Top School Districts in Indiana, 2021

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Compared to other states, Indiana’s public education isn’t the best, but it isn’t the worst, either. In fact, it’s somewhere near the middle. However, the state is home to a handful of truly excellent public school districts. Let’s take a closer look at the five best in the state. 

The best school district in Indiana is Zionsville Community Schools, which comprises five elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school located in the town of Zionsville. The high-performing district has many achievements to its name, including a 98.2% graduation rate in 2018, and 11 National Merit Finalists. 

Indiana’s 2nd best school district is Northwest Allen County Schools, a large district consisting of 10 schools serving an enrollment of over 7,800 students. NACS regularly accomplishes a graduation rate north of 95% and its students score above state and national averages in every subject.

You don’t have to travel far to hit Indiana’s 3rd best school district Southwest Allen County Schools, which comprises six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school in Aboite and Lafayette Townships. Like its neighboring district in the northwest, SACS consistently performs above state and national averages in assessment tests and its students boast a high rate of reading proficiency. 

Ranking 4th in Indiana is Plainfield Community School Corporation, comprising six schools and a host of other facilities in the town of Plainfield. PCSC schools have been recognized for their excellent performance of the years, most recently with its Van Buren Elementary winning a 2019 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award

Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools fills out the list of Indiana’s five best school districts. The district’s five schools are all AdvancED accredited and perform above state standards in academics. 

Top School Districts in Indiana, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Zionsville Community SchoolsZionsville
2Northwest Allen County SchoolsFort Wayne
3MSD Southwest Allen County SchoolsFort Wayne
4Plainfield Community School CorpPlainfield
5Greater Jasper Consolidated SchoolsJasper
6School Town of MunsterMunster
7Valparaiso Community SchoolsValparaiso
8Clark-Pleasant Community Sch CorpWhiteland
9Warsaw Community SchoolsWarsaw
10Tri-Creek School CorporationLowell
11Duneland School CorporationChesterton
12Portage Township SchoolsPortage
13School City Of HobartHobart
14South Madison Com Sch CorpPendleton
15West Lafayette Com School CorpWest Lafayette
16Sunman-Dearborn Com Sch CorpSt Leon
17Shelbyville Central SchoolsShelbyville
18North West Hendricks SchoolsLizton
19Mooresville Con School CorpMooresville
20Franklin Community School CorpFranklin
21Goshen Community SchoolsGoshen
22Hanover Community School CorpCedar Lake
23Mt Vernon Community School CorpFortville
24Danville Community School CorpDanville
25Merrillville Community School CorpMerrillville
26North Harrison Com School CorpRamsey
27Southern Hancock Co Com Sch CorpNew Palestine
28Laporte Community School CorpLaporte
29Dekalb Co Ctl United Sch DistWaterloo
30Frankton-Lapel Community SchoolsAnderson
31East Porter County School CorpKouts
32Greenwood Community Sch CorpGreenwood
33Lebanon Community School CorpLebanon
34Middlebury Community SchoolsMiddlebury
35Union Township School CorpValparaiso
36Greenfield-Central Com SchoolsGreenfield
37Western Boone Co Com Sch DistThorntown
38Anderson Community School CorpAnderson
39Western School CorporationRussiaville
40Southeast Dubois Co Sch CorpFerdinand
41Yorktown Community SchoolsYorktown
42Wa-Nee Community SchoolsNappanee
43Delaware Community School CorpMuncie
44Jay School CorporationPortland
45Kankakee Valley School CorpWheatfield
46Huntington Co Com Sch CorpWarren
47Perry Central Com Schools CorpLeopold
48Jennings County School CorporationNorth Vernon
49North Spencer County Sch CorpLincoln City
50South Harrison Com SchoolsCorydon
51Concord Community SchoolsElkhart
52Hamilton Heights School CorpArcadia
53M S D Decatur TownshipIndianapolis
54School Town Of HighlandHighland
55Northern Wells Community SchoolsOssian
56M S D Martinsville SchoolsMartinsville
57Seymour Community SchoolsSeymour
58South Montgomery Com Sch CorpNew Market
59Richland-Bean Blossom C S CEllettsville
60South Gibson School CorporationFort Branch
61Greensburg Community SchoolsGreensburg
62West Clark Community SchoolsSellersburg
63Clay Community SchoolsBrazil
64Barr-Reeve Community Schools IncMontgomery
65Fayette County School CorporationConnersville
66Manchester Community SchoolsN Manchester
67Westview School CorporationTopeka
68Whitley County Con SchoolsColumbia City
69Batesville Community School CorpBatesville
70Mill Creek Community Sch CorpClayton
71Michigan City Area SchoolsMichigan City
72South Knox School CorpVincennes
73Northwestern School CorpKokomo
74Centerville-Abington Com SchsCenterville
75Griffith Public SchoolsGriffith
76Brown County School CorporationNashville
77School City Of MishawakaMishawaka
78North Montgomery Com Sch CorpCrawfordsville
79Eastern Hancock Co Com Sch CorpCharlottesville
80South Ripley Com Sch CorpVersailles
81Adams Central Community SchoolsMonroe
82M S D North Posey Co SchoolsPoseyville
83Plymouth Community School CorpPlymouth
84Eastern Howard School CorporationGreentown
85John Glenn School CorporationWalkerton
86Lawrenceburg Community School CorpLawrenceburg
87Franklin County Community Sch CorpBrookville
88Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson UnitedTrafalgar
89Blackford County SchoolsHartford City
90Washington Community SchoolsWashington
91Monroe Central School CorpParker City
92Maconaquah School CorpBunker Hill
93Spencer-Owen Community SchoolsSpencer
94Northwestern Con School CorpFairland
95M S D Boone TownshipHebron
96East Noble School CorporationKendallville
97Rush County SchoolsRushville
98Tell City-Troy Twp School CorpTell City
99North Lawrence Com SchoolsBedford
100Porter Township School CorpValparaiso

