Top School Districts in New York, 2021

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Overall, public education in New York state is about average: the state’s 2019 high school graduation rate is slightly below the national rate. Nevertheless, there are quite a few school districts in the state that perform remarkably well, academically, and stack up against the best in the nation. Let’s take a closer look at New York’s five best school districts. 

Mamaroneck Union Free School District is the best school district in New York state. The district comprises four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school serving around 5,300 students from the village of Mamaroneck and two other Westchester County communities. MSD elementary students are remarkably proficient in reading, with 77% of the district reading at or above the benchmark. 

Pittsford Central School District earns New York’s #2 spot. The district consists of nine school buildings serving an enrollment of about 5,700 students hailing from several Monroe County municipalities. Schools in the district have received numerous accolades, including 2018-2019 NYSED Recognition School honors for Pittsford Mendon High School and Pittsford Sutherland High School. 

The 3rd best school district in New York is Valley Stream Central High School District, one of just three state public school districts to exclusively cover grades 7-12. Valley Stream has excellent schools, and the numbers back it up: the district has a 95% graduation rate and its students are 80% proficient in math.

Monroe-Woodbury Central School District places 4th in the ranking of New York School Districts. N-W consists of seven school buildings serving around 6,700 students and has earned state accolades for its academic and athletic achievements.

Rye City School District closes out the ranking of the best New York school districts. The district’s accredited high school is one of the best in the state, offering a full range of AP courses and many extracurricular programs. It’s no surprise that 95% of graduates go on to attend university or college. 

Top School Districts in New York, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Mamaroneck Union Free School DistrictMamaroneck
2Pittsford Central School DistrictPittsford
3Valley Stream Central High School DistrictValley Stream
4Monroe-Woodbury Central School DistrictCentral Valley
5Rye City School DistrictRye
6Bethlehem Central School DistrictDelmar
7Harborfields Central School DistrictGreenlawn
8Pelham Union Free School DistrictPelham
9Fayetteville-Manlius Central School DistrictManlius
10Penfield Central School DistrictPenfield
11Fairport Central School DistrictFairport
12Saratoga Springs City SdSaratoga Springs
13Mount Sinai Union Free School DistrictMount Sinai
14Warwick Valley Central School DistrictWarwick
15West Seneca Central School DistrictWest Seneca
16Lancaster Central School DistrictLancaster
17Clarence Central School DistrictClarence
18North Colonie CsdLatham
19Cornwall Central School DistrictCornwall On Hudson
20Hicksville Union Free School DistrictHicksville
21Niskayuna Central School DistrictSchenectady
22Rye Neck Union Free School DistrictMamaroneck
23East Greenbush Central School DistrictEast Greenbush
24Ithaca City School DistrictIthaca
25North Babylon Union Free School DistrictNorth Babylon
26Guilderland Central School DistrictGuilderland Center
27Brighton Central School DistrictRochester
28Deer Park Union Free School DistrictDeer Park
29Orchard Park Central School DistrictWest Seneca
30Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School DistrictBurnt Hills
31Rush-Henrietta Central School DistrictHenrietta
32Uniondale Union Free School DistrictUniondale
33West Irondequoit Central School DistrictRochester
34Liverpool Central School DistrictLiverpool
35Kenmore-Tonawanda Union Free School DistrictBuffalo
36New Hartford Central School DistrictNew Hartford
37Brookhaven-Comsewogue Union Free School DistrictPort Jefferson Station
38Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School DistrictHoneoye Falls
39Skaneateles Central School DistrictSkaneateles
40Frontier Central School DistrictHamburg
41Churchville-Chili Central School DistrictChurchville
42Starpoint Central School DistrictLockport
43Jamesville-Dewitt Central School DistrictDewitt
44Baldwinsville Central School DistrictBaldwinsville
45Hilton Central School DistrictHilton
46Victor Central School DistrictVictor
47Copiague Union Free School DistrictCopiague
48Whitesboro Central School DistrictWhitesboro
49Hamburg Central School DistrictHamburg
50Ballston Spa Central School DistrictBallston Spa
51Iroquois Central School DistrictElma
52Freeport Union Free School DistrictFreeport
53Niagara-Wheatfield Central School DistrictSanborn
54Spencerport Central School DistrictSpencerport
55East Aurora Union Free School DistrictEast Aurora
56Pine Bush Central School DistrictPine Bush
57Vestal Central School DistrictVestal
58Averill Park Central School DistrictAverill Park
59Voorheesville Central School DistrictVoorheesville
60Washingtonville Central School DistrictWashingtonville
61Amherst Central School DistrictAmherst
62Minisink Valley Central School DistrictSlate Hill
63South Colonie Central School DistrictAlbany
64Lewiston-Porter Central School DistrictYoungstown
65Valley Central School District (Montgomery)Montgomery
66Middletown City School DistrictMiddletown
67Goshen Central School DistrictGoshen
68West Genesee Central School DistrictCamillus
69Grand Island Central School DistrictGrand Island
70Alden Central School DistrictAlden
71Brockport Central School DistrictBrockport
72Clinton Central School DistrictClinton
73Canandaigua City School DistrictCanandaigua
74Sweet Home Central School DistrictAmherst
75Schalmont Central School DistrictSchenectady
76Maine-Endwell Central School DistrictEndwell
77Westhill Central School DistrictSyracuse
78Corning City School DistrictPainted Post
79Westbury Union Free School DistrictOld Westbury
80Schuylerville Central School DistrictSchuylerville
81Wallkill Central School DistrictWallkill
82Queensbury Union Free School DistrictQueensbury
83Horseheads Central School DistrictHorseheads
84Gates-Chili Central School DistrictRochester
85Highland Central School DistrictHighland
86Indian River Central School DistrictPhiladelphia
87Beacon City School DistrictBeacon
88Cazenovia Central School DistrictCazenovia
89Marcellus Central School DistrictMarcellus
90Hampton Bays Union Free School DistrictHampton Bays
91Eden Central School DistrictEden
92Lockport City School DistrictLockport
93Westmoreland Central School DistrictWestmoreland
94Newfane Central School DistrictNewfane
95Central Square Central School DistrictCentral Square
96Akron Central School DistrictAkron
97Chenango Forks Central School DistrictBinghamton
98Holland Patent Central School DistrictHolland Patent
99Port Chester-Rye Union Free School DistrictPort Chester
100Union-Endicott Central School DistrictEndicott

