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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Top School Districts in New York, 2018

There’s more to New York than its largest city, yet the Big Apple is home to a lion’s share of the state’s public school students as the City School District of New York, with its 1.1 million plus students enrolled in over 1,800 schools, is the largest school system in the United States. However, the state’s best school districts are in service to smaller communities.

New York’s top school system is Manhasset Union Free School District, administering two kindergarten through 6th grade schools and one 7th through 12th grade school located in Manhasset on the North Shore of Long Island. According to U.S. News & World Report, the district boasts a whopping 98% graduation rate and students have achieved an English proficiency of 99%.

Rye City School District, comprising five schools in affluent Westchester County, ranks second on the list. Three of the elite district’s schools have earned National Blue Ribbon award honors, and the system has been ranked among the nation’s best by Newsweek, and other national publications.

Another Westchester County district, Byram Hills Central School District of Armonk, NY, ranks #3. 97% of Byram Hills students go on to college after graduating, according to the 2017-2018 profile.

We return to Nassau County, Long Island for #4 in the ranking, Jericho Union Free School District, a high achieving system of three elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.

Closing out the top five is yet another Westchester County district, Irvington Union Free School District. Both Irvington Middle School and Irvington High School have been recognized in the past as schools of excellence.

Top School Districts in New York, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Manhasset Union Free School DistrictNew York
2Rye City School DistrictNew York
3Byram Hills Central School DistrictNew York
4Jericho Union Free School DistrictNew York
5Irvington Union Free School DistrictNew York
6Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School DistrictNew York
7Scarsdale Union Free School DistrictNew York
8Bronxville Union Free School DistrictNew York
9Garden City Union Free School DistrictNew York
10Chappaqua Central School DistrictNew York
11Ardsley Union Free School DistrictNew York
12Briarcliff Manor Union Free School DistrictNew York
13Syosset Central School DistrictNew York
14Fayetteville-Manlius Central School DistrictNew York
15Herricks Union Free School DistrictNew York
16East Williston Union Free School DistrictNew York
17Pelham Union Free School DistrictNew York
18Mamaroneck Union Free School DistrictNew York
19Katonah-Lewisboro Union Free School DistrictNew York
20Pittsford Central School DistrictNew York
21North Shore Central School DistrictNew York
22Eastchester Union Free School DistrictNew York
23Great Neck Union Free School DistrictNew York
24Locust Valley Central School DistrictNew York
25Tuckahoe Union Free School DistrictNew York
26Rye Neck Union Free School DistrictNew York
27Bolton Central School DistrictNew York
28Port Jefferson Union Free School DistrictNew York
29Nanuet Union Free School DistrictNew York
30Massapequa Union Free School DistrictNew York
31Penfield Central School DistrictNew York
32Hastings-On-Hudson Union Free School DistrictNew York
33Pleasantville Union Free School DistrictNew York
34Roslyn Union Free School DistrictNew York
35Williamsville Central School DistrictNew York
36Croton-Harmon Union Free School DistrictNew York
37Edgemont Union Free School DistrictNew York
38Half Hollow Hills Central School DistrictNew York
39Mount Pleasant Central School DistrictNew York
40Port Washington Union Free School DistrictNew York
41Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School DistrictNew York
42Smithtown Central School DistrictNew York
43Cold Spring Harbor Central School DistrictNew York
44Harborfields Central School DistrictNew York
45Brighton Central School DistrictNew York
46Harrison Central School DistrictNew York
47Sag Harbor Union Free School DistrictNew York
48North Salem Central School DistrictNew York
49Lynbrook Union Free School DistrictNew York
50Bethpage Union Free School DistrictNew York
51Niskayuna Central School DistrictNew York
52Wantagh Union Free School DistrictNew York
53Somers Central School DistrictNew York
54Three Village Central School DistrictNew York
55Bedford Central School DistrictNew York
56Jamesville-Dewitt Central School DistrictNew York
57Cazenovia Central School DistrictNew York
58Ramapo Central School District (Suffern)New York
59Voorheesville Central School DistrictNew York
60East Meadow Union Free School DistrictNew York
61Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School DistrictNew York
62Yorktown Central School DistrictNew York
63Seaford Union Free School DistrictNew York
64Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School DistrictNew York
65Clarence Central School DistrictNew York
66Westhampton Beach Union Free School DistrictNew York
67Bethlehem Central School DistrictNew York
68Plainedge Union Free School DistrictNew York
69Bellmore-Merrick Central High School DistrictNew York
70Pearl River Union Free School DistrictNew York
71Northport-East Northport Union Free School DistrictNew York
72Guilderland Central School DistrictNew York
73Chazy Union Free School DistrictNew York
74Kings Park Central School DistrictNew York
75Dobbs Ferry Union Free School DistrictNew York
76Saratoga Springs City School DistrictNew York
77Commack Union Free School DistrictNew York
78Elwood Union Free School DistrictNew York
79Shenendehowa Central School DistrictNew York
80Skaneateles Central School DistrictNew York
81Bayport-Blue Point Union Free School DistrictNew York
82Carle Place Union Free School DistrictNew York
83Rockville Centre Union Free School DistrictNew York
84Cornwall Central School DistrictNew York
85Haldane Central School DistrictNew York
86South Orangetown Central School DistrictNew York
87Hewlett-Woodmere Union Free School DistrictNew York
88Mineola Union Free School DistrictNew York
89Hauppauge Union Free School DistrictNew York
90Westhill Central School DistrictNew York
91Red Hook Central School DistrictNew York
92West Irondequoit Central School DistrictNew York
93Clarkstown Central School DistrictNew York
94Shoreham-Wading River Central School DistrictNew York
95Victor Central School DistrictNew York
96Oceanside Union Free School DistrictNew York
97Sayville Union Free School DistrictNew York
98Mount Sinai Union Free School DistrictNew York
99Orchard Park Central School DistrictNew York
100Frontier Central School DistrictNew York

