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Top School Districts in Utah, 2018

With its stark desert beauty, friendly, well-educated residents, expanding economy, and myriad opportunities for outdoor recreation, more and more Americans are migrating to Utah, and they’re bringing their children with them; the state’s public school enrollment exceeded 650K for the first time in 2017. Luckily for them, the Beehive State has plenty of excellent school districts to choose from.

Cache County School District is the state’s best public school system. Comprising 16 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 4 high schools and 1 special school, Cache County leads the state in both language arts and math proficiencies, as well as earning the highest scores on the 2016 SAGE tests.

Utah’s #2 public school district is Park City School District, located in the mountain town of Park City, UT. Long recognized as one of the state’s best school districts, PCSD has achieved a 95% graduation rate, 10 points above the Utah average and in the top 1% in the U.S., overall.

Ranking #3 is Morgan County School District, a smaller district of two elementaries, one middle school and one high school. According to Niche.com, the district boasts a graduation rate of 92%.

At #4 is South Summit School District based in Kamas, UT. The district is growing fast and hopes to build a new high school. Located 42 miles east of downtown Salt Lake City, the town is known as the “Gateway to the Uintas.”

The fifth best school district in Utah is the Alpine School District , the largest school district in the state with 86 total schools and over 75,000 students enrolled.

Top School Districts in Utah, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Cache DistrictUtah
2Park City DistrictUtah
3Morgan DistrictUtah
4South Summit DistrictUtah
5Alpine DistrictUtah
6Wasatch DistrictUtah
7Rich DistrictUtah
8Canyons DistrictUtah
9Provo DistrictUtah
10Davis DistrictUtah
11Beaver DistrictUtah
12Washington DistrictUtah
13Box Elder DistrictUtah
14Jordan DistrictUtah
15Nebo DistrictUtah
16South Sanpete DistrictUtah
17Tooele DistrictUtah
18Juab DistrictUtah
19Tintic DistrictUtah
20Garfield DistrictUtah
21Kane DistrictUtah
22North Sanpete DistrictUtah
23Murray DistrictUtah
24Sevier DistrictUtah
25North Summit DistrictUtah
26Uintah DistrictUtah
27Iron DistrictUtah
28Logan City DistrictUtah
29Salt Lake DistrictUtah
30Weber DistrictUtah
31Emery DistrictUtah
32Duchesne DistrictUtah
33Millard DistrictUtah
34Wayne DistrictUtah
35Granite DistrictUtah
36Carbon DistrictUtah
37Grand DistrictUtah
38Piute DistrictUtah
39Ogden City DistrictUtah
40San Juan DistrictUtah

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 Vermont, 2018

Vermont, with its tranquil lakes, impressive mountains, and dense forests, is a great place for children to learn about and experience the natural world, and the New England state’s school system certainly picks up the slack; it was rated #4 in the nation in Pre-K-12 education by U.S. News & World Report.

Vermont’s best public school system is South Burlington School District, comprising five schools in the state’s second largest city and headquarters of the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Company. The district’s schools excel in academics, performing above the state and national averages in standardized tests.

Rivendell Interstate School District, one of the few interstate school districts in the nation, serving three towns in Vermont and one New Hampshire town, ranks #2 on the list.

At #3 is Colchester School District, administering five schools in Colchester, VT, a suburb of Burlington. CSD is known for its vibrant music and art programs and excellent physical education program.

Placing fourth is Montpelier School District, comprising three schools serving Montpelier and parts of several other towns. U.S. News & World Report honored Montpelier High School with a silver medal, naming it the 2nd best within the entire state.

Closing out the list of Vermont’s top five best school districts is Hartford School District. The district’s six schools have been repeatedly recognized for their academic excellence, performing above the national average in standardized test scores.

Top School Districts in Vermont, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1South Burlington School DistrictVermont
2Rivendell Interstate School DistrictVermont
3Colchester School DistrictVermont
4Montpelier School DistrictVermont
5Hartford School DistrictVermont
6Burlington School DistrictVermont
7Milton Incorporated School DistrictVermont
8Blue Mountain Usd #21Vermont
9Springfield School DistrictVermont
10Rutland City School DistrictVermont
11Winooski School DistrictVermont

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 Virginia, 2018

As the birthplace of eight U.S. presidents and carrying a long history of its sons and daughters leaving school to serve in the federal government, Virginia’s public school systems are held to a high standard of academic excellence. Luckily, the state boasts some of the finest public school divisions (the term used to denote subsections of schools in Virginia, rather than “school district”) in the country.

