Top School Districts in Mississippi, 2021

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In many areas, Mississippi lags behind other states, and education is one of them. However, despite the state’s issues, there are a handful of public school districts in the Magnolia State that stack up nicely against the best in the nation. Here’s a look at Mississippi’s five best school districts. 

Ocean Springs School District is the best public school system in Mississippi. Consisting of six schools and an alternative education center in the coastal city of Ocean Springs, OCCD has a stellar track record: each of its schools has an “A” rating from the Mississippi Department of Education. The district’s students aren’t too shabby, either, with the Class of 2019 bringing in over $19 million in scholarship money.

Earning the #2 spot in the ranking is Clinton Public School District, comprising four elementary schools, one junior high, one ninth-grade school, and a high school in the city of Clinton in the Jackson metropolitan area. The district boasts an 86% graduation rate and 63% of its students are proficient in math. 

Mississippi's 3rd best school system is Oxford School District, a medium-sized district of six schools with a total enrollment of around 4,300.  OSD students earned Mississippi Academic Assessment Program scores which are among the highest-ranking in the state

Placing 4th is Biloxi Public School District, an “A” rated district serving students of the coastal city of Biloxi. BPSD schools have received a number of national and state awards honoring their excellent performance, including a National Blue Ribbon award for Biloxi High. 

Tupelo Public School District rounds out the list of Mississippi’s best school districts. The large district of fourteen schools serves an enrollment of nearly 7,000 students while maintaining a high standard of academic performance. TPSD’s graduation rate of 88% is above state and national averages, and over 50% of the district’s students are on the Honor Roll.  

Top School Districts in Mississippi, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Ocean Springs School DistOcean Springs
2Clinton Public School DistClinton
3Oxford School DistrictOxford
4Biloxi Public School DistBiloxi
5Tupelo Public School DistTupelo
6Gulfport School DistGulfport
7Petal School DistPetal
8Pascagoula-Gautier School DistrictPascagoula
9Lowndes Co School DistColumbus
10Pearl Public School DistrictPearl
11Lauderdale Co School DistMeridian
12Starkville- Oktibbeha Cons DistStarkville
13Long Beach School DistLong Beach
14Lee County School DistrictTupelo
15Union Co School DistNew Albany
16George Co School DistLucedale
17Hinds Co School DistRaymond
18Pearl River Co School DistCarriere
19Enterprise School DistEnterprise
20Grenada School DistGrenada
21Booneville School DistBooneville
22Neshoba County School DistrictPhiladelphia
23South Panola School DistrictBatesville
24Hancock Co School DistKiln
25Tishomingo Co Sp Mun Sch DistIuka
26Pass Christian Public School DistPass Christian
27Alcorn School DistCorinth
28Stone Co School DistWiggins
29Monroe Co School DistAmory
30Lincoln County School DistrictBrookhaven
31Lafayette Co School DistOxford
32Newton County School DistrictDecatur
33Scott Co School DistForest
34Itawamba County School DistFulton
35Webster Co School DistEupora
36Amory School DistAmory
37West Point Consolidated School DistWest Point
38New Albany Public SchoolsNew Albany
39Bay St Louis Waveland School DistBay St. Louis
40Pontotoc Co School DistPontotoc
41North Pike School DistSummit
42Smith Co School DistRaleigh
43Calhoun Co School DistPittsboro
44Prentiss Co School DistBooneville
45Pontotoc City SchoolsPontotoc
46Picayune School DistrictPicayune
47Columbia School DistrictColumbia
48Simpson Co School DistMendenhall
49Corinth School DistCorinth
50West Jasper Consolidated SchoolsBay Springs
51Greene County School DistrictLeakesville
52Poplarville Separate School DistPoplarville
53Union Public School DistUnion
54Kosciusko School DistrictKosciusko
55South Tippah School DistRipley
56Louisville Municipal School DistLouisville
57Baldwyn School DistrictBaldwyn
58Tate Co School DistColdwater
59Houston School DistHouston
60Cleveland School DistCleveland
61Tunica County School DistrictTunica
62Franklin Co School DistMeadville
63Claiborne Co School DistPort Gibson
64Copiah Co School DistHazlehurst
65Greenville Public SchoolsGreenville
66Senatobia Municipal School DistSenatobia
67North Tippah School DistTiplersville
68Meridian Public SchoolsMeridian
69Western Line School DistrictAvon
70Water Valley School DistrictWater Valley
71Natchez-Adams School DistrictNatchez
72Kemper Co School DistDekalb
73Lawrence Co School DistMonticello
74Wayne Co School DistWaynesboro
75Columbus Municipal School DistColumbus
76Marion Co School DistColumbia
77Covington County School DistrictCollins
78Marshall Co School DistHolly Springs
79Laurel School DistrictLaurel
80Hattiesburg Public School DistHattiesburg
81Sunflower Cty Cons School DistrictIndianola
82Holly Springs School DistHolly Springs
83Choctaw Co School DistAckerman
84Leake Co School DistCarthage
85Yazoo Co School DistYazoo City
86Nettleton School DistNettleton
87Forrest County Ag High SchoolBrooklyn
88East Jasper Consolidated Sch DistHeidelberg
89Canton Public School DistCanton
90Jefferson Davis Co School DistPrentiss
91Quitman Co School DistMarks
92Attala Co School DistKosciusko
93Forest Municipal School DistForest
94South Delta School DistrictRolling Fork
95Chickasaw Co School DistHoulka
96Benton Co School DistAshland
97Brookhaven School DistBrookhaven
98Walthall Co School DistTylertown
99Leflore Co School DistGreenwood
100Coahoma Early CollegeClarksdale

