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Top School Districts in New Jersey, 2018

The Garden State belongs in the upper echelon of American states when it comes to public education; according to U.S. News & World Report, New Jersey is #3 in the nation in Pre-K-12 education, and #2 in high school graduation rate.

New Jersey’s best school system is West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, comprising ten schools serving students hailing from West Windsor and Plainsboro Townships. A number of its schools have received the highest honor any public school can receive, the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon award, including West WIndsor-Plainsboro High School North in 2006.

Tenafly Public Schools, serving Tenafly, NJ, ranks second in the state. The district’s six schools consistently exceed state and nationwide standards of achievement, and Tenafly High School was recognized as a gold medal school by U.S. News & World Report, an honor bestowed to the best public high schools in the nation.

Third in the ranking is Bernards Township School District. Several of the district’s schools have been recognized by Newsweek and other nationwide publications for their excellence. In addition, Liberty Corner School earned a Blue Ribbon award in 2015. 

Millburn Township Public Schools (#4) is another system making good on New Jersey’s reputation for excellent public schooling, with numerous honors under its belt.

Closing out New Jersey’s top five is Princeton Public Schools, a district of six schools serving youngsters from Princeton, NJ. In 2017, PPS’s Littlebrook Elementary became another New Jersey school to earn Blue Ribbon recognition.

Top School Districts in New Jersey, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
2Tenafly Public SchoolsNew Jersey
3Bernards Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
4Millburn Township SchoolsNew Jersey
5Princeton Public SchoolsNew Jersey
6Ridgewood Public SchoolsNew Jersey
7The School District Of The ChathamsNew Jersey
8Mountain Lakes Board Of EducationNew Jersey
9Glen Rock Public School DistrictNew Jersey
10Montgomery Township School DistrictNew Jersey
11Livingston Public SchoolsNew Jersey
12Edison Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
13Madison Public SchoolsNew Jersey
14River Dell Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
15New Providence Board Of EducationNew Jersey
16Westfield Public SchoolsNew Jersey
17Haddonfield Board Of EducationNew Jersey
18Cresskill Public School DistrictNew Jersey
19Berkeley Heights Public SchoolsNew Jersey
20Montville Township School DistrictNew Jersey
21Kinnelon Board Of EducationNew Jersey
22Summit Public SchoolsNew Jersey
23Mahwah Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
24Robbinsville Public SchoolsNew Jersey
25South Brunswick School DistrictNew Jersey
26Somerset Hills Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
27Scotch Plains-Fanwood School DistrictNew Jersey
28Holmdel Township School DistrictNew Jersey
29Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
30Ramsey Public SchoolsNew Jersey
31Mount Olive Township School DistrictNew Jersey
32Hopewell Valley Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
33Hillsborough Township Public School DistrictNew Jersey
34Park Ridge Public SchoolsNew Jersey
35Glen Ridge Public SchoolsNew Jersey
36Cranford Public School DistrictNew Jersey
37Randolph Township SchoolsNew Jersey
38Pequannock Township School DistrictNew Jersey
39Fort Lee Public SchoolsNew Jersey
40East Brunswick Public SchoolsNew Jersey
41Parsippany-Troy Hills Township SchoolsNew Jersey
42Emerson Public SchoolsNew Jersey
43Waldwick School DistrictNew Jersey
44Moorestown Township Public School DistrictNew Jersey
45Fair Lawn Public SchoolsNew Jersey
46Leonia Public SchoolsNew Jersey
47South Orange-Maplewood School DistrictNew Jersey
48Verona Public SchoolsNew Jersey
49Haddon Heights Public SchoolsNew Jersey
50Westwood Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
51Paramus Public SchoolsNew Jersey
52Wall Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
53Metuchen Public SchoolsNew Jersey
54Monroe Township Board Of EducationNew Jersey
55Montclair Public SchoolsNew Jersey
56Dumont Board Of EducationNew Jersey
57West Essex Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
58Clearview Regional High School DistrictNew Jersey
59Caldwell-West Caldwell Public SchoolsNew Jersey
60Cherry Hill Public SchoolsNew Jersey
61Highland Park Board Of EducationNew Jersey
62Kingsway Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
63Piscataway Township SchoolsNew Jersey
64Henry Hudson Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
65Wayne Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
66Rutherford Public SchoolsNew Jersey
67Clark Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
68Southern Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
69Upper Freehold Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
70Midland Park Public SchoolsNew Jersey
71Middletown Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
72Sparta Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
73East Windsor Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
74Manasquan School DistrictNew Jersey
75Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
76Morris School DistrictNew Jersey
77Springfield Public SchoolsNew Jersey
78Weehawken Board Of EducationNew Jersey
79Jackson Township School DistrictNew Jersey
80Boonton Town School DistrictNew Jersey
81Jefferson TownshipNew Jersey
82Point Pleasant Borough Board Of EducationNew Jersey
83Cedar Grove Township School DistrictNew Jersey
84Northern Burlington County Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
85Spotswood Public SchoolsNew Jersey
86Point Pleasant Beach Board Of EducationNew Jersey
87Roxbury Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
88Hasbrouck Heights Board Of EducationNew Jersey
89Lawrence Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
90Middlesex Borough Public SchoolsNew Jersey
91Woodbridge Township School DistrictNew Jersey
92Bergenfield Borough School DistrictNew Jersey
93Old Bridge Township School DistrictNew Jersey
94Bordentown RegionalNew Jersey
95Hackettstown Public SchoolsNew Jersey
96Delsea Regional High School DistrictNew Jersey
97Ridgefield Park TownshipNew Jersey
98Washington Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
99Plumsted Township Board Of EducationNew Jersey
100Nutley Public School DistrictNew Jersey

