Kansas is a midwestern agricultural powerhouse served by many excellent public school districts. The state’s top school districts span many counties in regions all over the state.

The top ranking school district in Kansas is Waconda USD 272, a smaller system of one elementary school and one junior/senior high school located in Cawker City, KS. Despite its size, the district’s schools have received numerous awards over the years, including a Blue Ribbon School honor and a number of Governor’s Awards.

Blue Valley USD 229, serving portions of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, is second on the list of Kansas’s top school districts. A large system of over 30 schools, Blue Valley’s schools have received a great many accolades over the years. Most recently, 52 high school seniors from the district’s five high schools were named National Merit semifinalists.

Third in the ranking is Spring Hill School District USD 230, a large district serving parts of two counties which is growing at almost five percent annually. Spring Hill schools perform very well, and around 85% of its graduates go on to some form of post-grad education.

De Soto USD 232 (#4) is another large school district of over 7,000 students serving De Soto, KS and parts of several other nearby communities. De Soto USD schools have garnered multiple awards over the years.

Closing out the top five list is Andover USD 385, a large unified district in Andover, KS with a reputation for academic excellence.

Top School Districts in Kansas, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1WacondaKansas
2Blue ValleyKansas
3Spring HillKansas
4De SotoKansas
5AndoverKansas
6Gardner EdgertonKansas
7Silver LakeKansas
8GoddardKansas
9Piper-Kansas CityKansas
10OlatheKansas
11Valley FallsKansas
12Rock CreekKansas
13Auburn WashburnKansas
14CircleKansas
15Baldwin CityKansas
16CheneyKansas
17MaizeKansas
18Basehor-LinwoodKansas
19HaysKansas
20HesstonKansas
21VermillionKansas
22LouisburgKansas
23Pike ValleyKansas
24LyndonKansas
25Little RiverKansas
26Burlingame Public SchoolKansas
27HoltonKansas
28Hodgeman County SchoolsKansas
29Durham-Hillsboro-LehighKansas
30PhillipsburgKansas
31North Ottawa CountyKansas
32ClearwaterKansas
33Comanche CountyKansas
34EurekaKansas
35RenwickKansas
36Valley Center Pub SchKansas
37St Francis Comm SchKansas
38Smoky ValleyKansas
39PaolaKansas
40AugustaKansas
41Cimarron-EnsignKansas
42BuhlerKansas
43MeadeKansas
44Norton Community SchoolsKansas
45BarnesKansas
46SeamanKansas
47LincolnKansas
48LawrenceKansas
49Sedgwick Public SchoolsKansas
50DightonKansas
51Hoxie Community SchoolsKansas
52Canton-GalvaKansas
53WellsvilleKansas
54ConcordiaKansas
55Manhattan-OgdenKansas
56NickersonKansas
57Thunder Ridge SchoolsKansas
58HiawathaKansas
59VictoriaKansas
60WoodsonKansas
61OakleyKansas
62SpearvilleKansas
63UniontownKansas
64LansingKansas
65Twin ValleyKansas
66Northern ValleyKansas
67Frontenac Public SchoolsKansas
68OswegoKansas
69MulvaneKansas
70Kaw ValleyKansas
71Southern Lyon CountyKansas
72Royal ValleyKansas
73Remington-WhitewaterKansas
74MoundridgeKansas
75EllsworthKansas
76WamegoKansas
77Riley CountyKansas
78ChapmanKansas
79Rose Hill Public SchoolsKansas
80Southeast Of SalineKansas
81North Lyon CountyKansas
82Jefferson WestKansas
83Smith CenterKansas
84Republic CountyKansas
85NewtonKansas
86Barber County NorthKansas
87Clay CenterKansas
88Chase CountyKansas
89North JacksonKansas
90Sylvan GroveKansas
91CherokeeKansas
92MinneolaKansas
93EudoraKansas
94Mill Creek ValleyKansas
95InmanKansas
96GirardKansas
97HumboldtKansas
98Belle PlaineKansas
99Haven Public SchoolsKansas
100GarnettKansas

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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