Top School Districts in Delaware, 2018

Delaware may be the second smallest state in the nation, as well as the second least populous, but it is home to an inordinate number of excellent school districts serving its affluent populace.

Each of Delaware’s three counties is represented in the list of the state’s top ten best school districts, with New Castle-based districts accounting for five, Sussex districts totaling three, and two based in Kent.

The exquisitely-named Appoquinimink School District ranks as Delaware’s best, overall. The fast growing district adds schools at the rate some districts add students, with ten opened since 2000. Despite its rapid expansion, Appoquinimink maintains one of the best academic records in the state.

Delaware’s second best school district is the Cape Henlopen School District in Lewes, a city on the Delaware Bay in Sussex County. The district boasts the highest percentage of students to reach the college readiness standard on the SATs in the state.

Ranking third is Caesar Rodney School District, a high achieving school district based in Wyoming, Delaware that’s named after a Revolution-era politician and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Indian River School District places fourth. One of the largest public school districts in Delaware, IRSD serves the southeastern region of Sussex County.

Fifth place Lake Forest School District is based in Kent County and is composed of four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.

Top School Districts in Delaware, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Appoquinimink School DistrictDelaware
2Cape Henlopen School DistrictDelaware
3Caesar Rodney School DistrictDelaware
4Indian River School DistrictDelaware
5Lake Forest School DistrictDelaware
6Smyrna School DistrictDelaware
7Milford School DistrictDelaware
8Red Clay Consolidated School DistrictDelaware
9Brandywine School DistrictDelaware
10Christina School DistrictDelaware
11Woodbridge School DistrictDelaware
12Delmar School DistrictDelaware
13Laurel School DistrictDelaware
14Colonial School DistrictDelaware
15Capital School DistrictDelaware
16Seaford School DistrictDelaware

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 Colorado, 2018

The Rocky Mountain State is home to a large number of excellent school districts in counties spanning several regions. Of the districts in Colorado’s top ten best, only El Paso County has more than one placing, with a total of three. Judging from the ranking, Colorado’s best schools aren’t all concentrated in one area, but rather are spread out across the state.

Colorado’s best school district is Cheyenne Mountain School District 12, which serves southwestern Colorado Springs, El Paso. Comprising five elementaries, one junior high, one high school and two charter schools, CMSD was rated the top large school district in Colorado for the 8th straight year in the 2017 state accreditation ranking.

The #2 school district in the state is Steamboat Springs School District Re-2, which was recognized as a District of Distinction for the seventh straight year in 2017 by the Colorado board of Education.

Third-ranked Douglas County School District Re-1 is one of the largest districts in the state, with nearly 90 schools and enrollment topping 68,000 in 2016-2017.

Boulder Valley School District No. Re-2 serving Boulder and a number of other communities in unincorporated Boulder County, places fourth, while fifth-ranked Academy School District 20 is the second of two Steamboat Springs districts in the top five.

Top School Districts in Colorado, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Cheyenne Mountain School DistrictColorado
2Steamboat Springs School DistrictColorado
3Douglas County School DistrictColorado
4Boulder Valley School DistrictColorado
5Academy, School DistrictColorado
6Littleton, School DistrictColorado
7Lewis-Palmer Consolidated, School DistrictColorado
8Aspen School DistrictColorado
9Weld County Reorganized School DistrictColorado
10Telluride School DistrictColorado
11Poudre School DistrictColorado
12Platte Canyon, School DistrictColorado
13Weld County School DistrictColorado
14Cherry Creek, School DistrictColorado
15Clear Creek School DistrictColorado
16Gunnison Watershed School DistrictColorado
17Jefferson County School DistrictColorado
18Summit School DistrictColorado
19Haxtun School DistrictColorado
20Gilpin County School DistrictColorado
21Falcon, School DistrictColorado
22St. Vrain Valley School DistrictColorado
23Swink, School DistrictColorado
24Salida School DistrictColorado
25Park County School DistrictColorado
26Durango School DistrictColorado
27Ridgway, School DistrictColorado
28Norwood School DistrictColorado
29Peyton, School DistrictColorado
30Pueblo County School DistrictColorado
31Limon School DistrictColorado
32Weld County School DistrictColorado
33Thompson School DistrictColorado
34Cheyenne County School DistrictColorado
35Fowler School DistrictColorado
36Woodland Park School DistrictColorado
37Bayfield School DistrictColorado
38Big Sandy School DistrictColorado
39Adams 12 Five Star SchoolsColorado
40Manitou Springs, School DistrictColorado
41East Grand School DistrictColorado
42Eagle County School DistrictColorado
43School District No. Re-50, WigginsColorado
44Roaring Fork School DistrictColorado
45Buena Vista School DistrictColorado
46School District 27JColorado
47Garfield School DistrictColorado
48Rangely School DistrictColorado
49School District No. Re-1, ValleyColorado
50School District No. C-1, In The County Of Elbert And State OColorado
51Meeker School DistrictColorado
52Sanford, School DistrictColorado
53Estes Park School DistrictColorado
54Bennett School DistrictColorado
55Byers School DistrictColorado
56West End School DistrictColorado
57Hoehne Reorganized School DistrictColorado
58Holyoke School DistrictColorado
59Fountain, School DistrictColorado
60Sangre De Cristo School DistrictColorado
61Custer County School DistrictColorado
62Strasburg School DistrictColorado
63Mancos School DistrictColorado
64West Grand School DistrictColorado
65Wray Rd-2 School DistrictColorado
66Colorado Springs, School DistrictColorado
67Akron School DistrictColorado
68Holly School DistrictColorado
69Sargent School DistrictColorado
70Mesa County Valley School DistrictColorado
71Mapleton, School DistrictColorado
72Dolores School DistrictColorado
73Harrison, School DistrictColorado
74School District No. 3 In The County Of El Paso And State OfColorado
75School District No. Re-3, Fort MorganColorado
76Hayden School DistrictColorado
77Archuleta County School DistrictColorado
78Weld County School DistrictColorado
79Las Animas School DistrictColorado
80South Routt School DistrictColorado
81Fremont Re-1Colorado
82Delta County Joint DistrictColorado
83Weld County Reorganized School DistrictColorado
84Montrose County School DistrictColorado
85Crowley County School DistrictColorado
86Wiley School DistrictColorado
87School District No. C-2 In The County Of Elbert And State OfColorado
88School District No. Re-4 BuffaloColorado
89Yuma 1 School DistrictColorado
90North Conejos School DistrictColorado
91Weld County Reorganized School DistrictColorado
92School District No. Re-2, BrushColorado
93Calhan DistrictColorado
94School District No. 1 In The County Of Denver And State Of CColorado
95Fremont Re-2Colorado
96Ellicott, School DistrictColorado
97Burlington Public School DistrictColorado
98Cheraw, School DistrictColorado
99Ignacio School DistrictColorado
100Weld County School DistrictColorado