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 Missouri, 2021

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Compared to other states, Missouri is in the middle of the pack in terms of public education quality, earning a “C” grade in the 2019 Quality Counts report card. However, you wouldn’t know it by looking at the state’s five best school districts, all of which maintain a consistently high level of performance.

Missouri’s best school system is Kirkwood School District, which comprises five elementary schools, two middle schools, and a high school serving an enrollment of 5,700 students. Students of the district regularly earn test scores that are among the highest in the state while graduating at a rate of 99%. 

Lindbergh Schools earns the #2 spot in the ranking of Missouri’s best school districts. Lindbergh is a large district, with over 7,100 students attending one of eleven different campuses. The district’s schools have received a generous number of awards and achievements, including six National Ribbon School honors.

Placing 3rd in the ranking is Ladue School District, comprising seven schools and an early childhood center in the city of St. Louis. The ethnically diverse district regularly manages a graduation rate of over 90%

The School District of Clayton places 4th in the list of Missouri’s best school districts. Headquartered in Clayton, the district comprises six schools with an enrollment of around 2,800. A remarkable 21 Clayton High School students were named National Merit Scholars in 2020. 

Rounding out the list is Ozark School District, comprising seven schools in the city of Ozark. Students of the district consistently perform at a high academic level, which is seen in the 97.2% graduation rate, 22.6 average ACT score, and 53% of students that qualified for an A+ scholarship.  

Top School Districts in Missouri, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Kirkwood R-ViiKirkwood
2Lindbergh SchoolsSt Louis
3LadueSt Louis
4ClaytonClayton
5Ozark R-ViOzark
6Nixa Public SchoolsNixa
7Webster GrovesWebster Groves
8Troy R-IiiTroy
10Kearney R-IKearney
11Northwest R-IHouse Springs
12Raymore-Peculiar R-IiPeculiar
13Jackson R-IiJackson
14Pattonville R-IiiSt Ann
15Festus R-ViFestus
16Waynesville R-ViWaynesville
17Branson R-IvBranson
18Webb City R-ViiWebb City
19Willard R-IiWillard
20Republic R-IiiRepublic
21Grain Valley R-VGrain Valley
22Farmington R-ViiFarmington
23Sedalia 200Sedalia
24BrentwoodBrentwood
25Poplar Bluff R-IPoplar Bluff
26Fort Osage R-IIndependence
27Blair Oaks R-IiJefferson City
28Richland R-IEssex
29St. Charles R-ViSt Charles
30Hancock PlaceSt Louis
31Rolla 31Rolla
32Smithville R-IiSmithville
33WashingtonWashington
34Lebanon R-IiiLebanon
35Windsor C-1Imperial
36Maplewood-Richmond HeightsMaplewood
37Warrensburg R-ViWarrensburg
38Hillsboro R-IiiHillsboro
39Affton 101St Louis
40Pleasant Hill R-IiiPleasant Hill
41Orchard Farm R-VSaint Charles
42Camdenton R-IiiCamdenton
43Belton 124Belton
44Carthage R-IxCarthage
45Ste. Genevieve Co. R-IiSte Genevieve
46Mcdonald Co. R-IAnderson
47Hannibal 60Hannibal
48Warren Co. R-IiiWarrenton
49Carl Junction R-ICarl Junction
50Lawson R-XivLawson
51Marceline R-VMarceline
52Bolivar R-IBolivar
53Hickory Co. R-IUrbana
54Valley ParkValley Park
55West Platte Co. R-IiWeston
56School Of The OsageLake Ozark
57Meramec Valley R-IiiPacific
58Jefferson Co. R-ViiJefferson City
59Oak Grove R-ViOak Grove
60BaylessSt Louis
61Cole Camp R-ICole Camp
62West Plains R-ViiWest Plains
63RitenourSt Louis
64Desoto 73Desoto
65Carrollton R-ViiCarrollton
66Savannah R-IiiSavannah
67Central R-IiiPark Hills
68Neosho School DistrictNeosho
69Fair Grove R-XFair Grove
70Odessa R-ViiOdessa
71Hallsville R-IvHallsville
72Knob Noster R-ViiiKnob Noster
73Gasconade Co. R-IiOwensville
74Forsyth R-IiiForsyth
75Potosi R-IiiPotosi
76Arcadia Valley R-IiIronton
77Reeds Spring R-IvReeds Spring
78Strafford R-ViStrafford
79SullivanSullivan
80Maryville R-IiMaryville
81Cameron R-ICameron
82Marshfield R-IMarshfield
83Cape Girardeau 63Cape Girardeau
84East Buchanan Co. C-1Gower
85Mountain Grove R-IiiMountain Grove
86Kennett 39Kennett
87Harrisonville R-IxHarrisonville
88Chillicothe R-IiChillicothe
89Lathrop R-IiLathrop
90Palmyra R-IPalmyra
91Grandview C-4Grandview
92Osage Co. R-IiiWestphalia
93Kingston K-14Cadet
94Monett R-IMonett
95Hollister R-VHollister
96Clever R-VClever
97North St. Francois Co. R-IBonne Terre
98North Platte Co. R-IDearborn
99Kirksville R-IiiKirksville
100Aurora R-ViiiAurora

