Top School Districts in South Carolina, 2021

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South Carolina typically falls into the bottom 20% of states in terms of public school assessment scores and graduation rates (although ACT scores did go up last year). While this is cause for concern, the situation isn’t all bad: there are plenty of public school districts in the state that meet or exceed national standards. Let’s look at South Carolina’s five best school districts. 

The best school district in South Carolina is Spartanburg County School District One, which is based in Campobello and consists of six elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools, and a career center. The district’s graduation rate of 94% is over ten points higher than the statewide rate, and over 50% of district students are proficient in math.

Spartanburg School District Seven is South Carolina’s 2nd best school district. District 7 consists of eleven schools with an average total enrollment of around 7,400.  Despite the fact that the district has a poverty index of almost 70%, its schools are characterized by high academic performance, and its Spartanburg High School is the first school in the nation to win the National Blue Ribbon School award four times. 

Placing 3rd is Chesterfield County School District, another large system of sixteen schools and an enrollment nearing 7,200. The district regularly posts a graduation rate well above state and national averages. 

Earning the 4th spot is York School District 1, an AdvancED-accredited district consisting of ten schools serving 5,249 students in York County. District schools have claimed a number of recent achievements, with two winning Palmetto Silver Awards and one winning a Palmetto Gold Award for 2018-2019.

Completing the list of South Carolina’s five best school districts is Anderson School District 4, consisting of six schools in Pendleton and Townville. The district’s Pendleton High regularly earns a rating of “Excellent” on the annual State Report Card and consistently posts above-average graduation rates. 

Top School Districts in South Carolina, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Spartanburg 01Campobello
2Spartanburg 07Spartanburg
3Chesterfield 01Chesterfield
4York 01York
5Anderson 04Pendleton
6Newberry 01Newberry
7Abbeville 60Abbeville
8Anderson 02Honea Path
9Spartanburg 04Woodruff
10Colleton 01Walterboro
11Orangeburg 05Orangeburg
12Dillon 04Dillon
13Laurens 55Laurens
14Chester 01Chester
15Anderson 03Iva
16Lexington 03Batesburg-Leesville
17Edgefield 01Edgefield
18Clarendon 03Turbeville
19Fairfield 01Winnsboro
20Greenwood 52Ninety Six
21Laurens 56Clinton
22Spartanburg 03Glendale
23Calhoun 01St. Matthews
24Williamsburg 01Kingstree
25Marlboro 01Bennettsville
26Dillon 03Latta
27Dorchester 04St. George
28Barnwell 19Blackville
29Marion 10Marion
30Florence 03Lake City
31Orangeburg 04Cope
32Bamberg 01Bamberg
33Hampton 01Varnville
34Clarendon 02Manning
35Union 01Union
36Florence 05Johnsonville
37Barnwell 45Barnwell
38Florence 02Pamplico
39Orangeburg 03Holly Hill
40Greenwood 51Ware Shoals
41Hampton 02Estill
42Lee 01Bishopville
43Clarendon 01Summerton
44Saluda 01Saluda
45Allendale 01Allendale
46Jasper 01Ridgeland
47Lexington 04Swansea
48Mccormick 01Mccormick
49Barnwell 29Williston
50Florence 04Timmonsville

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 South Dakota, 2021

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Recent test scores presented cause for concern for South Dakota educators as results indicated that less-than-half of the state’s students are proficient in math and science. Nevertheless, there are public school districts where things are going right, and students perform at a level well above state standards. Here’s a closer look at the best school districts in South Dakota. 

The best school district in South Dakota is Brandon Valley School District, which consists of seven schools located across five cities near the state’s eastern border. Last year, BVSD logged a 94% graduation rate, which is a testament to the district’s quality. 

Yankton School District 63-3 is the 2nd best school district in South Dakota. Comprising four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school in Yankton County. Students in the district benefit from a progressive education with access to state-of-the-art technology, including a large number of computers (2.5 to 1 student-to-computer ratio) and SMART boards in all core elementary and middle school classes. 

Earning the 3rd spot is Harrisburg School District, consisting of nine schools in the Sioux Falls suburb of Harrisburg. The district’s students display a higher-than-state-average rate of proficiency in English language arts, mathematics, and science.  