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 California, 2018

With over 39 million residents, California is the most populated U.S. state by a wide margin. Unsurprisingly, it also has the largest public school system in the country, with over 6 million students enrolled in more than 10,000 schools statewide. These schools employ over 260,000 teachers, 60,000 more than the entire population of the nation of Samoa.

Considering its booming economy and leading in the entertainment and technology industries, it’s no surprise that California boasts a huge number of excellent public school districts. SoCal-based school districts dominate the top 10, with Los Angeles County districts comprising four on the list, along with one in nearby Orange County. The top 10 is filled out by four bay area districts and one based in Joaquin Valley.

Top ranked Palo Alto Unified School District’s twelve primary schools, three middle schools and two high schools are all located nearby Stanford University, and no doubt benefit from their proximity to one ot the nation’s most prestigious universities. Palo Alto Senior High has been recognized for its academic excellence by Newsweek and other national publications.

Second-ranked Liberty Elementary School District in Tulare County consists of just one school, but it’s a good one. Just behind it is Hermosa Beach City School District (#3), made up of two elementary schools and one middle school that have received the National Blue Ribbon School Award for academic achievement.

California’s top five is rounded out by two great districts. Fourth place Piedmont Unified benefits from a generous amount of funding supplied by a parcel tax paid by the city’s residents, while San Marino Unified was ranked #1 Unified School District in the state by the State of California in 2017.