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 Montana, 2021

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Montana is in the running for the title of the most geographically dazzling state, with its towering peaks, thousands of snaking rivers, and diverse wildlife. However, the state is merely average in terms of public education, with math and reading proficiency rates around the 50% mark. 

Despite this, Montana is home to a number of high-performing, well-rounded school districts that balance academic achievement with vigorous athletic programs. Here’s a look at the state’s five best school districts, all of which are high school districts, as Montana separates them for statistical purposes.

Bozeman High School District is the best public school system in Montana. Consisting of Bozeman High School and school-within-a-school Bridger Charter Academy, the district has an above-average graduation rate and 71% of its students are college or career ready. 

Earning the 2nd spot in the ranking is Billings High School District, which comprises three high schools in the state’s largest city. The district places a focus on STEM education and its schools have flourishing athletics programs. 

Beaverhead County High School District places 3rd in the rankings. Consisting of a single high school in the small town of Dillon, Beaverhead students graduate at a rate over ten percentage points higher than the statewide rate. 

Montana’s 4th best school district is Missoula High School District, made up of four high schools in Missoula and Seeley Lake. The district’s students benefit from a favorable student-teacher ratio of 15.2.

Rounding out Montana’s top five is Park High School District, comprising a single high school in the town of Livingston, which lies just north of Yellowstone National Park. Students of Park High School are 60% proficient in reading & language arts, which is significantly higher than the statewide rate. 

