Top School Districts in Alaska, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top School Districts in Alaska, 2018

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

Methodology

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

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Top School Districts in Arizona, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top School Districts in Arizona, 2018

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

Methodology

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

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Top School Districts in Georgia, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top School Districts in Georgia, 2018

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

Methodology

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

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Top School Districts in Arkansas, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top School Districts in Arkansas, 2018

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

Methodology

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

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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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