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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