Watertown School District places 4th among South Dakota school districts. Made up of five elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, and one high school, WSD has a graduation rate of 86% and a 62% rate of proficiency in reading language arts. 

Filling out South Dakota’s top five is Mitchell School District, a high-performing district with an enrollment of around 2,800. Although a large percentage of MSD students experience economic hardship, the district regularly manages graduation rates above 95%. 

Top School Districts in South Dakota, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Brandon Valley School District 49-2Brandon
2Yankton School District 63-3Yankton
3Harrisburg School District 41-2Harrisburg
4Watertown School District 14-4Watertown
5Mitchell School District 17-2Mitchell
6Dell Rapids School District 49-3Dell Rapids
7Aberdeen School District 06-1Aberdeen
8Pierre School District 32-2Pierre
9Lennox School District 41-4Lennox
10Dakota Valley School District 61-8North Sioux City
11Groton Area School District 06-6Groton
12Webster Area 18-5Webster
13Douglas School District 51-1Box Elder
14Elk Point-Jefferson School District 61-7Elk Point
15Meade School District 46-1Sturgis
16Brookings School District 05-1Brookings
17Madison Central School District 39-2Madison
18Tri-Valley School District 49-6Colton
19Hill City School District 51-2Hill City
20Sioux Valley School District 05-5Volga
21Garretson School District 49-4Garretson
22Milbank School District 25-4Milbank
23Vermillion School District 13-1Vermillion
24Hamlin School District 28-3Hayti
25West Central School District 49-7Hartford
26Tea Area School District 41-5Tea
27Warner School District 06-5Warner
28Canton School District 41-1Canton
29Spearfish School District 40-2Spearfish
30Baltic School District 49-1Baltic
31Arlington School District 38-1Arlington
32Wall School District 51-5Wall
33Parkston School District 33-3Parkston
34Beresford School District 61-2Beresford
35Britton-Hecla School District 45-4Britton
36Ethan School District 17-1Ethan
37Gettysburg School District 53-1Gettysburg
38Mobridge-Pollock 62-6Mobridge
39Corsica-Stickney 21-3Corsica
40Castlewood School District 28-1Castlewood
41Ipswich Public School District 22-6Ipswich
42Platte - Geddes School District 11-5Platte
43Belle Fourche School District 09-1Belle Fourche
44Irene - Wakonda School District 13-3Irene
45Lyman School District 42-1Presho
46Hanson School District 30-1Alexandria
47Frederick Area School District 06-2Frederick
48Custer School District 16-1Custer
49Faulkton Area Schools 24-4Faulkton
50Deubrook Area School District 05-6White
51Huron School District 02-2Huron
52Parker School District 60-4Parker
53Howard School District 48-3Howard
54Freeman School District 33-1Freeman
55Deuel School District 19-4Clear Lake
56Avon School District 04-1Avon
57Harding County School District 31-1Buffalo
58Kimball School District 07-2Kimball
59Lemmon School District 52-4Lemmon
60Mccook Central School District 43-7Salem
61Hot Springs School District 23-2Hot Springs
62Haakon School District 27-1Philip
63Bon Homme School District 04-2Tyndall
64De Smet School District 38-2De Smet
65Bridgewater-Emery 30-3Bridgewater
66Stanley County School District 57-1Fort Pierre
67Gregory School District 26-4Gregory
68Selby Area School District 62-5Selby
69Wolsey Wessington School District 02-6Wolsey
70Agar-Blunt-Onida School District 58-3Onida
71Winner School District 59-2Winner
72Miller 29-4Miller
73Chamberlain School District 07-1Chamberlain
74Colman-Egan School District 50-5Colman
75Doland School District 56-2Doland
76Kadoka Area School District 35-2Kadoka
77Flandreau School District 50-3Flandreau
78Viborg-Hurley School District 60-6Viborg
79Wagner Community School District 11-4Wagner
80Redfield School District 56-4Redfield
81Highmore-Harrold 34-2Highmore
82Bennett County School District 03-1Martin
83Scotland School District 04-3Scotland
84Plankinton School District 01-1Plankinton
85Clark School District 12-2Clark
86Colome Consolidated 59-3Colome
87Oglala Lakota County 65-1Batesland
88South Central 26-5Bonesteel
89Waverly School District 14-5Waverly
90Wilmot School District 54-7Wilmot
91Summit School District 54-6Summit
92Iroquois School District 02-3Iroquois
93Gayville-Volin School District 63-1Gayville
94Sisseton School District 54-2Sisseton
95Newell School District 09-2Newell
96White River School District 47-1White River