Top School Districts in Montana, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Bozeman H SBozeman
2Billings H SBillings
3Beaverhead County H SDillon
4Missoula H SMissoula
5Park H SLivingston
6Hamilton K-12 SchoolsHamilton
7Libby K-12 SchoolsLibby
8Choteau H SChoteau
9Helena H SHelena
10Corvallis K-12 SchoolsCorvallis
11Flathead H SKalispell
12Big Sky School K-12Big Sky
13Powell County H SDeer Lodge
14Fairfield H SFairfield
15Highwood K-12Highwood
16Polson H SPolson
17Circle H SCircle
18Chinook H SChinook
19Manhattan High SchoolManhattan
20Frenchtown K-12 SchoolsFrenchtown
21Florence-Carlton K-12 SchlsFlorence
22Simms H SSimms
23Whitefish H SWhitefish
24Malta K-12 SchoolsMalta
25Sidney H SSidney
26Red Lodge H SRed Lodge
27Culbertson H SCulbertson
28Centerville H SSand Coulee
29Baker K-12 SchoolsBaker
30Great Falls H SGreat Falls
31Gardiner H SGardiner
32Plains K-12Plains
33Butte H SButte
34Noxon H SNoxon
35Sweet Grass County H SBig Timber
36Glasgow K-12 SchoolsGlasgow
37Lincoln County H SEureka
38Columbia Falls H SColumbia Falls
39Cut Bank H SCut Bank
40Belgrade H SBelgrade
41Bigfork H SBigfork
42Plentywood K-12 SchoolsPlentywood
43Joliet H SJoliet
44Harrison K-12 SchoolsHarrison
45Laurel H SLaurel
46Twin Bridges K-12 SchoolsTwin Bridges
47Melstone H SMelstone
48Huntley Project K-12 SchoolsWorden
49Scobey K-12 SchoolsScobey
50Townsend K-12 SchoolsTownsend
51Hobson K-12 SchoolsHobson
52Thompson Falls H SThompson Falls
53Stevensville H SStevensville
54Dawson H SGlendive
55Forsyth H SForsyth
56Conrad H SConrad
57Sunburst K-12 SchoolsSunburst
58Columbus H SColumbus
59Ennis K-12 SchoolsEnnis
60Custer County H SMiles City
61Shelby H SShelby
62Darby K-12 SchoolsDarby
63Fergus H SLewistown
64Troy H STroy
65Anaconda H SAnaconda
66Whitehall H SWhitehall
67Medicine Lake K-12 SchoolsMedicine Lake
68Shepherd H SShepherd
69Dutton/Brady K-12 SchoolsDutton
70Wibaux K-12 SchoolsWibaux
71Ronan H SRonan
72Superior K-12 SchoolsSuperior
73Jefferson H SBoulder
74Havre H SHavre
75White Sulphur Spgs K-12White Sulphur Springs
76Hot Springs K-12Hot Springs
77Fairview H SFairview
78Drummond H SDrummond
79Charlo H SCharlo
80Harlem H SHarlem
81Park City H SPark City
82Cascade H SCascade
83St Ignatius K-12 SchoolsSt Ignatius
84Stanford K-12 SchoolsStanford
85Belfry K-12 SchoolsBelfry
86Victor K-12 SchoolsVictor
87Arlee H SArlee
88Dodson K-12Dodson

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 Nebraska, 2021

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Nebraska has one of the best public school systems in the U.S., earning high graduation rates, solid average test scores, and high levels of proficiency in math and reading. The state’s five best school districts manage to outdo Nebraska’s already-high standard of academic achievement. 

The best school district in Nebraska is Gretna Public Schools, comprising five elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school in the city of Gretna. The district has long been one of the best in the state, regularly earning high test scores and graduation rates above 95%. What’s more, Gretna High School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School for its academic excellence. 

Placing 2nd in the state of Nebraska is Westside Community Schools, the 3rd largest school in the state consisting of 12 schools in the city of Omaha. Schools in the district have earned many honors, including a recent Blue Ribbon School award for Paddock Road Elementary School. 

Kearney Public Schools is the 3rd best school district in Nebraska, comprising thirteen schools in the idyllic city of Kearney. KPS’s 91% graduation rate bests state and national averages. 

Seward Public Schools earns the 4th spot. The modestly-sized district is made up of one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school.  SPS has received an “Excellent” rating by the Nebraska Department of Education for two straight years, and is one of just two districts in its class to do so.  

Filling out the list of Nebraska’s best school systems is Norris School District, which administers four schools serving an enrollment of around 2,400. The district is accredited by the Nebraska State Department of Education. 

