Top School Districts in Connecticut, 2021

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Connecticut’s public school system is one of the best in the nation, with the state’s students earning test scores significantly higher than national averages while graduating at a rate of nearly 88%. While the state performs well overall, the achievements of Connecticut’s five best school districts are even more singularly impressive. 

Westport Public Schools is the best school district in Connecticut. The medium-sized district of nine schools in the oceanside community of Westport boasts a graduation rate of 98%, while over 80% of its students score above proficiency level in reading and language arts and math.

The 2nd best school district in Connecticut is Trumbull Public Schools, a system made of 10 schools with a total enrollment nearing 7,000. TPS students enjoy a student-to-teacher ratio of 13.1 and graduate at a rate of 97%.

Connecticut’s 3rd best school system is Darien Public School District, made up of seven schools in the community of Darien. A large majority of students in the district score above proficiency in RLA and math, while Darien High School has earned a “Best High School” medal from U.S. News.  

Earning Connecticut’s #4 spot is Glastonbury Public Schools, comprising eight schools in the affluent Hartford suburb of Glastonbury. The district does a great job of preparing students for a post-secondary education, and a remarkable 92.8% of 2019 graduates went on to attend a two or four-year college. 

Wilton Public Schools places 5th in the ranking of Connecticut’s best school districts. In 2019, Wilton schools earned a long list of achievements, including a GreatSchools College Success Award for Wilton High School. 

Top School Districts in Connecticut, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Westport School DistrictWestport
2Trumbull School DistrictTrumbull
3Darien School DistrictDarien
4Glastonbury School DistrictGlastonbury
5Wilton School DistrictWilton
6Ridgefield School DistrictRidgefield
7Guilford School DistrictGuilford
8Farmington School DistrictFarmington
9Simsbury School DistrictSimsbury
10Cheshire School DistrictCheshire
11Avon School DistrictAvon
12Southington School DistrictSouthington
13Regional School District 05Woodbridge
14South Windsor School DistrictSouth Windsor
15Monroe School DistrictMonroe
16Shelton School DistrictShelton
17Milford School DistrictMilford
18Madison School DistrictMadison
19Rocky Hill School DistrictRocky Hill
20New Fairfield School DistrictNew Fairfield
21Regional School District 15Middlebury
22Wethersfield School DistrictWethersfield
23Berlin School DistrictBerlin
24East Lyme School DistrictEst Lyme
25Regional School District 17Higganum
26Newington School DistrictNewington
27Regional School District 10Burlington
28Canton School DistrictCanton
29Tolland School DistrictTolland
30Bethel School DistrictBethel
31Waterford School DistrictWaterford
32Regional School District 06Litchfield
33Brookfield School DistrictBrookfield
34Wallingford School DistrictWallingford
35Colchester School DistrictColchester
36East Hampton School DistrictEast Hampton
37Regional School District 04Deep River
38Ellington School DistrictEllington
39Regional School District 08Hebron
40Middletown School DistrictMiddletown
41Stratford School DistrictStratford
42Coventry School DistrictCoventry
43Wolcott School DistrictWolcott
44Branford School DistrictBranford
45Granby School DistrictGranby
46Bolton School DistrictBolton
47Oxford School DistrictOxford
48Old Saybrook School DistrictOld Saybrook
49Regional School District 07Winsted
50Watertown School DistrictWatertown
51Enfield School DistrictEnfield
52East Haddam School DistrictMoodus
53Regional School District 16Prospect
54Stonington School DistrictOld Mystic
55Regional School District 14Woodbury
56Ledyard School DistrictLedyard
57East Granby School DistrictEast Granby
58Suffield School DistrictSuffield
59Regional School District 19Storrs
60Seymour School DistrictSeymour
61Groton School DistrictMystic
62Portland School DistrictPortland
63Cromwell School DistrictCromwell
64Naugatuck School DistrictNaugatuck
65East Hartford School DistrictEast Hartford
66North Stonington School DistrNorth Stonington
67North Branford School DistricNorthford
68Manchester School DistrictManchester
69Lebanon School DistrictLebanon
70Plainville School DistrictPlainville
71Somers School DistrictSomers
72New Milford School DistrictNew Milford
73Griswold School DistrictGriswold
74Thomaston School DistrictThomaston
75West Haven School DistrictWest Haven
76Stafford School DistrictStafford Springs
77Plainfield School DistrictPlainfield
78Plymouth School DistrictTerryville
79Killingly School DistrictDanielson
80Montville School DistrictOakdale
81Vernon School DistrictVernon
82East Haven School DistrictEast Haven
83Torrington School DistrictTorrington
84Windham School DistrictWillimantic
85Ansonia School DistrictAnsonia
86Derby School DistrictDerby
87New London School DistrictNew London
88Thompson School DistrictNorth Grosvenord

