Top School Districts in Kansas, 2021

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Kansas is quietly one of the best states in the nation in terms of K-12 education, achieving high outcomes while spending less money per pupil than other high-ranking states. This standard of excellence is reflected in the state’s five best school districts, as each one excels academically, and has earned its share of merits. 

The best school district in Kansas is Unified School District 232, which comprises 12 schools serving over 7,400 students hailing from several communities in Johnston County. USD 232 boasts a high record of achievement in both academics and co-curricular activities and has been recognized with numerous awards over the years. 

Maize Unified School District 266 is Kansas’ #2 public school system. The district’s 15-year-long strategic plan known as “Journey to Excellence” has been a great success, resulting in high levels of math and language arts proficiency and a 99% graduation rate in 2018. 

Placing 3rd in the state of Kansas is USD 265 Goddard Public Schools, serving over 5,500 students in the Goddard and Wichita region. Goddard Public Schools effectively prepares its students for higher education, reflected in the 87% of students that go on to enroll in 2 or 4-year colleges post-graduation.

Gardner Edgerton School District 231 earns the 4th spot in the ranking of Kansas’ best school districts. A medium-sized district of 11 schools with an enrollment of around 6,100, USD 231 boasts high-end facilities and is home to three schools that have earned National Blue Ribbon honors. 

Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437 rounds out the ranking of Kansas’ top five public school districts. Serving an enrollment of 6,400 students, USD 437 balances its stellar academics with a wide variety of co-curricular activities available for students to participate in. 

Top School Districts in Kansas, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1De SotoDe Soto
2MaizeMaize
3GoddardGoddard
4Gardner EdgertonGardner
5Auburn WashburnTopeka
6Geary County SchoolsJunction City
7DerbyDerby
8SalinaSalina
9Dodge CityDodge City
10Manhattan-OgdenManhattan
11Valley Center Pub SchValley Center
12SeamanTopeka
13HaysvilleHaysville
14LouisburgLouisburg
15LansingLansing
16Shawnee HeightsTecumseh
17RenwickAndale
18Jefferson WestMeriden
19BuhlerBuhler
20HaysHays
21Piper-Kansas CityKansas City
22Rock CreekWestmoreland
23HesstonHesston
24Basehor-LinwoodBasehor
25Garden CityGarden City
26ChapmanChapman
27Labette CountyAltamont
28CheneyCheney
29Prairie HillsSabetha
30SterlingSterling
31PaolaPaola
32HoltonHolton
33AugustaAugusta
34VermillionVermillion
35PittsburgPittsburg
36Chanute Public SchoolsChanute
37EmporiaEmporia
38LeavenworthLeavenworth
39Rose Hill Public SchoolsRose Hill
40AbileneAbilene
41IndependenceIndependence
42Sedgwick Public SchoolsSedgwick
43Hutchinson Public SchoolsHutchinson
44Frontenac Public SchoolsFrontenac
45Silver LakeSilver Lake
46InmanInman
47MulvaneMulvane
48Southern Lyon CountyHartford
49TonganoxieTonganoxie
50El DoradoEl Dorado
51Riley CountyRiley
52Nemaha CentralSeneca
53ClearwaterClearwater
54BeloitBeloit
55LiberalLiberal
56Baldwin CityBaldwin City
57Baxter SpringsBaxter Springs
58OsawatomieOsawatomie
59HumboldtHumboldt
60Valley HeightsWaterville
61HalsteadHalstead
62CircleTowanda
63Kaw ValleySt. Marys
64JayhawkMound City
65Bonner SpringsBonner Springs
66GirardGirard
67MoundridgeMoundridge
68EudoraEudora
69Santa Fe TrailScranton
70WellsvilleWellsville
71BurlingtonBurlington
72Norton Community SchoolsNorton
73North Ottawa CountyMinneapolis
74Remington-WhitewaterWhitewater
75MontezumaMontezuma
76McphersonMcpherson
77Oskaloosa Public SchoolsOskaloosa
78Durham-Hillsboro-LehighHillsboro
79WabaunseeAlma
80HiawathaHiawatha
81Clay CenterClay Center
82Scott CountyScott City
83Central HeightsRichmond
84GarnettGarnett
85NewtonNewton
86EastonEaston
87WamegoWamego
88BarnesBarnes
89Great BendGreat Bend
90GoodlandGoodland
91Caney ValleyCaney
92Morris CountyCouncil Grove
93Central PlainsHolyrood
94HolcombHolcomb
95Ell-SalineBrookville
96Kingman - NorwichKingman
97WellingtonWellington
98HoisingtonHoisington
99Ft LarnedLarned
100EurekaEureka

Methodology

The following variables contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, school funding per student, student to teacher ratio, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Math test, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Reading and Language test. Data from a total of 10,247 public school districts were used to compute a score for each school district. The following states were omitted due to lack of sufficient data: Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, and Virginia. Note that high schools in some states have their own independent districts.