Top School Districts in Nebraska, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Gretna Public SchoolsGretna
2Westside Community SchoolsOmaha
3Kearney Public SchoolsKearney
4Seward Public SchoolsSeward
5Norris School Dist 160Firth
6Bennington Public SchoolsBennington
7Norfolk Public SchoolsNorfolk
8Fort Calhoun Community SchsFort Calhoun
9Waverly School District 145Waverly
10Northwest Public SchoolsGrand Island
11Thayer Central Community SchsHebron
12York Public SchoolsYork
13Springfield Platteview Community SchoolsSpringfield
14North Bend Central Public SchsNorth Bend
15Sidney Public SchoolsSidney
16Aurora Public SchoolsAurora
17Mc Cook Public SchoolsMc Cook
18North Platte Public SchoolsNorth Platte
19Wayne Community SchoolsWayne
20David City Public SchoolsDavid City
21Blair Community SchoolsBlair
22Adams Central Public SchoolsHastings
23Ponca Public SchoolsPonca
24Malcolm Public SchoolsMalcolm
25Crofton Community SchoolsCrofton
26Diller-Odell Public SchoolsOdell
27Pierce Public SchoolsPierce
28Arlington Public SchoolsArlington
29Scottsbluff Public SchoolsScottsbluff
30Auburn Public SchoolsAuburn
31Milford Public SchoolsMilford
32Wahoo Public SchoolsWahoo
33West Holt Public SchoolsAtkinson
34Wisner-Pilger Public SchoolsWisner
35Ashland-Greenwood Public SchsAshland
36Holdrege Public SchoolsHoldrege
37Logan View Public SchoolsHooper
38Cross County Community SchoolsStromsburg
39So Sioux City Community SchsSo Sioux City
40Fremont Public SchoolsFremont
41Valentine Community SchoolsValentine
42Wood River Rural SchoolsWood River
43Columbus Public SchoolsColumbus
44Pender Public SchoolsPender
45Doniphan-Trumbull Public SchsDoniphan
46Battle Creek Public SchoolsBattle Creek
47Ord Public SchoolsOrd
48South Central Nebraska Unified 5Fairfield
49Centennial Public SchoolsUtica
50Falls City Public SchoolsFalls City
51Raymond Central Public SchoolsRaymond
52Chadron Public SchoolsChadron
53West Point Public SchoolsWest Point
54Boone Central SchoolsAlbion
55Mullen Public SchoolsMullen
56Louisville Public SchoolsLouisville
57Ralston Public SchoolsRalston
58St Paul Public SchoolsSt Paul
59Yutan Public SchoolsYutan
60Mitchell Public SchoolsMitchell
61Crete Public SchoolsCrete
62Osceola Public SchoolsOsceola
63Nebraska Unified District 1Orchard
64Minden Public SchoolsMinden
65Southern Valley SchoolsOxford
66Hastings Public SchoolsHastings
67Elmwood-Murdock Public SchoolsMurdock
68Centura Public SchoolsCairo
69Bloomfield Community SchoolsBloomfield
70Broken Bow Public SchoolsBroken Bow
71Lakeview Community SchoolsColumbus
72Lexington Public SchoolsLexington
73Palmyra District O R 1Palmyra
74Beatrice Public SchoolsBeatrice
75Douglas Co West Community SchsValley
76Sutton Public SchoolsSutton
77Kenesaw Public SchoolsKenesaw
78Johnson-Brock Public SchoolsJohnson
79Neligh-Oakdale SchoolsNeligh
80Stuart Public SchoolsStuart
81Heartland Community SchoolsHenderson
82Hershey Public SchoolsHershey
83Conestoga Public SchoolsMurray
84Amherst Public SchoolsAmherst
85Howells-Dodge Consolidated SchoolsHowells
86Humboldt Table Rock SteinauerHumboldt
87Perkins County SchoolsGrant
88Plattsmouth Community SchoolsPlattsmouth
89Wakefield Public SchoolsWakefield
90Cozad Community SchoolsCozad
91Central City Public SchoolsCentral City
92Ainsworth Community SchoolsAinsworth
93Ogallala Public SchoolsOgallala
94Wilber-Clatonia Public SchoolsWilber
95Plainview Public SchoolsPlainview
96Gothenburg Public SchoolsGothenburg
97Franklin Public SchoolsFranklin
98Fairbury Public SchoolsFairbury
99Chase County SchoolsImperial
100Osmond Community SchoolsOsmond

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 Nevada, 2021

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Nevada is one of the fastest-growing states in the nation. As a result, many of the state’s school districts are constantly in flux, restructuring and adding new schools in order to deal with the large number of newly arriving students. Because of this, many state school districts do not perform as well as they could. 

However, a number of Nevada school districts are characterized by high levels of achievement in academics and extracurricular activities. Here’s a look at the state’s five best school districts. 

The best school district in Nevada is Douglas County School District, comprising seven elementary schools, three middle schools, and three high schools with an enrollment of over 6,000. Students of the district graduate high school at a rate above state and national averages. 

Nye County School District is the 2nd best school district in Nevada. The expansive district consists of 15 schools and is headquartered in the town of Pahrump. NCSD is the largest district in the contiguous 48 states, geographically, serving a total area of 18,182 square miles

Earning Nevada’s #3 spot is Storey County School District, which is headquartered in Virginia City and comprises four schools. SCSD’s graduation rate of 90% is well above the Nevada state average. 

Humboldt County School District is the 4th best school system in Nevada. The district encompasses eleven schools with an enrollment of 3,500. HCSD schools have earned recognition as Distinguished Title I schools at both the state and national levels.

Rounding out the ranking of Nevada’s five best school districts is Lander County School District, which is headquartered in Battle Mountain and comprises four schools. The district’s Battle Mountain High School regularly achieves a graduation rate of above 95%.