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 Tennessee, 2021

In good news for Tennessee educators, 2019 TNReady assessment test results showed that a majority of students in the state are improving in all mathematics subjects.  The Volunteer State still has a long way to go in order to be mentioned along with the states with the top public education systems, but a handful of Tennessee school districts are already performing at a high level that places them among the best, nationwide. Let’s take a look at Tennessee’s five best school systems. 

Germantown Municipal School District is the best public school system in Tennessee. Comprising three elementary schools, one K-8 school, one middle school, and one high school in the affluent Memphis suburb of Germantown, GSD was established in just 2014 but has already positioned itself as the premier school district in the state, offering students access to high-end technology and facilities, a rigorous academic curriculum, and over 60 clubs and extracurricular activities.  

Placing 2nd in Tennessee is Maryville City Schools, a district consisting of seven schools in the Knoxville metropolitan area city of Maryville.  MCS schools do a great job of preparing students for the future, as 85% of graduates go on to seek post-secondary education. 

The 3rd best school district in Tennessee is Arlington Community Schools, made up of two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school in the fast-growing town of Arlington. In recent years, ACS was one of just 12 districts in the state to be named an “Exemplary School District” by the Tennessee Department of Education. 

Kingsport City Schools earns the 4th spot in Tennessee. The large district consists of eleven schools in the city of Kingsport and its graduation rate of 95.9% is over six points higher than the Tennessee state average. 

Rounding out Tennessee’s top five is the Lawrence County School System, comprising twelve schools across several Lawrence County communities. The district’s Summertown Elementary was recently named a reward school by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Top School Districts in Tennessee, 2020

RankDistrictCity
1GermantownGermantown
2MaryvilleMaryville
3ArlingtonArlington
4KingsportKingsport
5Lawrence CountyLawrenceburg
6Roane CountyKingston
7Cumberland CountyCrossville
8Jefferson CountyDandridge
9Gibson Co Sp DistDyer
10Dyer CountyDyersburg
11Greene CountyGreeneville
12Loudon CountyLoudon
13Hawkins CountyRogersville
14Henderson CountyLexington
15Anderson CountyClinton
16Marshall CountyLewisburg
17GreenevilleGreeneville
18BristolBristol
19Mcminn CountyAthens
20Cheatham CountyAshland City
21ElizabethtonElizabethton
22Warren CountyMcminnville
23Franklin SsdFranklin
24Lincoln CountyFayetteville
25ClevelandCleveland
26Campbell CountyJacksboro
27Oak RidgeOak Ridge
28Franklin CountyWinchester
29AlcoaAlcoa
30Weakley CountyDresden
31White CountySparta
32Smith CountyCarthage
33Lauderdale CountyRipley
34DyersburgDyersburg
35Stewart CountyDover
36MilanMilan
37Monroe CountyMadisonville
38Coffee CountyManchester
39Mcnairy CountySelmer
40Chester CountyHenderson
41Rhea CountyDayton
42Claiborne CountyTazewell
43Macon CountyLafayette
44Cocke CountyNewport
45Grainger CountyRutledge
46Crockett CountyAlamo
47Dekalb CountySmithville
48Carter CountyElizabethton
49Fentress CountyJamestown
50Benton CountyCamden
51Giles CountyPulaski
52LebanonLebanon
53Hickman CountyCenterville
54Johnson CountyMountain City
55Trousdale CountyHartsville
56Hardin CountySavannah
57Decatur CountyDecaturville
58TrentonTrenton
59Overton CountyLivingston
60MckenzieMckenzie
61TullahomaTullahoma
62Henry CountyParis
63Humphreys CountyWaverly
64Marion CountyJasper
65Lenoir CityLenoir City
66Meigs CountyDecatur
67Obion CountyUnion City
68Houston CountyErin
69BradfordBradford
70Union CountyMaynardville
71OneidaOneida
72Morgan CountyWartburg
73Polk CountyBenton
74Wayne CountyWaynesboro
75Clay CountyCelina
76Perry CountyLinden
77FayettevilleFayetteville
78Huntingdon Special School DistrictHuntingdon
79West Carroll Sp DistTrezevant
80Scott CountyHuntsville
81Lewis CountyHohenwald
82Millington Municipal SchoolsMillington
83Hardeman County SchoolsBolivar
84Sequatchie CountyDunlap
85Unicoi CountyErwin
86Fayette County Public SchoolsSomerville
87Moore CountyLynchburg
88Cannon CountyWoodbury
89Union CityUnion City
90Grundy CountyAltamont
91Haywood CountyBrownsville
92Bledsoe CountyPikeville
93Jackson CountyGainesboro
94Pickett CountyByrdstown
95Van Buren CountySpencer
96Hollow Rock - BrucetonBruceton
97South CarrollClarksburg
98Lake CountyTiptonville
99Humboldt City SchoolsHumboldt
100Hancock CountySneedville