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 North Carolina, 2021

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Educators in North Carolina recently received the disappointing news that the Read To Achieve program, which was launched in 2012 aimed at getting more young children to read, had not yielded positive results. In fact, proficiency scores were worse in 2019 than in 2011 before the program had begun. 

However, despite the overall decline in test scores, there are a number of high-performing school districts in North Carolina that have steadily improved in this time period. Let’s take a look at the five best school districts in North Carolina.

Mooresville Graded School District is the best school district in North Carolina. The district encompasses three elementary schools, two intermediate schools, one middle school, and one high school with a total enrollment of 6,100. MGSD is one of the best districts in the state for academics, ranking in the top ten in ten North Carolina School Report Card subject areas, and its athletics program is first-class, as well. 

Earning the #2 spot in North Carolina is Orange County Schools, a district headquartered in Hillsborough and consisting of 13 schools. The ethnically-diverse school district boasts a graduation rate well above the state and national averages. 

3rd place belongs to Haywood County Schools, a large accredited district of fifteen schools serving 7,124 students. HCS has many achievements to its name, including a high average ACT score and National Blue Ribbon School honors for Haywood Early College High School. 

The 4th best school district in North Carolina is Dare County Schools, comprising 11 schools with a total enrollment near 5,000. With all schools meeting or exceeding growth each year and the district managing a 95% graduation rate, DCS outperforms state standards in every metric.  

Rounding out North Carolina’s top five school districts is Watauga County Schools, which is headquartered in Boone and consists of nine schools. WCS is a state leader in innovation, with its high school being the first in the state to offer a 1:1 laptop program to its students. 