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 Iowa, 2021

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Iowa is quite possibly the top Midwestern state in terms of public education. In 2019, the state’s high school graduation rate hit an all-time high of 91.4%, which is over six points higher than the national rate. Unsurprisingly, the Hawkeye State’s five best school districts perform remarkably well in all areas. 

Johnston Community School District is the best public school system in Iowa. Comprising five elementary schools, two middle schools, a high school, and a number of other facilities, JCSD is one of the largest districts in the state and has an enrollment of around 7,400 students. Despite its size, JCSD boasts a long tradition of academic excellence, boasting a 97% graduation rate and Math and RLA proficiency scores of 88% and 86%, respectively. 

Earning the #2 spot is Southeast Polk Community School District, serving an enrollment of 7,000 students in the Des Moines Metro area. The district’s 98% graduation rate is tied for the best in the state. 

Linn-Mar Community School District is the 3rd best in Iowa. Students at Linn-Mar’s seven elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school all perform above state and national levels in assessment tests, and seven became National Merit Scholar Semifinalists in 2018. 

#4 Ames Community School District is perhaps the most decorated public school district in Iowa state history. Throughout its history, Ames High School has produced 15 Presidential scholars, 23 straight State Science Olympiad Championships, and more athletic state championships than any other school in the state. 

Rounding out the list is Cedar Falls Schools, a large district comprising seven elementary schools, two junior high schools, and one high school. Every school in the district is among the highest-performing in the state, academically, and CFS was recognized by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council for advancing STEM education throughout the state. 