Virginia’s top school division is Falls Church City Public Schools, administering five schools serving the Washington, D.C. suburb. FCCPS has an excellent, well earned reputation for academic excellence, recently boasting an on-time graduation rate of 100% and SAT scores over 200 points higher than the state average.

At #2 we have Arlington Public Schools, a large school division of over 30 schools and an enrollment topping 25K serving Arlington County, VA, which sits across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. Students of this affluent county are known for their diversity, hailing from 122 nations and able to speak over 100 languages.

Ranking third is Loudoun Public Schools, a massive school division with enrollment topping 80K headquartered in Ashburn, VA. 2017 witnessed 40 LCPS students becoming National Merit Semifinalists.

Fairfax County Public Schools, the largest school division in the country, boasting an enrollment of over 180,000, ranks #4.

York County School Division, a modestly sized (for Virginia), yet high-performing school division, is #5. At 95.4%, YCSD’s 2017 graduation rate was over 4 points above Virginia’s already excellent statewide average.

Top School Districts in Virginia, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Falls Church City Pblc SchsVirginia
2Arlington Co Pblc SchsVirginia
3Loudoun Co Pblc SchsVirginia
4Fairfax Co Pblc SchsVirginia
5York Co Pblc SchsVirginia
6Hanover Co Pblc SchsVirginia
7Botetourt Co Pblc SchsVirginia
8Roanoke Co Pblc SchsVirginia
9Goochland Co Pblc SchsVirginia
10Albemarle Co Pblc SchsVirginia
11Williamsburg-James City Pblc SchsVirginia
12Montgomery Co Pblc SchsVirginia
13Poquoson City Pblc SchsVirginia
14Prince William Co Pblc SchsVirginia
15Powhatan Co Pblc SchsVirginia
16Gloucester Co Pblc SchsVirginia
17Stafford Co Pblc SchsVirginia
18Floyd Co Pblc SchsVirginia
19West Point Pblc SchsVirginia
20King Geo Co Pblc SchsVirginia
21Manassas Park City Pblc SchsVirginia
22Salem City Pblc SchsVirginia
23Chesterfield Co Pblc SchsVirginia
24Henrico Co Pblc SchsVirginia
25New Kent Co Pblc SchsVirginia
26Fauquier Co Pblc SchsVirginia
27Middlesex Co Pblc SchsVirginia
28Franklin Co Pblc SchsVirginia
29Va Beach City Pblc SchsVirginia
30Prince George Co Pblc SchsVirginia
31Chesapeake City Pblc SchsVirginia
32Rockingham Co Pblc SchsVirginia
33Charlottesville Cty Pblc SchsVirginia
34Isle Of Wight Co Pblc SchsVirginia
35Colonial Heights City Pblc SchsVirginia
36Fluvanna Co Pblc SchsVirginia
37Augusta Co Pblc SchsVirginia
38Clarke Co Pblc SchsVirginia
39Scott Co Pblc SchsVirginia
40Spotsylvania Co Pblc SchsVirginia
41Radford City Pblc SchsVirginia
42Washington Co Pblc SchsVirginia
43Culpeper Co Pblc SchsVirginia
44King And Queen Co Pblc SchsVirginia
45Rockbridge Co Pblc SchsVirginia
46Pittsylvania Co Pblc SchsVirginia
47King William Co Pblc SchsVirginia
48Patrick Co Pblc SchsVirginia
49Nelson Co Pblc SchsVirginia
50Frederick Co Pblc SchsVirginia
51Manassas City Pblc SchsVirginia
52Northumberland Co Pblc SchsVirginia
53Bedford Co Pblc SchsVirginia
54Orange Co Pblc SchsVirginia
55Richmond Co Pblc SchsVirginia
56Giles Co Pblc SchsVirginia
57Pulaski Co Pblc SchsVirginia
58Alexandria City Pblc SchsVirginia
59Campbell Co Pblc SchsVirginia
60Wise Co Pblc SchsVirginia
61Craig Co Pblc SchsVirginia
62Dinwiddie Co Pblc SchsVirginia
63Bland Co Pblc SchsVirginia
64Appomattox Co Pblc SchsVirginia
65Tazewell Co Pblc SchsVirginia
66Suffolk City Pblc SchsVirginia
67Alleghany Co Pblc SchsVirginia
68Louisa Co Pblc SchsVirginia
69Shenandoah Co Pblc SchsVirginia
70Russell Co Pblc SchsVirginia
71Southampton Co Pblc SchsVirginia
72Fredericksburg City Pblc SchsVirginia
73Highland Co Pblc SchsVirginia
74Warren Co Pblc SchsVirginia
75Page Co Pblc SchsVirginia
76Carroll Co Pblc SchsVirginia
77Wythe Co Pblc SchsVirginia
78Caroline Co Pblc SchsVirginia
79Greene Co Pblc SchsVirginia
80Henry Co Pblc SchsVirginia
81Winchester City Pblc SchsVirginia
82Rappahannock Co Pblc SchsVirginia
83Mecklenburg Co Pblc SchsVirginia
84Charlotte Co Pblc SchsVirginia
85Colonial Beach Pblc SchsVirginia
86Amherst Co Pblc SchsVirginia
87Norton City Pblc SchsVirginia
88Mathews Co Pblc SchsVirginia
89Staunton City Pblc SchsVirginia
90Roanoke City Pblc SchsVirginia
91Waynesboro City Pblc SchsVirginia
92Lee Co Pblc SchsVirginia
93Surry Co Pblc SchsVirginia
94Halifax Co Pblc SchsVirginia
95Smyth Co Pblc SchsVirginia
96Bath Co Pblc SchsVirginia
97Galax City Pblc SchsVirginia
98Covington City Pblc SchsVirginia
99Grayson Co Pblc SchsVirginia
100Dickenson Co Pblc SchsVirginia