Top School Districts in California, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Palo Alto UnifiedCalifornia
2Liberty ElementaryCalifornia
3Hermosa Beach City ElementaryCalifornia
4Piedmont City UnifiedCalifornia
5San Marino UnifiedCalifornia
6La Canada UnifiedCalifornia
7Manhattan Beach UnifiedCalifornia
8Arcadia UnifiedCalifornia
9San Ramon Valley UnifiedCalifornia
10Irvine UnifiedCalifornia
11Fremont UnifiedCalifornia
12Pleasanton UnifiedCalifornia
13Palos Verdes Peninsula UnifiedCalifornia
14Carmel UnifiedCalifornia
15South Pasadena UnifiedCalifornia
16Los Alamitos UnifiedCalifornia
17Oak Park UnifiedCalifornia
18Jefferson ElementaryCalifornia
19Laguna Beach UnifiedCalifornia
20Walnut Valley UnifiedCalifornia
21Albany City UnifiedCalifornia
22Poway UnifiedCalifornia
23Coronado UnifiedCalifornia
24Mesa Union ElementaryCalifornia
25Las Virgenes UnifiedCalifornia
26Davis Joint UnifiedCalifornia
27Carlsbad UnifiedCalifornia
28Temple City UnifiedCalifornia
29Scotts Valley UnifiedCalifornia
30Rocklin UnifiedCalifornia
31Redondo Beach UnifiedCalifornia
32Pacific Grove UnifiedCalifornia
33Menifee Union ElementaryCalifornia
34Conejo Valley UnifiedCalifornia
35Beverly Hills UnifiedCalifornia
36Santa Monica-Malibu UnifiedCalifornia
37Castro Valley UnifiedCalifornia
38Jamestown ElementaryCalifornia
39Brea-Olinda UnifiedCalifornia
40Capistrano UnifiedCalifornia
41Clovis UnifiedCalifornia
42San Marcos UnifiedCalifornia
43Borrego Springs UnifiedCalifornia
44Placentia-Yorba Linda UnifiedCalifornia
45Milpitas UnifiedCalifornia
46Alameda UnifiedCalifornia
47Saddleback Valley UnifiedCalifornia
48Burton ElementaryCalifornia
49Temecula Valley UnifiedCalifornia
50Berkeley UnifiedCalifornia
51Torrance UnifiedCalifornia
52Tustin UnifiedCalifornia
53Culver City UnifiedCalifornia
54Glendora UnifiedCalifornia
55Benicia UnifiedCalifornia
56Bonita UnifiedCalifornia
57Livermore Valley Joint UnifiedCalifornia
58Lawndale ElementaryCalifornia
59Moorpark UnifiedCalifornia
60Dublin UnifiedCalifornia
61Murrieta Valley UnifiedCalifornia
62Claremont UnifiedCalifornia
63Novato UnifiedCalifornia
64Simi Valley UnifiedCalifornia
65El Segundo UnifiedCalifornia
66San Luis Coastal UnifiedCalifornia
67Martinez UnifiedCalifornia
68Folsom-Cordova UnifiedCalifornia
69Santa Clara UnifiedCalifornia
70Saint Helena UnifiedCalifornia
71Chino Valley UnifiedCalifornia
72West Covina UnifiedCalifornia
73Glendale UnifiedCalifornia
74Abc UnifiedCalifornia
75Redding ElementaryCalifornia
76Golden Valley UnifiedCalifornia
77Tahoe-Truckee UnifiedCalifornia
78San Lorenzo Valley UnifiedCalifornia
79Burbank UnifiedCalifornia
80Newport-Mesa UnifiedCalifornia
81Ripon UnifiedCalifornia
82RoselandCalifornia
83Silver Valley UnifiedCalifornia
84Live Oak ElementaryCalifornia
85Alhambra UnifiedCalifornia
86Templeton UnifiedCalifornia
87South San Francisco UnifiedCalifornia
88Princeton Joint UnifiedCalifornia
89Ventura UnifiedCalifornia
90San Jose UnifiedCalifornia
91Piner-Olivet Union ElementaryCalifornia
92Orange UnifiedCalifornia
93South Bay Union ElementaryCalifornia
94Corona-Norco UnifiedCalifornia
95Chawanakee UnifiedCalifornia
96Travis UnifiedCalifornia
97Cabrillo UnifiedCalifornia
98Lucia Mar UnifiedCalifornia
99Los Molinos UnifiedCalifornia
100Morgan Hill UnifiedCalifornia

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 Alabama, 2018

Alabama has a wealth of excellent school districts, the best of which serve suburbs of the state’s largest cities. Of Alabama’s top ten school districts, five represent suburbs of the state’s most populous city, Birmingham, while three others are located near Huntsville, Alabama’s third largest city.

The Cotton State’s best school district is the Mountain Brook School System, serving Mountain Brook, a suburb of Birmingham and one of the most well-to-do towns in the state. Encompassing four K-6 elementary schools, one junior high school, and one high school, the Mountain Brook School system has been repeatedly recognized for its excellence over the years, most recently being named a 2016 Distinguished District by the International Society for Technology in Education.

Vestavia Hills City School System, representing Vestavia Hills, another affluent suburb of Birmingham, ranks second on the list. The school district regularly exceeds standardized test proficiency standards and boasts a 95% graduation rate.

At #3 is the Homewood City School District, serving the Birmingham suburb, Homewood. A smaller district of three elementary schools , one middle school, and one high school, Homewood City School’s mission statement is “to educate and empower all students to maximize their unique potential.”

Fourth on the list is Madison City Schools based in Madison, a suburb of Huntsville. The district recently expanded, opening the brand new James Clemens High School in 2012.

Rounding out the top five is the Cullman City Board of Education, known as the first district in the state to enact a 1:1 Laptop Initiative, supplying all of its middle school and high school students with a laptop for educational use.