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Top School Districts in Kentucky, 2021

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Overall, Kentucky lags behind most other states in the field of public education. However, this is not the case for the state’s five best school districts, all of which compare favorably with the best school districts in the nation. Let’s have a closer look at them. 

The best school district in Kentucky is Fort Thomas Independent Schools, which consists of three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school in the city of Fort Thomas, near the state’s northern border. Fort Thomas is one of the best school districts in the nation: it boasts a 99% graduation rate, and four of its schools have been named Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Kentucky’s #2 top school district is McCracken County Public Schools, encompassing eleven schools serving an enrollment of almost 7,000 students. The district’s McCracken County High School is one of the best in the area for preparing students for the future, offering 26 AP courses and 13 career certifications. Students can leave the school with two years of college credits in tow. 

Placing 3rd is Henderson County Schools, which is a large district of thirteen schools with a total enrollment topping 7,400. Students of HCS are in good hands, as 79% of the district’s teachers have a Master’s Degree or higher.

Meade County Schools earns the 4th spot in the ranking of Kentucky’s best school districts.  MCS is headquartered in Brandenburg and consists of six elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Students of the district excel academically, earning high rates of proficiency in reading and mathematics. 

Floyd County Schools rounds out the list of Kentucky’s five best school districts. The district comprises eleven schools with a total enrollment of around 6,000. FCS boasts AdvancED accreditation and won the District of Distinction honor three years in a row.

Top School Districts in Kentucky, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Fort Thomas IndependentFort Thomas
2Mccracken CountyPaducah
3Henderson CountyHenderson
4Meade CountyBrandenburg
5Floyd CountyPrestonsburg
6Campbell CountyAlexandria
7Clark CountyWinchester
8Woodford CountyVersailles
9Carter CountyGrayson
10Whitley CountyWilliamsburg
11Graves CountyMayfield
12Boyle CountyDanville
13Shelby CountyShelbyville
14Spencer CountyTaylorsville
15Hopkins CountyMadisonville
16Perry CountyHazard
17Murray IndependentMurray
18Beechwood IndependentFort Mitchell
19Barren CountyGlasgow
20Johnson CountyPaintsville
21Corbin IndependentCorbin
22Montgomery CountyMt Sterling
23Harlan CountyHarlan
24Russell IndependentRussell
25Muhlenberg CountyPowderly
26Pikeville IndependentPikeville
27Nelson CountyBardstown
28Rowan CountyMorehead
29Calloway CountyMurray
30Franklin CountyFrankfort
31Breckinridge CountyHardinsburg
32Russell CountyJamestown
33Bowling Green IndependentBowling Green
34Marshall CountyBenton
35Ohio CountyHartford
36Taylor CountyCampbellsville
37Anderson CountyLawrenceburg
38Bell CountyPineville
39Casey CountyLiberty
40Leslie CountyHyden
41Walton-Verona IndependentWalton
42Letcher CountyWhitesburg
43Fleming CountyFlemingsburg
44Larue CountyHodgenville
45Elizabethtown IndependentElizabethtown
46Monroe CountyTompkinsville
47Logan CountyRussellville
48Knott CountyHindman
49Grayson CountyLeitchfield
50Rockcastle CountyMount Vernon
51Greenup CountyGreenup
52Marion CountyLebanon
53Magoffin CountySalyersville
54Boyd CountyAshland
55Knox CountyBarbourville
56Allen CountyScottsville
57Lincoln CountyStanford
58Pendleton CountyFalmouth
59Mercer CountyHarrodsburg
60Owensboro IndependentOwensboro
61Hancock CountyHawesville
62Mason CountyMaysville
63Ashland IndependentAshland
64Washington CountySpringfield
65Paintsville IndependentPaintsville
66Mccreary CountyStearns
67Estill CountyIrvine
68Owen CountyOwenton
69Wayne CountyMonticello
70Edmonson CountyBrownsville
71Adair CountyColumbia
72Morgan CountyWest Liberty
73Bardstown IndependentBardstown
74Bourbon CountyParis
75Raceland-Worthington IndependentRaceland
76Simpson CountyFranklin
77Caldwell CountyPrinceton
78Grant CountyWilliamstown
79Lyon CountyEddyville
80Harrison CountyCynthiana
81Mayfield IndependentMayfield
82Glasgow IndependentGlasgow
83Hart CountyMunfordville
84Todd CountyElkton
85Green CountyGreensburg
86Ballard CountyBarlow
87Lewis CountyVanceburg
88Cumberland CountyBurkesville
89Somerset IndependentSomerset
90Danville IndependentDanville
91Trigg CountyCadiz
92Harlan IndependentHarlan
93Barbourville IndependentBarbourville
94Gallatin CountyWarsaw
95Mclean CountyCalhoun
96Williamstown IndependentWilliamstown
97Livingston CountySmithland
98Lee CountyBeattyville
99Lawrence CountyLouisa
100Martin CountyInez

Methodology

The following variables contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, school funding per student, student to teacher ratio, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Math test, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Reading and Language test. Data from a total of 10,247 public school districts were used to compute a score for each school district. The following states were omitted due to lack of sufficient data: Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, and Virginia. Note that high schools in some states have their own independent districts.