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 Washington, 2018

The Evergreen State is home to some of the most interesting and varied ecosystems in the United States: ice-capped mountain ranges, jagged, rocky coastline, temperate rainforests in the west and flat, arid basin in the east, as well as the largest and most unique city in the region, Seattle. Along with this interesting environment which grows and fosters creativity in the state’s youth, Washington is also home to numerous high performing public school districts serving the state’s children.

Washington’s best public school system is the Mercer Island School District, comprising six schools and one learning center located in the affluent suburb of Seattle that lends the district its name. Students of the district make good on excellent funding--with over $2 million dollars contributed by the school’s PTA--by maintaining a graduation rate of 95%.

Lake Washington School District, based in King County, WA, ranks #2. A large district administering over 50 schools, LWSD students perform excellently on standardized tests, with SAT scores 76 points higher than the national average.

At #3 is Snoqualmie Valley School District, one of the largest districts in the state covering over 400 square miles in King County, WA. Academic achievement in the district continues to improve, with Snoqualmie Valley becoming the only district in the state to be named on the AP Honor Roll for six straight years from 2010 through 2015.

Completing the top five are Bellevue School District (#4), another large, high performing King County school district, and Camas School District, comprising 10 schools serving Clark County, WA.

Top School Districts in Washington, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Mercer Island School DistrictWashington
2Lake Washington School DistrictWashington
3Snoqualmie Valley School DistrictWashington
4Bellevue School DistrictWashington
5Camas School DistrictWashington
6Issaquah School DistrictWashington
7Bainbridge Island School DistrictWashington
8Northshore School DistrictWashington
9Tahoma School DistrictWashington
10Tumwater School DistrictWashington
11Ridgefield School DistrictWashington
12Shoreline School DistrictWashington
13Anacortes School DistrictWashington
14University Place School DistrictWashington
15Lake Stevens School DistrictWashington
16Hockinson School DistrictWashington
17Seattle Public SchoolsWashington
18Everett School DistrictWashington
19Olympia School DistrictWashington
20Pullman School DistrictWashington
21Peninsula School DistrictWashington
22Mead School DistrictWashington
23Arlington School DistrictWashington
24Rochester School DistrictWashington
25Bellingham School DistrictWashington
26Riverview School DistrictWashington
27Puyallup School DistrictWashington
28Orcas Island School DistrictWashington
29Cascade School DistrictWashington
30Steilacoom Hist. School DistrictWashington
31North Kitsap School DistrictWashington
32Colfax School DistrictWashington
33Edmonds School DistrictWashington
34Nooksack Valley School DistrictWashington
35Sumner School DistrictWashington
36Richland School DistrictWashington
37Vashon Island School DistrictWashington
38Stanwood-Camano School DistrictWashington
39Central Valley School DistrictWashington
40Napavine School DistrictWashington
41Lynden School DistrictWashington
42Snohomish School DistrictWashington
43Mukilteo School DistrictWashington
44Monroe School DistrictWashington
45White River School DistrictWashington
46West Valley School District (Yakima)Washington
47Yelm School DistrictWashington
48Sultan School DistrictWashington