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 Texas, 2021

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Although Texas is somewhere in the middle of the pack among U.S. states in terms of high school graduation rates and math and ELA proficiency scores, the state’s size means that there are well over one hundred high-performing public school districts where the graduation rate is above 90%. Here’s a look at the best of the best in the Lone Star State. 

Texas’ best public school system is Highland Park Independent School District, a large district comprising four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, and one high school with a total enrollment of nearly 7,000. HPISD is one of the most prestigious school districts in the state, regularly logging average ACT and SAT scores well above state and national averages, and over 97% of its graduates go on to attend college.  

Friendswood Independent School District earns Texas’ #2 spot. The district serves the rapidly-growing city of Friendswood and has a long list of accolades to its name, including a 98% graduation rate and a MET STANDARD rating from the Texas Education Association, the highest possible rating. 

Placing 3rd is Barbers Hill Independent School District, which consists of seven campuses spread across four communities in West Chambers County. Every campus in the district has received an “A” rating from the state, which is the highest possible. 

Lovejoy Independent School District earns the #4 spot in Texas. The district’s Lovejoy High School ranks in the top #1 of all high schools in the state in terms of academic performance, and excels in athletics, as well, laying claim to numerous state championships in volleyball, cross country, swimming, and more.  

Filling out the list is of Texas’ best school systems is South Texas Independent School District, a magnet school district based in Mercedes and operating six schools. The district’s students demonstrate remarkably high levels of proficiency across all subjects and grade levels. 