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 Oklahoma, 2018

Oklahoma’s unique history of settlement by many different European peoples, along with its strong Native American presence and cultural influence, has resulted in a heterogenous student body enrolled in the state’s public schools.

Deer Creek Public Schools is Oklahoma’s #1 public school district. The system of eight schools serving parts of Oklahoma and Logan Counties has earned numerous National Blue RIbbon Awards over the years, with Blue Creek Middle School most recently taking the honor in 2017.

Oklahoma’s #2 school district is Central High Public Schools, comprising three schools in Marlow, OK. Central High’s elementary school took home National Blue Ribbon honors in 2013.

Edmond Public Schools, a large district of 27 schools located in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond, ranks third. The terrific school system has earned more Blue Ribbon honors than any school in the state--with ten--in addition to being recognized for its excellence by such publications as The Washington Post and Newsweek.

Fourth in the ranking is Bixby Public Schools, based in the Tulsa-area suburb that lends it its name. The seven-school district achieved a whopping graduation rate of 99.2% in 2016.

Rounding out Oklahoma’s five best school districts is Arapaho-Butler Public School District, comprising two excellent schools in Arapaho, OK. The district’s academic excellence is indicated in its high school’s rating of “A-” in the 2015-2016 state report card.

Top School Districts in Oklahoma, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictRank
1Deer CreekOklahoma
2Central HighOklahoma
3EdmondOklahoma
4BixbyOklahoma
5Arapaho-ButlerOklahoma
6Thomas-Fay-Custer Unified DistOklahoma
7ChisholmOklahoma
8OwassoOklahoma
9CheyenneOklahoma
10PlainviewOklahoma
11PiedmontOklahoma
12BethanyOklahoma
13MooreOklahoma
14JenksOklahoma
15NewcastleOklahoma
16Bridge CreekOklahoma
17NormanOklahoma
18TuttleOklahoma
19SequoyahOklahoma
20WaynokaOklahoma
21AdairOklahoma
22VerdigrisOklahoma
23LeedeyOklahoma
24BartlesvilleOklahoma
25StillwaterOklahoma
26Lookeba SicklesOklahoma
27BlanchardOklahoma
28TexhomaOklahoma
29ViciOklahoma
30MustangOklahoma
31KiowaOklahoma
32WeatherfordOklahoma
33Amber-PocassetOklahoma
34KingstonOklahoma
35GroveOklahoma
36Broken ArrowOklahoma
37YukonOklahoma
38ClaremoreOklahoma
39CaddoOklahoma
40KingfisherOklahoma
41Choctaw-Nicoma ParkOklahoma
42Oologah-TalalaOklahoma
43Mulhall-OrlandoOklahoma
44MidwayOklahoma
45CanuteOklahoma
46BerryhillOklahoma
47TushkaOklahoma
48PrestonOklahoma
49PragueOklahoma
50ElginOklahoma
51HintonOklahoma
52CollinsvilleOklahoma
53PryorOklahoma
54Lone GroveOklahoma
55LattaOklahoma
56ByngOklahoma
57ClintonOklahoma
58CrowderOklahoma
59CoyleOklahoma
60PurcellOklahoma
61ShattuckOklahoma
62Fort GibsonOklahoma
63BristowOklahoma
64CacheOklahoma
65MannfordOklahoma
66RipleyOklahoma
67SmithvilleOklahoma
68SentinelOklahoma
69HilldaleOklahoma
70CowetaOklahoma
71KieferOklahoma
72BethelOklahoma
73DicksonOklahoma
74OkarcheOklahoma
75SperryOklahoma
76GoodwellOklahoma
77Ponca CityOklahoma
78WashingtonOklahoma
79DurantOklahoma
80AlvaOklahoma
81AltusOklahoma
82GarberOklahoma
83Sand SpringsOklahoma
84MangumOklahoma
85TurnerOklahoma
86StonewallOklahoma
87CordellOklahoma
88HarrahOklahoma
89JonesOklahoma
90SkiatookOklahoma
91CanadianOklahoma
92MorrisOklahoma
93PerryOklahoma
94Midwest City-Del CityOklahoma
95ShidlerOklahoma
96InolaOklahoma
97MoorelandOklahoma
98GuymonOklahoma
99CushingOklahoma
100CopanOklahoma