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 Delaware, 2021

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Though public education in Delaware isn’t quite at the level of its neighbors Maryland and New Jersey, the state is nevertheless among the best in the nation. In 2018, the Delaware high school graduation rate hit a record high of 86.69%, besting the 2017 number, which was also an all-time high. Performance at Delaware’s five best school districts bests the already high state standard. 

Cape Henlopen School District is the top public school system in Delaware.  Consisting of eight schools located in the scenic southern cape region of Delaware Bay, CHSD boasts a graduation rate of 91% that bests state and national averages, while nearly 66% of its students are proficient in English language arts. 

Caesar Rodney School District places a close 2nd in the rankings. Headquartered in Wyoming, Delaware, CRSD and its schools have earned a long list of achievements and academic recognitions, including three Blue Ribbon awards. 

Delaware's 3rd best public school district is Sussex Technical School District, consisting of a single county-wide technical public high school. Sussex Tech does an excellent job of preparing students for the future, allowing them to choose between 21 different trades of specialization.

Smyrna School District earns the 4th spot in the rankings. SSD’s eight schools all perform above the state level in proficiency tests, and 97% of SSD seniors graduated in 2018. 93% of them went on to a post-secondary education.  

Delaware’s 5th best school district is Kent County’s Polytech School District, which includes Polytech High School and the Polytech adult education program.  Like #3 Sussex Technical, Polytech puts students on the path of future success by giving them a specialized education in 1 of 21 technical fields

Top School Districts in Delaware, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Cape Henlopen School DistrictLewes
2Caesar Rodney School DistrictWyoming
3Sussex Technical School DistrictGeorgetown
4Smyrna School DistrictSmyrna
5Polytech School DistrictWoodside
6New Castle County Vocational-Technical School DistrictWilmington
7Lake Forest School DistrictFelton
8Capital School DistrictDover
9Delmar School DistrictDelmar
10Milford School DistrictMilford
11Seaford School DistrictSeaford
12Laurel School DistrictLaurel
13Woodbridge School DistrictBridgeville

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 Florida, 2021

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Florida is often considered one of the best states in the nation for higher education, and its public school system is not far behind. While its excellent universities may receive the most national attention, its top public school districts perform at an elite level that places them among the best in the United States.

Wakulla County School District is the top public school system in Florida.  Headquartered in Crawfordville, WCSD consists of four elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and one charter school. Wakulla students consistently score above state and national averages in assessment tests like the ACT, while the district routinely earns an “A” grade from the Florida Department of Education. 

Placing 2nd in Florida is Gilchrist County School District, which is a small district by Florida standards, comprising four schools with a total enrollment of 2700. GCSD boasts a high school graduation rate of 90% and 70% of its students are proficient in math. 

Suwannee County School District earns Florida’s #3 spot. Once a troubled district, SCSD is on a continuing path of improvement, recently earning an all-time high score from the Florida Department of Education. 

Florida’s 4th best school district is Hendry County District Schools, which is headquartered  in the city of Labell and comprises ten schools and one early learning center. The district’s Clewiston High School recently achieved its highest graduation rate in history. 