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Top School Districts in Louisiana, 2021

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Though Louisiana isn’t among the top states in terms of public education, it is home to a handful of school districts that excel in academics and co-curricular activities. Here’s a closer look at Louisiana’s five best school districts. 

Plaquemines Parish School System is the best school district in Louisiana. The district is headquartered in Belle Chasse and administers over seven schools and a learning center. PPSS is the top district in the state in proficiency rates on End of Course tests, and in the top ten in average ACT composite scores. 

Earning Louisiana’s #2 spot is Zachary Community School District, which comprises six schools and an early learning center in the city of Zachary, a suburb of state capital Baton Rouge. Despite being the fastest-growing school district in the state, ZCSD has performed well in the areas of academics, extracurricular activities, and athletics since its founding in 2003. 

Louisiana’s 3rd best school district is DeSoto Parish Schools, which is headquartered in Mansfield and consists of nine schools. DPS maintains a standard of excellence and is continually improving, with two-thirds of its schools earning an “A” grade in the area of student achievement progress.  

Placing 4th is Jefferson Davis Parish Schools, a district of thirteen schools headquartered in the city of Jennings, the parish seat of Jefferson Davis Parish. The district counts a 92.5% graduation rate among its accolades. 

Lincoln Parish Schools is Louisiana’s 5th best public school system. Headquartered in Ruston, LPS is a large district comprising thirteen schools in Ruston and several adjacent communities. The district’s 96% graduation rate and high proficiency scores are well above state averages. 

Top School Districts in Louisiana, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Plaquemines ParishBelle Chasse
2Zachary Community School DistrictZachary
3Desoto ParishMansfield
4Jefferson Davis ParishJennings
5Lincoln ParishRuston
6Beauregard ParishDeridder
7Central Community School DistrictBaton Rouge
8Sabine ParishMany
9St. James ParishLutcher
10Assumption ParishNapoleonville
11Iberville ParishPlaquemine
12Lasalle ParishJena
13Evangeline ParishVille Platte
14Allen ParishOberlin
15St. John The Baptist ParishReserve
16West Feliciana ParishSt. Francisville
17Cameron ParishCameron
18Webster ParishMinden
19Washington ParishFranklinton
20Natchitoches ParishNatchitoches
21Avoyelles ParishMarksville
22Grant ParishColfax
23Bienville ParishArcadia
24Winn ParishWinnfield
25West Carroll ParishOak Grove
26Caldwell ParishColumbia
27Catahoula ParishHarrisonburg
28Concordia ParishVidalia
29West Baton Rouge ParishPort Allen
30Pointe Coupee ParishNew Roads
31Claiborne ParishHomer
32Richland ParishRayville
33East Feliciana ParishClinton
34Franklin ParishWinnsboro
35East Carroll ParishLake Providence
36Jackson ParishJonesboro
37Red River ParishCoushatta
38Morehouse ParishBastrop
39Tensas ParishSt. Joseph
40City Of Bogalusa School DistrictBogalusa
41Union ParishFarmerville
42St. Helena ParishGreensburg

Methodology

The following variables contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, school funding per student, student to teacher ratio, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Math test, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Reading and Language test. Data from a total of 10,247 public school districts were used to compute a score for each school district. The following states were omitted due to lack of sufficient data: Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, and Virginia. Note that high schools in some states have their own independent districts.

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Top School Districts in Maine, 2021

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Like other states in the New England region, Maine has a long tradition of excellence in public schooling. In particular, Maine spends more money per pupil and has a smaller average class size than the United States, at large, which has yielded positive results. Nowhere is Maine’s high standard of education more evident than in its five best school districts. 

Falmouth Public Schools is a small, high-performing school district of three schools in the coastal town of Falmouth. The district’s students benefit from a favorable student-to-teacher ratio of 11.5, which may explain why over 70% of students are proficient in math and RLA. 

Maine’s 2nd best school district is the Yarmouth School Department, a modestly sized district made up of one kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and high school in the Portland suburb of Yarmouth. In 2019, Yarmouth High School was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. 

Coming in 3rd is MSAD #51, another small district of four schools headquartered in the affluent town of Cumberland. Students of the district excel in all areas, consistently scoring above state averages in assessment tests, and graduating at a rate of over 95%.

Cape Elizabeth School Department is the 4th best school system in the state of Maine. Like other exceptional school districts in the state, CESD is small, consisting of three schools with a total enrollment of around 1600. The district’s Cape Elizabeth High School has been named a Blue Ribbon School twice in the past fifteen years. 