Top School Districts in Texas, 2020

RankDistrictCity
1Highland Park IsdDallas
2Friendswood IsdFriendswood
3Barbers Hill IsdMont Belvieu
4Lovejoy IsdAllen
5South Texas IsdMercedes
6Aledo IsdAledo
7Dripping Springs IsdDripping Springs
8La Porte IsdLa Porte
9Alamo Heights IsdSan Antonio
10Waller IsdWaller
11Lubbock-Cooper IsdLubbock
12Wylie IsdAbilene
13Hutto IsdHutto
14Little Elm IsdLittle Elm
15Lancaster IsdLancaster
16Franklin IsdFranklin
17Angleton IsdAngleton
18Medina Valley IsdCastroville
19Azle IsdAzle
20Royse City IsdRoyse City
21Argyle IsdArgyle
22Lindale IsdLindale
23Granbury IsdGranbury
24Valley View IsdPharr
25Hallsville IsdHallsville
26Roma IsdRoma
27Canutillo IsdCanutillo
28Melissa IsdMelissa
29Willis IsdWillis
30La Vernia IsdLa Vernia
31Andrews IsdAndrews
32Seguin IsdSeguin
33Red Oak IsdRed Oak
34Galveston IsdGalveston
35Seminole IsdSeminole
36Joshua IsdJoshua
37Port Neches-Groves IsdPort Neches
38White Settlement IsdWhite Settlement
39Randolph Field IsdUniversal City
40Flour Bluff IsdCorpus Christi
41Calallen IsdCorpus Christi
42Sunnyvale IsdSunnyvale
43Ennis IsdEnnis
44Whitehouse IsdWhitehouse
45Kerrville IsdKerrville
46Mabank IsdMabank
47Texarkana IsdTexarkana
48Liberty Hill IsdLiberty Hill
49Van IsdVan
50Lake Dallas IsdLake Dallas
51Santa Gertrudis IsdKingsville
52Needville IsdNeedville
53Princeton IsdPrinceton
54Nederland IsdNederland
55Crosby IsdCrosby
56Decatur IsdDecatur
57Lago Vista IsdLago Vista
58Gregory-Portland IsdPortland
59Panhandle IsdPanhandle
60Stephenville IsdStephenville
61Calhoun County IsdPort Lavaca
62Edcouch-Elsa IsdEdcouch
63Celina IsdCelina
64Aubrey IsdAubrey
65China Spring IsdChina Spring
66Llano IsdLlano
67Corsicana IsdCorsicana
68Navarro IsdSeguin
69Cleburne IsdCleburne
70Sherman IsdSherman
71Mount Pleasant IsdMount Pleasant
72Tuloso-Midway IsdCorpus Christi
73Lumberton IsdLumberton
74Lorena IsdLorena
75Wimberley IsdWimberley
76Hudson IsdLufkin
77Huffman IsdHuffman
78Pleasant Grove IsdTexarkana
79Floresville IsdFloresville
80Dayton IsdDayton
81Denver City IsdDenver City
82Brock IsdBrock
83Crandall IsdCrandall
84Canton IsdCanton
85Dumas IsdDumas
86Lampasas IsdLampasas
87Glen Rose IsdGlen Rose
88Fredericksburg IsdFredericksburg
89Caddo Mills IsdCaddo Mills
90Denison IsdDenison
91Ft Sam Houston IsdSan Antonio
92Van Alstyne IsdVan Alstyne
93Shiner IsdShiner
94Carthage IsdCarthage
95Tatum IsdTatum
96Malakoff IsdMalakoff
97Everman IsdFort Worth
98Jacksboro IsdJacksboro
99Henderson IsdHenderson
100Bushland IsdBushland

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 Vermont, 2021

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Like other states in New England, Vermont has a long-running tradition of excellence in education. The state is home to a number of excellent universities and superb public school districts, so it's no surprise that on standardized tests Vermont students score above the national averages in nearly every subject and grade level. In a state with such a high standard of public education, a handful of public school districts truly distinguish themselves enough to be considered the best in the state 

The best school district in Vermont is Rutland City Public Schools, which comprises five schools, a technical center, and a special education campus in the city of Rutland, the 3rd largest in the state. Students of Rutland Senior High School are well ahead of the curve, which is reflected in the school’s 53% Advanced Placement participation rate. 

Earning the 2nd spot is South Burlington School District, consisting of three elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school in the city of South Burlington. The district has a great reputation for both its high academic performance and vital athletics and co-curricular programs. What’s more, SBSD students regularly best state and national averages in the SAT’s and other tests. 

Mount Mansfield Unified Union School District is the 3rd best school system in the state. Made up of nine total campuses, MMUUSD boasts a graduation rate of 94% that is higher than Vermont’s already-high statewide average. 

Placing 4th is Colchester School District, comprising two K-2 schools, one PreK-5 school, a middle school, and a high school with a total enrollment of around 2,100. Students of the district excel in academics and standardized testing, earning a mean composite ACT score of 23.6, which is nearly three points higher than the national average. 

Filling out Vermont’s top five public school systems is Hartford School District, which is headquartered in White River Junction and consists of five schools with a total enrollment of nearly 1800. The district does an excellent job of preparing students for post-secondary education, and many graduates go on to attend some of the most prestigious schools in the region. 