Top School Districts in Nevada, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Douglas County School DistrictMinden
2Nye County School DistrictTon0Pah
3Storey County School DistrictVirginia City
4Humboldt County School DistrictWinnemucca
5Lander County School DistrictBattle Mountain
6Churchill County School DistrictFallon
7Pershing County School DistrictLovelock
8Lincoln County School DistrictPanaca
9Mineral County School DistrictHawthorne

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 New Hampshire, 2021

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New Hampshire is one of the 13 colonies that signed the Declaration of Independence and helped bring the United States into existence. Despite its small size and population, New Hampshire has delivered larger than life comedic personalities including Adam Sandler, Seth Meyers, and Sarah Silverman.

Dresden School District is an historic district in an historic state. This district is the nation’s first interstate district, serving both students in Hanover, NH as well as those in Norwich, VT. Students in this district can immerse themselves in America’s rich history through a partnership with The Norwich Historical Society.

Second on the list is Sunapee School District located in the town of Sunapee and surrounding area. This district is proud to claim a 95% graduation rate, well above the state average. Students also outperform both state and national averages when it comes to SAT scores.

Portsmouth School District in Rockingham County takes 3rd on the list. With an emphasis on academic excellence, this district has been able to achieve manageable class sizes averaging just 18.8 students with an impressive 11 to 1 student to teacher ratio. The recent graduating class saw a 97% graduation rate with over 80% of graduates attending college.

In 4th place is Oyster River Cooperative School District, serving the communities of Durham, Lee, and Madbury. This district exceeds state and national SAT score averages in all categories and maintains reasonably small class sizes for students to engage with teachers more effectively.

Finally, rounding out the list is Bedford School District. Located in Hillsborough County, Bedford School District emphasizes technology, with 1-to-1 iPad distribution amongst students. All students and teachers are provided with iPads to better enable learning, development, and collaboration.

Top School Districts in New Hampshire, 2019

RankSchool DistrictCountyCityState
1Dresden School DistrictGrafton CountyHanoverNew Hampshire
2Sunapee School DistrictSullivan CountySunapeeNew Hampshire
3Portsmouth School DistrictRockingham CountyPortsmouthNew Hampshire
4Oyster River Coop School DistrictStrafford CountyDurhamNew Hampshire
5Bedford School DistrictHillsborough CountyBedfordNew Hampshire
6Souhegan Cooperative School DistrictHillsborough CountyAmherstNew Hampshire
7Lebanon School DistrictGrafton CountyWest LebanonNew Hampshire
8Windham School DistrictRockingham CountyWindhamNew Hampshire
9Moultonborough School DistrictCarroll CountyMoultonboroughNew Hampshire
10Bow School DistrictMerrimack CountyBowNew Hampshire
11Hopkinton School DistrictMerrimack CountyContoocookNew Hampshire
12Hollis/Brookline Coop School DistrictHillsborough CountyHollisNew Hampshire
13Winnacunnet Coop School DistrictRockingham CountyHamptonNew Hampshire
14Gilford School DistrictBelknap CountyGilfordNew Hampshire
15Rivendell Interstate School DistrictGrafton CountyOrfordNew Hampshire
16Kearsarge Regional School DistrictMerrimack CountyNew LondonNew Hampshire
17Salem School DistrictRockingham CountySalemNew Hampshire
18Keene School DistrictCheshire CountyKeeneNew Hampshire
19Exeter Region Coop School DistrictRockingham CountyExeterNew Hampshire
20Timberlane Regional School DistrictRockingham CountyPlaistowNew Hampshire
21Profile School DistrictGrafton CountyLittletonNew Hampshire
22Litchfield School DistrictHillsborough CountyLitchfieldNew Hampshire
23Inter-lakes School DistrictBelknap CountyMeredithNew Hampshire
24Pemi-baker Regional School DistrictGrafton CountyPlymouthNew Hampshire
25Conway School DistrictCarroll CountyConwayNew Hampshire

Methodology

The following contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, teacher quality, school funding, student to teacher ratio, standardized test results (reading and math; the percentage of students scoring at or above state proficiency level). Data from a total of 10,728 school districts had sufficient values for the variables above.

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Top School Districts in New Jersey, 2021

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New Jersey has courted controversy in the five years since the implementation of a new computerized statewide assessment test that is more difficult than the preceding test and has resulted in lower scores across the board. Despite the PARCC exam issue, many districts in the state have continued to flourish through high academic performance and vigorous athletic programs. Let’s take a look at the five best school districts in the Garden State. 

The best school district in New Jersey is Ridgewood Public Schools, made up of ten schools in the affluent village of Ridgewood. Students in the district graduate at a rate of 97% and RCS produced 10 National Merit Semifinalists in 2019.  

