Top School Districts in Washington, 2018

The Evergreen State is home to some of the most interesting and varied ecosystems in the United States: ice-capped mountain ranges, jagged, rocky coastline, temperate rainforests in the west and flat, arid basin in the east, as well as the largest and most unique city in the region, Seattle. Along with this interesting environment which grows and fosters creativity in the state’s youth, Washington is also home to numerous high performing public school districts serving the state’s children.

Washington’s best public school system is the Mercer Island School District, comprising six schools and one learning center located in the affluent suburb of Seattle that lends the district its name. Students of the district make good on excellent funding--with over $2 million dollars contributed by the school’s PTA--by maintaining a graduation rate of 95%.

Lake Washington School District, based in King County, WA, ranks #2. A large district administering over 50 schools, LWSD students perform excellently on standardized tests, with SAT scores 76 points higher than the national average.

At #3 is Snoqualmie Valley School District, one of the largest districts in the state covering over 400 square miles in King County, WA. Academic achievement in the district continues to improve, with Snoqualmie Valley becoming the only district in the state to be named on the AP Honor Roll for six straight years from 2010 through 2015.

Completing the top five are Bellevue School District (#4), another large, high performing King County school district, and Camas School District, comprising 10 schools serving Clark County, WA.

Top School Districts in Washington, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Mercer Island School DistrictWashington
2Lake Washington School DistrictWashington
3Snoqualmie Valley School DistrictWashington
4Bellevue School DistrictWashington
5Camas School DistrictWashington
6Issaquah School DistrictWashington
7Bainbridge Island School DistrictWashington
8Northshore School DistrictWashington
9Tahoma School DistrictWashington
10Tumwater School DistrictWashington
11Ridgefield School DistrictWashington
12Shoreline School DistrictWashington
13Anacortes School DistrictWashington
14University Place School DistrictWashington
15Lake Stevens School DistrictWashington
16Hockinson School DistrictWashington
17Seattle Public SchoolsWashington
18Everett School DistrictWashington
19Olympia School DistrictWashington
20Pullman School DistrictWashington
21Peninsula School DistrictWashington
22Mead School DistrictWashington
23Arlington School DistrictWashington
24Rochester School DistrictWashington
25Bellingham School DistrictWashington
26Riverview School DistrictWashington
27Puyallup School DistrictWashington
28Orcas Island School DistrictWashington
29Cascade School DistrictWashington
30Steilacoom Hist. School DistrictWashington
31North Kitsap School DistrictWashington
32Colfax School DistrictWashington
33Edmonds School DistrictWashington
34Nooksack Valley School DistrictWashington
35Sumner School DistrictWashington
36Richland School DistrictWashington
37Vashon Island School DistrictWashington
38Stanwood-Camano School DistrictWashington
39Central Valley School DistrictWashington
40Napavine School DistrictWashington
41Lynden School DistrictWashington
42Snohomish School DistrictWashington
43Mukilteo School DistrictWashington
44Monroe School DistrictWashington
45White River School DistrictWashington
46West Valley School District (Yakima)Washington
47Yelm School DistrictWashington
48Sultan School DistrictWashington
49Kent School DistrictWashington
50Reardan-Edwall School DistrictWashington
51Asotin-Anatone School DistrictWashington
52Port Angeles School DistrictWashington
53Evergreen School District (Clark)Washington
54Meridian School DistrictWashington
55Wilbur School DistrictWashington
56North Thurston Public SchoolsWashington
57Ferndale School DistrictWashington
58South Kitsap School DistrictWashington
59San Juan Island School DistrictWashington
60Cheney School DistrictWashington
61La Center School DistrictWashington
62Enumclaw School DistrictWashington
63Chehalis School DistrictWashington
64Washougal School DistrictWashington
65Sequim School DistrictWashington
66Battle Ground School DistrictWashington
67Clover Park School DistrictWashington
68Woodland School DistrictWashington
69Vancouver School DistrictWashington
70Bethel School DistrictWashington
71Oak Harbor School DistrictWashington
72Freeman School DistrictWashington
73Auburn School DistrictWashington
74Stevenson-Carson School DistrictWashington
75Franklin Pierce School DistrictWashington
76Spokane School DistrictWashington
77Central Kitsap School DistrictWashington
78Coupeville School DistrictWashington
79Renton School DistrictWashington
80Ellensburg School DistrictWashington
81La Conner School DistrictWashington
82Blaine School DistrictWashington
83Moses Lake School DistrictWashington
84Granite Falls School DistrictWashington
85Ritzville School DistrictWashington
86Methow Valley School DistrictWashington
87South Whidbey School DistrictWashington
88Colville School DistrictWashington
89Chewelah School DistrictWashington
90Liberty School DistrictWashington
91Newport School DistrictWashington
92Eatonville School DistrictWashington
93Federal Way School DistrictWashington
94Nine Mile Falls School DistrictWashington
95Naselle-Grays River Valley School DistrictWashington
96Montesano School DistrictWashington
97Eastmont School DistrictWashington
98Cashmere School DistrictWashington
99Mount Vernon School DistrictWashington
100West Valley School District (Spokane)Washington

Methodology

The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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Top School Districts in West Virginia, 2018

West Virginia, known for its mining and logging industries, thick forests and dazzling karst formations, also has some educational achievements to its credit: The Mountain State ranks 18th in the nation in high school graduation rate, according to U.S. News & World Report. Unlike many states, all of West Virginia’s public school districts are divided exactly by the counties in which they are based.

