Parents mulling over the best area of Missouri in which to raise their children need look no further than the communities of St. Louis County, as all of the state’s five best public school districts are located within its limits.

The #1 ranked public school system in Missouri is Ladue School District, administering four elementaries, one middle, and one high school in Ladue, MO, a small suburb of St. Louis with the highest median income of any city in Missouri. The district is among the elite in the state, with 82% of students achieving reading proficiency.

Placing second is the School District of Clayton, serving Clayton and parts of Richmond Heights and St. Louis City. Clayton High School has been repeatedly recognized by Newsweek as one of the nation’s best public high schools.

Ranking third is Lindbergh Schools, a system of six elementaries, two middle schools and one high school based in southwest St. Louis County. Lindbergh Senior High’s 96% graduation rate places it among the top high schools in the state.

Kirkwood School District, founded in 1865 and one of the oldest districts in the state, follows at #4. A planned suburb with a wonderful historic district, bustling farmer’s market, and tree-lined residential areas, Kirkwood is a great community in which to raise a family.

Brentwood School District, with its four high-achieving schools and early childhood center, rounds out the top five.

Top School Districts in Missouri, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1LadueMissouri
2ClaytonMissouri
3Lindbergh SchoolsMissouri
4Kirkwood R-ViiMissouri
5BrentwoodMissouri
6Rockwood R-ViMissouri
7Parkway C-2Missouri
8Webster GrovesMissouri
9Otterville R-ViMissouri
10New HavenMissouri
11Liberty 53Missouri
12Nixa Public SchoolsMissouri
13Park HillMissouri
14Kearney R-IMissouri
15Blue Springs R-IvMissouri
16Blair Oaks R-IiMissouri
17North Platte Co. R-IMissouri
18Wentzville R-IvMissouri
19Francis Howell R-IiiMissouri
20Archie R-VMissouri
21Orchard Farm R-VMissouri
22Northeast Randolph Co. R-IvMissouri
23Adrian R-IiiMissouri
24Lee'S Summit R-ViiMissouri
25Platte Co. R-IiiMissouri
26Valley ParkMissouri
27Grain Valley R-VMissouri
28Fox C-6Missouri
29Maplewood-Richmond HeightsMissouri
30Mid-Buchanan Co. R-VMissouri
31Rock Port R-IiMissouri
32Festus R-ViMissouri
33West Platte Co. R-IiMissouri
34Braymer C-4Missouri
35St. Elizabeth R-IvMissouri
36Raymore-Peculiar R-IiMissouri
37Webb City R-ViiMissouri
38Mound City R-IiMissouri
39Knob Noster R-ViiiMissouri
40Windsor C-1Missouri
41Ft. Zumwalt R-IiMissouri
42WashingtonMissouri
43Zalma R-VMissouri
44Affton 101Missouri
45Smithville R-IiMissouri
46Ozark R-ViMissouri
47North ShelbyMissouri
48Lone Jack C-6Missouri
49Wellington-Napoleon R-IxMissouri
50Southern Boone Co. R-IMissouri
51Meadville R-IvMissouri
52Santa Fe R-XMissouri
53Hardin-Central C-2Missouri
54Pattonville R-IiiMissouri
55Farmington R-ViiMissouri
56Chadwick R-IMissouri
57Ste. Genevieve Co. R-IiMissouri
58Grandview R-IiMissouri
59Scotland Co. R-IMissouri
60Fair Grove R-XMissouri
61Mehlville R-IxMissouri
62Osage Co. R-IiiMissouri
63Lawson R-XivMissouri
64Jackson R-IiMissouri
65Bell City R-IiMissouri
66Green Ridge R-ViiiMissouri
67Lathrop R-IiMissouri
68Oak Grove R-ViMissouri
69Crystal City 47Missouri
70Carl Junction R-IMissouri
71Waynesville R-ViMissouri
72Midway R-IMissouri
73Concordia R-IiMissouri
74St. James R-IMissouri
75Buchanan Co. R-IvMissouri
76Maysville R-IMissouri
77East Buchanan Co. C-1Missouri
78Oran R-IiiMissouri
79Rolla 31Missouri
80Willard R-IiMissouri
81Northwest R-IMissouri
82Centralia R-ViMissouri
83King City R-IMissouri
84Marion Co. R-IiMissouri
85Pleasant Hill R-IiiMissouri
86Hillsboro R-IiiMissouri
87Savannah R-IiiMissouri
88West St. Francois Co. R-IvMissouri
89Maryville R-IiMissouri
90Advance R-IvMissouri
91Warrensburg R-ViMissouri
92Kirksville R-IiiMissouri
93Desoto 73Missouri
94Cole Co. R-IMissouri
95Branson R-IvMissouri
96North Andrew Co. R-ViMissouri
97Adair Co. R-IiMissouri
98Palmyra R-IMissouri
99Leeton R-XMissouri

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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