Rounding out the list of Florida’s top five school districts is Dixie District Schools, headquartered in the small town of Cross City. The rural district consists of two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. DDS is recognized as a Florida Healthy School District

Top School Districts in Florida, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1WakullaCrawfordville
2GilchristTrenton
3SuwanneeLive Oak
4HendryLabelle
5DixieCross City
6BakerMacclenny
7JacksonMarianna
8LevyBronson
9LafayetteMayo
10OkeechobeeOkeechobee
11GulfPort St Joe
12CalhounBlountstown
13UnionLake Butler
14HardeeWauchula
15WashingtonChipley
16LibertyBristol
17MadisonMadison
18HolmesBonifay
19BradfordStarke
20TaylorPerry
21GladesMoore Haven
22FranklinEastpoint
23DesotoArcadia
24HamiltonJasper

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 Georgia, 2021

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Like other states in the Southeast, Georgia’s public schools lag slightly behind compared to those in other regions of the country. However, public education in the state is steadily improving, with the state graduation rate regularly hitting all-time peaks, year after year. While this is good news for Georgia, the performance of the state’s best districts far puts them in an elite class of their own.

Buford City Schools is the best school district in Georgia. Comprising four schools in Gwinnett County, BCS has long been considered one of the highest performing districts in the state, both in academics and extracurriculars. Four Buford schools hold an “A” grade from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. 

Ranking 2nd is the City Schools of Decatur, a public charter school district of 10 schools in Dekalb County with a total enrollment of around 5,600 students. On standardized tests, students of the district outperform state and national averages in all grade levels, while Decatur High School was named a Georgia AP Challenge and AP Merit school. 

Georgia’s 3rd best school district is Jefferson City Schools, a small district of four schools based in Jackson County. JCS schools perform at a high level and have earned numerous awards and recognitions, including a 2018 Highest-Performing Title-I Reward School honor for Jefferson Academy. 

Harris County School District earns 4th place among Georgia public school districts. The accredited district consists of seven schools and a performance learning center based in Hamilton. HCSD’s graduation rate of 93% is over 10 points higher than the statewide rate. 

Closing out the list of Georgia’s five best school districts is Bremen City Schools, comprising three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school in Haralson County. All of the district’s schools earned either an “A” or “B” grade from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. 

Top School Districts in Georgia, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Buford CityBuford
2City Schools Of DecaturDecatur
3Jefferson CityJefferson
4Harris CountyHamilton
5Bremen CityBremen
6Lee CountyLeesburg
7Habersham CountyClarkesville
8Dawson CountyDawsonville
9Calhoun CityCalhoun
10Gordon CountyCalhoun
11White CountyCleveland
12Union CountyBlairsville
13Pierce CountyBlackshear
14Cartersville CityCartersville
15Laurens CountyDublin
16Madison CountyDanielsville
17Murray CountyChatsworth
18Ware CountyWaycross
19Heard CountyFranklin
20Rome CityRome
21Carrollton CityCarrollton
22Monroe CountyForsyth
23Pickens CountyJasper
24Gilmer CountyEllijay
25Chickamauga CityChickamauga
26Fannin CountyBlue Ridge
27Hart CountyHartwell
28Rabun CountyClayton
29Morgan CountyMadison
30Lumpkin CountyDahlonega
31Trion CityTrion
32Bleckley CountyCochran
33Wayne CountyJesup
34Jones CountyGray
35Decatur CountyBainbridge
36Thomas CountyThomasville
37Social Circle CitySocial Circle
38Banks CountyHomer
39Burke CountyWaynesboro
40Stephens CountyToccoa
41Thomaston-Upson CountyThomaston
42Haralson CountyBuchanan
43Franklin CountyCarnesville
44Dodge CountyEastman
45Seminole CountyDonalsonville
46Berrien CountyNashville
47Baldwin CountyMilledgeville
48Brantley CountyNahunta
49Jeff Davis CountyHazlehurst
50Putnam CountyEatonton
51Pike CountyZebulon
52Commerce CityCommerce
53Candler CountyMetter
54Oglethorpe CountyLexington
55Appling CountyBaxley
56Towns CountyHiawassee
57Crisp CountyCordele
58Washington CountySandersville
59Vidalia CityVidalia
60Long CountyLudowici
61Schley CountyEllaville
62Dade CountyTrenton
63Wilcox CountyAbbeville
64Wilkinson CountyIrwinton
65Sumter CountyAmericus
66Lamar CountyBarnesville
67Butts CountyJackson
68Peach CountyFort Valley
69Tattnall CountyReidsville
70Elbert CountyElberton
71Chattooga CountySummerville
72Mitchell CountyCamilla
73Worth CountySylvester
74Cook CountyAdel
75Greene CountyGreensboro
76Grady CountyCairo
77Atkinson CountyPearson
78Bacon CountyAlma
79Montgomery CountyMt. Vernon
80Emanuel CountySwainsboro
81Meriwether CountyGreenville
82Telfair CountyMcrae
83Chattahoochee CountyCusseta
84Lincoln CountyLincolnton
85Toombs CountyLyons
86Johnson CountyWrightsville
87Echols CountyStatenville
88Marion CountyBuena Vista
89Early CountyBlakely
90Irwin CountyOcilla
91Thomasville CityThomasville
92Lanier CountyLakeland
93Terrell CountyDawson
94Clinch CountyHomerville
95Jefferson CountyLouisville
96Mcduffie CountyThomson
97Wilkes CountyWashington
98Pulaski CountyHawkinsville
99Glascock CountyGibson
100Dublin CityDublin