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 Ohio, 2018

The Buckeye State is the 7th most populous in the nation, and its many cities each possess a distinct character and their share of high performing public school districts focused on preparing students for entry into one of Ohio’s 80 plus institutions of higher learning.

Ohio’s #1 school district is Indian Hill Exempted Village School District, a system of four schools serving Cincinnati suburb Indian Hill, OH. All of Indian Hill’s schools far surpass statewide academic standards, with each earning a rating of “Excellent” through the Ohio Department of Education. Additionally, Indian Hill High School placed in Newsweek’s ranking of the nation’s top 100 high schools for six straight years.

Another Cincinnati area district, Wyoming City Schools, ranks #2. The district is comprised of three primary schools, one middle school, and one high school. As a measure of the district’s academic excellence, 15 of Wyoming High School’s Class of 2018 were recognized by either the National Merit Scholarship Corporation or College Board for their scholarship.

#3 Beachwood City Schools, based in the Cleveland suburb of Beachwood, OH, has achieved a slew of impressive accomplishments over the years, including three National Blue Ribbon Awards, and a rating of “Excellent” from the state’s Department of Education.

Placing fourth is Solon City School District, a system of seven schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan Area. In 2013, Solon High School became the only Ohio high school to receive the Red Quill Legacy Award from the ACT organization, recognizing the school’s history of excellent ACT scores.

The high achieving Mason City Schools of Mason, OH, home to 2016 Blue Ribbon School Award winner WIlliam Mason High School, completes the top five.