Rounding out Maine’s top five is Scarborough Schools, another three-school district based in the coastal resort town of Scarborough. Students of the district excel in academics, participate enthusiastically in academics and extracurriculars, and pursue post-secondary graduation at a rate of 90%

Top School Districts in Maine, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Falmouth Public SchoolsFalmouth
2Yarmouth SchoolsYarmouth
3Rsu 51/Msad 51Cumberland
4Cape Elizabeth Public SchoolsCape Elizabeth
5Scarborough Public SchoolsScarborough
6Rsu 21Kennebunk
7York Public SchoolsYork
8Gorham Public SchoolsGorham
9Bangor Public SchoolsBangor
10Five Town CsdCamden
11Portland Public SchoolsPortland
12Rsu 05Freeport
13Wells-Ogunquit CsdWells
14Rsu 35/Msad 35Eliot
15South Portland Public SchoolsSouth Portland
16Brunswick Public SchoolsBrunswick
17Rsu 26Orono
18Rsu 14Windham
19Rsu 22Hampden
20Hermon Public SchoolsHermon
21Mt Desert CsdMount Desert
22Rsu 75/Msad 75Topsham
23Kittery Public SchoolsKittery
24Rsu 38Readfield
25Rsu 60/Msad 60North Berwick
26Rsu 55/Msad 55Hiram
27Rsu 15/Msad 15Gray
28Rsu 49/Msad 49Fairfield
29Rsu 70/Msad 70Hodgdon
30Rsu 58/Msad 58Phillips
31Rsu 57/Msad 57Waterboro
32Ellsworth Public SchoolsEllsworth
33Msad 27Fort Kent
34Winthrop Public SchoolsWinthrop
35Rsu 06/Msad 06Buxton
36Rsu 79/Msad 01Presque Isle
37Biddeford Public SchoolsBiddeford
38Rsu 18Oakland
39Rsu 52/Msad 52Turner
40East Millinocket Public SchoolsEast Millinocket
41Sanford Public SchoolsSanford
42Rsu 10Rumford
43Brewer Public SchoolsBrewer
44Rsu 25Bucksport
45Madawaska Public SchoolsMadawaska
46Rsu 11/Msad 11Gardiner
47Rsu 50Dyer Brook
48Rsu 13Rockland
49Rsu 01 - LkrsuBath
50Rsu 40/Msad 40Union
51Easton Public SchoolsEaston
52Rsu 09Farmington
53Rsu 39Caribou
54Rsu 29/Msad 29Houlton
55Rsu 16Poland
56Rsu 19Newport
57Rsu 67Lincoln
58Rsu 20Searsport
59Auburn Public SchoolsAuburn
60Rsu 02Hallowell
61Rsu 84/Msad 14Danforth
62Rsu 74/Msad 74North Anson
63Rsu 23Old Orchard Beach
64Rsu 44/Msad 44Bethel
65Rsu 86/Msad 20Fort Fairfield
66Boothbay-Boothbay Hbr CsdBoothbay Harbor
67Rsu 54/Msad 54Skowhegan
68Winslow SchoolsWinslow
69Rsu 17/Msad 17South Paris
70Waterville Public SchoolsWaterville
71Lewiston Public SchoolsLewiston
72Rsu 71Belfast
73Rsu 73Livermore Falls
74Rsu 37/Msad 37Harrington
75Moosabec CsdJonesport
76Rsu 03/Msad 03Unity
77Rsu 78Rangeley
78Augusta Public SchoolsAugusta
79Westbrook Public SchoolsWestbrook
80Msad 46Dexter
81Millinocket Public SchoolsMillinocket
82Rsu 24Sullivan
83Calais Public SchoolsCalais
84Rsu 34Old Town
85Rsu 64/Msad 64East Corinth
86Rsu 31/Msad 31Lagrange
87Machias Public SchoolsMachias
88Greenville Public SchoolsGreenville
89Rsu 33/Msad 33Frenchville
90Rsu 61/Msad 61Bridgton
91Rsu 04Wales
92Rsu 59/Msad 59Madison
93Rsu 83/Msad 13Bingham
94Rsu 08/Msad 08Vinalhaven
95Rsu 80/Msad 04Guilford
96Baileyville Public SchoolsBaileyville
97Wiscasset Public SchoolsWiscasset
98Deer Isle-Stonington CsdDeer Isle
99Rsu 88/Msad 24Van Buren
100Rsu 45/Msad 45Washburn

Methodology

The following variables contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, school funding per student, student to teacher ratio, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Math test, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Reading and Language test. Data from a total of 10,247 public school districts were used to compute a score for each school district. The following states were omitted due to lack of sufficient data: Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, and Virginia. Note that high schools in some states have their own independent districts.

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Top School Districts in Maryland, 2021

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Maryland is among the top states in terms of K-12 academics, with well-funded school districts and above-average proficiency rates in math and reading. In 2019, Education Week magazine gave the state a B grade, which bests the national grade of C, and ranked Maryland 4th in the nation in education. Let’s take a closer look at the five best school districts in Maryland. 