Top School Districts in North Carolina, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Mooresville Graded School DistrictMooresville
2Orange County SchoolsHillsborough
3Haywood County SchoolsWaynesville
4Dare County SchoolsNags Head
5Watauga County SchoolsBoone
6Davie County SchoolsMocksville
7Granville County SchoolsOxford
8Asheville City SchoolsAsheville
9Yadkin County SchoolsYadkinville
10Stokes County SchoolsDanbury
11Newton Conover City SchoolsNewton
12Alexander County SchoolsTaylorsville
13Macon County SchoolsFranklin
14Currituck County SchoolsCurrituck
15Beaufort County SchoolsWashington
16Mcdowell County SchoolsMarion
17Ashe County SchoolsJefferson
18Richmond County SchoolsHamlet
19Columbus County SchoolsWhiteville
20Asheboro City SchoolsAsheboro
21Cherokee County SchoolsMurphy
22Polk County SchoolsColumbus
23Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public SchoolsElizabeth City
24Avery County SchoolsNewland
25Hickory City SchoolsHickory
26Elkin City SchoolsElkin
27Montgomery County SchoolsTroy
28Scotland County SchoolsLaurinburg
29Jones County SchoolsTrenton
30Transylvania County SchoolsBrevard
31Yancey County SchoolsBurnsville
32Vance County SchoolsHenderson
33Jackson County Public SchoolsSylva
34Kannapolis City SchoolsKannapolis
35Bladen County SchoolsElizabethtown
36Camden County SchoolsCamden
37Perquimans County SchoolsHertford
38Madison County SchoolsMarshall
39Clinton City SchoolsClinton
40Person County SchoolsRoxboro
41Greene County SchoolsSnow Hill
42Whiteville City SchoolsWhiteville
43Edgecombe County Public SchoolsTarboro
44Mitchell County SchoolsBakersville
45Mount Airy City SchoolsMount Airy
46Bertie County SchoolsWindsor
47Roanoke Rapids City SchoolsRoanoke Rapids
48Pamlico County SchoolsBayboro
49Swain County SchoolsBryson City
50Graham County SchoolsRobbinsville
51Edenton-Chowan SchoolsEdenton
52Gates County SchoolsGatesville
53Hyde County SchoolsSwan Quarter
54Anson County SchoolsWadesboro
55Alleghany County SchoolsSparta
56Lexington City SchoolsLexington
57Clay County SchoolsHayesville
58Martin County SchoolsWilliamston
59Hertford County SchoolsWinton
60Tyrrell County SchoolsColumbia
61Caswell County SchoolsYanceyville
62Washington County SchoolsPlymouth
63Weldon City SchoolsWeldon
64Warren County SchoolsWarrenton
65Thomasville City SchoolsThomasville
66Halifax County SchoolsHalifax
67Northampton County SchoolsJackson

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 North Dakota, 2021

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In the area of public education, North Dakota fares well compared to other states, earning the 4th highest ACT scores in the U.S. in 2018. While overall the state’s schools are doing well, a handful of school districts truly distinguish themselves through high academic performance and great extracurricular programs. Here’s a closer look at the five best school districts in North Dakota. 

The best school district in North Dakota is Minot Public Schools, a large district of twelve elementary schools, three middle schools and a three-campus high school. MPS has a graduation rate above state and national averages. 

Grand Forks Public Schools is the 2nd best school district in North Dakota. The large district consists of the Grand Forks and Grand Forks Air Force Base school districts working in unison. Together, they employ 1,600 total people and serve 7,600 students across 18 schools. Despite its large size, the district sets a high standard for teachers, with 65% having a master’s degree or above

Placing 3rd in the ranking is Dickinson Public Schools, consisting of six elementary schools, one middle school, and two high schools. Students in the district demonstrate above-average proficiency rates in ELA and math and graduate at a rate of 92.9%.

Lewis and Clark Public School District earns the 4th spot on the list. The small district is headquartered in the city of Plaza and comprises two schools serving a total enrollment of around 400 students.  LCSD students benefit from a favorable student-teacher ratio and an above-average number of students are proficient in math and reading. 

Completing the list is Kindred Public School District #2, another small district of one high school and one elementary school. In 2017, Kindred Elementary School won a National Blue Ribbon School Award

Top School Districts in North Dakota, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Minot 1Minot
2Grand Forks 1Grand Forks
3Dickinson 1Dickinson
4Lewis And Clark 161Berthold
5Kindred 2Kindred
6Williston 1Williston
7Carrington 49Carrington
8Mckenzie Co 1Watford City
9Valley City 2Valley City
10Jamestown 1Jamestown
11Park River Area 8Park River
12Northern Cass 97Hunter
13Mandan 1Mandan
14Rugby 5Rugby
15New Rockford-Sheyenne 2New Rockford
16Stanley 2Stanley
17Bottineau 1Bottineau
18Devils Lake 1Devils Lake
19Central Valley 3Buxton
20Maple Valley 4Tower City
21Central Cass 17Casselton
22North Border 100Walhalla
23Lisbon 19Lisbon
24Hazen 3Hazen
25Ellendale 40Ellendale
26Larimore 44Larimore
27Oakes 41Oakes
28Beulah 27Beulah
29Flasher 39Flasher
30Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 1Mohall
31Barnes County North 7Wimbledon
32Wishek 19Wishek
33Linton 36Linton
34Underwood 8Underwood
35Thompson 61Thompson
36United 7Des Lacs
37Hillsboro 9Hillsboro
38Wilton 1Wilton
39Lamoure 8Lamoure
40May-Port Cg 14Mayville
41Velva 1Velva
42Garrison 51Garrison
43Tioga 15Tioga
44Hettinger 13Hettinger
45Griggs County Central 18Cooperstown
46Cavalier 6Cavalier
47Wahpeton 37Wahpeton
48North Star 10Cando
49Kenmare 28Kenmare
50New Salem-Almont 49New Salem
51South Heart 9South Heart
52Kidder County 1Steele
53Munich 19Munich
54Washburn 4Washburn
55Langdon Area 23Langdon
56Valley-Edinburg 118Crystal
57Beach 3Beach
58Ashley 9Ashley
59Richardton-Taylor 34Richardton
60Napoleon 2Napoleon
61Killdeer 16Killdeer
62Drayton 19Drayton
63Richland 44Colfax
64Harvey 38Harvey
65Drake 57Drake
66Mott-Regent 1Mott
67Mt Pleasant 4Rolla
68Medina 3Medina
69Tgu 60Towner
70Glenburn 26Glenburn
71Center-Stanton 1Center
72Bowman Co 1Bowman
73Enderlin Area 24Enderlin
74St John 3Saint John
75Minto 20Minto
76Surrey 41Surrey
77New Town 1New Town
78Grafton 3Grafton