49Kent School DistrictWashington
50Reardan-Edwall School DistrictWashington
51Asotin-Anatone School DistrictWashington
52Port Angeles School DistrictWashington
53Evergreen School District (Clark)Washington
54Meridian School DistrictWashington
55Wilbur School DistrictWashington
56North Thurston Public SchoolsWashington
57Ferndale School DistrictWashington
58South Kitsap School DistrictWashington
59San Juan Island School DistrictWashington
60Cheney School DistrictWashington
61La Center School DistrictWashington
62Enumclaw School DistrictWashington
63Chehalis School DistrictWashington
64Washougal School DistrictWashington
65Sequim School DistrictWashington
66Battle Ground School DistrictWashington
67Clover Park School DistrictWashington
68Woodland School DistrictWashington
69Vancouver School DistrictWashington
70Bethel School DistrictWashington
71Oak Harbor School DistrictWashington
72Freeman School DistrictWashington
73Auburn School DistrictWashington
74Stevenson-Carson School DistrictWashington
75Franklin Pierce School DistrictWashington
76Spokane School DistrictWashington
77Central Kitsap School DistrictWashington
78Coupeville School DistrictWashington
79Renton School DistrictWashington
80Ellensburg School DistrictWashington
81La Conner School DistrictWashington
82Blaine School DistrictWashington
83Moses Lake School DistrictWashington
84Granite Falls School DistrictWashington
85Ritzville School DistrictWashington
86Methow Valley School DistrictWashington
87South Whidbey School DistrictWashington
88Colville School DistrictWashington
89Chewelah School DistrictWashington
90Liberty School DistrictWashington
91Newport School DistrictWashington
92Eatonville School DistrictWashington
93Federal Way School DistrictWashington
94Nine Mile Falls School DistrictWashington
95Naselle-Grays River Valley School DistrictWashington
96Montesano School DistrictWashington
97Eastmont School DistrictWashington
98Cashmere School DistrictWashington
99Mount Vernon School DistrictWashington
100West Valley School District (Spokane)Washington

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 West Virginia, 2018

West Virginia, known for its mining and logging industries, thick forests and dazzling karst formations, also has some educational achievements to its credit: The Mountain State ranks 18th in the nation in high school graduation rate, according to U.S. News & World Report. Unlike many states, all of West Virginia’s public school districts are divided exactly by the counties in which they are based.

Putnam County Schools is West Virginia’s best public school district. Putnam County stands tall among all of the state’s school systems, with numerous achievements under its belt, including being number one in the state in school attendance, and outperforming state averages in all standardized tests.

At #2 is Monongalia County Schools, comprising 10 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and 3 high schools serving its namesake county. Recognizing its excellence, U.S. News honored Morgantown High School with a silver medal, naming it the best high school in the state.

Placing third is Ohio County Schools, administering 13 schools in Ohio County, WV. As an indication of the district’s quality, Niche.com named it both the best place to teach in West Virginia, as well as the district with the best teachers in the state.

Closing out the list of West Virginia’s top five public school districts is Jefferson County Public Schools (#4), serving the state’s easternmost county, and Harrison County Schools (#5), one of the larger districts in the state with 25 schools.