The best school district in Maryland is Montgomery County Public Schools, which is the largest school system in Maryland comprising 206 schools with a total enrollment of over 163,000. MCPS is home to a remarkable 41 National Blue Ribbon Schools

Placing 2nd is Prince George’s County Public Schools, another vast district made up of over 200 schools serving more than 130,000 students. Despite the district’s size, PGCPS schools are well-funded, and have earned national recognition for their innovative learning programs and focus on career and technical education. 

Baltimore County Public Schools is the 3rd best school district in Maryland. Like the first two entries, BCPS is a large school district that is home to many schools that have received national attention for their high academic performance. In total, over 20 BCPS schools have won a National Blue Ribbon Award.

Earning the #4 spot is Howard County Public Schools, consisting of 77 schools with a diverse student population of nearly 59,000. The district’s 4-year graduation rate of 92% is nearly five percentage points higher than the state average. 

Filling out the list of Maryland’s top five school districts is Worcester County Public Schools, headquartered in Newark, Maryland and comprising fourteen schools in Worcester County. The district excels in academics, and boasts the highest concentration of four and five-star schools of any school district in Maryland.

Top School Districts in Maryland, 2020

RankDistrict
1Montgomery County Public Schools
2Prince George's County Public Schools
3Baltimore County Public Schools
4Howard County Public Schools
5Worcester County Public Schools
6Anne Arundel County Public Schools
7Frederick County Public Schools
8Charles County Public Schools
9Baltimore City Public Schools
10Carroll County Public Schools
11Calvert County Public Schools
12Harford County Public Schools
13Kent County Public Schools
14Cecil County Public Schools
15Garrett County Public Schools
16Washingtion County Public Schools
17St. Mary's County Public Schools
18Queen Anne's County Public Schools
19Allegany County Public Schools
20Somerset County Public Schools

Methodology

The following variables contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, school funding per student, student to teacher ratio, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Math test, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Reading and Language test. Data from a total of 10,247 public school districts were used to compute a score for each school district. The following states were omitted due to lack of sufficient data: Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, and Virginia. Note that high schools in some states have their own independent districts.

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Top School Districts in Massachusetts, 2021

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Beginning with the founding of Harvard University in 1636, Massachusetts has long upheld a tradition of excellence in education, and its public school systems are no exception. In fact, Massachusetts has some of the best school districts in the United States. Here’s a look at the five best school districts in the Bay State.

Lexington Public Schools is the best school district in Massachusetts. Comprising eleven schools in the town of Lexington, the district outperforms state and national averages in every possible metric, and examples include 87.3% of district students completing at least one advanced course (compared to just 65.1% in the state) while also managing a 100% completion rate of the MassCore program of studies. 

Placing second in Massachusetts is Needham Public Schools, consisting of eight schools in the Boston suburb of Needham. Needham students regularly perform well on assessment tests, earning average scores in the state top 10 in both English and language arts and science and technology in 2018. 

Massachusetts 3rd best public school district is Wellesley Public Schools, comprising seven elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school with a total enrollment of 4,758 in the Norfolk County town of Wellesley. In 2018, WPS’s graduation rate was above 97%, and nearly 93% of graduates went on to attend a 2 or 4-year university.   

Earning the 4th spot is Winchester Public Schools, a high performing district of eight schools in the wealthy suburb of Winchester. Students in the district regularly score well above the state average on the SAT.

Filling out the list of Massachusetts top five school districts is Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, an eight-school district that produced 18 National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists in 2017. 