Top School Districts in Alabama, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Mountain Brook CityAlabama
2Vestavia Hills CityAlabama
3Homewood CityAlabama
4Madison CityAlabama
5Cullman CityAlabama
6Auburn CityAlabama
7Muscle Shoals CityAlabama
8Arab CityAlabama
9Hoover CityAlabama
10Trussville CityAlabama
11Hartselle CityAlabama
12Madison CountyAlabama
13Winfield CityAlabama
14Shelby CountyAlabama
15Enterprise CityAlabama
16Autauga CountyAlabama
17Guntersville CityAlabama
18Baldwin CountyAlabama
19Oxford CityAlabama
20Oneonta CityAlabama
21Andalusia CityAlabama
22Lauderdale CountyAlabama
23Cullman CountyAlabama
24Etowah CountyAlabama
25Jasper CityAlabama
26Pell CityAlabama
27Marion CountyAlabama
28Morgan CountyAlabama
29Dekalb CountyAlabama
30Pike CountyAlabama
31Jackson CountyAlabama
32Franklin CountyAlabama
33Huntsville CityAlabama
34St Clair CountyAlabama
35Athens CityAlabama
36Calhoun CountyAlabama
37Tuscaloosa CountyAlabama
38Cleburne CountyAlabama
39Dothan CityAlabama
40Lee CountyAlabama
41Boaz CityAlabama
42Florence CityAlabama
43Houston CountyAlabama
44Coffee CountyAlabama
45Covington CountyAlabama
46Scottsboro CityAlabama
47Elmore CountyAlabama
48Jefferson CountyAlabama
49Jacksonville CityAlabama
50Decatur CityAlabama
51Geneva CityAlabama
52Dale CountyAlabama
53Marshall CountyAlabama
54Sylacauga CityAlabama
55Limestone CountyAlabama
56Mobile CountyAlabama
57Blount CountyAlabama
58Brewton CityAlabama
59Chilton CountyAlabama
60Colbert CountyAlabama
61Lamar CountyAlabama
62Haleyville CityAlabama
63Talladega CountyAlabama
64Tuscumbia CityAlabama
65Piedmont CityAlabama
66Leeds CityAlabama
67Alexander CityAlabama
68Lawrence CountyAlabama
69Attalla CityAlabama
70Escambia CountyAlabama
71Opp CityAlabama
72Fort Payne CityAlabama
73Fayette CountyAlabama
74Walker CountyAlabama
75Cherokee CountyAlabama
76Winston CountyAlabama
77Clay CountyAlabama
78Opelika CityAlabama
79Albertville CityAlabama
80Russellville CityAlabama
81Tuscaloosa CityAlabama
82Ozark CityAlabama
83Demopolis CityAlabama
84Phenix CityAlabama
85Coosa CountyAlabama
86Tallapoosa CountyAlabama
87Bibb CountyAlabama
88Thomasville CityAlabama
89Montgomery CountyAlabama
90Tallassee CityAlabama
91Troy CityAlabama
92Henry CountyAlabama
93Geneva CountyAlabama
94Crenshaw CountyAlabama
95Hale CountyAlabama
96Russell CountyAlabama
97Gadsden CityAlabama
98Conecuh CountyAlabama
99Sheffield CityAlabama
100Butler CountyAlabama

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 Pennsylvania, 2018

As one of the first 13 U.S. colonies, and the home of Independence Hall, where both the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were drafted, Pennsylvania has a long running legacy of direct involvement in American politic events. Today, the state ranks 11th in the nation in Pre-K-12 education, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Pennsylvania’s best school district is South Fayette Township School District, a small system of four schools serving the Pittsburgh suburb that lends it its name. The district has consistently exceeded statewide expectations of academic achievement, indicated by the high test scores achieved in all of South Fayette’s schools.

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, serving parts of Chester and Delaware Counties, ranks #2. UCFSD’s achievements are remarkable; its students consistently test in the top 1% of Pennsylvania, and the graduation rate nears 100%.

Third in the ranking is Lower Merion School District of Montgomery County, PA. One of the wealthiest districts in both the state and country, overall, LMSD takes advantage of its generous funding by performing well in every academic measure.

Radnor Township School District ranks #4. The district has a reputation for academic excellence, with graduation rates regularly topping 98%.