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 Ohio, 2021

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Many believe Ohio’s education system is stagnant: the state has earned a “C” grade in the annual Quality Counts report card for a number of consecutive years. However, despite the state’s mediocre overall grade, over 100 Ohio school districts logged graduation rates of over 90% in the most recent year, and those at the top are some of the best in the nation. Here’s more information about the five best school districts in Ohio.

Jackson Local School District is the best public school system in Ohio. The district serves an enrollment of 5,800 and has earned a rating of “Excellent” from the Ohio Department of Education for 16 straight years. What’s more, two of its schools have been recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools. 

#2 New Albany-Plain Local Schools is nearly as accomplished: the 5,000 student-strong district is one of just 31 Ohio school districts to earn an “A” grade from the Department of Education and over 60% of its students earned a score of 3 or higher on the AP Exam. 

The 3rd best school district in Ohio is Milford Exempted Village School District, which consists of one preschool, six elementary schools, one junior high, and one high school. Two of the district’s schools have received Nation Blue Ribbon honors, and its high school’s college readiness ranking is regularly the highest in Clermont County. 

Earning the 4th spot in Ohio is Brecksville Broadview Heights City School District, comprising five schools serving the city of Brecksville and parts of surrounding communities. The district has earned many academic accolades and is home to the Bee Gymnastics team which has taken home sixteen straight state championships

Filling out the top five is Forest Hills School District, which has nine schools serving an enrollment of 7,400 students. Forest Hills students are well-rounded and highly active: 80% of middle and high school students are involved in extracurricular activities or athletics. 

Top School Districts in Ohio, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Jackson LocalMassillon
2New Albany-Plain LocalNew Albany
3Milford Exempted VillageMilford
4Brecksville-Broadview Heights CityBrecksville
5Forest Hills LocalCincinnati
6Medina City SdMedina
7Upper Arlington CityUpper Arlington
8Perrysburg Exempted VillagePerrysburg
9Lebanon CityLebanon
10Avon LocalAvon
11Hudson CityHudson
12Anthony Wayne LocalWhitehouse
13Twinsburg CityTwinsburg
14Gahanna-Jefferson CityGahanna
15Strongsville CityStrongsville
16Loveland CityLoveland
17Sycamore Community CityBlue Ash
18Rocky River CityRocky River
19Plain LocalCanton
20Aurora CityAurora
21Avon Lake CityAvon Lake
22Marysville Exempted VillageMarysville
23Wadsworth CityWadsworth
24Highland LocalMedina
25North Canton CityNorth Canton
26Granville Exempted VillageGranville
27North Royalton CityNorth Royalton
28Little Miami LocalMaineville
29Brunswick CityBrunswick
30Kings LocalKings Mills
31Mayfield CityMayfield Heights
32Chardon LocalChardon
33Revere LocalBath
34Lake LocalUniontown
35Westlake CityWestlake
36Beachwood CityBeachwood
37West Geauga LocalChesterland
38Oakwood CityDayton
39Chagrin Falls Exempted VillageChagrin Falls
40Bay Village CityBay Village
41Olmsted Falls CityOlmsted Falls
42Amherst Exempted VillageAmherst
43Shaker Heights CityShaker Heights
44Nordonia Hills CityNorthfield
45Indian Hill Exempted VillageCincinnati
46Madeira CityCincinnati
47Kenston LocalChagrin Falls
48Green LocalGreen
49Lakewood CityLakewood
50Wyoming CityWyoming
51Wayne LocalWaynesville
52Northmont CityEnglewood
53West Liberty-Salem LocalWest Liberty
54Bellbrook-Sugarcreek LocalBellbrook
55Canfield LocalCanfield
56Ross LocalHamilton
57Miamisburg CityMiamisburg
58Perry LocalMassillon
59North Olmsted CityNorth Olmsted
60Ottawa Hills LocalToledo
61Mariemont CityCincinnati
62Copley-Fairlawn CityCopley
63Teays Valley LocalAshville
64Lancaster CityLancaster
65Delaware CityDelaware
66Stow-Munroe Falls City School DistrictStow
67Troy CityTroy
68Big Walnut LocalSunbury
69Benton Carroll Salem LocalOak Harbor
70Eastwood LocalPemberville
71Cuyahoga Heights LocalCuyahoga Heights
72North Ridgeville CityNorth Ridgeville
73Jonathan Alder LocalPlain City
74Champion LocalWarren
75Louisville CityLouisville
76Wapakoneta CityWapakoneta
77Poland LocalPoland
78Versailles Exempted VillageVersailles
79Bexley CityBexley
80Berea CityBerea
81Steubenville CitySteubenville
82Monroe LocalMonroe
83Kirtland LocalKirtland
84Princeton CityCincinnati
85Grandview Heights SchoolsColumbus
86Brookville LocalBrookville
87Norton CityNorton
88Southwest Licking LocalPataskala
89Miami East LocalCasstown
90Maumee CityMaumee
91Independence LocalIndependence
92Lexington LocalLexington
93Lakeview LocalCortland
94Boardman LocalYoungstown
95Talawanda CityOxford
96Bloom-Carroll LocalCarroll
97Northwest LocalCanal Fulton
98Riverside LocalPainesville
99Chippewa LocalDoylestown
100Wooster CityWooster