Top School Districts in Ohio, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Indian Hill Exempted VillageOhio
2Wyoming CityOhio
3Beachwood CityOhio
4Solon CityOhio
5Mason City School DistrictOhio
6Rocky River CityOhio
7Madeira CityOhio
8Avon LocalOhio
9Botkins LocalOhio
10Avon Lake CityOhio
11Sycamore Community CityOhio
12Chagrin Falls Exempted VillageOhio
13Oakwood CityOhio
14Orange CityOhio
15Olentangy LocalOhio
16Mariemont CityOhio
17Kenston LocalOhio
18Hudson CityOhio
19Ottawa Hills LocalOhio
20Granville Exempted VillageOhio
21Kirtland LocalOhio
22Westlake CityOhio
23Dublin CityOhio
24Aurora CityOhio
25Brecksville-Broadview Heights CityOhio
26Jackson LocalOhio
27Bay Village CityOhio
28Minster LocalOhio
29Springboro Community CityOhio
30Upper Arlington CityOhio
31Forest Hills LocalOhio
32Miller City-New Cleveland LocalOhio
33Bexley CityOhio
34Olmsted Falls CityOhio
35Revere LocalOhio
36New Albany-Plain LocalOhio
37St Henry Consolidated LocalOhio
38Kings LocalOhio
39Wadsworth CityOhio
40North Royalton CityOhio
41Centerville CityOhio
42Independence LocalOhio
43Fort Recovery LocalOhio
44Ottoville LocalOhio
45Marion LocalOhio
46Cuyahoga Heights LocalOhio
47Lake LocalOhio
48Twinsburg CityOhio
49Chardon LocalOhio
50Grandview Heights CityOhio
51Beavercreek CityOhio
52Lakota LocalOhio
53Copley-Fairlawn CityOhio
54Mayfield CityOhio
55Russia LocalOhio
56Anthony Wayne LocalOhio
57Canfield LocalOhio
58West Geauga LocalOhio
59Van Buren LocalOhio
60Kalida LocalOhio
61Anna LocalOhio
62Little Miami LocalOhio
63New Bremen LocalOhio
64Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local School DistrictOhio
65South Range LocalOhio
66Coldwater Exempted VillageOhio
67Perrysburg Exempted VillageOhio
68North Canton CityOhio
69Loveland CityOhio
70Highland LocalOhio
71Fort Loramie LocalOhio
72Milford Exempted VillageOhio
73Norwayne LocalOhio
74Hilliard CityOhio
75Archbold-Area LocalOhio
76Green LocalOhio
77Versailles Exempted VillageOhio
78Pickerington LocalOhio
79Pandora-Gilboa LocalOhio
80Manchester LocalOhio
81Wayne LocalOhio
82Mentor Exempted VillageOhio
83Marysville Exempted VillageOhio
84Maplewood LocalOhio
85Nordonia Hills CityOhio
86Tipp City Exempted VillageOhio
87Worthington CityOhio
88Columbiana Exempted VillageOhio
89Shaker Heights CityOhio
90Ross LocalOhio
91Poland LocalOhio
92Strongsville CityOhio
93Bluffton Exempted VillageOhio
94Big Walnut LocalOhio
95Mccomb LocalOhio
96Amherst Exempted VillageOhio
97Perry LocalOhio
98Clinton-Massie LocalOhio
99Teays Valley LocalOhio
100Springfield LocalOhio

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 North Dakota, 2018

Traditionally one of the least populated U.S. states, North Dakota has experienced a population boom in the past ten years thanks to new developments in oil extraction technology which have bolstered state industry. With the influx of recent migrants, North Dakota’s public school districts have rapidly expanded to accommodate new students, opening many new schools.

North Dakota’s best school district is Northwood School District No. 129, a system of one elementary and one high school serving the small town of less than 1,000, Northwood, ND. Northwood High School was recently awarded a bronze medal by U.S. News & World Report, placing it among the best public high schools in the nation.

Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood School District No.1, comprising two elementaries and one high school based in Mohall, ND, comes in at #2. Students enrolled in the district’s schools benefit from a student:teacher ratio of 10:1, two better than the state average of 12:1.

At #3 is another modestly sized school district, Wyndmere Public Schools serving the small town of Wyndmere, ND. Based on state test results, 82% of Wyndmere’s students are proficient in reading, while 77% are proficient in reading.

Buxton, ND’s Central Valley School District No.3 places fourth in the ranking. Central Valley High School’s high graduation rate and state test scores earned it a bronze medal from U.S. News & World Report.

Kindred Public School #2, home of 2017 National Blue Ribbon School award recipient, Kindred Elementary School, is North Dakota’s #5 best school district.