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 Idaho, 2021

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For several years straight, Idaho has been the fastest-growing state in the country. The influx of new residents into the state poses a concern for many of Idaho’s public school districts, forcing them to rezone district boundaries or open new schools. However, having to manage new students has not affected the quality of Idaho’s five best school districts, which continue to perform at a high level. 

Post Falls School District is the best public school system in Idaho. Comprising ten schools (with a new elementary school set to open in Fall 2020) in and around Post Falls, a city near the state’s border with Washington, PFSD boasts a 95% graduation rate and has earned six state championships within the last five years. 

Placing 2nd in Idaho is Jefferson Joint School District, a medium-sized district of six elementary schools, one middle school, and two high schools headquartered in the city of Rigby. The expanding district maintains an above-average graduation rate and offers Spanish and Chinese immersion programs to its students. 

Idaho’s 3rd best school district is Madison School District, which is headquartered in Rexburg and comprises ten schools and an online academy. Students of the district have the highest ISAT scores in South Eastern Idaho, and Madison High School is one of only two Idaho schools to be named to the National AP Honor Roll.  

#4 Blaine County School District is made up of 8 schools serving an enrollment of around 3,400 students. The district’s diverse student body consistently performs above the state average on the ISAT and STAR tests.  

The 5th best school district in Idaho is Lakeland Joint School District, which consists of six elementary schools, two junior highs, and three high schools. Like many districts in Idaho, LJSD is growing at a fast rate, yet it has successfully maintained its high academic performance and focus on extracurricular activities. 