Closing out Pennsylvania’s top five schools is Upper Dublin School District, a system of six schools that was the first in the state to receive K-12 paradigmatic accreditation through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Top School Districts in Pennsylvania, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1South Fayette Township SdPennsylvania
2Unionville-Chadds Ford SdPennsylvania
3Lower Merion SdPennsylvania
4Radnor Township SdPennsylvania
5Upper Dublin SdPennsylvania
6Tredyffrin-Easttown SdPennsylvania
7Colonial SdPennsylvania
8Central Bucks SdPennsylvania
9Perkiomen Valley SdPennsylvania
10Hampton Township SdPennsylvania
11Wallingford-Swarthmore SdPennsylvania
12Fox Chapel Area SdPennsylvania
13Upper Saint Clair SdPennsylvania
14Mt Lebanon SdPennsylvania
15Wissahickon SdPennsylvania
16Jenkintown SdPennsylvania
17New Hope-Solebury SdPennsylvania
18North Allegheny SdPennsylvania
19Lower Moreland Township SdPennsylvania
20Spring-Ford Area SdPennsylvania
21Haverford Township SdPennsylvania
22Rose Tree Media SdPennsylvania
23Garnet Valley SdPennsylvania
24Great Valley SdPennsylvania
25Downingtown Area SdPennsylvania
26Mars Area SdPennsylvania
27Owen J Roberts SdPennsylvania
28Peters Township SdPennsylvania
29Pine-Richland SdPennsylvania
30Hatboro-Horsham SdPennsylvania
31Springfield SdPennsylvania
32Quaker Valley SdPennsylvania
33York Suburban SdPennsylvania
34Methacton SdPennsylvania
35Quakertown Community SdPennsylvania
36Seneca Valley SdPennsylvania
37Franklin Regional SdPennsylvania
38Lewisburg Area SdPennsylvania
39West Chester Area SdPennsylvania
40Southern Lehigh SdPennsylvania
41Cheltenham Township SdPennsylvania
42Manheim Township SdPennsylvania
43Cumberland Valley SdPennsylvania
44North Penn SdPennsylvania
45Avonworth SdPennsylvania
46Abington Heights SdPennsylvania
47Springfield Township SdPennsylvania
48Wilson SdPennsylvania
49Penn-Trafford SdPennsylvania
50Souderton Area SdPennsylvania
51Palisades SdPennsylvania
52Phoenixville Area SdPennsylvania
53Marple Newtown SdPennsylvania
54State College Area SdPennsylvania
55Parkland SdPennsylvania
56Abington SdPennsylvania
57Council Rock SdPennsylvania
58Avon Grove SdPennsylvania
59Moon Area SdPennsylvania
60Upper Merion Area SdPennsylvania
61Saucon Valley SdPennsylvania
62West Jefferson Hills SdPennsylvania
63Dallas SdPennsylvania
64Derry Township SdPennsylvania
65Boyertown Area SdPennsylvania
66Norwin SdPennsylvania
67Harbor Creek SdPennsylvania
68Lampeter-Strasburg SdPennsylvania
69Canon-Mcmillan SdPennsylvania
70Beaver Area SdPennsylvania
71Central York SdPennsylvania
72Montour SdPennsylvania
73Hempfield SdPennsylvania
74Fairview SdPennsylvania
75Southern Fulton SdPennsylvania
76Kennett Consolidated SdPennsylvania
77Bethel Park SdPennsylvania
78Lower Dauphin SdPennsylvania
79Freeport Area SdPennsylvania
80West Allegheny SdPennsylvania
81Pennsbury SdPennsylvania
82Westmont Hilltop SdPennsylvania
83South Eastern SdPennsylvania
84Crestwood SdPennsylvania
85Manheim Central SdPennsylvania
86Penn-Delco SdPennsylvania
87Greater Latrobe SdPennsylvania
88Camp Hill SdPennsylvania
89Central Valley SdPennsylvania
90North Hills SdPennsylvania
91Riverview SdPennsylvania
92Dallastown Area SdPennsylvania
93South Park SdPennsylvania
94Pennridge SdPennsylvania
95Mechanicsburg Area SdPennsylvania
96Delaware Valley SdPennsylvania
97Neshannock Township SdPennsylvania
98Nazareth Area SdPennsylvania
99Exeter Township SdPennsylvania
100Hermitage SdPennsylvania

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 Rhode Island, 2018

The nation’s smallest state performs excellently in public education, ranking #9 nationwide in Pre-K-12 education based on the most recent survey by U.S. News & World Report. Many excellent school districts are based within Rhode Island’s modest borders.

Rhode Island’s best district is Barrington Public Schools, a system of six schools based in the suburban community of Barrington, RI. All of Barrington’s schools rank among the best in the state, and Barrington High School was awarded a gold medal by U.S. News & World Report, placing it with the best public high schools in the nation.

Ranking #2 in Rhode Island is East Greenwich School District, comprising four elementaries, one middle school, and one high school. East Greenwich High School was the only high school in the state to be ranked in the top 500 in Newsweek’s 2016 ranking of the nation’s best high schools.

Third on the list is South Kingston School District, a system of nine schools located in Wakefield, RI. The district’s Peace Dale Elementary School received a National Blue Ribbon Award in 2016 through the U.S. Department of Education, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a school in the country.

#4 Narragansett School System is a district comprising one elementary school, middle school and one high school. Every school in the district meets or exceeds state proficiency standards in reading and mathematics.

Rounding out Rhode Island’s top five is Chariho Regional School District, a high performing system of schools serving Charlestown, Richmond, and Hopkinton, RI.

Top School Districts in Rhode Island, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1BarringtonRhode Island
2East GreenwichRhode Island
3South KingstownRhode Island
4NarragansettRhode Island
5CharihoRhode Island
6PortsmouthRhode Island
7North KingstownRhode Island
8North SmithfieldRhode Island
9SmithfieldRhode Island
10Exeter-West GreenwichRhode Island
11LincolnRhode Island
12WesterlyRhode Island
13CumberlandRhode Island
14ScituateRhode Island
15TivertonRhode Island
16Bristol WarrenRhode Island
17CoventryRhode Island
18MiddletownRhode Island
19Foster-GlocesterRhode Island
20WarwickRhode Island
21JohnstonRhode Island
22CranstonRhode Island
23BurrillvilleRhode Island
24East ProvidenceRhode Island
25NewportRhode Island
26North ProvidenceRhode Island
27West WarwickRhode Island
28PawtucketRhode Island
29WoonsocketRhode Island
30Central FallsRhode Island
31ProvidenceRhode Island

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 Maryland, 2018

Maryland’s public school districts compare very favorably with those of the rest of the nation, ranking 16th overall in Pre-K education by U.S. News & World Report. As one of the thirteen original colonies, the state has had a long time to develop its standard of excellent public education.