Putnam County Schools is West Virginia’s best public school district. Putnam County stands tall among all of the state’s school systems, with numerous achievements under its belt, including being number one in the state in school attendance, and outperforming state averages in all standardized tests.

At #2 is Monongalia County Schools, comprising 10 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and 3 high schools serving its namesake county. Recognizing its excellence, U.S. News honored Morgantown High School with a silver medal, naming it the best high school in the state.

Placing third is Ohio County Schools, administering 13 schools in Ohio County, WV. As an indication of the district’s quality, Niche.com named it both the best place to teach in West Virginia, as well as the district with the best teachers in the state.

Closing out the list of West Virginia’s top five public school districts is Jefferson County Public Schools (#4), serving the state’s easternmost county, and Harrison County Schools (#5), one of the larger districts in the state with 25 schools.

Top School Districts in West Virginia, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Putnam County SchoolsWest Virginia
2Monongalia County SchoolsWest Virginia
3Ohio County SchoolsWest Virginia
4Jefferson County SchoolsWest Virginia
5Harrison County SchoolsWest Virginia
6Marion County SchoolsWest Virginia
7Hancock County SchoolsWest Virginia
8Berkeley County SchoolsWest Virginia
9Kanawha County SchoolsWest Virginia
10Gilmer County SchoolsWest Virginia
11Jackson County SchoolsWest Virginia
12Greenbrier County SchoolsWest Virginia
13Tyler County SchoolsWest Virginia
14Nicholas County SchoolsWest Virginia
15Raleigh County SchoolsWest Virginia
16Wood County SchoolsWest Virginia
17Taylor County SchoolsWest Virginia
18Brooke County SchoolsWest Virginia
19Cabell County SchoolsWest Virginia
20Mercer County SchoolsWest Virginia
21Pendleton County SchoolsWest Virginia
22Pocahontas County SchoolsWest Virginia
23Monroe County SchoolsWest Virginia
24Doddridge County SchoolsWest Virginia
25Preston County SchoolsWest Virginia
26Mason County SchoolsWest Virginia
27Wyoming County SchoolsWest Virginia
28Clay County SchoolsWest Virginia
29Wayne County SchoolsWest Virginia
30Pleasants County SchoolsWest Virginia
31Hampshire County SchoolsWest Virginia
32Randolph County SchoolsWest Virginia
33Boone County SchoolsWest Virginia
34Morgan County SchoolsWest Virginia
35Marshall County SchoolsWest Virginia
36Upshur County SchoolsWest Virginia
37Mineral County SchoolsWest Virginia
38Hardy County SchoolsWest Virginia
39Braxton County SchoolsWest Virginia
40Lewis County SchoolsWest Virginia
41Grant County SchoolsWest Virginia
42Ritchie County SchoolsWest Virginia
43Summers County SchoolsWest Virginia
44Mingo County SchoolsWest Virginia
45Wetzel County SchoolsWest Virginia
46Logan County SchoolsWest Virginia
47Wirt County SchoolsWest Virginia
48Lincoln County SchoolsWest Virginia
49Roane County SchoolsWest Virginia
50Barbour County SchoolsWest Virginia
51Fayette County SchoolsWest Virginia
52Webster County SchoolsWest Virginia
53Tucker County SchoolsWest Virginia
54Calhoun County SchoolsWest Virginia
55Mcdowell County SchoolsWest Virginia

Methodology

The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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Top School Districts in Wisconsin, 2018

The Badger State compares very favorably in pre-K-12 education with the rest of the nation, ranking 6th in the U.S. in NAEP math scores and high school graduation rate, as well as 8th in NAEP reading scores according to U.S. News & World Report. Wisconsin offers its residents some of the best public school districts in the nation.

Wisconsin’s best public school district is Mequon-Thiensville School District, comprising six schools serving Mequon and Thiensville, two suburbs of Milwaukee. MTSD has been repeatedly recognized nationally for its academic excellence, with three of its schools earning the National Blue Ribbon Award in the past fifteen years, most recently Oriole Lane Elementary in 2017.

Waunakee Community School District is Wisconsin’s #2 school district. Administering one independent kindergarten, three elementaries, one intermediate school, and one high school, WCSD schools either meet or exceed expectations in every academic measure.