Top School Districts in West Virginia, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Putnam County SchoolsWest Virginia
2Monongalia County SchoolsWest Virginia
3Ohio County SchoolsWest Virginia
4Jefferson County SchoolsWest Virginia
5Harrison County SchoolsWest Virginia
6Marion County SchoolsWest Virginia
7Hancock County SchoolsWest Virginia
8Berkeley County SchoolsWest Virginia
9Kanawha County SchoolsWest Virginia
10Gilmer County SchoolsWest Virginia
11Jackson County SchoolsWest Virginia
12Greenbrier County SchoolsWest Virginia
13Tyler County SchoolsWest Virginia
14Nicholas County SchoolsWest Virginia
15Raleigh County SchoolsWest Virginia
16Wood County SchoolsWest Virginia
17Taylor County SchoolsWest Virginia
18Brooke County SchoolsWest Virginia
19Cabell County SchoolsWest Virginia
20Mercer County SchoolsWest Virginia
21Pendleton County SchoolsWest Virginia
22Pocahontas County SchoolsWest Virginia
23Monroe County SchoolsWest Virginia
24Doddridge County SchoolsWest Virginia
25Preston County SchoolsWest Virginia
26Mason County SchoolsWest Virginia
27Wyoming County SchoolsWest Virginia
28Clay County SchoolsWest Virginia
29Wayne County SchoolsWest Virginia
30Pleasants County SchoolsWest Virginia
31Hampshire County SchoolsWest Virginia
32Randolph County SchoolsWest Virginia
33Boone County SchoolsWest Virginia
34Morgan County SchoolsWest Virginia
35Marshall County SchoolsWest Virginia
36Upshur County SchoolsWest Virginia
37Mineral County SchoolsWest Virginia
38Hardy County SchoolsWest Virginia
39Braxton County SchoolsWest Virginia
40Lewis County SchoolsWest Virginia
41Grant County SchoolsWest Virginia
42Ritchie County SchoolsWest Virginia
43Summers County SchoolsWest Virginia
44Mingo County SchoolsWest Virginia
45Wetzel County SchoolsWest Virginia
46Logan County SchoolsWest Virginia
47Wirt County SchoolsWest Virginia
48Lincoln County SchoolsWest Virginia
49Roane County SchoolsWest Virginia
50Barbour County SchoolsWest Virginia
51Fayette County SchoolsWest Virginia
52Webster County SchoolsWest Virginia
53Tucker County SchoolsWest Virginia
54Calhoun County SchoolsWest Virginia
55Mcdowell County SchoolsWest Virginia

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 Wisconsin, 2018

The Badger State compares very favorably in pre-K-12 education with the rest of the nation, ranking 6th in the U.S. in NAEP math scores and high school graduation rate, as well as 8th in NAEP reading scores according to U.S. News & World Report. Wisconsin offers its residents some of the best public school districts in the nation.

Wisconsin’s best public school district is Mequon-Thiensville School District, comprising six schools serving Mequon and Thiensville, two suburbs of Milwaukee. MTSD has been repeatedly recognized nationally for its academic excellence, with three of its schools earning the National Blue Ribbon Award in the past fifteen years, most recently Oriole Lane Elementary in 2017.

Waunakee Community School District is Wisconsin’s #2 school district. Administering one independent kindergarten, three elementaries, one intermediate school, and one high school, WCSD schools either meet or exceed expectations in every academic measure.

Ranking third is Whitefish Bay School District, a small system comprising four schools serving Whitefish Bay, WI. The district has consistently excelled in academics and standardized testing compared with the rest of the state, recently becoming the only district in Wisconsin to boast an average ACT score above 25 for over 16 years.

#4 Kohler District honors Wisconsin’s legacy of excellent public schooling, with one of its schools earning a National Blue Ribbon Award in 2013.

Elmbrook School District places fifth due to its students high academic performance: the district’s graduation rate regularly reaches 98%.