Top School Districts in Vermont, 2020

RankDistrict
1Rutland City School District
2South Burlington School District
3Mount Mansfield Modified USD #401B
4Colchester School District
5Hartford School District
6Essex Community Education Center
7Champlain Valley UHSD #15
8Milton Incorporated School District
9Burlington School District
10Bellows Free Academy UHSD #48
11Harwood UHSD #19
12Fairfax School District
13Middlebury UHSD #3
14Montpelier School District
15Brattleboro UHSD #6
16Woodstock UHSD #4
17Vergennes UHSD #5
18Mount Anthony UHSD #14
19Mount Abraham UHSD #28
20Stowe School District

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 Virginia, 2021

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Virginia is the birthplace of eight Presidents, which is more than any other state in the country. Clearly, these school districts have the results to back up their hard work.

Fairfax County Public Schools earn top spot in Virginia. This district is the 10th largest by student body size in the entire country. Students have opportunities for advanced placement classes to challenge themselves and 89% of graduates end up seeking higher education.

In 2nd place is Prince William County Public Schools. Students in this district have unique access to specialized programs and academies including The Biotechnology Center, The Center for Fine and Performing Arts, The Center for Information Technology, and more.

Loudoun County Public Schools takes 3rd place. This is the fastest growing school district in Virginia and students have achieved impressive results in this district. ACT exam scores are 5 points higher than the national average and 2 points higher than the state average. 95% of Loudoun county students graduate on-time, and about 80% continue their education after high school.

In 4th place is Virginia Beach City Public Schools. This district offers students a wide array of programs and academies including a STEM and Technology Academy, a Health Sciences Academy, a Legal Studies Academy, and a Visual and Performing Arts Academy.

Rounding out the top 5 is Chesterfield County Public Schools. This district includes two Governor’s schools, a number of specialty programs to prepare students for college or work, and high performing test scores across the board.

Top School Districts in Virginia, 2019

RankSchool DistrictCountyCityState
1Fairfax Co Pblc SchsFairfax CountyFalls ChurchVirginia
2Prince William Co Pblc SchsPrince William CountyManassasVirginia
3Loudoun Co Pblc SchsLoudoun CountyAshburnVirginia
4Va Beach City Pblc SchsVirginia Beach CityVirginia BeachVirginia
5Chesterfield Co Pblc SchsChesterfield CountyChesterfieldVirginia
6Arlington Co Pblc SchsArlington CountyArlingtonVirginia
7Chesapeake City Pblc SchsChesapeake CityChesapeakeVirginia
8Henrico Co Pblc SchsHenrico CountyHenricoVirginia
9Falls Church City Pblc SchsFalls Church CityFalls ChurchVirginia
10Stafford Co Pblc SchsStafford CountyStaffordVirginia
11West Point Pblc SchsKing William CountyWest PointVirginia
12York Co Pblc SchsYork CountyYorktownVirginia
13Hanover Co Pblc SchsHanover CountyAshlandVirginia
14Wise Co Pblc SchsWise CountyWiseVirginia
15Roanoke Co Pblc SchsRoanoke CountyRoanokeVirginia
16Spotsylvania Co Pblc SchsSpotsylvania CountyFredericksburgVirginia
17Rockingham Co Pblc SchsHarrisonburg CityHarrisonburgVirginia
18Botetourt Co Pblc SchsBotetourt CountyFincastleVirginia
19Albemarle Co Pblc SchsCharlottesville CityCharlottesvilleVirginia
20Montgomery Co Pblc SchsMontgomery CountyChristiansburgVirginia
21Washington Co Pblc SchsWashington CountyAbingdonVirginia
22Williamsburg-james City Pblc SchsWilliamsburg CityWilliamsburgVirginia
23Frederick Co Pblc SchsWinchester CityWinchesterVirginia
24Bath Co Pblc SchsBath CountyWarm SpringsVirginia
25Isle Of Wight Co Pblc SchsIsle Of Wight CountySmithfieldVirginia

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 Washington, 2021

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Washington was named the best state by U.S. News in 2019 thanks to its strong economy, well-managed infrastructure, and excellent health care options. Unsurprisingly, the state excels in public education, as well, and is home to some remarkably high-performing school districts. Let’s look at the five best school districts in the Evergreen State. 

Snoqualmie Valley School District is the best school system in Washington. Consisting of six elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, and one alternative school, SVSD is one of the most renowned school districts in the U.S., being one of just six in the nation to be awarded the AP Honor Roll distinction for six years in a row. 