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 Oklahoma, 2021

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The five best school districts in Oklahoma have two things in common: they are all located in the northeastern portion of the state (with most serving Oklahoma City or Tulsa suburbs), and they all have enrollments of over 4,000 students. Let’s take a look at these five high-performing school systems. 

Deer Creek School District is the best school system in Oklahoma. Comprising nine school buildings serving an enrollment of over 6900, DCSD boasts a graduation rate of 96%, which is over 13 points higher than the state average. 

Placing 2nd is Public Bixby Schools, which consists of nine schools in the Bixby area. The district’s high school is one of the best in the state, earning a 92% graduation rate in 2019 as well as the 2nd highest average composite ACT score in the region. 

Oklahoma’s 3rd best school district is Stillwater Public Schools, made up of six elementary schools and four secondary schools in the city of Stillwater. Eight of the district’s nine schools earned a “B” or “A” on the 2018-2019 Oklahoma School Report Cards. 

Piedmont Public Schools earns the 4th spot in the ranking. The district serves the 2nd fastest growing community in the state, and district enrollment has increased 33% since 2014. Nevertheless, expansion has not affected the district’s quality, and it and it remains one of the best rated in the state.

Rounding out the list is Bartlesville Public Schools, consisting of six elementary schools, two middle schools, and a high school with an enrollment of around 6,000. Of the top five Oklahoma school districts, BPS has the lowest best student-teacher ratio, with 16.9. 

Top School Districts in Oklahoma, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Deer CreekEdmond
2BixbyBixby
3StillwaterStillwater
4PiedmontPiedmont
5BartlesvilleBartlesville
6Choctaw-Nicoma ParkChoctaw
7BethanyBethany
8Ponca CityPonca City
9WeatherfordWeatherford
10ChisholmEnid
11Sand SpringsSand Springs
12PlainviewArdmore
13GroveGrove
14NewcastleNewcastle
15TuttleTuttle
16TahlequahTahlequah
17El RenoEl Reno
18SequoyahClaremore
19CacheCache
20FairviewFairview
21KingfisherKingfisher
22DurantDurant
23Fort GibsonFort Gibson
24WarnerWarner
25PraguePrague
26SapulpaSapulpa
27KingstonKingston
28AdairAdair
29SkiatookSkiatook
30BerryhillTulsa
31BlanchardBlanchard
32KeysPark Hill
33Lone GroveLone Grove
34MerrittElk City
35HilldaleMuskogee
36CowetaCoweta
37WashingtonWashington
38BeggsBeggs
39OktahaOktaha
40ClaremoreClaremore
41MeekerMeeker
42StroudStroud
43MannfordMannford
44PrestonPreston
45MorrisMorris
46BethelShawnee
47WoodwardWoodward
48CheyenneCheyenne
49CherokeeCherokee
50MuskogeeMuskogee
51HarrahHarrah
52CushingCushing
53ByngAda
54VerdigrisClaremore
55KieferKiefer
56WaynokaWaynoka
57PurcellPurcell
58CollinsvilleCollinsville
59CordellCordell
60Oologah-TalalaOologah
61AntlersAntlers
62Hydro-EaklyHydro
63GarberGarber
64ElginElgin
65NobleNoble
66OkarcheOkarche
67McalesterMcalester
68ChandlerChandler
69Amber-PocassetAmber
70LattaAda
71DepewDepew
72PoteauPoteau
73DuncanDuncan
74MarlowMarlow
75Pioneer-Pleasant ValeWaukomis
76TushkaAtoka
77SalinaSalina
78Bridge CreekBlanchard
79GlenpoolGlenpool
80AltusAltus
81MincoMinco
82StiglerStigler
83ComancheComanche
84EufaulaEufaula
85PryorPryor
86PerryPerry
87MorrisonMorrison
88CashionCashion
89Central HighMarlow
90Pauls ValleyPauls Valley
91WellstonWellston
92BristowBristow
93Boone-ApacheApache
94HaworthHaworth
95VianVian
96Perkins-TryonPerkins
97Rock CreekBokchito
98Wright CityWright City
99CoalgateCoalgate
100ClintonClinton

