As home to the headquarters of Nike, Inc., and the high-tech companies based in the Silicon Forest, a hotbed of tech industry activity in the Portland metropolitan area, graduates of Oregon’s public school systems certainly have no shortage of career options once they work through university. It’s no surprise that some of Oregon’s best school districts are in the Portland area.

Riverdale School District, based seven miles south of Portland, is the state’s #1 system of schools. Comprising one K-8 grade school and one high school, the district has earned numerous national honors over the years, including a silver medal from U.S. News & World Report for Riverdale High School. It is also one of the richest in the nation.

Nearby Lake Oswego School District, a system of ten schools serving Lake Oswego, Oregon, ranks second. Test scores indicate that 84% of its students are proficient in reading, with 74% achieving proficiency in math.

Ranking #3 is Sherwood School District, comprising four elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school in Sherwood, Oregon. Sherwood has been named one of the best places to live a number of times in various publications, including twice by Money Magazine.

West Linn-Wilsonville School District, a large system of sixteen schools southwest of Portland, places fourth in the ranking. The district’s student’s SAT scores rank among the best in the state, and the graduation rate regularly tops 90%.

Beaverton School District, serving Beaverton and several adjacent communities, ranks #5.

Top School Districts in Oregon, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Riverdale Sd 51JOregon
2Lake Oswego Sd 7JOregon
3Sherwood Sd 88JOregon
4West Linn-Wilsonville Sd 3JOregon
5Beaverton Sd 48JOregon
6Corvallis Sd 509JOregon
7Sisters Sd 6Oregon
8Ashland Sd 5Oregon
9Tigard-Tualatin Sd 23JOregon
10Portland Sd 1JOregon
11Bend-Lapine Administrative Sd 1Oregon
12Newberg Sd 29JOregon
13Blachly Sd 90Oregon
14Oregon City Sd 62Oregon
15Imbler Sd 11Oregon
16Eugene Sd 4JOregon
17Mcminnville Sd 40Oregon
18Marcola Sd 79JOregon
19North Santiam Sd 29JOregon
20Joseph Sd 6Oregon
21Scio Sd 95Oregon
22Banks Sd 13Oregon
23Oakland Sd 1Oregon
24North Clackamas Sd 12Oregon
25Colton Sd 53Oregon
26Cove Sd 15Oregon
27Astoria Sd 1Oregon
28Redmond Sd 2JOregon
29Enterprise Sd 21Oregon
30Scappoose Sd 1JOregon
31Yamhill Carlton Sd 1Oregon
32Lebanon Community Sd 9Oregon
33Santiam Canyon Sd 129JOregon
34Grants Pass Sd 7Oregon
35Estacada Sd 108Oregon
36Philomath Sd 17JOregon
37Perrydale Sd 21Oregon
38St Helens Sd 502Oregon
39Baker Sd 5JOregon
40North Douglas Sd 22Oregon
41Corbett Sd 39Oregon
42Hood River County SdOregon
43Mt Angel Sd 91Oregon
44Hillsboro Sd 1JOregon
45Gladstone Sd 115Oregon
46Sutherlin Sd 130Oregon
47Canby Sd 86Oregon
48Molalla River Sd 35Oregon
49Medford Sd 549COregon
50Athena-Weston Sd 29RjOregon
51Bethel Sd 52Oregon
52Salem-Keizer Sd 24JOregon
53Gresham-Barlow Sd 10JOregon
54Culver Sd 4Oregon
55Greater Albany Public Sd 8JOregon
56Hermiston Sd 8Oregon
57Stanfield Sd 61Oregon
58Central Point Sd 6Oregon
59Pilot Rock Sd 2Oregon
60Fern Ridge Sd 28JOregon
61Dallas Sd 2Oregon
62Neah-Kah-Nie Sd 56Oregon
63Monroe Sd 1JOregon
64Glide Sd 12Oregon
65Cascade Sd 5Oregon
66Lake County Sd 7Oregon
67Ione Sd R2Oregon
68Lowell Sd 71Oregon
69Clatskanie Sd 6JOregon
70Springfield Sd 19Oregon
71Seaside Sd 10Oregon
72Forest Grove Sd 15Oregon
73Sweet Home Sd 55Oregon
74Three Rivers/Josephine County SdOregon
75Rainier Sd 13Oregon
76La Grande Sd 1Oregon
77Pleasant Hill Sd 1Oregon
78Central Sd 13JOregon
79Pendleton Sd 16Oregon
80Coquille Sd 8Oregon
81Douglas County Sd 4Oregon
82Central Curry Sd 1Oregon
83Amity Sd 4JOregon
84Dufur Sd 29Oregon
85Creswell Sd 40Oregon
86North Bend Sd 13Oregon
87Tillamook Sd 9Oregon
88South Lane Sd 45J3Oregon
89David Douglas Sd 40Oregon
90Brookings-Harbor Sd 17COregon
91Junction City Sd 69Oregon
92Harrisburg Sd 7JOregon
93Winston-Dillard Sd 116Oregon
94Central Linn Sd 552Oregon
95Phoenix-Talent Sd 4Oregon
96Crook County SdOregon
97Warrenton-Hammond Sd 30Oregon
98Eagle Point Sd 9Oregon
99Harney County Sd 3Oregon
100Echo Sd 5Oregon

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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