting in large districts with high enrollment figures and hundreds of teachers.

Georgia’s best school district is Forsyth County Schools, located in Cumming, GA. Totaling 36 schools in all, the district is the largest employer in the county, with a surplus of 4000 full-time employees and 1500 part-time substitutes. FCS’s academic achievements are considerable: the district boasts the highest SAT score, financial efficiency rating, and the highest graduation rate in metro-Atlanta.

Second ranked Jefferson City School District, serving Jefferson and other communities in Jackson County, is a comparatively smaller district, yet its Jefferson High School ranked in the top three statewide in student achievement.

City Schools of Decatur places third in the list. A charter school district of nine total schools; CSD students regularly achieve above average marks on standardized tests at all levels.

Fourth place Oconee County School District has achieved a number of accolades in recent years, including being one of just three systems in Georgia to receive a 5/5 financial efficiency rating.

Closing out the top five is the Fayette County School System, a large system comprised of 27 schools and several specialized learning centers.

Top School Districts in Georgia, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Forsyth CountyGeorgia
2Jefferson CityGeorgia
3Decatur CityGeorgia
4Oconee CountyGeorgia
5Fayette CountyGeorgia
6Cherokee CountyGeorgia
7Buford CityGeorgia
8Columbia CountyGeorgia
9Gwinnett CountyGeorgia
10Bryan CountyGeorgia
11Bremen CityGeorgia
12Union CountyGeorgia
13Cobb CountyGeorgia
14Fulton CountyGeorgia
15Effingham CountyGeorgia
16Walton CountyGeorgia
17Jackson CountyGeorgia
18Lowndes CountyGeorgia
19Lumpkin CountyGeorgia
20Stephens CountyGeorgia
21Schley CountyGeorgia
22Harris CountyGeorgia
23White CountyGeorgia
24Houston CountyGeorgia
25Lee CountyGeorgia
26Cartersville CityGeorgia
27Monroe CountyGeorgia
28Pickens CountyGeorgia
29Coweta CountyGeorgia
30Paulding CountyGeorgia
31Dawson CountyGeorgia
32Morgan CountyGeorgia
33Banks CountyGeorgia
34Trion CityGeorgia
35Towns CountyGeorgia
36Bleckley CountyGeorgia
37Pierce CountyGeorgia
38Catoosa CountyGeorgia
39Jones CountyGeorgia
40Camden CountyGeorgia
41Henry CountyGeorgia
42Chickamauga CityGeorgia
43Commerce CityGeorgia
44Marietta CityGeorgia
45Pike CountyGeorgia
46Habersham CountyGeorgia
47Oglethorpe CountyGeorgia
48Glynn CountyGeorgia
49Madison CountyGeorgia
50Carrollton CityGeorgia
51Barrow CountyGeorgia
52Gordon CountyGeorgia
53Bartow CountyGeorgia
54Floyd CountyGeorgia
55Rabun CountyGeorgia
56Carroll CountyGeorgia
57Calhoun CityGeorgia
58Heard CountyGeorgia
59Fannin CountyGeorgia
60Crawford CountyGeorgia
61Hall CountyGeorgia
62Walker CountyGeorgia
63Murray CountyGeorgia
64Rockdale CountyGeorgia
65Dalton CityGeorgia
66Dade CountyGeorgia
67Putnam CountyGeorgia
68Gilmer CountyGeorgia
69Franklin CountyGeorgia
70Bacon CountyGeorgia
71Social Circle CityGeorgia
72Rome CityGeorgia
73Douglas CountyGeorgia
74Berrien CountyGeorgia
75Glascock CountyGeorgia
76Ware CountyGeorgia
77Hart CountyGeorgia
78Lanier CountyGeorgia
79Brantley CountyGeorgia
80Bulloch CountyGeorgia
81Troup CountyGeorgia
82Johnson CountyGeorgia
83Lincoln CountyGeorgia
84Coffee CountyGeorgia
85Long CountyGeorgia
86Laurens CountyGeorgia
87Jeff Davis CountyGeorgia
88Whitfield CountyGeorgia
89Newton CountyGeorgia
90Liberty CountyGeorgia
91Cook CountyGeorgia
92Chatham CountyGeorgia
93Thomaston-Upson CountyGeorgia
94Polk CountyGeorgia
95Candler CountyGeorgia
96Butts CountyGeorgia
97Webster CountyGeorgia
98Appling CountyGeorgia
99Wilkes CountyGeorgia
100Taylor CountyGeorgia

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 Arkansas, 2018

Many prominent Americans--including Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, decorated U.S. General Wesley Clark, and legendary country music singer Johnny Cash--were all educated within Arkansas school systems. Knowing the accomplishments of some its most notable graduates, it should be no surprise that Arkansas boasts a large number of excellent school systems.