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 Oregon, 2021

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It may come as a surprise to some that Oregon’s education system has a poor reputation, yet the state regularly posts low graduation rates and poor average reading and math proficiency scores. 

However, things are improving: the Oregon graduation rate hit 80% in 2019 for the first time in a decade. Of course, the state’s five best school districts manage graduation rates well above the state average, let’s take a look at these high-performing districts. 

Lake Oswego School District is the top school system in Oregon. The large district consists of six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools with an enrollment of around 7,000. LOSD’s 93.1% graduation rate is well above the state average, and remarkable for a district its size. 

Earning Oregon’s #2 spot is Sherwood School District, comprising seven schools with an enrollment of 5,136 students in Washington County.  Over 70% of the district’s students meet or exceed expectations in mathematics and English language arts. 

Corvallis School District is the 3rd best school district in Oregon. The district is made up 13 schools and is one of the most ethnically diverse in the state, with students representing over 77 birth countries.

Placing 4th is McMinnville School District, which comprises six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school with a total enrollment of around 6,800 and is the largest district in Yamhill County. Students of MSD graduation at a rate eight points higher than the state average. 

Ashland School District completes the ranking of the best school districts in Oregon. The district’s Ashland High School is regularly considered one of the best high schools in the state.

Top School Districts in Oregon, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Lake Oswego Sd 7JLake Oswego
2Sherwood Sd 88JSherwood
3Corvallis Sd 509JCorvallis
4Mcminnville Sd 40Mcminnville
5Ashland Sd 5Ashland
6Redmond Sd 2JRedmond
7Silver Falls Sd 4JSilverton
8Canby Sd 86Canby
9Newberg Sd 29JNewberg
10Forest Grove Sd 15Forest Grove
11Klamath County SdKlamath Falls
12Pinehurst Sd 94Ashland
13Riverdale Sd 51JPortland
14Hood River County SdHood River
15Neah-Kah-Nie Sd 56Rockaway Beach
16Scappoose Sd 1JScappoose
17Woodburn Sd 103Woodburn
18Central Point Sd 6Central Point
19Cascade Sd 5Turner
20Grants Pass Sd 7Grants Pass
21Centennial Sd 28JPortland
22Pendleton Sd 16Pendleton
23Bethel Sd 52Eugene
24Sisters Sd 6Sisters
25Philomath Sd 17JPhilomath
26Hermiston Sd 8Hermiston
27Central Sd 13JIndependence
28Banks Sd 13Banks
29Gladstone Sd 115Gladstone
30Lincoln County SdNewport
31Oakland Sd 1Oakland
32Dayton Sd 8Dayton
33Ontario Sd 8COntario
34Jefferson Sd 14JJefferson
35Lebanon Community Sd 9Lebanon
36Yamhill Carlton Sd 1Yamhill
37Molalla River Sd 35Molalla
38Parkrose Sd 3Portland
39La Grande Sd 1La Grande
40Adrian Sd 61Adrian
41Nestucca Valley Sd 101JCloverdale
42St Helens Sd 502St Helens
43Dufur Sd 29Dufur
44Three Rivers/Josephine County SdMurphy
45Dallas Sd 2Dallas
46Creswell Sd 40Creswell
47Siuslaw Sd 97JFlorence
48North Santiam Sd 29JStayton
49Pleasant Hill Sd 1Pleasant Hill
50South Lane Sd 45J3Cottage Grove
51Glide Sd 12Glide
52Crook County SdPrineville
53Condon Sd 25JCondon
54Junction City Sd 69Junction City
55Baker Sd 5JBaker City
56Colton Sd 53Colton
57Culver Sd 4Culver
58Eagle Point Sd 9Eagle Point
59Harrisburg Sd 7JHarrisburg
60Phoenix-Talent Sd 4Phoenix
61North Marion Sd 15Aurora
62Enterprise Sd 21Enterprise
63Lake County Sd 7Lakeview
64Tillamook Sd 9Tillamook
65St Paul Sd 45St Paul
66Klamath Falls City SchoolsKlamath Falls
67North Wasco County Sd 21The Dalles
68Gaston Sd 511JGaston
69Echo Sd 5Echo
70John Day Sd 3Canyon City
71Joseph Sd 6Joseph
72Vernonia Sd 47JVernonia
73Black Butte Sd 41Camp Sherman
74Milton-Freewater Unified Sd 7Milton-Freewater
75Perrydale Sd 21Amity
76Wallowa Sd 12Wallowa
77Brookings-Harbor Sd 17CBrookings
78Crow-Applegate-Lorane Sd 66Eugene
79Sweet Home Sd 55Sweet Home
80Athena-Weston Sd 29RjAthena
81Harney County Sd 3Burns
82Warrenton-Hammond Sd 30Warrenton
83Clatskanie Sd 6JClatskanie
84Union Sd 5Union
85North Douglas Sd 22Drain
86Nyssa Sd 26Nyssa
87Stanfield Sd 61Stanfield
88Morrow Sd 1Heppner
89Central Linn Sd 552Halsey
90Scio Sd 95Scio
91Jefferson County Sd 509JMadras
92Vale Sd 84Vale
93Knappa Sd 4Astoria
94Rainier Sd 13Rainier
95Bandon Sd 54Bandon
96Gervais Sd 1Gervais
97Pilot Rock Sd 2Pilot Rock
98Mt Angel Sd 91Mt Angel
99Seaside Sd 10Seaside
100Umatilla Sd 6RUmatilla