Ranking third is Whitefish Bay School District, a small system comprising four schools serving Whitefish Bay, WI. The district has consistently excelled in academics and standardized testing compared with the rest of the state, recently becoming the only district in Wisconsin to boast an average ACT score above 25 for over 16 years.

#4 Kohler District honors Wisconsin’s legacy of excellent public schooling, with one of its schools earning a National Blue Ribbon Award in 2013.

Elmbrook School District places fifth due to its students high academic performance: the district’s graduation rate regularly reaches 98%.

Top School Districts in Wisconsin, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Mequon-Thiensville School DistrictWisconsin
2Waunakee Community School DistrictWisconsin
3Whitefish Bay School DistrictWisconsin
4Kohler School DistrictWisconsin
5Elmbrook School DistrictWisconsin
6Hamilton School DistrictWisconsin
7Middleton-Cross Plains Area School DistrictWisconsin
8Benton School DistrictWisconsin
9Mcfarland School DistrictWisconsin
10Kettle Moraine School DistrictWisconsin
11Germantown School DistrictWisconsin
12De Pere School DistrictWisconsin
13Franklin Public School DistrictWisconsin
14Grafton School DistrictWisconsin
15New Berlin School DistrictWisconsin
16Monona Grove School DistrictWisconsin
17Cedarburg School DistrictWisconsin
18Wauwatosa School DistrictWisconsin
19Northern Ozaukee School DistrictWisconsin
20Mukwonago School DistrictWisconsin
21Shorewood School DistrictWisconsin
22Pewaukee School DistrictWisconsin
23Kimberly Area School DistrictWisconsin
24Menomonee Falls School DistrictWisconsin
25Oregon School DistrictWisconsin
26Slinger School DistrictWisconsin
27Mount Horeb Area School DistrictWisconsin
28Howard-Suamico School DistrictWisconsin
29Oconomowoc Area School DistrictWisconsin
30Greendale School DistrictWisconsin
31Muskego-Norway School DistrictWisconsin
32Gibraltar Area School DistrictWisconsin
33Hudson School DistrictWisconsin
34River Falls School DistrictWisconsin
35West De Pere School DistrictWisconsin
36Grantsburg School DistrictWisconsin
37Deerfield Community School DistrictWisconsin
38Winneconne Community School DistrictWisconsin
39Spring Valley School DistrictWisconsin
40Oostburg School DistrictWisconsin
41Sun Prairie Area School DistrictWisconsin
42Southern Door County School DistrictWisconsin
43Pecatonica Area School DistrictWisconsin
44Hilbert School DistrictWisconsin
45Sauk Prairie School DistrictWisconsin
46Howards Grove School DistrictWisconsin
47Neenah Joint School DistrictWisconsin
48New Glarus School DistrictWisconsin
49Pulaski Community School DistrictWisconsin
50Onalaska School DistrictWisconsin
51De Forest Area School DistrictWisconsin
52Verona Area School DistrictWisconsin
53Hortonville Area School DistrictWisconsin
54West Salem School DistrictWisconsin
55Cedar Grove-Belgium Area School DistrictWisconsin
56Platteville School DistrictWisconsin
57Fall River School DistrictWisconsin
58Whitnall School DistrictWisconsin
59Lake Mills Area School DistrictWisconsin
60Wrightstown Community School DistrictWisconsin
61Dodgeville School DistrictWisconsin
62Elk Mound Area School DistrictWisconsin
63Port Washington-Saukville School DistrictWisconsin
64Plymouth Joint School DistrictWisconsin
65Wild Rose School DistrictWisconsin
66Elkhorn Area School DistrictWisconsin
67Highland School DistrictWisconsin
68Rosendale-Brandon School DistrictWisconsin
69Ashwaubenon School DistrictWisconsin
70Green Lake School DistrictWisconsin
71Somerset School DistrictWisconsin
72Denmark School DistrictWisconsin
73Beloit Turner School DistrictWisconsin
74Random Lake School DistrictWisconsin
75New Richmond School DistrictWisconsin
76Stoughton Area School DistrictWisconsin
77Turtle Lake School DistrictWisconsin
78Prescott School DistrictWisconsin
79Columbus School DistrictWisconsin
80Sheboygan Falls School DistrictWisconsin
81Holmen School DistrictWisconsin
82Altoona School DistrictWisconsin
83Ellsworth Community School DistrictWisconsin
84Spencer School DistrictWisconsin
85Luxemburg-Casco School DistrictWisconsin
86Osceola School DistrictWisconsin
87Reedsville School DistrictWisconsin
88Belleville School DistrictWisconsin
89Kiel Area School DistrictWisconsin
90Tomorrow River School DistrictWisconsin
91Milton School DistrictWisconsin
92Cochrane-Fountain City School DistrictWisconsin
93Evansville Community School DistrictWisconsin
94Lodi School DistrictWisconsin
95Prentice School DistrictWisconsin
96Weyauwega-Fremont School DistrictWisconsin
97Saint Croix Central School DistrictWisconsin
98East Troy Community School DistrictWisconsin
99River Valley School DistrictWisconsin
100Amery School DistrictWisconsin

Methodology

The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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Top School Districts in Wyoming, 2018

The Cowboy State is home to some of the most stunning mountain ranges in the continental United States, two of the most widely visiting national parks (Yellowstone and Grand Teton), and public school districts boasting some of the nation’s highest testing students: Wyoming ranks 11th in the nation in both NAEP reading and math scores according to U.S. News & World Report.