Top School Districts in Massachusetts, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1LexingtonLexington
2NeedhamNeedham
3WellesleyWellesley
4WinchesterWinchester
5Acton-BoxboroughActon
6ShrewsburyShrewsbury
7BelmontBelmont
8WestfordWestford
9WachusettJefferson
10Montachusett Regional Vocational TechnicalFitchburg
11AndoverAndover
12HinghamHingham
13Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational TechnicalBillerica
14Northboro-SouthboroSouthborough
15HopkintonHopkinton
16Bristol-Plymouth Regional Vocational TechnicalTaunton
17Southeastern Regional Vocational TechnicalSouth Easton
18ArlingtonArlington
19Whittier Regional Vocational TechnicalHaverhill
20Tri-County Regional Vocational TechnicalFranklin
21Greater Fall River Regional Vocational TechnicalFall River
22MasconometBoxford
23Essex North Shore Agricultural And Technical School DistrictHathorne
24SharonSharon
25NatickNatick
26WaylandWayland
27FranklinFranklin
28WestboroughWestborough
29BraintreeBraintree
30WestwoodWestwood
31Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational TechnicalWakefield
32PlymouthPlymouth
33ChelmsfordChelmsford
34DuxburyDuxbury
35Old Colony Regional Vocational TechnicalRochester
36Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational TechnicalNew Bedford
37Bristol County AgriculturalDighton
38Dover-SherbornDover
39NashobaBolton
40MelroseMelrose
41ScituateScituate
42Nashoba Valley Regional Vocational TechnicalWestford
43North AndoverNorth Andover
44Bridgewater-RaynhamBridgewater
45ReadingReading
46LongmeadowLongmeadow
47MiltonMilton
48BedfordBedford
49Norfolk County AgriculturalWalpole
50WalpoleWalpole
51EastonNorth Easton
52MarshfieldMarshfield
53MedfieldMedfield
54MarbleheadMarblehead
55LynnfieldLynnfield
56CantonCanton
57King PhilipNorfolk
58Groton-DunstableGroton
59Somerset Berkley Regional School DistrictSomerset
60North ReadingNorth Reading
61WilmingtonWilmington
62MansfieldMansfield
63MedwayMedway
64AttleboroAttleboro
65NorwellNorwell
66Manchester Essex RegionalManchester
67NausetOrleans
68Hamilton-WenhamWenham
69FoxboroughFoxborough
70Hampden-WilbrahamWilbraham
71South Shore Regional Vocational TechnicalHanover
72North AttleboroughNorth Attleborough
73HarvardHarvard
74AbingtonAbington
75Silver LakeKingston
76Mount GreylockWilliamstown
77CohassetCohasset
78BurlingtonBurlington
79HollistonHolliston
80TewksburyTewksbury
81North MiddlesexTowsend
82Northern Berkshire Regional Vocational TechnicalNorth Adams
83WakefieldWakefield
84LittletonLittleton
85Old RochesterMattapoisett
86AshlandAshland
87IpswichIpswich
88HanoverHanover
89FalmouthEast Falmouth
90Whitman-HansonWhitman
91SwampscottSwampscott
92LeominsterLeominster
93BeverlyBeverly
94MaldenMalden
95SandwichSandwich
96East LongmeadowEast Longmeadow
97MethuenMethuen
98WeymouthWeymouth
99NewburyportNewburyport
100WoburnWoburn

Methodology

The following variables contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, school funding per student, student to teacher ratio, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Math test, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Reading and Language test. Data from a total of 10,247 public school districts were used to compute a score for each school district. The following states were omitted due to lack of sufficient data: Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, and Virginia. Note that high schools in some states have their own independent districts.

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Top School Districts in Michigan, 2021

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The public education situation in Michigan is one of contrasts: while student performance in Detroit, the state’s largest city, is below average (although there are promising signs of improvement), districts in the adjacent suburbs perform exceptionally well. It’s no surprise that a number of Michigan’s five best school districts are located in this region. 

Northville Public Schools is the best school district in Michigan. Comprising eleven schools in the wealthy suburb of Northville, the district consistently has a graduation rate north of 96% and its students regularly best state and national averages on the ACT and SAT’s. 

Earning the #2 spot in Michigan is Lake Orion Community Schools, a large district of ten schools with a total enrollment of over 7,500 hailing from the village of Lake Orion and several adjacent communities.  Students in the district outperform state averages on the Michigan Merit Exam, ACT, and SAT. 

Michigan’s 3rd best school district is Hudsonville Public Schools, a system of 12 schools that is the second-largest district in Ottawa County. For three years in a row, all district buildings have earned an “A” grade from the Michigan Department of Education. 

Novi Community School District places 4th among Michigan public school districts. Not only do Novi students perform exceptionally on standardized tests, they are active outside of the classroom, as well, with 56% of 7th-12th graders involved in an athletic program, and 29% of high schoolers participating in performing arts. 

Completing the list of Michigan’s five best school districts is Midland Public Schools, a ten-school district headquartered in the city of Midland. The district boasts a graduation rate of 95%.