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 Pennsylvania, 2021

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While Pennsylvania may be in the middle of the pack among the 50 states in terms of public K-12 education, the state is home to dozens of excellent school districts. In fact, well over 100 districts in Pennsylvania posted graduation rates above 90% in 2019. Let’s take a closer look at the best of the best: Pennsylvania’s top five school districts. 

Tredyffrin/Easttown School District is the best public school system in Pennsylvania. Comprising eight schools with a total enrollment topping 6,000, T/E produced 48 National AP Scholars in 2019, while 99% of its high school graduates went on to attend college or university. 

Placing 2nd in the state of Pennsylvania is Radnor Township School District, a modestly-sized district of three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school serving Radnor Township, founded way back in 1682. RTSD has long been considered one of the best school districts in the country, and the statistics back it up: in 2019 Radnor High School produced a remarkable average ACT score of 28.

Mt. Lebanon School District earns Pennsylvania’s #3 spot. Consisting of ten schools with a total enrollment of 5,531, Mt. Lebanon schools have earned numerous accolades in recent years, including a Green Ribbon School honor and an ASBO Meritorious Budget Award. 

Pennsylvania’s 4th best school system is Haverford Township School District, comprising seven schools and serving over 6,500 students. The district has produced 21 National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists and earned a spot on the College Board’s AP Honor Roll. 

#5 Upper St. Clair School District is made up of three elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school in the affluent Philadelphia suburb of Upper St. Clair. The district upholds a long tradition of academic excellence, and 96% of its graduates go on to attend a 2 or 4-year post-secondary school. 