Wyoming’s best school district is Sheridan County School District #2, comprising six elementary schools, one junior high, one high school, and two alternative schools serving Sheridan, WY. The district’s students perform excellently in academics, leading the state among large districts in both reading and math.

Ranking #2 in Wyoming is Sublette County School District #1, a small system of four schools serving several communities in its namesake county. As proof of the district’s high level of achievement, Pinedale High School was awarded a bronze medal by U.S. News & World Report, signifying its status as one of the nation’s best public high schools.

Uinta County School District #6 ranks third among Wyoming’s school districts. According to Niche.com, the district boasts an impressive graduation rate of 85%.

At #4 is Niobrara County School District #1, comprising four schools serving the totality of Niobrara County and part of Goshen County, followed by Lincoln County School District #2 (#5), whose schools are all accredited by AdvancED and the State of Wyoming.

Top School Districts in Wyoming, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Sheridan County School District #2Wyoming
2Sublette County School District #1Wyoming
3Uinta County School District #6Wyoming
4Niobrara County School District #1Wyoming
5Lincoln County School District #2Wyoming
6Uinta County School District #4Wyoming
7Teton County School District #1Wyoming
8Laramie County School District #2Wyoming
9Big Horn County School District #2Wyoming
10Lincoln County School District #1Wyoming
11Park County School District # 1Wyoming
12Park County School District # 6Wyoming
13Fremont County School District # 1Wyoming
14Albany County School District #1Wyoming
15Sheridan County School District #1Wyoming
16Washakie County School District #1Wyoming
17Converse County School District #1Wyoming
18Sublette County School District #9Wyoming
19Natrona County School District #1Wyoming
20Johnson County School District #1Wyoming
21Weston County School District #7Wyoming
22Crook County School District #1Wyoming
23Uinta County School District #1Wyoming
24Carbon County School District #2Wyoming
25Converse County School District #2Wyoming
26Big Horn County School District #3Wyoming
27Fremont County School District #24Wyoming
28Big Horn County School District #1Wyoming
29Hot Springs County School District #1Wyoming
30Campbell County School District #1Wyoming
31Sweetwater County School District #1Wyoming
32Laramie County School District #1Wyoming
33Platte County School District #2Wyoming
34Weston County School District #1Wyoming
35Goshen County School District #1Wyoming
36Fremont County School District # 6Wyoming
37Sweetwater County School District #2Wyoming
38Carbon County School District #1Wyoming
39Platte County School District #1Wyoming
40Fremont County School District #25Wyoming
41Big Horn County School District #4Wyoming
42Fremont County School District #38Wyoming
43Fremont County School District #14Wyoming

Methodology

The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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Top School Districts in Nebraska, 2018

Nebraska, the vast, agriculturally-rich Great Plains state dividing the eastern and western parts of the country, is a quiet heavyweight in public education: the Cornhusker State ranks fifth nationwide in high school graduation rate, according to the latest survey by U.S. News & World Report.

The best public school district in Nebraska is Bennington Public Schools, serving the small town of Bennington, NE. Comprising three elementaries, a middle school, and a high school, the district exceeds statewide standards in nearly every measure.

Elkhorn Public Schools, based in the western part of the Omaha metro area, ranks #2 in the state. On account of its reputation as excellent school system with a high graduation rate, enrollment in EPS schools has grown by more than 6% with each year.

Placing third is Norris School District #160, whose four schools serve the communities of Lancaster County, NE. The district is small and rural-based, but is growing steadily with an eye towards the future: Norris was recently one of the first few hundred schools around the globe to be a Google Reference District.

At #4 is Stapleton Public Schools, another modestly-sized district with a hardworking, high achieving student body. U.S. News and World Report recently bestowed Stapleton High School with a bronze medal due to students’ high proficiency in math and English.

Rounding out the top five is Millard Public Schools, headquartered in southwest Omaha, NE. Much larger than the districts before it in the ranking, Millard’s standard of excellence has been recognized for a long time running; 13 of its schools have been honored with the Blue Ribbon Award.