Top School Districts in Michigan, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Northville Public SchoolsNorthville
2Lake Orion Community SchoolsLake Orion
3Hudsonville Public School DistrictHudsonville
4Novi Community School DistrictNovi
5Midland Public SchoolsMidland
6Bloomfield Hills SchoolsBloomfield Hills
7Brighton Area SchoolsBrighton
8Byron Center Public SchoolsByron Center
9Saline Area SchoolsSaline
10Clarkston Community School DistrictClarkston
11Spring Lake Public SchoolsSpring Lake
12East Grand Rapids Public SchoolsGrand Rapids
13St. Joseph Public SchoolsSaint Joseph
14Hartland Consolidated SchoolsHowell
15Zeeland Public SchoolsZeeland
16Okemos Public SchoolsOkemos
17Anchor Bay School DistrictCasco
18Jenison Public SchoolsJenison
19West Ottawa Public School DistrictHolland
20Berkley School DistrictOak Park
21Lakeview Public Schools (Macomb)Saint Clair Shores
22Grandville Public SchoolsGrandville
23Lowell Area SchoolsLowell
24Dewitt Public SchoolsDewitt
25Caledonia Community SchoolsCaledonia
26Dexter Community School DistrictDexter
27Howell Public SchoolsHowell
28West Bloomfield School DistrictWest Bloomfield
29Davison Community SchoolsDavison
30Grand Haven Area Public SchoolsGrand Haven
31Mattawan Consolidated SchoolMattawan
32Fraser Public SchoolsFraser
33Haslett Public SchoolsHaslett
34Marysville Public SchoolsMarysville
35Linden Community SchoolsLinden
36Oxford Community SchoolsOxford
37Grosse Ile Township SchoolsGrosse Ile
38Royal Oak SchoolsRoyal Oak
39Coopersville Area Public School DistrictCoopersville
40Romeo Community SchoolsRomeo
41East Lansing School DistrictEast Lansing
42Grand Ledge Public SchoolsGrand Ledge
43Chelsea School DistrictChelsea
44St. Johns Public SchoolsSaint Johns
45Lakeshore School District (Berrien)Stevensville
46Southfield Public School DistrictSouthfield
47Bedford Public SchoolsTemperance
48Public Schools Of PetoskeyPetoskey
49Bullock Creek School DistrictMidland
50East China School DistrictEast China
51Hamilton Community SchoolsHamilton
52Almont Community SchoolsAlmont
53Lapeer Community SchoolsLapeer
54Goodrich Area SchoolsGoodrich
55Williamston Community SchoolsWilliamston
56Greenville Public SchoolsGreenville
57Thornapple Kellogg School DistrictMiddleville
58Frankenmuth School DistrictFrankenmuth
59Houghton-Portage Township School DistrictHoughton
60Saugatuck Public SchoolsDouglas
61Holt Public SchoolsHolt
62Avondale School DistrictAuburn Hills
63Otsego Public SchoolsOtsego
64Mason Public Schools (Ingham)Mason
65Wayland Union SchoolsWayland
66Freeland Community School DistrictFreeland
67Lakeview Sch. District (Calhoun)Battle Creek
68Allendale Public SchoolsAllendale
69Glen Lake Community SchoolsMaple City
70Armada Area SchoolsArmada
71Kingsley Area SchoolsKingsley
72Trenton Public SchoolsTrenton
73Crestwood School DistrictDearborn Heights
74Bridgman Public SchoolsBridgman
75Cedar Springs Public SchoolsCedar Springs
76Mona Shores Public School DistrictNorton Shores
77Manchester Community SchoolsManchester
78New Lothrop Area Public SchoolsNew Lothrop
79Riverview Community School DistrictRiverview
80Sparta Area SchoolsSparta
81Ida Public School DistrictIda
82Lakewood Public SchoolsWoodland
83Yale Public SchoolsYale
84Blissfield Community SchoolsBlissfield
85Hopkins Public SchoolsHopkins
86Harbor Springs School DistrictHarbor Springs
87Allen Park Public SchoolsAllen Park
88Gull Lake Community SchoolsRichland
89Plainwell Community SchoolsPlainwell
90Lake Fenton Community SchoolsFenton
91Fowler Public SchoolsFowler
92Fowlerville Community SchoolsFowlerville
93Woodhaven-Brownstown School DistrictWoodhaven
94Kenowa Hills Public SchoolsGrand Rapids
95Flushing Community SchoolsFlushing
96Cass City Public SchoolsCass City
97Imlay City Community SchoolsImlay City
98West Branch-Rose City Area SchoolsWest Branch
99Pewamo-Westphalia Community SchoolsWestphalia
100Elk Rapids SchoolsElk Rapids

Methodology

The following variables contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, school funding per student, student to teacher ratio, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Math test, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Reading and Language test. Data from a total of 10,247 public school districts were used to compute a score for each school district. The following states were omitted due to lack of sufficient data: Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, and Virginia. Note that high schools in some states have their own independent districts.

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Top School Districts in Minnesota, 2021

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Minnesota’s public education system is stellar, characterized by low dropout rates, high test scores, and low student-to-teacher ratios. Minnesota’s high standard of education is reflected in its five best school districts. 

St. Michael-Albertville Schools is Minnesota’s best school district. Comprising one kindergarten, three elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools serving an enrollment of nearly 6,500, the high-performing district recently managed a remarkable graduation rate of over 99%

Minnesota’s 2nd best school system is Centennial School District, which is headquartered in the suburb of Circle Pines and consists of seven schools and a number of other facilities. Centennial teachers are highly qualified, with 78% holding a master’s degree, and the district has a graduation rate of 94.9%. 

Placing 3rd in the ranking is Farmington Area Public Schools, made up of five elementary schools, two middle schools, and a high school in the city of Farmington. The district’s students consistently test higher than the national average on the ACT and NWEA MAP tests. 

Hopkins Public Schools is the 4th best public school district in the state of Minnesota. HPS serves an enrollment of around 6,800 students hailing from the city of Hopkins and portions of surrounding communities. Students of Hopkins schools are in good hands, as 84% of the district’s teachers have a master’s degree or higher. 