Top School Districts in Pennsylvania, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Tredyffrin-Easttown SdWayne
2Radnor Township SdWayne
3Mt Lebanon SdPittsburgh
4Haverford Township SdHavertown
5Upper Saint Clair SdPittsburgh
6Pennridge SdPerkasie
7Seneca Valley SdHarmony
8Upper Dublin SdMaple Glen
9Peters Township SdMcmurray
10Perkiomen Valley SdCollegeville
11State College Area SdState College
12Pine-Richland SdGibsonia
13Garnet Valley SdGlen Mills
14Rose Tree Media SdMedia
15Great Valley SdMalvern
16Wissahickon SdAmbler
17Fox Chapel Area SdPittsburgh
18Colonial SdPlymouth Meeting
19Owen J Roberts SdPottstown
20Boyertown Area SdBoyertown
21Bethel Park SdBethel Park
22South Fayette Township SdMcdonald
23Souderton Area SdSouderton
24Canon-Mcmillan SdCanonsburg
25Norwin SdNorth Huntingdon
26Methacton SdEagleville
27Unionville-Chadds Ford SdKennett Square
28Springfield SdSpringfield
29Montour SdMc Kees Rocks
30Hatboro-Horsham SdHorsham
31Hampton Township SdAllison Park
32Dallastown Area SdDallastown
33Millcreek Township SdErie
34Southern Lehigh SdCenter Valley
35Wallingford-Swarthmore SdWallingford
36Penn-Trafford SdHarrison City
37Marple Newtown SdNewtown Square
38Quakertown Community SdQuakertown
39Hempfield SdLandisville
40Avon Grove SdWest Grove
41Wilson SdWest Lawn
42Hempfield Area SdGreensburg
43Franklin Regional SdMurrysville
44Mars Area SdMars
45North Hills SdPittsburgh
46Upper Merion Area SdKing Of Prussia
47Manheim Township SdLancaster
48Nazareth Area SdNazareth
49Quaker Valley SdLeetsdale
50Moon Area SdMoon Township
51West Allegheny SdImperial
52Baldwin-Whitehall SdPittsburgh
53Plum Borough SdPlum
54Penn Manor SdMillersville
55Lower Moreland Township SdHuntingdon Valley
56Northampton Area SdNorthampton
57Crestwood SdMountain Top
58Derry Township SdHershey
59Greater Latrobe SdLatrobe
60Springfield Township SdOreland
61Lampeter-Strasburg SdLampeter
62East Stroudsburg Area SdEast Stroudsburg
63Cheltenham SdElkins Park
64Phoenixville Area SdPhoenixville
65Spring Grove Area SdSpring Grove
66Centennial SdWarminster
67West Jefferson Hills SdJefferson Hills
68Abington Heights SdClarks Summit
69Pleasant Valley SdBrodheadsville
70Lewisburg Area SdLewisburg
71Upper Moreland Township SdWillow Grove
72Kennett Consolidated SdKennett Square
73Chartiers Valley SdPittsburgh
74Red Lion Area SdRed Lion
75Conestoga Valley SdLancaster
76Gettysburg Area SdGettysburg
77Mechanicsburg Area SdMechanicsburg
78Fairview SdFairview
79Shaler Area SdGlenshaw
80Beaver Area SdBeaver
81Central York SdYork
82Cornwall-Lebanon SdLebanon
83Warwick SdLititz
84North Pocono SdMoscow
85Exeter Township SdReading
86Lower Dauphin SdHummelstown
87Hermitage SdHermitage
88Whitehall-Coplay SdWhitehall
89Upper Perkiomen SdPennsburg
90Gateway SdMonroeville
91Southern York County SdGlen Rock
92Harbor Creek SdHarborcreek
93Northwestern Lehigh SdNew Tripoli
94Twin Valley SdElverson
95Delaware Valley SdMilford
96Carlisle Area SdCarlisle
97Ephrata Area SdEphrata
98Stroudsburg Area SdStroudsburg
99Ridley SdFolsom
100Kiski Area SdVandergrift

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 Rhode Island, 2021

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Like other states in the New England region, Rhode Island has a long tradition of excellent public education. Although the state’s test scores don’t quite match those of Massachusetts, they are still better than those of most states. What’s more, performance in Rhode Island’s best school districts is on par with the best districts in the country. Here’s a rundown of the Ocean State’s top five school districts.

Barrington Public Schools is the best school system in the state of Rhode Island. A medium-sized district comprising four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school with a total enrollment of 3,350, BPS has a long list of accolades and achievements. Half of the district’s schools have been named Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, while five out of six were named Commended Schools by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE).  

Placing 2nd in Rhode Island is East Greenwich School Department, which consists of six schools in the wealthy town of East Greenwich. The top-rated school district logged a 95% graduation rate in 2019.

Rhode Island’s 3rd best school district is South Kingstown School District,  which is headquartered in Wakefield and made up of seven schools with a total enrollment of around 2,900.  Every school in the district earned three or four stars on the 2018-2019 RIDE Report Card. 

We travel across the county for 4th-ranked North Kingstown School Department, which comprises five elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school in the town of North Kingston. North Kingston is a much-lauded school district that is only getting better, having been recently recognized by the RIDE for its substantial gains on the New England Common Assessment Program. 

Rounding out the list of Rhode Island’s five best school districts is the Cumberland School Department, made up of eight schools in the Providence County town of Cumberland. The district’s high school graduation rate is about five points higher than the state average. 

Top School Districts in Rhode Island, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1BarringtonBarrington
2East GreenwichEast Greenwich
3South KingstownWakefield
4North KingstownNorth Kingstown
5CumberlandCumberland
6NarragansettNarragansett
7PortsmouthPortsmouth
8CoventryCoventry
9North SmithfieldNorth Smithfield
10LincolnLincoln
11JamestownJamestown
12WesterlyWesterly
13SmithfieldSmithfield
14ScituateNorth Scituate
15MiddletownMiddletown
16North ProvidenceNorth Providence
17East ProvidenceEast Providence
18West WarwickWest Warwick
19TivertonTiverton
20JohnstonJohnston
21BurrillvilleHarrisville
22NewportNewport
23WoonsocketWoonsocket
24Central FallsCentral Falls

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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