The #1 ranked district in Maryland is the Howard County Public School System, based in Columbia, Maryland and serving the communities of the county that lends it its name. The large district of 76 schools boasts an impressive graduation rate of 93.2%.

Worcester County Public Schools, a district of 14 schools in Worcester County, MD, places second in the ranking. Along with the academic achievements of its students, the faculty and staff of its schools have also earned recognition, including Pocomoke High School Principal Annette Wallace, who was named Maryland’s 2016 High School Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Third on the list is Calvert County Public Schools, a district of 23 schools based in the system’s namesake county consistently ranking among the best in the state in academic achievement.

Maryland’s #4 district is Montgomery County Public Schools, the largest in the state and 14th largest in the U.S., with over 205 schools. MCPS’s excellence was recognized in 2010, when it was the recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Closing out Maryland’s top five is Carroll County Public Schools, another very large district with over 26,500 students. CCPS’s schools consistently achieve test scores comfortably above nation and statewide averages.

Top School Districts in Maryland, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Howard County Public SchoolsMaryland
2Worcester County Public SchoolsMaryland
3Calvert County Public SchoolsMaryland
4Montgomery County Public SchoolsMaryland
5Carroll County Public SchoolsMaryland
6Anne Arundel County Public SchoolsMaryland
7Harford County Public SchoolsMaryland
8Frederick County Public SchoolsMaryland
9Queen Anne'S County Public SchoolsMaryland
10St. Mary'S County Public SchoolsMaryland
11Baltimore County Public SchoolsMaryland
12Washingtion County Public SchoolsMaryland
13Charles County Public SchoolsMaryland
14Caroline County Public SchoolsMaryland
15Garrett County Public SchoolsMaryland
16Allegany County Public SchoolsMaryland
17Cecil County Public SchoolsMaryland
18Talbot County Public SchoolsMaryland
19Wicomico County Public SchoolsMaryland
20Kent County Public SchoolsMaryland
21Prince George'S County Public SchoolsMaryland
22Somerset County Public SchoolsMaryland
23Dorchester County Public SchoolsMaryland
24Baltimore City Public SchoolsMaryland

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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The Best (and Worst) Dating Scenes in the U.S. 2018

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner; a holiday that can be a hard time for any single person. Television is inundated with images of happy couples, and store aisles are stocked with heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and sappy greeting cards. If you can’t take the thought of spending another February 14th by your lonesome, perhaps it’s time to step out and try your luck in your local dating scene. Sure, it can be daunting, especially if it’s been a while since your last date, or your city or town isn’t exactly the optimal environment for finding a match.

In order to find out which U.S. cities are the best for dating, we’ve analyzed 102 of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States in a number of categories most relevant to starry-eyed hopefuls. Our ranking is based on:

  • Safety (a score calculated using the latest FBI crime data and CDC STD infection rate statistics)
  • Availability (based on the percentage of single women in a given city, which we consider a better indicator of dating opportunity than the percentage of single men or single people in general and taken from U.S. census data)
  • Affordability (judged by comparing the average cost of a three-course meal for two at an inexpensive restaurant in each city from numbeo.com data)
  • Density of nightlife options (based on a trulia.com blog post with a comprehensive list of the number of bars per 10,000 inhabitants in a large swath of U.S. cities)

Let’s take a look at the findings...

The Best Dating Scenes in the U.S.

1. San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California comes in at #1 due to a whopping 16.5 bars per 10K, more than any other city on the list, and a considerable 44.70% share of the female population being single, a higher ratio than any other. Despite its reputation as an extremely costly cityin which to live, represented here by the average restaurant meal price of $75, the second highest average price overall, the density of nightlife options and ubiquity of singles make San Fran’s dating scene an excellent one.

2. Reno, Nevada

You might be surprised by Reno, Nevada, coming in at #2 on the list. Famous for its hotels, casinos, and being sort of a mini-Las Vegas, Reno’s high ratio of single women, above-average safety and density of bars render the mid-sized city rife with opportunities for singles to find their match.

3. Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon places at #3. The Pacific Northwestern hipster mecca--known for its rainy weather, offbeat charm, scores of cafes and coffee shops, and being lampooned on IFC’s Portlandia sketch show—ranks high due to low crime and STD rates, affordable restaurant prices and high density of bars.

4. Omaha, Nebraska

Just behind Portland is Omaha, Nebraska, the largest city in the state. Omaha offers affordability and a good concentration of nightlife options, while boasting low crime numbers and STD rates.