Top School Districts in North Dakota, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Northwood 129North Dakota
2Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 1North Dakota
3Wyndmere 42North Dakota
4Central Valley 3North Dakota
5Kindred 2North Dakota
6Mckenzie Co 1North Dakota
7Beach 3North Dakota
8Valley City 2North Dakota
9Edgeley 3North Dakota
10Milnor 2North Dakota
11Thompson 61North Dakota
12North Border 100North Dakota
13Ellendale 40North Dakota
14New Rockford-Sheyenne 2North Dakota
15Surrey 41North Dakota
16Kenmare 28North Dakota
17Maple Valley 4North Dakota
18Bowman Co 1North Dakota
19Griggs County Central 18North Dakota
20Harvey 38North Dakota
21Cavalier 6North Dakota
22Hillsboro 9North Dakota
23Jamestown 1North Dakota
24Napoleon 2North Dakota
25West Fargo 6North Dakota
26Oakes 41North Dakota
27Midway 128North Dakota
28Fargo 1North Dakota
29Garrison 51North Dakota
30Underwood 8North Dakota
31Bismarck 1North Dakota
32Northern Cass 97North Dakota
33Beulah 27North Dakota
34Lewis And Clark 161North Dakota
35Rugby 5North Dakota
36Lisbon 19North Dakota
37Minot 1North Dakota
38Killdeer 16North Dakota
39Grand Forks 1North Dakota
40North Star 10North Dakota
41Tioga 15North Dakota
42Richardton-Taylor 34North Dakota
43Larimore 44North Dakota
44Stanley 2North Dakota
45Central Cass 17North Dakota
46Grafton 3North Dakota
47Barnes County North 7North Dakota
48Lamoure 8North Dakota
49Bottineau 1North Dakota
50Devils Lake 1North Dakota
51Nesson 2North Dakota
52Mandan 1North Dakota
53United 7North Dakota
54Richland 44North Dakota
55South Heart 9North Dakota
56Hankinson 8North Dakota
57Velva 1North Dakota
58Hazen 3North Dakota
59May-Port Cg 14North Dakota
60Enderlin Area 24North Dakota
61Williston 1North Dakota
62Hettinger 13North Dakota
63Belfield 13North Dakota
64Wahpeton 37North Dakota
65Dickinson 1North Dakota
66Linton 36North Dakota
67Wilton 1North Dakota
68Sargent Central 6North Dakota
69Washburn 4North Dakota
70Kidder County 1North Dakota
71Tgu 60North Dakota
72Mt Pleasant 4North Dakota
73Lakota 66North Dakota
74Langdon Area 23North Dakota
75Mott-Regent 1North Dakota
76Minto 20North Dakota
77Divide County 1North Dakota
78Glenburn 26North Dakota
79Dakota Prairie 1North Dakota
80Belcourt 7North Dakota
81New Town 1North Dakota
82St John 3North Dakota
83Parshall 3North Dakota
84Dunseith 1North Dakota
85Eight Mile 6North Dakota
86Minnewaukan 5North Dakota
87Warwick 29North Dakota

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 North Carolina, 2018

The Tarheel state lays claim to some of the best public school systems in the southeastern region of the United States; North Carolina schools rank 11th in the nation in college readiness according to U.S. News & World Report.

The best school district in North Carolina is Chapel-Hill-Carrboro City Schools, comprising 19 schools serving over 12,000 students in the southeastern part of Orange County, NC. Two of the districts high schools have been featured in The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek’s rankings of the best high schools in the nation.

Another large district of schools, Union City Public Schools of Union County, NC, ranks #2. UCPS’s accomplishments are vast; the district is home to three National Blue Ribbon award winning schools and boasts a graduation rate of 92.5 percent.

North Carolina’s largest school district, the Wake County Public School System, places third in the ranking. WCPSS administers 171 schools with over 160,000 students as of 2018.

Fourth on the list is Polk County Schools, a comparatively smaller district of seven schools located in rural Western North Carolina. Students enrolled in the districts schools have achieved an excellent graduation rate of 89%.

Asheville City Schools, a district of eleven schools serving the college town/outdoor recreation mecca of Asheville, NC, closes out the list of North Carolina’s top five public school districts.