Top School Districts in Nebraska, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Bennington Public SchoolsNebraska
2Elkhorn Public SchoolsNebraska
3Norris School Dist 160Nebraska
4Stapleton Public SchoolsNebraska
5Millard Public SchoolsNebraska
6Westside Community SchoolsNebraska
7Milford Public SchoolsNebraska
8Diller-Odell Public SchoolsNebraska
9Wallace Public Sch Dist 65 RNebraska
10Fort Calhoun Community SchsNebraska
11Lincoln Public SchoolsNebraska
12Gretna Public SchoolsNebraska
13Arlington Public SchoolsNebraska
14Douglas Co West Community SchsNebraska
15Holdrege Public SchoolsNebraska
16Palmyra District O R 1Nebraska
17North Bend Central Public SchsNebraska
18Hemingford Public SchoolsNebraska
19Elmwood-Murdock Public SchoolsNebraska
20Ashland-Greenwood Public SchsNebraska
21Yutan Public SchoolsNebraska
22Heartland Community SchoolsNebraska
23Sterling Public SchoolsNebraska
24Pierce Public SchoolsNebraska
25Papillion-La Vista Public SchsNebraska
26Creighton Community Public SchoolsNebraska
27Ord Public SchoolsNebraska
28Burwell Public SchoolsNebraska
29Mc Cool Junction Public SchsNebraska
30Hartington Public SchoolsNebraska
31Pleasanton Public SchoolsNebraska
32Logan View Public SchoolsNebraska
33Springfield Platteview Community SchoolsNebraska
34Mitchell Public SchoolsNebraska
35Conestoga Public SchoolsNebraska
36Cambridge Public SchoolsNebraska
37Osmond Community SchoolsNebraska
38Auburn Public SchoolsNebraska
39Malcolm Public SchoolsNebraska
40Cross County Community SchoolsNebraska
41Sidney Public SchoolsNebraska
42Kearney Public SchoolsNebraska
43Blair Community SchoolsNebraska
44Gothenburg Public SchoolsNebraska
45Arapahoe Public SchoolsNebraska
46West Holt Public SchoolsNebraska
47Sutton Public SchoolsNebraska
48Bertrand Public SchoolsNebraska
49Fillmore Central Public SchsNebraska
50Raymond Central Public SchoolsNebraska
51Laurel-Concord Public SchoolsNebraska
52Waverly School District 145Nebraska
53Adams Central Public SchoolsNebraska
54York Public SchoolsNebraska
55Wahoo Public SchoolsNebraska
56Pender Public SchoolsNebraska
57Chase County SchoolsNebraska
58Beatrice Public SchoolsNebraska
59Bloomfield Community SchoolsNebraska
60Seward Public SchoolsNebraska
61Creek Valley SchoolsNebraska
62Freeman Public SchoolsNebraska
63Centennial Public SchoolsNebraska
64David City Public SchoolsNebraska
65Randolph Public SchoolsNebraska
66Weeping Water Public SchoolsNebraska
67Wisner-Pilger Public SchoolsNebraska
68Wausa Public SchoolsNebraska
69Aurora Public SchoolsNebraska
70Mullen Public SchoolsNebraska
71Chadron Public SchoolsNebraska
72Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca SchoolsNebraska
73Leyton Public SchoolsNebraska
74Battle Creek Public SchoolsNebraska
75Wakefield Public SchoolsNebraska
76Morrill Public SchoolsNebraska
77Valentine Community SchoolsNebraska
78Mc Cook Public SchoolsNebraska
79Bridgeport Public SchoolsNebraska
80Louisville Public SchoolsNebraska
81Franklin Public SchoolsNebraska
82Columbus Public SchoolsNebraska
83Stanton Community SchoolsNebraska
84Broken Bow Public SchoolsNebraska
85Norfolk Public SchoolsNebraska
86Garden County SchoolsNebraska
87Tri County Public SchoolsNebraska
88Overton Public SchoolsNebraska
89Allen Consolidated SchoolsNebraska
90Johnson-Brock Public SchoolsNebraska
91Oakland Craig Public SchoolsNebraska
92Boone Central SchoolsNebraska
93Ponca Public SchoolsNebraska
94Alma Public SchoolsNebraska
95Osceola Public SchoolsNebraska
96Northwest Public SchoolsNebraska
97Hitchcock Co Sch SystemNebraska
98Bellevue Public SchoolsNebraska
99Crete Public SchoolsNebraska
100Superior Public SchoolsNebraska

Methodology

The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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Top School Districts in New Jersey, 2018

The Garden State belongs in the upper echelon of American states when it comes to public education; according to U.S. News & World Report, New Jersey is #3 in the nation in Pre-K-12 education, and #2 in high school graduation rate.

New Jersey’s best school system is West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, comprising ten schools serving students hailing from West Windsor and Plainsboro Townships. A number of its schools have received the highest honor any public school can receive, the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon award, including West WIndsor-Plainsboro High School North in 2006.