Mahtomedi Public Schools completes the ranking of Minnesota’s top school districts. Comprising four schools in the small Washington County city of Mahtomedi, MPS maintains a standard of excellence which is reflected in the district’s students’ high ACT and AP exam test scores

Top School Districts in Minnesota, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1St. Michael-Albertville School DistAlbertville
2Centennial Public School DistrictCircle Pines
3Farmington Public School DistrictFarmington
4Hopkins Public School DistrictHopkins
5Mahtomedi Public School DistrictMahtomedi
6Orono Public School DistrictLong Lake
7Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Public SchBuffalo
8Sartell-St. Stephen School DistrictSartell
9Hastings Public School DistrictHastings
10Monticello Public School DistrictMonticello
11New Prague Area SchoolsNew Prague
12Delano Public School DistrictDelano
13Forest Lake Public School DistrictForest Lake
14Waconia Public School DistrictWaconia
15St. Louis Park Public School Dist.Saint Louis Park
16Northfield Public School DistrictNorthfield
17Westonka Public School DistrictMinnetrista
18Brainerd Public School DistrictBrainerd
19St. Anthony-New Brighton SchoolsSaint Anthony
20Alexandria Public School DistrictAlexandria
21Grand Rapids Public School DistrictGrand Rapids
22Big Lake Public School DistrictBig Lake
23Becker Public School DistrictBecker
24Cambridge-Isanti Public School DistCambridge
25Esko Public School DistrictEsko
26St. Francis Area SchoolsSaint Francis
27Byron Public School DistrictByron
28Chisago Lakes School DistrictLindstrom
29Sauk Rapids-Rice Public SchoolsSauk Rapids
30West St. Paul-Mendota Hts.-EaganMendota Heights
31Hutchinson Public School DistrictHutchinson
32Rocori Public School DistrictCold Spring
33Foley Public School DistrictFoley
34Inver Grove Heights SchoolsInver Grove Heights
35Virginia Public School DistrictVirginia
36Kasson-Mantorville School DistrictKasson
37Spring Lake Park Public SchoolsSpring Lake Park
38Hermantown Public School DistrictHermantown
39Greenway Public School DistrictColeraine
40Annandale Public School DistrictAnnandale
41Dassel-Cokato Public School Dist.Cokato
42Owatonna Public School DistrictOwatonna
43Princeton Public School DistrictPrinceton
44Moorhead Public School DistrictMoorhead
45Rockford Public School DistrictRockford
46Holdingford Public School DistrictHoldingford
47Morris Area Public SchoolsMorris
48New Ulm Public School DistrictNew Ulm
49Pine Island Public School Dist.Pine Island
50Watertown-Mayer Public School Dist.Watertown
51Pequot Lakes Public SchoolsPequot Lakes
52Barnesville Public School Dist.Barnesville
53Albany Public School DistrictAlbany
54Plainview-Elgin-MillvillePlainview
55Jordan Public School DistrictJordan
56New London-Spicer School DistrictNew London
57Osakis Public School DistrictOsakis
58Red Wing Public School DistrictRed Wing
59Stewartville Public School DistrictStewartville
60Maple Lake Public School DistrictMaple Lake
61Zumbrota-Mazeppa School DistrictMazeppa
62Luverne Public School DistrictLuverne
63Hibbing Public School DistrictHibbing
64North Branch Public SchoolsNorth Branch
65Fairmont Area School DistrictFairmont
66St. Charles Public School DistrictSaint Charles
67Melrose Public School DistrictMelrose
68Chatfield Public SchoolsChatfield
69Paynesville Public School DistrictPaynesville
70Cannon Falls Public School DistrictCannon Falls
71Litchfield Public School DistrictLitchfield
72Eden Valley-Watkins School DistrictEden Valley
73Dover-Eyota Public School DistrictEyota
74Belle Plaine Public School DistrictBelle Plaine
75Maple River School DistrictMapleton
76Bemidji Public School DistrictBemidji
77Rush City Public School DistrictRush City
78Battle Lake Public School DistrictBattle Lake
79Thief River Falls School DistrictThief River Falls
80Roseau Public School DistrictRoseau
81Proctor Public School DistrictProctor
82International Falls School DistrictInternational Falls
83Warroad Public School DistrictWarroad
84La Crescent-Hokah School DistrictLa Crescent
85Braham Public School DistrictBraham
86Howard Lake-Waverly-WinstedHoward Lake
87Murray County Central School Dist.Slayton
88Montevideo Public School DistrictMontevideo
89Mora Public School DistrictMora
90Dilworth-Glyndon-FeltonDilworth
91Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa School DistBelgrade
92Jackson County Central School Dist.Jackson
93Minnewaska School DistrictGlenwood
94Lake Superior Public School Dist.Two Harbors
95St. Peter Public School DistrictSaint Peter
96Crosby-Ironton Public School Dist.Crosby
97Kimball Public School DistrictKimball
98Caledonia Public School DistrictCaledonia
99Kenyon-Wanamingo School DistrictWanamingo
100Pierz Public School DistrictPierz

Methodology

The following variables contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, school funding per student, student to teacher ratio, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Math test, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Reading and Language test. Data from a total of 10,247 public school districts were used to compute a score for each school district. The following states were omitted due to lack of sufficient data: Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, and Virginia. Note that high schools in some states have their own independent districts.

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