Top School Districts in Wisconsin, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Mequon-Thiensville School DistrictWisconsin
2Waunakee Community School DistrictWisconsin
3Whitefish Bay School DistrictWisconsin
4Kohler School DistrictWisconsin
5Elmbrook School DistrictWisconsin
6Hamilton School DistrictWisconsin
7Middleton-Cross Plains Area School DistrictWisconsin
8Benton School DistrictWisconsin
9Mcfarland School DistrictWisconsin
10Kettle Moraine School DistrictWisconsin
11Germantown School DistrictWisconsin
12De Pere School DistrictWisconsin
13Franklin Public School DistrictWisconsin
14Grafton School DistrictWisconsin
15New Berlin School DistrictWisconsin
16Monona Grove School DistrictWisconsin
17Cedarburg School DistrictWisconsin
18Wauwatosa School DistrictWisconsin
19Northern Ozaukee School DistrictWisconsin
20Mukwonago School DistrictWisconsin
21Shorewood School DistrictWisconsin
22Pewaukee School DistrictWisconsin
23Kimberly Area School DistrictWisconsin
24Menomonee Falls School DistrictWisconsin
25Oregon School DistrictWisconsin
26Slinger School DistrictWisconsin
27Mount Horeb Area School DistrictWisconsin
28Howard-Suamico School DistrictWisconsin
29Oconomowoc Area School DistrictWisconsin
30Greendale School DistrictWisconsin
31Muskego-Norway School DistrictWisconsin
32Gibraltar Area School DistrictWisconsin
33Hudson School DistrictWisconsin
34River Falls School DistrictWisconsin
35West De Pere School DistrictWisconsin
36Grantsburg School DistrictWisconsin
37Deerfield Community School DistrictWisconsin
38Winneconne Community School DistrictWisconsin
39Spring Valley School DistrictWisconsin
40Oostburg School DistrictWisconsin
41Sun Prairie Area School DistrictWisconsin
42Southern Door County School DistrictWisconsin
43Pecatonica Area School DistrictWisconsin
44Hilbert School DistrictWisconsin
45Sauk Prairie School DistrictWisconsin
46Howards Grove School DistrictWisconsin
47Neenah Joint School DistrictWisconsin
48New Glarus School DistrictWisconsin
49Pulaski Community School DistrictWisconsin
50Onalaska School DistrictWisconsin
51De Forest Area School DistrictWisconsin
52Verona Area School DistrictWisconsin
53Hortonville Area School DistrictWisconsin
54West Salem School DistrictWisconsin
55Cedar Grove-Belgium Area School DistrictWisconsin
56Platteville School DistrictWisconsin
57Fall River School DistrictWisconsin
58Whitnall School DistrictWisconsin
59Lake Mills Area School DistrictWisconsin
60Wrightstown Community School DistrictWisconsin
61Dodgeville School DistrictWisconsin
62Elk Mound Area School DistrictWisconsin
63Port Washington-Saukville School DistrictWisconsin
64Plymouth Joint School DistrictWisconsin
65Wild Rose School DistrictWisconsin
66Elkhorn Area School DistrictWisconsin
67Highland School DistrictWisconsin
68Rosendale-Brandon School DistrictWisconsin
69Ashwaubenon School DistrictWisconsin
70Green Lake School DistrictWisconsin
71Somerset School DistrictWisconsin
72Denmark School DistrictWisconsin
73Beloit Turner School DistrictWisconsin
74Random Lake School DistrictWisconsin
75New Richmond School DistrictWisconsin
76Stoughton Area School DistrictWisconsin
77Turtle Lake School DistrictWisconsin
78Prescott School DistrictWisconsin
79Columbus School DistrictWisconsin
80Sheboygan Falls School DistrictWisconsin
81Holmen School DistrictWisconsin
82Altoona School DistrictWisconsin
83Ellsworth Community School DistrictWisconsin
84Spencer School DistrictWisconsin
85Luxemburg-Casco School DistrictWisconsin
86Osceola School DistrictWisconsin
87Reedsville School DistrictWisconsin
88Belleville School DistrictWisconsin
89Kiel Area School DistrictWisconsin
90Tomorrow River School DistrictWisconsin
91Milton School DistrictWisconsin
92Cochrane-Fountain City School DistrictWisconsin
93Evansville Community School DistrictWisconsin
94Lodi School DistrictWisconsin
95Prentice School DistrictWisconsin
96Weyauwega-Fremont School DistrictWisconsin
97Saint Croix Central School DistrictWisconsin
98East Troy Community School DistrictWisconsin
99River Valley School DistrictWisconsin
100Amery School DistrictWisconsin

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 Wyoming, 2018

The Cowboy State is home to some of the most stunning mountain ranges in the continental United States, two of the most widely visiting national parks (Yellowstone and Grand Teton), and public school districts boasting some of the nation’s highest testing students: Wyoming ranks 11th in the nation in both NAEP reading and math scores according to U.S. News & World Report.