Tenafly Public Schools, serving Tenafly, NJ, ranks second in the state. The district’s six schools consistently exceed state and nationwide standards of achievement, and Tenafly High School was recognized as a gold medal school by U.S. News & World Report, an honor bestowed to the best public high schools in the nation.

Third in the ranking is Bernards Township School District. Several of the district’s schools have been recognized by Newsweek and other nationwide publications for their excellence. In addition, Liberty Corner School earned a Blue Ribbon award in 2015. 

Millburn Township Public Schools (#4) is another system making good on New Jersey’s reputation for excellent public schooling, with numerous honors under its belt.

Closing out New Jersey’s top five is Princeton Public Schools, a district of six schools serving youngsters from Princeton, NJ. In 2017, PPS’s Littlebrook Elementary became another New Jersey school to earn Blue Ribbon recognition.

Top School Districts in New Jersey, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
2Tenafly Public SchoolsNew Jersey
3Bernards Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
4Millburn Township SchoolsNew Jersey
5Princeton Public SchoolsNew Jersey
6Ridgewood Public SchoolsNew Jersey
7The School District Of The ChathamsNew Jersey
8Mountain Lakes Board Of EducationNew Jersey
9Glen Rock Public School DistrictNew Jersey
10Montgomery Township School DistrictNew Jersey
11Livingston Public SchoolsNew Jersey
12Edison Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
13Madison Public SchoolsNew Jersey
14River Dell Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
15New Providence Board Of EducationNew Jersey
16Westfield Public SchoolsNew Jersey
17Haddonfield Board Of EducationNew Jersey
18Cresskill Public School DistrictNew Jersey
19Berkeley Heights Public SchoolsNew Jersey
20Montville Township School DistrictNew Jersey
21Kinnelon Board Of EducationNew Jersey
22Summit Public SchoolsNew Jersey
23Mahwah Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
24Robbinsville Public SchoolsNew Jersey
25South Brunswick School DistrictNew Jersey
26Somerset Hills Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
27Scotch Plains-Fanwood School DistrictNew Jersey
28Holmdel Township School DistrictNew Jersey
29Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
30Ramsey Public SchoolsNew Jersey
31Mount Olive Township School DistrictNew Jersey
32Hopewell Valley Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
33Hillsborough Township Public School DistrictNew Jersey
34Park Ridge Public SchoolsNew Jersey
35Glen Ridge Public SchoolsNew Jersey
36Cranford Public School DistrictNew Jersey
37Randolph Township SchoolsNew Jersey
38Pequannock Township School DistrictNew Jersey
39Fort Lee Public SchoolsNew Jersey
40East Brunswick Public SchoolsNew Jersey
41Parsippany-Troy Hills Township SchoolsNew Jersey
42Emerson Public SchoolsNew Jersey
43Waldwick School DistrictNew Jersey
44Moorestown Township Public School DistrictNew Jersey
45Fair Lawn Public SchoolsNew Jersey
46Leonia Public SchoolsNew Jersey
47South Orange-Maplewood School DistrictNew Jersey
48Verona Public SchoolsNew Jersey
49Haddon Heights Public SchoolsNew Jersey
50Westwood Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
51Paramus Public SchoolsNew Jersey
52Wall Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
53Metuchen Public SchoolsNew Jersey
54Monroe Township Board Of EducationNew Jersey
55Montclair Public SchoolsNew Jersey
56Dumont Board Of EducationNew Jersey
57West Essex Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
58Clearview Regional High School DistrictNew Jersey
59Caldwell-West Caldwell Public SchoolsNew Jersey
60Cherry Hill Public SchoolsNew Jersey
61Highland Park Board Of EducationNew Jersey
62Kingsway Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
63Piscataway Township SchoolsNew Jersey
64Henry Hudson Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
65Wayne Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
66Rutherford Public SchoolsNew Jersey
67Clark Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
68Southern Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
69Upper Freehold Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
70Midland Park Public SchoolsNew Jersey
71Middletown Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
72Sparta Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
73East Windsor Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
74Manasquan School DistrictNew Jersey
75Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
76Morris School DistrictNew Jersey
77Springfield Public SchoolsNew Jersey
78Weehawken Board Of EducationNew Jersey
79Jackson Township School DistrictNew Jersey
80Boonton Town School DistrictNew Jersey
81Jefferson TownshipNew Jersey
82Point Pleasant Borough Board Of EducationNew Jersey
83Cedar Grove Township School DistrictNew Jersey
84Northern Burlington County Regional School DistrictNew Jersey
85Spotswood Public SchoolsNew Jersey
86Point Pleasant Beach Board Of EducationNew Jersey
87Roxbury Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
88Hasbrouck Heights Board Of EducationNew Jersey
89Lawrence Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
90Middlesex Borough Public SchoolsNew Jersey
91Woodbridge Township School DistrictNew Jersey
92Bergenfield Borough School DistrictNew Jersey
93Old Bridge Township School DistrictNew Jersey
94Bordentown RegionalNew Jersey
95Hackettstown Public SchoolsNew Jersey
96Delsea Regional High School DistrictNew Jersey
97Ridgefield Park TownshipNew Jersey
98Washington Township Public SchoolsNew Jersey
99Plumsted Township Board Of EducationNew Jersey
100Nutley Public School DistrictNew Jersey

Methodology

The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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Top School Districts in Oklahoma, 2018

Oklahoma’s unique history of settlement by many different European peoples, along with its strong Native American presence and cultural influence, has resulted in a heterogenous student body enrolled in the state’s public schools.