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 Mexico, 2018

New Mexico’s unique culture is a product of years of mixing between Hispanic, Native American and European traditions. With the highest percentage of Hispanic Americans, and second highest percentage of Native Americans of any state, students enrolled in New Mexico’s public schools come from a slew of distinct backgrounds.

The best district in the state is Los Alamos Public Schools, a system of seven schools serving Los Alamos and neighboring White Rock. Los Alamos lays claim to a number of achievements, including being rated an “A” school district, and boasts an 87% graduation rate.

Ranking #2 is Logan Municipal Schools, serving Logan, NM. In 2017, Logan Elementary was rated an “A” school.

Third on the list is Rio Rancho Public Schools, a large system of 18 schools based in Rio Rancho, NM. According to the district’s website, its mission is “graduating students who are responsible, ethical, and productive citizens, equipped with a solid foundation for individual success.”

Dora Consolidated Schools, located in Dora, NM, follows at #4. According to Niche.com, students of the district have achieved a 90% graduation rate.

Rounding out the top five is Moriarty-Edgewood School District, consisting of three elementaries, two middle schools, and one high school in its namesake communities. In 2017, the district’s South Mountain Elementary and Edgewood Middle School performed better than over 80% of New Mexico’s schools.

Top School Districts in New Mexico, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Los Alamos Public SchoolsNew Mexico
2Logan Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
3Rio Rancho Public SchoolsNew Mexico
4Dora Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
5Moriarty-Edgewood School DistrictNew Mexico
6Artesia Public SchoolsNew Mexico
7Aztec Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
8Clayton Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
9Penasco Independent SchoolsNew Mexico
10Carlsbad Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
11Alamogordo Public SchoolsNew Mexico
12Fort Sumner Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
13Los Lunas Public SchoolsNew Mexico
14Silver Consolidated SchoolsNew Mexico
15Roswell Independent SchoolsNew Mexico
16Albuquerque Public SchoolsNew Mexico
17Texico Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
18Chama Valley Indep. SchoolsNew Mexico
19Santa Fe Public SchoolsNew Mexico
20Cimarron Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
21Clovis Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
22Farmington Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
23Pojoaque Valley Public SchoolsNew Mexico
24Capitan Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
25Questa Independent SchoolsNew Mexico
26Floyd Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
27Lovington Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
28Estancia Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
29Cloudcroft Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
30Las Cruces Public SchoolsNew Mexico
31Portales Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
32Hagerman Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
33Mora Independent SchoolsNew Mexico
34Dexter Consolidated SchoolsNew Mexico
35Dulce Independent SchoolsNew Mexico
36Belen Consolidated SchoolsNew Mexico
37Raton Public SchoolsNew Mexico
38Tatum Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
39Grants-Cibola County SchoolsNew Mexico
40Las Vegas City Public SchoolsNew Mexico
41Santa Rosa Consolidated SchoolsNew Mexico
42Tucumcari Public SchoolsNew Mexico
43Ruidoso Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
44Espanola Public SchoolsNew Mexico
45Gadsden Independent SchoolsNew Mexico
46Hobbs Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
47Bernalillo Public SchoolsNew Mexico
48Central Consolidated SchoolsNew Mexico
49Taos Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
50Animas Public SchoolsNew Mexico
51Eunice Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
52Cobre Consolidated SchoolsNew Mexico
53Pecos Independent SchoolsNew Mexico
54Lordsburg Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
55Loving Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
56Bloomfield SchoolsNew Mexico
57T Or C Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
58Jal Public SchoolsNew Mexico
59Mountainair Public SchoolsNew Mexico
60Tularosa Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
61Hatch Valley Public SchoolsNew Mexico
62West Las Vegas Public SchoolsNew Mexico
63Magdalena Municipal SchoolsNew Mexico
64Deming Public SchoolsNew Mexico
65Mesa Vista Consolidated SchoolsNew Mexico
66Socorro Consolidated SchoolsNew Mexico
67Gallup-Mckinley Cty SchoolsNew Mexico
68Jemez Valley Public SchoolsNew Mexico
69Cuba Independent SchoolsNew Mexico
70Zuni Public SchoolsNew Mexico
71Jemez Mountain Public SchoolsNew Mexico

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 Hampshire, 2018

The White Mountain State compares very favorably with the rest of the nation in education; New Hampshire ranks second overall in the country in Pre-K-12 education, and first in NAEP reading scores according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest survey.