5. Las Vegas, Nevada

Rounding out the top five is Las Vegas, scoring high due to its 12.8 bars per 10,000 inhabitants, inexpensive meal prices, and high % of single women. “Sin City” may get a little rowdy, and its reputation for encouraging vice of all forms may be off putting to some, but Vegas certainly has much opportunity for singles.

The rest of the top ten are Madison, Wisconsin (#6), a thriving college town with a high safety score and a ton of bars, New Orleans (#7), the famous culinary and cultural capital of Louisiana that makes up for its high crime and STD rates with a wealth of dining and drinking options and a high ratio of singles, Lincoln, Nebraska (#8), a clean, safe Midwestern city with affordable restaurant prices, Billings, Montana (#9), a mid-sized city surrounded by mountains with a very low cost of living and low crime rates, and Seattle, Washington (#10) with its many bars, high ratio of single women, and low crime rates. Seattle is brought down only by its relatively expensive dining and entertainment costs.

The Worst Dating Scenes in the U.S.

Other cities did not fare so well. The bottom five worst cities for dating earned their unimpressive positions for a number of reasons. Stockton, California (#98) ranks low due to a unimpressive ratio of single women, expensive restaurants, and a low density of nightlife options. Just below it is Anchorage, Alaska (#99), whose cardinal sins are high crime rates, high STD infection rates, and somewhat expensive dining out prices. Number 100 on the list is Wilmington, Delaware, a city that fails to impress in any category, with its rather high rate of violent crime being the most discouraging characteristic.

Next-to last-in the ranking is Little Rock, Arkansas, a city with a low % of singles, a scarcity of nightlife destinations, and a high rate of violent crime. Finally, coming at last, overall, is Memphis, Tennessee. The position is unfortunate considering the city’s well-earned reputation for being one of the most important cities for soul, the blues and rock n’ roll, yet the city’s grimly high rates of violent crime and STD infections are too much to compensate for.

Where did your city fall on the list? Do you agree or disagree with its placing? This ranking is meant to be fun and informative, but if your city ranks low among others, don’t let it discourage you: there’s always hope of finding the right partner no matter which part of the country you find yourself.

A closer look at the dating data...