Livingston Public Schools is the 2nd best public school system in the state of New Jersey. The district consists of nine schools in the township of Livingston. LPS students demonstrate a high level of proficiency in math and RLA, and the district has produced its share of National Merit Semifinalists.

Earning the 3rd spot is Millburn Township Public Schools, a nationally-renowned district of eight schools serving around 5,000 students. A remarkable 99% of graduating Millburn High School seniors enroll in four-year colleges. 

Westfield Public Schools is the 4th best school district in the state of New Jersey. The district consists of 10 schools serving an enrollment of 6,214. Students of the district not only excel in academics but are highly active outside of the classroom: 80% of Westfield High School students participate in co-curricular activities. 

New Jersey’s 5th best school system is Bernards Township School District, which encompasses four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.  Over half of the district’s graduating seniors go on to attend “highly competitive” colleges.

Top School Districts in New Jersey, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Ridgewood Public School DistrictRidgewood
2Livingston Board Of Education School DistrictLivingston
3Millburn Township School DistrictMillburn
4Westfield Public School DistrictWestfield
5Bernards Township School DistrictBasking Ridge
6Hillsborough Township Public School DistrictHillsborough
7Parsippany-Troy Hills Township School DistrictParsippany
8Tenafly Public School DistrictTenafly
9Monroe Township School DistrictMonroe Township
10School District Of The ChathamsChatham
11Montgomery Township School DistrictSkillman
12Princeton Public SchoolsPrinceton
13Fair Lawn Public School DistrictFair Lawn
14Scotch Plains-Fanwood School DistrictScotch Plains
15Summit Public School DistrictSummit
16Mount Olive Township School DistrictFlanders
17Hopewell Valley Regional School DistrictPennington
18Holmdel Township School DistrictHolmdel
19South Orange-Maplewood School DistrictMaplewood
20Madison Public School DistrictMadison
21Randolph Township School DistrictRandolph
22Moorestown Township Public School DistrictMoorestown
23Mahwah Township Public School DistrictMahwah
24Montville Township School DistrictMontville
25Montclair Public School DistrictMontclair
26Fort Lee School DistrictFort Lee
27Sparta Township Public School DistrictSparta
28Ramsey School DistrictRamsey
29Piscataway Township School DistrictPiscataway
30West Morris Regional High School DistrictChester
31Glen Rock Public School DistrictGlen Rock
32Glen Ridge Public School DistrictGlen Ridge
33New Providence School DistrictNew Providence
34Lenape Regional High School DistrictShamong
35Egg Harbor Township School DistrictEgg Harbor Township
36Kinnelon School DistrictKinnelon
37Washington Township School DistrictSewell
38Berkeley Heights School DistrictBerkeley Heights
39Haddonfield School DistrictHaddonfield
40North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School DistrictAnnandale
41River Dell Regional School DistrictRiver Edge
42Hunterdon Central Regional High School DistrictFlemington
43Northern Highlands Regional High School DistrictAllendale
44Cranford Public School DistrictCranford
45Township Of Union School DistrictUnion
46Pequannock Township School DistrictPompton Plains
47Bergenfield Borough School DistrictBergenfield
48Cresskill Public School DistrictCresskill
49Lodi School DistrictLodi
50Robbinsville Public SchoolsRobbinsville
51Westwood Regional School DistrictTownship Of Washington
52Dumont Public School DistrictDumont
53Somerset Hills Regional School DistrictBernardsville
54Nutley Public School DistrictNutley
55East Windsor Regional School DistrictHightstown
56Wall Township Public School DistrictWall
57Metuchen Public School DistrictMetuchen
58Morris School DistrictMorristown
59Franklin Township Public SchoolsSomerset
60West Essex Regional School DistrictNorth Caldwell
61Vernon Township School DistrictVernon
62Lawrence Township Public School DistrictLawrenceville
63Hanover Park Regional High School DistrictEast Hanover
64Hackensack School DistrictHackensack
65Bloomfield Township School DistrictBloomfield
66Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School DistrictAberdeen
67Verona Public School DistrictVerona
68Upper Freehold Regional School DistrictAllentown
69Roxbury Township School DistrictSuccasunna
70New Milford Public School DistrictNew Milford
71Hasbrouck Heights School DistrictHasbrouck Heights
72Township Of Ocean School DistrictOakhurst
73Pompton Lakes School DistrictPompton Lakes
74Sayreville School DistrictSayreville
75Caldwell-West Caldwell School DistrictWest Caldwell
76West Milford Township Public School DistrictWest Milford
77Kingsway Regional School DistrictWoolwich Twp.
78Clearview Regional High School DistrictMullica Hill
79Point Pleasant Beach School DistrictPoint Pleasant Beach
80Northern Burlington County Regional School DistrictColumbus
81Ocean City School DistrictOcean City
82Cinnaminson Township Public SchoolsCinnaminson
83South Plainfield School DistrictSouth Plainfield
84Waldwick School DistrictWaldwick
85Rutherford School DistrictRutherford
86Southern Regional School DistrictManahawkin
87Springfield Public School DistrictSpringfield
88Burlington Township School DistrictBurlington
89Monroe Township Public School DistrictWilliamstown
90Hazlet Township Public School DistrictHazlet
91Point Pleasant Borough School DistrictPoint Pleasant
92Jefferson Township Public School DistrictLake Hopatcong
93Leonia Public School DistrictLeonia
94Secaucus School DistrictSecaucus
95Emerson Public School DistrictEmerson
96Watchung Hills Regional High School DistrictWarren
97KearnyKearny
98Spotswood Public School DistrictSpotswood
99Clark Township Public School DistrictClark
100Deptford Township Public School DistrictDeptford