New Hampshire’s best school district is Bedford School District, comprising six schools in Bedford, NH with a total enrollment of about 4,500 students. Bedford High School’s students continually meet a high standard of excellence, achieving a graduation rate of 97.4%, which is nine percentage points higher than the state average.

The second ranked school district in New Hampshire is SAU 70, which is an administrative unit comprising three separate districts in Hanover, Norwich, and Dresden. Serving students in Vermont, as well as New Hampshire, SAU 70 is the first interstate school district in the nation.

Hollis Brookline Cooperative School District SAU 41, serving Hollis and Brookline, NH, ranks third. The district is one of the highest testing in the state, with 81% of students achieving proficiency in reading.

Fourth on the list is Oyster River Cooperative School District, based in Durham, NH and serving students from three different towns. Established in 194, Oyster RIver Cooperative School District is the oldest district of its type in the state.

Another cooperative district, SAU 67, fills out the top five. The district of four schools has a great reputation for exceeding statewide educational standards.

Top School Districts in New Hampshire, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Bedford School DistrictNew Hampshire
2SAU 70New Hampshire
3Hollis/Brookline Coop School DistrictNew Hampshire
4Oyster River Coop School DistrictNew Hampshire
5SAU 67New Hampshire
6Portsmouth School DistrictNew Hampshire
7Exeter Region Coop School DistrictNew Hampshire
8Kearsarge Regional School DistrictNew Hampshire
9Merrimack School DistrictNew Hampshire
10Moultonborough School DistrictNew Hampshire
11Mascoma Valley Reg School DistrictNew Hampshire
12Hopkinton School DistrictNew Hampshire
13Goffstown School DistrictNew Hampshire
14Milford School DistrictNew Hampshire
15Newmarket School DistrictNew Hampshire
16Governor Wentworth Reg School DistrictNew Hampshire
17Timberlane Regional School DistrictNew Hampshire
18Epping School DistrictNew Hampshire
19Litchfield School DistrictNew Hampshire
20Mascenic Regional School DistrictNew Hampshire
21Shaker Regional School DistrictNew Hampshire
22Gorham Randolph Shelburne Coop School DistrictNew Hampshire
23Dover School DistrictNew Hampshire
24Sunapee School DistrictNew Hampshire
25Newfound Area School DistrictNew Hampshire
26Merrimack Valley School DistrictNew Hampshire
27Sanborn Regional School DistrictNew Hampshire
28Inter-Lakes School DistrictNew Hampshire
29White Mountain Regional School DistrictNew Hampshire
30Lisbon Regional School DistrictNew Hampshire
31Londonderry School DistrictNew Hampshire
32Contoocook Valley School DistrictNew Hampshire
33Keene School DistrictNew Hampshire
34Hudson School DistrictNew Hampshire
35Lincoln-Woodstock School DistrictNew Hampshire
36Concord School DistrictNew Hampshire
37Jaffrey-Rindge Coop School DistrictNew Hampshire
38Pelham School DistrictNew Hampshire
39Lebanon School DistrictNew Hampshire
40Wilton-Lyndeboro School DistrictNew Hampshire
41Haverhill Cooperative School DistrictNew Hampshire
42Gilford School DistrictNew Hampshire
43Profile School DistrictNew Hampshire
44Salem School DistrictNew Hampshire
45Raymond School DistrictNew Hampshire
46Conway School DistrictNew Hampshire
47Littleton School DistrictNew Hampshire
48Fall Mountain Regional School DistrictNew Hampshire
49Monadnock Regional School DistrictNew Hampshire
50Nashua School DistrictNew Hampshire
51Rochester School DistrictNew Hampshire
52Pembroke School DistrictNew Hampshire
53Milton School DistrictNew Hampshire
54Colebrook School DistrictNew Hampshire
55Winnisquam Regional School DistrictNew Hampshire
56Newport School DistrictNew Hampshire
57Farmington School DistrictNew Hampshire
58Hinsdale School DistrictNew Hampshire
59Northumberland School DistrictNew Hampshire
60Pittsfield School DistrictNew Hampshire
61Claremont School DistrictNew Hampshire
62Somersworth School DistrictNew Hampshire
63Franklin School DistrictNew Hampshire
64Hillsboro Deering Coop School DistrictNew Hampshire
65Laconia School DistrictNew Hampshire
66Manchester School DistrictNew Hampshire
67Berlin School DistrictNew Hampshire

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 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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