Top School Districts in North Carolina, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Chapel Hill-Carrboro City SchoolsNorth Carolina
2Union County Public SchoolsNorth Carolina
3Wake County SchoolsNorth Carolina
4Polk County SchoolsNorth Carolina
5Asheville City SchoolsNorth Carolina
6Mooresville Graded School DistrictNorth Carolina
7Camden County SchoolsNorth Carolina
8Watauga County SchoolsNorth Carolina
9Orange County SchoolsNorth Carolina
10Davie County SchoolsNorth Carolina
11Henderson County SchoolsNorth Carolina
12Lincoln County SchoolsNorth Carolina
13Carteret County Public SchoolsNorth Carolina
14Cabarrus County SchoolsNorth Carolina
15Currituck County SchoolsNorth Carolina
16New Hanover County SchoolsNorth Carolina
17Surry County SchoolsNorth Carolina
18Buncombe County SchoolsNorth Carolina
19Dare County SchoolsNorth Carolina
20Iredell-Statesville SchoolsNorth Carolina
21Charlotte-Mecklenburg SchoolsNorth Carolina
22Johnston County SchoolsNorth Carolina
23Elkin City SchoolsNorth Carolina
24Haywood County SchoolsNorth Carolina
25Yancey County SchoolsNorth Carolina
26Chatham County SchoolsNorth Carolina
27Davidson County SchoolsNorth Carolina
28Ashe County SchoolsNorth Carolina
29Moore County SchoolsNorth Carolina
30Stokes County SchoolsNorth Carolina
31Caldwell County SchoolsNorth Carolina
32Cleveland County SchoolsNorth Carolina
33Craven County SchoolsNorth Carolina
34Alexander County SchoolsNorth Carolina
35Catawba County SchoolsNorth Carolina
36Brunswick County SchoolsNorth Carolina
37Transylvania County SchoolsNorth Carolina
38Burke County SchoolsNorth Carolina
39Yadkin County SchoolsNorth Carolina
40Mitchell County SchoolsNorth Carolina
41Person County SchoolsNorth Carolina
42Swain County SchoolsNorth Carolina
43Madison County SchoolsNorth Carolina
44Pender County SchoolsNorth Carolina
45Mcdowell County SchoolsNorth Carolina
46Stanly County SchoolsNorth Carolina
47Wilkes County SchoolsNorth Carolina
48Lee County SchoolsNorth Carolina
49Mount Airy City SchoolsNorth Carolina
50Randolph County SchoolsNorth Carolina
51Newton Conover City SchoolsNorth Carolina
52Hickory City SchoolsNorth Carolina
53Jackson County SchoolsNorth Carolina
54Winston Salem/Forsyth County SchoolsNorth Carolina
55Rutherford County SchoolsNorth Carolina
56Guilford County SchoolsNorth Carolina
57Gates County SchoolsNorth Carolina
58Gaston County SchoolsNorth Carolina
59Alamance-Burlington SchoolsNorth Carolina
60Macon County SchoolsNorth Carolina
61Pitt County SchoolsNorth Carolina
62Hoke County SchoolsNorth Carolina
63Sampson County SchoolsNorth Carolina
64Onslow County SchoolsNorth Carolina
65Graham County SchoolsNorth Carolina
66Alleghany County SchoolsNorth Carolina
67Franklin County SchoolsNorth Carolina
68Avery County SchoolsNorth Carolina
69Clay County SchoolsNorth Carolina
70Rockingham County SchoolsNorth Carolina
71Clinton City SchoolsNorth Carolina
72Cherokee County SchoolsNorth Carolina
73Granville County SchoolsNorth Carolina
74Harnett County SchoolsNorth Carolina
75Cumberland County SchoolsNorth Carolina
76Jones County SchoolsNorth Carolina
77Wilson County SchoolsNorth Carolina
78Perquimans County SchoolsNorth Carolina
79Whiteville City SchoolsNorth Carolina
80Kannapolis City SchoolsNorth Carolina
81Edenton-Chowan SchoolsNorth Carolina
82Hyde County SchoolsNorth Carolina
83Pamlico County SchoolsNorth Carolina
84Roanoke Rapids City SchoolsNorth Carolina
85Beaufort County SchoolsNorth Carolina
86Rowan-Salisbury SchoolsNorth Carolina
87Duplin County SchoolsNorth Carolina
88Wayne County Public SchoolsNorth Carolina
89Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public SchoolsNorth Carolina
90Caswell County SchoolsNorth Carolina
91Columbus County SchoolsNorth Carolina
92Scotland County SchoolsNorth Carolina
93Durham Public SchoolsNorth Carolina
94Nash-Rocky Mount SchoolsNorth Carolina
95Asheboro City SchoolsNorth Carolina
96Lexington City SchoolsNorth Carolina
97Lenoir County Public SchoolsNorth Carolina
98Martin County SchoolsNorth Carolina
99Montgomery County SchoolsNorth Carolina
100Vance County SchoolsNorth Carolina

Methodology

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

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Top School Districts in New York, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top School Districts in New York, 2018

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

Methodology

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

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Top School Districts in New Mexico, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top School Districts in New Mexico, 2018

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

Methodology

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

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Top School Districts in New Hampshire, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top School Districts in New Hampshire, 2018

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

Methodology

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

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