Arkansas’ top 10 school districts are widely distributed throughout the state. In all, seven counties are represented, with Benton County, Washington County, and Saline County each having two districts place in the top 10.

The top school district in Arkansas is Bentonville School District, serving Bentonville and parts of several other surrounding communities. Bentonville School District is one of the fast growing districts in the state, and it plans to add 6 more schools to its current total of 21 within the next ten years.

Valley View School District in Jonesboro ranks second. Its junior high was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2015 and its high school’s sports programs regularly take home state championships.

Third place, Farmington School District, is another excellent school system; recognized for its academic excellence.

Completing the top five are Benton School District (#4), which is accredited by the Arkansas Department of Education, and Greenwood School District, founded all the way back in 1881.

Top School Districts in Arkansas, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Bentonville School DistrictArkansas
2Valley View School DistrictArkansas
3Farmington School DistrictArkansas
4Benton School DistrictArkansas
5Greenwood School DistrictArkansas
6Fayetteville School DistrictArkansas
7Pottsville School DistrictArkansas
8Bryant School DistrictArkansas
9Lakeside School DistrictArkansas
10Pea Ridge School DistrictArkansas
11Conway School DistrictArkansas
12Armorel School DistrictArkansas
13Vilonia School DistrictArkansas
14Charleston School DistrictArkansas
15Cabot School DistrictArkansas
16Rogers School DistrictArkansas
17Searcy School DistrictArkansas
18Greenbrier School DistrictArkansas
19Bergman School DistrictArkansas
20Salem School DistrictArkansas
21Sheridan School DistrictArkansas
22Harrison School DistrictArkansas
23Gosnell School DistrictArkansas
24Gravette School DistrictArkansas
25Prairie Grove School DistrictArkansas
26Mt. Vernon/Enola School Dist.Arkansas
27Omaha School DistrictArkansas
28Mountain Home School DistrictArkansas
29Parkers Chapel School Dist.Arkansas
30Magnet Cove School Dist.Arkansas
31Jackson Co. School DistrictArkansas
32Dover School DistrictArkansas
33Spring Hill School DistrictArkansas
34Bismarck School DistrictArkansas
35Atkins School DistrictArkansas
36Lake Hamilton School DistrictArkansas
37Batesville School DistrictArkansas
38Norfork School DistrictArkansas
39Carlisle School DistrictArkansas
40Cotter School DistrictArkansas
41Beebe School DistrictArkansas
42Brookland School DistrictArkansas
43Clinton School DistrictArkansas
44Concord School DistrictArkansas
45Nemo Vista School DistrictArkansas
46Nettleton School DistrictArkansas
47White Hall School DistrictArkansas
48Emerson-Taylor School DistrictArkansas
49Melbourne School DistrictArkansas
50Russellville School DistrictArkansas
51Siloam Springs School DistrictArkansas
52West Fork School DistrictArkansas
53Pocahontas School DistrictArkansas
54Gentry School DistrictArkansas
55Bay School DistrictArkansas
56Valley Springs School DistrictArkansas
57Ouachita School DistrictArkansas
58Buffalo Is. Central Sch. Dist.Arkansas
59Cave City School DistrictArkansas
60County Line School DistrictArkansas
61Des Arc School DistrictArkansas
62Ouachita River School DistrictArkansas
63Fountain Lake School DistrictArkansas
64Harmony Grove School DistrictArkansas
65Green Forest School DistrictArkansas
66Searcy County School DistrictArkansas
67Springdale School DistrictArkansas
68Dardanelle School DistrictArkansas
69Westside Cons. School DistrictArkansas
70Mansfield School DistrictArkansas
71Berryville School DistrictArkansas
72Arkadelphia School DistrictArkansas
73Clarksville School DistrictArkansas
74Eureka Springs School DistrictArkansas
75Wynne School DistrictArkansas
76Lavaca School DistrictArkansas
77Heber Springs School DistrictArkansas
78Pangburn School DistrictArkansas
79Southside School DistrictArkansas
80Mountain View School DistrictArkansas
81Greene Co. Tech School Dist.Arkansas
82Foreman School DistrictArkansas
83Rose Bud School DistrictArkansas
84Elkins School DistrictArkansas
85Alpena School DistrictArkansas
86Huntsville School DistrictArkansas
87Riverside School DistrictArkansas
88Genoa Central School DistrictArkansas
89Fouke School DistrictArkansas
90Magazine School DistrictArkansas
91Western Yell Co. School Dist.Arkansas
92So. Conway Co. School DistrictArkansas
93Lincoln School DistrictArkansas
94Piggott School DistrictArkansas
95Guy-Perkins School DistrictArkansas
96Pulaski Co. Spec. School Dist.Arkansas
97Bauxite School DistrictArkansas
98Poyen School DistrictArkansas
99Mena School DistrictArkansas
100Danville School DistrictArkansas

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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