RankCityStatePopulationViolent crimes per 1KAdjusted STD Rate per 1K% of Single WomenPrice for Meal, $$Bars per 10K
1San FranciscoCalifornia871,1557.116.7244.70%7516.5
2RenoNevada244,5547.025.9836.00%4614
3PortlandOregon642,1294.935.4233.30%5013.3
4OmahaNebraska446,1635.675.0131.20%4011.8
5Las VegasNevada1,592,1788.496.4137.00%5012.8
6MadisonWisconsin252,1363.305.3433.50%5010.8
7New OrleansLouisiana397,20810.709.2439.10%5913.6
8LincolnNebraska281,1383.585.0131.20%458.9
9BillingsMontana111,4474.614.7830.70%358.1
10SeattleWashington700,3136.135.3536.30%62.510.2
11BostonMassachusetts673,8807.073.7139.20%658.7
12San JoseCalifornia1,041,8443.734.2333.30%38.66.5
13AustinTexas956,9114.087.2534.80%52.59.5
14WarwickRhode Island81,4810.754.5433.30%506.5
15ColumbusOhio862,5155.227.2534.20%428.3
16San DiegoCalifornia1,413,4143.776.6535.20%609.2
17FremontCalifornia235,8811.786.0535.30%506.5
18IrvingTexas240,7652.165.5531.40%406.5
19SpokaneWashington214,0285.985.0431.90%458
20CharlestonSouth Carolina135,1533.026.8832.80%53.58.5
21OrlandoFlorida277,7198.386.0933.60%458.9
22CheyenneWyoming64,0462.693.8029.60%47.56.5
23New YorkNew York8,566,9175.736.0039.80%77.59
24FargoNorth Dakota121,2173.855.3630.90%47.57.3
25PlanoTexas288,2421.385.5531.40%506.5
26San AntonioTexas1,498,6427.187.5631.50%358.1
27Savannah-Chatham Georgia241,2964.877.3534.20%609.1
28LexingtonKentucky317,8533.394.9233.00%404.9
29DenverColorado699,2596.575.9034.50%608.7
30PortlandMaine67,0412.923.3331.70%707.8
31TampaFlorida375,9045.075.5935.80%607.3
32BoiseIdaho220,7492.983.7927.50%405.9
33Long BeachCalifornia476,4765.976.5437.70%52.56.5
34HonoluluHawaii995,5723.355.4435.30%606.5
35PhiladelphiaPennsylvania1,570,8269.897.4236.00%6010.2
36St. PetersburgFlorida259,5106.655.5935.80%506.5
37ScottsdaleArizona240,8851.536.2133.50%57.56.5
38El PasoTexas687,1933.906.1328.40%406.9
39AnaheimCalifornia353,5043.426.5431.60%506.9
40Los AngelesCalifornia4,007,9057.196.5437.70%607.2
41PittsburghPennsylvania302,4437.824.3331.90%506.8
42ArlingtonTexas392,6665.575.5528.90%406.5
43MesaArizona478,2774.296.2133.50%556.5
44BridgeportConnecticut148,1807.524.3330.70%466.5
45SacramentoCalifornia495,4717.165.6934.30%506.3
46AuroraColorado366,4775.295.9034.50%606.5
47Des MoinesIowa211,5017.084.6629.90%506.9
48TucsonArizona533,6637.956.0236.20%404.5
49ChicagoIllinois2,725,15311.056.9635.40%609.1
50St. PaulMinnesota303,9206.485.1232.40%505.9
51MilwaukeeWisconsin600,19315.339.2435.10%5011.1
52PhoenixArizona1,586,6116.746.2133.50%506.2
53CincinnatiOhio298,8809.106.4231.00%407.0
54Santa AnaCalifornia337,4194.786.5431.60%556.5
55Corpus ChristiTexas327,9487.106.1331.60%466.1
56RiversideCalifornia325,8965.295.2729.60%455.3
57DetroitMichigan669,67320.476.0644.00%456.5
58JacksonvilleFlorida880,5576.257.1332.70%506.1
59DallasTexas1,320,9397.625.5531.40%455.5
60BuffaloNew York257,44611.106.6634.60%557.4
61Jersey CityNew Jersey266,1794.796.0032.30%656.5
62Fort WorthTexas851,8495.265.5528.90%455.1
63WashingtonDistrict of Columbia681,17011.323.9136.20%656.3
64FresnoCalifornia524,7966.116.0531.30%454.8
65ToledoOhio278,36611.926.2733.90%42.56
66San BernardinoCalifornia217,30313.245.2729.60%356.5
67Oklahoma CityOklahoma641,6817.836.9731.40%405.2
68Colorado SpringsColorado464,1134.965.9027.80%556.4
69MiamiFlorida449,4698.875.4736.90%726.5
70ClevelandOhio386,22716.317.2836.20%508.1
71HoustonTexas2,334,34810.266.2830.00%456.6
72MinneapolisMinnesota416,75111.095.1232.40%505.9
73MobileAlabama249,9216.846.5733.10%403.3
74Louisville MetroKentucky683,8256.766.7732.90%504.7
75NashvilleTennessee668,68511.025.3632.30%556.4
76ManchesterNew Hampshire110,3536.722.8129.80%756.4
77BakersfieldCalifornia378,7884.816.0528.30%454.4
78Virginia BeachVirginia453,0171.559.1730.70%605.9
79Fort WayneIndiana261,6423.976.1330.40%503.8
80WichitaKansas391,39910.574.8729.10%505.9
81Salt Lake CityUtah193,9189.363.5828.50%504.8
82NewarkNew Jersey281,4509.376.0032.30%504.7
83LubbockTexas252,90010.846.1331.10%48.55.4
84AlbuquerqueNew Mexico561,56011.127.3036.80%453.6
85AtlantaGeorgia472,57910.847.0533.80%504.9
86LaredoTexas259,3253.626.1324.00%353.1
87Charlotte-MecklenburgNorth Carolina896,3797.327.0730.80%555.2
88OaklandCalifornia424,99814.266.7235.30%606.4
89TulsaOklahoma405,74810.956.6529.80%455
90St. LouisMissouri314,50719.136.9232.90%508
91Kansas CityMissouri478,36416.556.4431.60%507.1
92IndianapolisIndiana866,35113.747.8832.60%506.4
93NorfolkVirginia245,7346.589.1730.70%706.5
94ModestoCalifornia212,8809.886.0529.00%605.3
95Baton RougeLouisiana228,3899.388.1832.90%604.7
96CharlestonWest Virginia49,42915.522.9130.50%452.9
97BaltimoreMaryland618,38517.806.9134.80%606.4
98StocktonCalifornia308,34814.216.0529.20%606.3
99AnchorageAlaska299,09711.448.9032.60%605.5
100WilmingtonDelaware72,18317.807.4232.80%504.8
101Little RockArkansas198,80015.316.7830.70%452.8
102MemphisTennessee656,43418.209.3836.50%503.7

Methodology

We created this ranking to assess how major metropolitan areas in the United States compare in a number of categories important to singles active in the dating scene. A total of 102 metropolitan areas were scrutinized: the top 100 largest cities in the U.S. by population according to the latest FBI crime statistics, along with additional cities added in order to ensure that each U.S. state was represented. A number of cities were excluded due to a significant lack of pertinent data. Several data sources were used, including FBI crime data, CDC STD rate data, U.S. census data, numbeo.com (for average meal prices) and a trulia.com blog post listing bars per 10,000 inhabitants in a large number of U.S. metropolitan areas. An overall ranking by dating scene score was calculated using a number of variables, including safety (violent crime rates & STD infection rates), availability (% of single women), affordability (average price of a dinner for two at an inexpensive restaurant) and nightlife options (bars per 10,000).

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