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 New Mexico, 2021

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New Mexico is a popular tourist destination for those seeking the truth about extraterrestrial life. It’s also home to several out-of-this-world school districts that are teaching students to reach for the stars and achieve their dreams.

At the top of the list is Albuquerque Public Schools in New Mexico’s largest city. This large school district performs above the state average in standardized testing at all grade levels. This district is also home to both the girl’s and boy’s state basketball championship teams.

Los Alamos Public Schools in Los Alamos County rank next on the list. This district reports math, science, and reading proficiency levels that well outpace the state average. Graduation rates are also above 90% in Los Alamos Public Schools.

In 3rd rank is Cloudcroft Municipal Schools in Otero County. This expansive district covers a wide area full of natural beauty and is home to the Bears athletics programs.

4th place goes to Dora Municipal Schools in Roosevelt County. Dora schools have regularly earned “A” ratings from the department of education and Dora Elementary is a National Blue Ribbon School.

Rounding out the top 5 rankings is Las Cruces Public Schools. This unique district has seen students perform at Carnegie Hall, a prestigious appearance to be sure.

Top School Districts in New Mexico, 2019

RankSchool DistrictCountyCityState
1Albuquerque Public SchoolsBernalillo CountyAlbuquerqueNew Mexico
2Los Alamos Public SchoolsLos Alamos CountyLos AlamosNew Mexico
3Cloudcroft Municipal SchoolsOtero CountyCloudcroftNew Mexico
4Dora Municipal SchoolsRoosevelt CountyDoraNew Mexico
5Las Cruces Public SchoolsDoña Ana CountyLas CrucesNew Mexico
6Rio Rancho Public SchoolsSandoval CountyRio RanchoNew Mexico
7Gadsden Independent SchoolsDoña Ana CountyAnthonyNew Mexico
8Tatum Municipal SchoolsLea CountyTatumNew Mexico
9Artesia Public SchoolsEddy CountyArtesiaNew Mexico
10Capitan Municipal SchoolsLincoln CountyCapitanNew Mexico
11Hobbs Municipal SchoolsLea CountyHobbsNew Mexico
12Silver Consolidated SchoolsGrant CountySilver CityNew Mexico
13Mora Independent SchoolsMora CountyMoraNew Mexico
14Estancia Municipal SchoolsTorrance CountyEstanciaNew Mexico
15Fort Sumner Municipal SchoolsDe Baca CountyFort SumnerNew Mexico
16Clovis Municipal SchoolsCurry CountyClovisNew Mexico
17Cobre Consolidated SchoolsGrant CountyBayardNew Mexico
18Lordsburg Municipal SchoolsHidalgo CountyLordsburgNew Mexico
19T Or C Municipal SchoolsSierra CountyT Or CNew Mexico
20Cimarron Municipal SchoolsColfax CountyCimarronNew Mexico
21Farmington Municipal SchoolsSan Juan CountyFarmingtonNew Mexico
22Los Lunas Public SchoolsValencia CountyLos LunasNew Mexico
23Santa Fe Public SchoolsSanta Fe CountySanta FeNew Mexico
24Lovington Municipal SchoolsLea CountyLovingtonNew Mexico
25Loving Municipal SchoolsEddy CountyLovingNew Mexico

Methodology

The following contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, teacher quality, school funding, student to teacher ratio, standardized test results (reading and math; the percentage of students scoring at or above state proficiency level). Data from a total of 10,728 school districts had sufficient values for the variables above.

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