Top School Districts in Louisiana, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top School Districts in Louisiana, 2018

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

Methodology

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

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Top School Districts in Kentucky, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top School Districts in Kentucky, 2018

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

Methodology

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

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Top School Districts in Maine, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top School Districts in Maine, 2018

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

Methodology

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

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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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