Placing 2nd in the rankings is Mercer Island School District, comprising six schools with an enrollment of around 4,500 in the Lake Washington island community. The well-funded district boasts a graduation rate topping 95%.

Camas School District earns the 3rd spot in our rankings. Made up of six elementary schools, three middle schools, and three high schools, CSD schools have laid claim to a long list of accolades and achievements, including over 30 Washington Achievement Awards in the past decade, alone. 

Washington’s 4th best school district is Bainbridge Island School District, comprising seven campuses in the lush Puget Sound community of Bainbridge Island. BISD’s schools are some of the best in the region, with three of them earning the State Recognized Schools honor in 2019 thanks to high rates of proficiency in math and English language arts. 

Completing the list of Washington’s best school systems is University Place School District, which operates eight schools in the City of University Place. UPSD’s graduation rate is well above the state average. 

Top School Districts in Washington, 2020

RankDistrictCity
1Snoqualmie Valley School DistrictSnoqualmie
2Mercer Island School DistrictMercer Island
3Camas School DistrictCamas
4Bainbridge Island School DistrictBainbridge Island
5University Place School DistrictUniversity Place
6Tumwater School DistrictTumwater
7Pullman School DistrictPullman
8Riverview School DistrictDuvall
9North Kitsap School DistrictPoulsbo
10Monroe School DistrictMonroe
11Steilacoom Hist. School DistrictSteilacoom
12White River School DistrictBuckley
13Stanwood-Camano School DistrictStanwood
14Sunnyside School DistrictSunnyside
15Eastmont School DistrictEast Wenatchee
16Oak Harbor School DistrictOak Harbor
17Arlington School DistrictArlington
18Anacortes School DistrictAnacortes
19Enumclaw School DistrictEnumclaw
20Hockinson School DistrictBrush Prairie
21Vashon Island School DistrictVashon
22Ridgefield School DistrictRidgefield
23West Valley School District (Spokane)Spokane
24Lynden School DistrictLynden
25Coupeville School DistrictCoupeville
26Fife School DistrictTacoma
27Cashmere School DistrictCashmere
28Deer Park School DistrictDeer Park
29Montesano School DistrictMontesano
30Eatonville School DistrictEatonville
31Longview School DistrictLongview
32West Valley School District (Yakima)Yakima
33Lakewood School DistrictNorth Lakewood
34Reardan-Edwall School DistrictReardan
35Freeman School DistrictRockford
36Cheney School DistrictCheney
37Chehalis School DistrictChehalis
38Yelm School DistrictYelm
39Davenport School DistrictDavenport
40Zillah School DistrictZillah
41Orting School DistrictOrting
42East Valley School District (Yakima)Yakima
43Washougal School DistrictWashougal
44Kelso School DistrictKelso
45Sequim School DistrictSequim
46Ferndale School DistrictFerndale
47Grandview School DistrictGrandview
48Ephrata School DistrictEphrata
49Cascade School DistrictLeavenworth
50Asotin-Anatone School DistrictAsotin
51Ellensburg School DistrictEllensburg
52Port Angeles School DistrictPort Angeles
53Colville School DistrictColville
54Nine Mile Falls School DistrictNine Mile Falls
55Colfax School DistrictColfax
56Toutle Lake School DistrictToutle
57Adna School DistrictAdna
58East Valley School District (Spokane)Spokane
59Liberty School DistrictSpangle
60Napavine School DistrictNapavine
61Mount Vernon School DistrictMount Vernon
62Medical Lake School DistrictMedical Lake
63Walla Walla Public SchoolsWalla Walla
64San Juan Island School DistrictFriday Harbor
65Methow Valley School DistrictWinthrop
66Kalama School DistrictKalama
67Orcas Island School DistrictEastsound
68Selah School DistrictSelah
69Kettle Falls School DistrictKettle Falls
70Nooksack Valley School DistrictEverson
71Naches Valley School DistrictNaches
72Selkirk School DistrictMetaline Falls
73Elma School DistrictElma
74La Center School DistrictLa Center
75South Whidbey School DistrictLangley
76Chewelah School DistrictChewelah
77Rochester School DistrictRochester
78Waitsburg School DistrictWaitsburg
79Sedro-Woolley School DistrictSedro Woolley
80Blaine School DistrictBlaine
81Centralia School DistrictCentralia
82Onalaska School DistrictOnalaska
83Othello School DistrictOthello
84Tukwila School DistrictTukwila
85Naselle-Grays River Valley School DistrictNaselle
86St. John School DistrictSaint John
87Tenino School DistrictTenino
88Willapa Valley School DistrictMenlo
89Wilbur School DistrictWilbur
90Riverside School DistrictChattaroy
91Meridian School DistrictBellingham
92Sultan School DistrictSultan
93Newport School DistrictNewport
94Okanogan School DistrictOkanogan
95South Bend School DistrictSouth Bend
96College Place School DistrictCollege Place
97Burlington-Edison School DistrictBurlington
98Chimacum School DistrictChimacum
99Pomeroy School DistrictPomeroy
100Wahkiakum School DistrictCathlamet