Wyoming’s best school district is Sheridan County School District #2, comprising six elementary schools, one junior high, one high school, and two alternative schools serving Sheridan, WY. The district’s students perform excellently in academics, leading the state among large districts in both reading and math.

Ranking #2 in Wyoming is Sublette County School District #1, a small system of four schools serving several communities in its namesake county. As proof of the district’s high level of achievement, Pinedale High School was awarded a bronze medal by U.S. News & World Report, signifying its status as one of the nation’s best public high schools.

Uinta County School District #6 ranks third among Wyoming’s school districts. According to Niche.com, the district boasts an impressive graduation rate of 85%.

At #4 is Niobrara County School District #1, comprising four schools serving the totality of Niobrara County and part of Goshen County, followed by Lincoln County School District #2 (#5), whose schools are all accredited by AdvancED and the State of Wyoming.

Top School Districts in Wyoming, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Sheridan County School District #2Wyoming
2Sublette County School District #1Wyoming
3Uinta County School District #6Wyoming
4Niobrara County School District #1Wyoming
5Lincoln County School District #2Wyoming
6Uinta County School District #4Wyoming
7Teton County School District #1Wyoming
8Laramie County School District #2Wyoming
9Big Horn County School District #2Wyoming
10Lincoln County School District #1Wyoming
11Park County School District # 1Wyoming
12Park County School District # 6Wyoming
13Fremont County School District # 1Wyoming
14Albany County School District #1Wyoming
15Sheridan County School District #1Wyoming
16Washakie County School District #1Wyoming
17Converse County School District #1Wyoming
18Sublette County School District #9Wyoming
19Natrona County School District #1Wyoming
20Johnson County School District #1Wyoming
21Weston County School District #7Wyoming
22Crook County School District #1Wyoming
23Uinta County School District #1Wyoming
24Carbon County School District #2Wyoming
25Converse County School District #2Wyoming
26Big Horn County School District #3Wyoming
27Fremont County School District #24Wyoming
28Big Horn County School District #1Wyoming
29Hot Springs County School District #1Wyoming
30Campbell County School District #1Wyoming
31Sweetwater County School District #1Wyoming
32Laramie County School District #1Wyoming
33Platte County School District #2Wyoming
34Weston County School District #1Wyoming
35Goshen County School District #1Wyoming
36Fremont County School District # 6Wyoming
37Sweetwater County School District #2Wyoming
38Carbon County School District #1Wyoming
39Platte County School District #1Wyoming
40Fremont County School District #25Wyoming
41Big Horn County School District #4Wyoming
42Fremont County School District #38Wyoming
43Fremont County School District #14Wyoming

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 Nebraska, 2018

Nebraska, the vast, agriculturally-rich Great Plains state dividing the eastern and western parts of the country, is a quiet heavyweight in public education: the Cornhusker State ranks fifth nationwide in high school graduation rate, according to the latest survey by U.S. News & World Report.

The best public school district in Nebraska is Bennington Public Schools, serving the small town of Bennington, NE. Comprising three elementaries, a middle school, and a high school, the district exceeds statewide standards in nearly every measure.

Elkhorn Public Schools, based in the western part of the Omaha metro area, ranks #2 in the state. On account of its reputation as excellent school system with a high graduation rate, enrollment in EPS schools has grown by more than 6% with each year.

Placing third is Norris School District #160, whose four schools serve the communities of Lancaster County, NE. The district is small and rural-based, but is growing steadily with an eye towards the future: Norris was recently one of the first few hundred schools around the globe to be a Google Reference District.

At #4 is Stapleton Public Schools, another modestly-sized district with a hardworking, high achieving student body. U.S. News and World Report recently bestowed Stapleton High School with a bronze medal due to students’ high proficiency in math and English.

Rounding out the top five is Millard Public Schools, headquartered in southwest Omaha, NE. Much larger than the districts before it in the ranking, Millard’s standard of excellence has been recognized for a long time running; 13 of its schools have been honored with the Blue Ribbon Award.