Deer Creek Public Schools is Oklahoma’s #1 public school district. The system of eight schools serving parts of Oklahoma and Logan Counties has earned numerous National Blue RIbbon Awards over the years, with Blue Creek Middle School most recently taking the honor in 2017.

Oklahoma’s #2 school district is Central High Public Schools, comprising three schools in Marlow, OK. Central High’s elementary school took home National Blue Ribbon honors in 2013.

Edmond Public Schools, a large district of 27 schools located in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond, ranks third. The terrific school system has earned more Blue Ribbon honors than any school in the state--with ten--in addition to being recognized for its excellence by such publications as The Washington Post and Newsweek.

Fourth in the ranking is Bixby Public Schools, based in the Tulsa-area suburb that lends it its name. The seven-school district achieved a whopping graduation rate of 99.2% in 2016.

Rounding out Oklahoma’s five best school districts is Arapaho-Butler Public School District, comprising two excellent schools in Arapaho, OK. The district’s academic excellence is indicated in its high school’s rating of “A-” in the 2015-2016 state report card.

Top School Districts in Oklahoma, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictRank
1Deer CreekOklahoma
2Central HighOklahoma
3EdmondOklahoma
4BixbyOklahoma
5Arapaho-ButlerOklahoma
6Thomas-Fay-Custer Unified DistOklahoma
7ChisholmOklahoma
8OwassoOklahoma
9CheyenneOklahoma
10PlainviewOklahoma
11PiedmontOklahoma
12BethanyOklahoma
13MooreOklahoma
14JenksOklahoma
15NewcastleOklahoma
16Bridge CreekOklahoma
17NormanOklahoma
18TuttleOklahoma
19SequoyahOklahoma
20WaynokaOklahoma
21AdairOklahoma
22VerdigrisOklahoma
23LeedeyOklahoma
24BartlesvilleOklahoma
25StillwaterOklahoma
26Lookeba SicklesOklahoma
27BlanchardOklahoma
28TexhomaOklahoma
29ViciOklahoma
30MustangOklahoma
31KiowaOklahoma
32WeatherfordOklahoma
33Amber-PocassetOklahoma
34KingstonOklahoma
35GroveOklahoma
36Broken ArrowOklahoma
37YukonOklahoma
38ClaremoreOklahoma
39CaddoOklahoma
40KingfisherOklahoma
41Choctaw-Nicoma ParkOklahoma
42Oologah-TalalaOklahoma
43Mulhall-OrlandoOklahoma
44MidwayOklahoma
45CanuteOklahoma
46BerryhillOklahoma
47TushkaOklahoma
48PrestonOklahoma
49PragueOklahoma
50ElginOklahoma
51HintonOklahoma
52CollinsvilleOklahoma
53PryorOklahoma
54Lone GroveOklahoma
55LattaOklahoma
56ByngOklahoma
57ClintonOklahoma
58CrowderOklahoma
59CoyleOklahoma
60PurcellOklahoma
61ShattuckOklahoma
62Fort GibsonOklahoma
63BristowOklahoma
64CacheOklahoma
65MannfordOklahoma
66RipleyOklahoma
67SmithvilleOklahoma
68SentinelOklahoma
69HilldaleOklahoma
70CowetaOklahoma
71KieferOklahoma
72BethelOklahoma
73DicksonOklahoma
74OkarcheOklahoma
75SperryOklahoma
76GoodwellOklahoma
77Ponca CityOklahoma
78WashingtonOklahoma
79DurantOklahoma
80AlvaOklahoma
81AltusOklahoma
82GarberOklahoma
83Sand SpringsOklahoma
84MangumOklahoma
85TurnerOklahoma
86StonewallOklahoma
87CordellOklahoma
88HarrahOklahoma
89JonesOklahoma
90SkiatookOklahoma
91CanadianOklahoma
92MorrisOklahoma
93PerryOklahoma
94Midwest City-Del CityOklahoma
95ShidlerOklahoma
96InolaOklahoma
97MoorelandOklahoma
98GuymonOklahoma
99CushingOklahoma
100CopanOklahoma

Methodology

The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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Top School Districts in Ohio, 2018

The Buckeye State is the 7th most populous in the nation, and its many cities each possess a distinct character and their share of high performing public school districts focused on preparing students for entry into one of Ohio’s 80 plus institutions of higher learning.