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 West Virginia, 2021

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Although West Virginia typically ranks in the bottom end of U.S. states in terms of public education, there are a handful of excellent school districts whose performance belies the state’s academic reputation. Here’s a rundown of the five best school districts in the Mountain State. 

Ohio County Schools is the best school district in West Virginia. Comprising thirteen schools in Ohio County which is located in the state’s Northern Panhandle region, OCS logged a remarkable 97% graduation rate in 2019, which is over ten points higher than the statewide rate.

Placing 2nd in West Virginia is the Wayne County Board of Education, which administers over fifteen schools across several Wayne County communities. Many of the district’s schools are some of the highest performing in the state in academics, athletics, and extracurriculars, and its Spring Valley High School’s Jazz Ensembles recently earned statewide recognition.

Jackson County Schools earns the 3rd spot in the ranking. Made up of thirteen total school campuses, JCS is a leading district in the state in the realm of technology, supplying every high school student with a MacBook and those in grades 3-8 with iPads. 

West Virginia’s 4th best school district is Hancock County Schools, which is headquartered in New Cumberland and consists of three elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. HCS has a graduation rate above state and national averages.

Completing West Virginia’s top five is Greenbrier County Schools, which serves 4,822 students across fourteen schools. The district is the 2nd largest in the state, geographically, and boasts a 92.5% attendance rate

Top School Districts in West Virginia, 2020

RankDistrictCity
1Ohio County SchoolsWheeling
2Wayne County SchoolsWayne
3Jackson County SchoolsRipley
4Hancock County SchoolsNew Cumberland
5Greenbrier County SchoolsLewisburg
6Mingo County SchoolsWilliamson
7Marshall County SchoolsMoundsville
8Mineral County SchoolsKeyser
9Logan County SchoolsWest Logan Wv
10Doddridge County SchoolsWest Union
11Nicholas County SchoolsSummersville
12Fayette County SchoolsFayetteville
13Mason County SchoolsPoint Pleasant
14Boone County SchoolsMadison
15Wyoming County SchoolsPineville
16Hardy County SchoolsMoorefield
17Brooke County SchoolsWellsburg
18Wetzel County SchoolsNew Martinsville
19Grant County SchoolsPetersburg
20Preston County SchoolsKingwood
21Randolph County SchoolsElkins
22Lincoln County SchoolsHamlin
23Pleasants County SchoolsSt. Marys
24Upshur County SchoolsBuckhannon
25Hampshire County SchoolsRomney
26Monroe County SchoolsUnion
27Pendleton County SchoolsFranklin
28Tyler County SchoolsMiddlebourne
29Morgan County SchoolsBerkeley Springs
30Taylor County SchoolsGrafton
31Roane County SchoolsSpencer
32Braxton County SchoolsSutton
33Clay County SchoolsClay
34Barbour County SchoolsPhilippi
35Mcdowell County SchoolsWelch
36Ritchie County SchoolsHarrisville
37Tucker County SchoolsParsons
38Wirt County SchoolsElizabeth
39Lewis County SchoolsWeston
40Pocahontas County SchoolsBuckeye
41Webster County SchoolsWebster Springs
42Calhoun County SchoolsMt. Zion
43Summers County SchoolsHinton

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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