Top School Districts in Nebraska, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Bennington Public SchoolsNebraska
2Elkhorn Public SchoolsNebraska
3Norris School Dist 160Nebraska
4Stapleton Public SchoolsNebraska
5Millard Public SchoolsNebraska
6Westside Community SchoolsNebraska
7Milford Public SchoolsNebraska
8Diller-Odell Public SchoolsNebraska
9Wallace Public Sch Dist 65 RNebraska
10Fort Calhoun Community SchsNebraska
11Lincoln Public SchoolsNebraska
12Gretna Public SchoolsNebraska
13Arlington Public SchoolsNebraska
14Douglas Co West Community SchsNebraska
15Holdrege Public SchoolsNebraska
16Palmyra District O R 1Nebraska
17North Bend Central Public SchsNebraska
18Hemingford Public SchoolsNebraska
19Elmwood-Murdock Public SchoolsNebraska
20Ashland-Greenwood Public SchsNebraska
21Yutan Public SchoolsNebraska
22Heartland Community SchoolsNebraska
23Sterling Public SchoolsNebraska
24Pierce Public SchoolsNebraska
25Papillion-La Vista Public SchsNebraska
26Creighton Community Public SchoolsNebraska
27Ord Public SchoolsNebraska
28Burwell Public SchoolsNebraska
29Mc Cool Junction Public SchsNebraska
30Hartington Public SchoolsNebraska
31Pleasanton Public SchoolsNebraska
32Logan View Public SchoolsNebraska
33Springfield Platteview Community SchoolsNebraska
34Mitchell Public SchoolsNebraska
35Conestoga Public SchoolsNebraska
36Cambridge Public SchoolsNebraska
37Osmond Community SchoolsNebraska
38Auburn Public SchoolsNebraska
39Malcolm Public SchoolsNebraska
40Cross County Community SchoolsNebraska
41Sidney Public SchoolsNebraska
42Kearney Public SchoolsNebraska
43Blair Community SchoolsNebraska
44Gothenburg Public SchoolsNebraska
45Arapahoe Public SchoolsNebraska
46West Holt Public SchoolsNebraska
47Sutton Public SchoolsNebraska
48Bertrand Public SchoolsNebraska
49Fillmore Central Public SchsNebraska
50Raymond Central Public SchoolsNebraska
51Laurel-Concord Public SchoolsNebraska
52Waverly School District 145Nebraska
53Adams Central Public SchoolsNebraska
54York Public SchoolsNebraska
55Wahoo Public SchoolsNebraska
56Pender Public SchoolsNebraska
57Chase County SchoolsNebraska
58Beatrice Public SchoolsNebraska
59Bloomfield Community SchoolsNebraska
60Seward Public SchoolsNebraska
61Creek Valley SchoolsNebraska
62Freeman Public SchoolsNebraska
63Centennial Public SchoolsNebraska
64David City Public SchoolsNebraska
65Randolph Public SchoolsNebraska
66Weeping Water Public SchoolsNebraska
67Wisner-Pilger Public SchoolsNebraska
68Wausa Public SchoolsNebraska
69Aurora Public SchoolsNebraska
70Mullen Public SchoolsNebraska
71Chadron Public SchoolsNebraska
72Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca SchoolsNebraska
73Leyton Public SchoolsNebraska
74Battle Creek Public SchoolsNebraska
75Wakefield Public SchoolsNebraska
76Morrill Public SchoolsNebraska
77Valentine Community SchoolsNebraska
78Mc Cook Public SchoolsNebraska
79Bridgeport Public SchoolsNebraska
80Louisville Public SchoolsNebraska
81Franklin Public SchoolsNebraska
82Columbus Public SchoolsNebraska
83Stanton Community SchoolsNebraska
84Broken Bow Public SchoolsNebraska
85Norfolk Public SchoolsNebraska
86Garden County SchoolsNebraska
87Tri County Public SchoolsNebraska
88Overton Public SchoolsNebraska
89Allen Consolidated SchoolsNebraska
90Johnson-Brock Public SchoolsNebraska
91Oakland Craig Public SchoolsNebraska
92Boone Central SchoolsNebraska
93Ponca Public SchoolsNebraska
94Alma Public SchoolsNebraska
95Osceola Public SchoolsNebraska
96Northwest Public SchoolsNebraska
97Hitchcock Co Sch SystemNebraska
98Bellevue Public SchoolsNebraska
99Crete Public SchoolsNebraska
100Superior Public SchoolsNebraska

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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