Ohio’s #1 school district is Indian Hill Exempted Village School District, a system of four schools serving Cincinnati suburb Indian Hill, OH. All of Indian Hill’s schools far surpass statewide academic standards, with each earning a rating of “Excellent” through the Ohio Department of Education. Additionally, Indian Hill High School placed in Newsweek’s ranking of the nation’s top 100 high schools for six straight years.

Another Cincinnati area district, Wyoming City Schools, ranks #2. The district is comprised of three primary schools, one middle school, and one high school. As a measure of the district’s academic excellence, 15 of Wyoming High School’s Class of 2018 were recognized by either the National Merit Scholarship Corporation or College Board for their scholarship.

#3 Beachwood City Schools, based in the Cleveland suburb of Beachwood, OH, has achieved a slew of impressive accomplishments over the years, including three National Blue Ribbon Awards, and a rating of “Excellent” from the state’s Department of Education.

Placing fourth is Solon City School District, a system of seven schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan Area. In 2013, Solon High School became the only Ohio high school to receive the Red Quill Legacy Award from the ACT organization, recognizing the school’s history of excellent ACT scores.

The high achieving Mason City Schools of Mason, OH, home to 2016 Blue Ribbon School Award winner WIlliam Mason High School, completes the top five.

Top School Districts in Ohio, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Indian Hill Exempted VillageOhio
2Wyoming CityOhio
3Beachwood CityOhio
4Solon CityOhio
5Mason City School DistrictOhio
6Rocky River CityOhio
7Madeira CityOhio
8Avon LocalOhio
9Botkins LocalOhio
10Avon Lake CityOhio
11Sycamore Community CityOhio
12Chagrin Falls Exempted VillageOhio
13Oakwood CityOhio
14Orange CityOhio
15Olentangy LocalOhio
16Mariemont CityOhio
17Kenston LocalOhio
18Hudson CityOhio
19Ottawa Hills LocalOhio
20Granville Exempted VillageOhio
21Kirtland LocalOhio
22Westlake CityOhio
23Dublin CityOhio
24Aurora CityOhio
25Brecksville-Broadview Heights CityOhio
26Jackson LocalOhio
27Bay Village CityOhio
28Minster LocalOhio
29Springboro Community CityOhio
30Upper Arlington CityOhio
31Forest Hills LocalOhio
32Miller City-New Cleveland LocalOhio
33Bexley CityOhio
34Olmsted Falls CityOhio
35Revere LocalOhio
36New Albany-Plain LocalOhio
37St Henry Consolidated LocalOhio
38Kings LocalOhio
39Wadsworth CityOhio
40North Royalton CityOhio
41Centerville CityOhio
42Independence LocalOhio
43Fort Recovery LocalOhio
44Ottoville LocalOhio
45Marion LocalOhio
46Cuyahoga Heights LocalOhio
47Lake LocalOhio
48Twinsburg CityOhio
49Chardon LocalOhio
50Grandview Heights CityOhio
51Beavercreek CityOhio
52Lakota LocalOhio
53Copley-Fairlawn CityOhio
54Mayfield CityOhio
55Russia LocalOhio
56Anthony Wayne LocalOhio
57Canfield LocalOhio
58West Geauga LocalOhio
59Van Buren LocalOhio
60Kalida LocalOhio
61Anna LocalOhio
62Little Miami LocalOhio
63New Bremen LocalOhio
64Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local School DistrictOhio
65South Range LocalOhio
66Coldwater Exempted VillageOhio
67Perrysburg Exempted VillageOhio
68North Canton CityOhio
69Loveland CityOhio
70Highland LocalOhio
71Fort Loramie LocalOhio
72Milford Exempted VillageOhio
73Norwayne LocalOhio
74Hilliard CityOhio
75Archbold-Area LocalOhio
76Green LocalOhio
77Versailles Exempted VillageOhio
78Pickerington LocalOhio
79Pandora-Gilboa LocalOhio
80Manchester LocalOhio
81Wayne LocalOhio
82Mentor Exempted VillageOhio
83Marysville Exempted VillageOhio
84Maplewood LocalOhio
85Nordonia Hills CityOhio
86Tipp City Exempted VillageOhio
87Worthington CityOhio
88Columbiana Exempted VillageOhio
89Shaker Heights CityOhio
90Ross LocalOhio
91Poland LocalOhio
92Strongsville CityOhio
93Bluffton Exempted VillageOhio
94Big Walnut LocalOhio
95Mccomb LocalOhio
96Amherst Exempted VillageOhio
97Perry LocalOhio
98Clinton-Massie LocalOhio
99Teays Valley LocalOhio
100Springfield LocalOhio

Methodology

The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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