Top School Districts in Iowa, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Johnston Comm School DistrictJohnston
2Southeast Polk Comm School DistrictPleasant Hill
3Linn-Mar Comm School DistrictMarion
4Ames Comm School DistrictAmes
5Cedar Falls Comm School DistrictCedar Falls
6Bettendorf Comm School DistrictBettendorf
7Urbandale Comm School DistrictUrbandale
8Indianola Comm School DistrictIndianola
9Dallas Center-Grimes Comm School DistrictDallas Center
10Western Dubuque Comm School DistrictFarley
11College Comm School DistrictCedar Rapids
12Norwalk Comm School DistrictNorwalk
13Pella Comm School DistrictPella
14Glenwood Comm School DistrictGlenwood
15Winterset Comm School DistrictWinterset
16Le Mars Comm School DistrictLe Mars
17Decorah Community School DistrictDecorah
18North Scott Comm School DistrictEldridge
19Solon Comm School DistrictSolon
20Ballard Comm School DistrictHuxley
21Moc-Floyd Valley Comm School DistrictOrange City
22Clinton Comm School DistrictClinton
23Adel Desoto Minburn Comm School DistrictAdel
24Allamakee Comm School DistrictWaukon
25Lewis Central Comm School DistrictCouncil Bluffs
26Harlan Comm School DistrictHarlan
27Sergeant Bluff-Luton Comm School DistrictSergeant Bluff
28Independence Comm School DistrictIndependence
29Maquoketa Valley Comm School DistrictDelhi
30Northeast Comm School DistrictGoose Lake
31Treynor Comm School DistrictTreynor
32Carroll Comm School DistrictCarroll
33Williamsburg Comm School DistrictWilliamsburg
34Center Point-Urbana Comm School DistrictCenter Point
35Boone Comm School DistrictBoone
36West Delaware County Comm School DistrictManchester
37North Linn Comm School DistrictTroy Mills
38Underwood Comm School DistrictUnderwood
39Knoxville Comm School DistrictKnoxville
40Union Comm School DistrictLa Porte City
41North Fayette Valley Comm School DistrictWest Union
42Humboldt Comm School DistrictDakota City
43Marshalltown Comm School DistrictMarshalltown
44Albia Comm School DistrictAlbia
45Bondurant-Farrar Comm School DistrictBondurant
46Ottumwa Comm School DistrictOttumwa
47South Central Calhoun Comm School DistrictRockwell City
48St Ansgar Comm School DistrictSt Ansgar
49Hinton Comm School DistrictHinton
50Carlisle Comm School DistrictCarlisle
51Clear Lake Comm School DistrictClear Lake
52Algona Comm School DistrictAlgona
53Benton Comm School DistrictVan Horne
54Nevada Comm School DistrictNevada
55East Marshall Comm School DistrictGilman
56Lisbon Comm School DistrictLisbon
57Turkey Valley Comm School DistrictJackson Junction
58Roland-Story Comm School DistrictStory City
59Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Comm School DistrictMarcus
60Webster City Comm School DistrictWebster City
61Muscatine Comm School DistrictMuscatine
62Vinton-Shellsburg Comm School DistrictVinton
63Mount Vernon Comm School DistrictMount Vernon
64Twin Rivers Comm School DistrictBode
65Osage Comm School DistrictOsage
66Pcm Comm School DistrictMonroe
67Spirit Lake Comm School DistrictSpirit Lake
68Mason City Comm School DistrictMason City
69Waverly-Shell Rock Comm School DistrictWaverly
70Dike-New Hartford Comm School DistrictDike
71Grinnell-Newburg Comm School DistrictGrinnell
72Sumner-Fredericksburg Comm School DistrictSumner
73Oskaloosa Comm School DistrictOskaloosa
74Tipton Comm School DistrictTipton
75Central Springs Comm School DistrictManly
76Lawton-Bronson Comm School DistrictLawton
77Shenandoah Comm School DistrictShenandoah
78Atlantic Comm School DistrictAtlantic
79Spencer Comm School DistrictSpencer
80North Winneshiek Comm School DistrictDecorah
81West Central Valley Comm School DistrictStuart
82Mount Ayr Comm School DistrictMount Ayr
83Eastern Allamakee Comm School DistrictLansing
84West Lyon Comm School DistrictInwood
85Audubon Comm School DistrictAudubon
86Central Dewitt School DistrictDe Witt
87Forest City Comm School DistrictForest City
88Newton Comm School DistrictNewton
89Howard-Winneshiek Comm School DistrictCresco
90Pocahontas Area Comm School DistrictPocahontas
91South Hamilton Comm School DistrictJewell
92Van Meter Comm School DistrictVan Meter
93Ogden Comm School DistrictOgden
94Prairie Valley Comm School DistrictGowrie
95North Union Comm School DistrictArmstrong
96Bellevue Comm School DistrictBellevue
97Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Comm School DistrictClarion
98Fort Madison Comm School DistrictFort Madison
99Logan-Magnolia Comm School DistrictLogan
100Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Comm School DistrictGarner

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 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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