The Evergreen State is home to some of the most interesting and varied ecosystems in the United States: ice-capped mountain ranges, jagged, rocky coastline, temperate rainforests in the west and flat, arid basin in the east, as well as the largest and most unique city in the region, Seattle. Along with this interesting environment which grows and fosters creativity in the state’s youth, Washington is also home to numerous high performing public school districts serving the state’s children.

Washington’s best public school system is the Mercer Island School District, comprising six schools and one learning center located in the affluent suburb of Seattle that lends the district its name. Students of the district make good on excellent funding--with over $2 million dollars contributed by the school’s PTA--by maintaining a graduation rate of 95%.

Lake Washington School District, based in King County, WA, ranks #2. A large district administering over 50 schools, LWSD students perform excellently on standardized tests, with SAT scores 76 points higher than the national average.

At #3 is Snoqualmie Valley School District, one of the largest districts in the state covering over 400 square miles in King County, WA. Academic achievement in the district continues to improve, with Snoqualmie Valley becoming the only district in the state to be named on the AP Honor Roll for six straight years from 2010 through 2015.

Completing the top five are Bellevue School District (#4), another large, high performing King County school district, and Camas School District, comprising 10 schools serving Clark County, WA.

Top School Districts in Washington, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Mercer Island School DistrictWashington
2Lake Washington School DistrictWashington
3Snoqualmie Valley School DistrictWashington
4Bellevue School DistrictWashington
5Camas School DistrictWashington
6Issaquah School DistrictWashington
7Bainbridge Island School DistrictWashington
8Northshore School DistrictWashington
9Tahoma School DistrictWashington
10Tumwater School DistrictWashington
11Ridgefield School DistrictWashington
12Shoreline School DistrictWashington
13Anacortes School DistrictWashington
14University Place School DistrictWashington
15Lake Stevens School DistrictWashington
16Hockinson School DistrictWashington
17Seattle Public SchoolsWashington
18Everett School DistrictWashington
19Olympia School DistrictWashington
20Pullman School DistrictWashington
21Peninsula School DistrictWashington
22Mead School DistrictWashington
23Arlington School DistrictWashington
24Rochester School DistrictWashington
25Bellingham School DistrictWashington
26Riverview School DistrictWashington
27Puyallup School DistrictWashington
28Orcas Island School DistrictWashington
29Cascade School DistrictWashington
30Steilacoom Hist. School DistrictWashington
31North Kitsap School DistrictWashington
32Colfax School DistrictWashington
33Edmonds School DistrictWashington
34Nooksack Valley School DistrictWashington
35Sumner School DistrictWashington
36Richland School DistrictWashington
37Vashon Island School DistrictWashington
38Stanwood-Camano School DistrictWashington
39Central Valley School DistrictWashington
40Napavine School DistrictWashington
41Lynden School DistrictWashington
42Snohomish School DistrictWashington
43Mukilteo School DistrictWashington
44Monroe School DistrictWashington
45White River School DistrictWashington
46West Valley School District (Yakima)Washington
47Yelm School DistrictWashington
48Sultan School DistrictWashington
49Kent School DistrictWashington
50Reardan-Edwall School DistrictWashington
51Asotin-Anatone School DistrictWashington
52Port Angeles School DistrictWashington
53Evergreen School District (Clark)Washington
54Meridian School DistrictWashington
55Wilbur School DistrictWashington
56North Thurston Public SchoolsWashington
57Ferndale School DistrictWashington
58South Kitsap School DistrictWashington
59San Juan Island School DistrictWashington
60Cheney School DistrictWashington
61La Center School DistrictWashington
62Enumclaw School DistrictWashington
63Chehalis School DistrictWashington
64Washougal School DistrictWashington
65Sequim School DistrictWashington
66Battle Ground School DistrictWashington
67Clover Park School DistrictWashington
68Woodland School DistrictWashington
69Vancouver School DistrictWashington
70Bethel School DistrictWashington
71Oak Harbor School DistrictWashington
72Freeman School DistrictWashington
73Auburn School DistrictWashington
74Stevenson-Carson School DistrictWashington
75Franklin Pierce School DistrictWashington
76Spokane School DistrictWashington
77Central Kitsap School DistrictWashington
78Coupeville School DistrictWashington
79Renton School DistrictWashington
80Ellensburg School DistrictWashington
81La Conner School DistrictWashington
82Blaine School DistrictWashington
83Moses Lake School DistrictWashington
84Granite Falls School DistrictWashington
85Ritzville School DistrictWashington
86Methow Valley School DistrictWashington
87South Whidbey School DistrictWashington
88Colville School DistrictWashington
89Chewelah School DistrictWashington
90Liberty School DistrictWashington
91Newport School DistrictWashington
92Eatonville School DistrictWashington
93Federal Way School DistrictWashington
94Nine Mile Falls School DistrictWashington
95Naselle-Grays River Valley School DistrictWashington
96Montesano School DistrictWashington
97Eastmont School DistrictWashington
98Cashmere School DistrictWashington
99Mount Vernon School DistrictWashington
100West Valley School District (Spokane)Washington

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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