Top School Districts in Idaho, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Post Falls DistrictPost Falls
2Jefferson County Joint DistrictRigby
3Madison DistrictRexburg
4Blaine County DistrictHailey
5Lakeland DistrictRathdrum
6Mccall-Donnelly Joint School DistrictMccall
7West Side Joint DistrictDayton
8Troy School DistrictTroy
9Cassia County Joint DistrictBurley
10Lake Pend Oreille School DistrictPonderay
11Lewiston Independent DistrictLewiston
12Sugar-Salem Joint DistrictSugar City
13Moscow DistrictMoscow
14Kuna Joint DistrictKuna
15Middleton DistrictMiddleton
16Marsh Valley Joint DistrictArimo
17Parma DistrictParma
18Shelley Joint DistrictShelley
19Cottonwood Joint DistrictCottonwood
20Mountain Home DistrictMountain Home
21Grace Joint DistrictGrace
22Ririe Joint DistrictRirie
23Kimberly DistrictKimberly
24Boundary County DistrictBonners Ferry
25Caldwell DistrictCaldwell
26Preston Joint DistrictPreston
27Fremont County Joint DistrictSt Anthony
28Blackfoot DistrictBlackfoot
29Snake River DistrictBlackfoot
30New Plymouth DistrictNew Plymouth
31Genesee Joint DistrictGenesee
32Fruitland DistrictFruitland
33Soda Springs Joint DistrictSoda Springs
34Melba Joint DistrictMelba
35Homedale Joint DistrictHomedale
36Bear Lake County DistrictParis
37Teton County DistrictDriggs
38Jerome Joint DistrictJerome
39Emmett Independent DistrictEmmett
40Weiser DistrictWeiser
41Minidoka County Joint DistrictRupert
42Kellogg Joint DistrictKellogg
43West Jefferson DistrictTerreton
44Marsing Joint DistrictMarsing
45Aberdeen DistrictAberdeen
46St Maries Joint DistrictSt Maries
47Oneida County DistrictMalad City
48Filer DistrictFiler
49Kendrick Joint DistrictKendrick
50Mountain View School DistrictGrangeville
51Firth DistrictFirth
52Wallace DistrictSilverton
53Notus DistrictCaldwell
54American Falls Joint DistrictAmerican Falls
55Rockland DistrictRockland
56Richfield DistrictRichfield
57West Bonner County DistrictPriest River
58Potlatch DistrictPotlatch
59Valley DistrictHazelton
60Gooding Joint DistrictGooding
61North Gem DistrictBancroft
62Horseshoe Bend School DistrictHorseshoe Bend
63Butte County Joint DistrictArco
64Lapwai DistrictLapwai
65Glenns Ferry Joint DistrictGlens Ferry
66South Lemhi DistrictLeadore
67Salmon DistrictSalmon
68Kamiah Joint DistrictKamiah
69Buhl Joint DistrictBuhl
70Hagerman Joint DistrictHagerman
71Wendell DistrictWendell
72Payette Joint DistrictPayette
73Culdesac Joint DistrictCuldesac
74Shoshone Joint DistrictShoshone

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 Illinois, 2021

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The suburbs of Chicago are home to some of the best public school districts in the country, characterized by high graduation rates and high rates of proficiency in math and language arts. It should come as no surprise that all five of the best school districts in Illinois are located in this area. 

The best school district in Illinois is Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210, which comprises three high schools in the communities of New Lenox and Frankfort. Lincoln-Way is an excellent district that continues to improve, hitting its highest graduation rate in history in the most recent school year (98%). Furthermore, 85% of district students went on to a 2 or 4-year college within 16 months of graduation. 

Not far behind is Community High School District 155 (#2), which encompasses 4 high schools serving several communities in McHenry County. The district boasts a graduation rate of 95%, which is ten points higher than the state average, and 2019 graduates were awarded $11.7 million in scholarship money. 

Placing 3rd in Illinois is Hinsdale Township High School District 86, which operates two schools serving the communities of Hinsdale and Darien. Like the first two districts in the ranking, D86 has a very high graduation rate, and a remarkable 98% of graduates go on to attend the higher learning institution of their choosing. 

Consolidated High School District 230, which serves several southwest suburbs of Chicago in Cook County, earns the #4 spot on the list. CHSD230 is another high-performing high school district, boasting a graduation rate in the 90’s, a 91% college persistence rate, and 72% participation in co-curricular activities.  

Rounding out the list of Illinois’ five best school districts is Lyons Township High School District 204, which consists of a single high school with two campuses in LaGrange and Western Springs. Lyons Township High School has been named one of the best high schools in America by U.S. News and World Report.  

Top School Districts in Illinois, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Lincoln Way Chsd 210New Lenox
2Chsd 155Crystal Lake
3Hinsdale Twp Hsd 86Hinsdale
4Cons Hsd 230Orland Park
5Lyons Twp Hsd 204La Grange
6Edwardsville Cusd 7Edwardsville
7Chsd 99Downers Grove
8Lake Zurich Cusd 95Lake Zurich
9Oak Park - River Forest Sd 200Oak Park
10Geneva Cusd 304Geneva
11Grayslake Chsd 127Grayslake
12Dunlap Cusd 323Peoria
13Lake Park Chsd 108Roselle
14Batavia Usd 101Batavia
15Lockport Twp Hsd 205Lockport
16Chsd 117Lake Villa
17Warren Twp Hsd 121Gurnee
18Woodstock Cusd 200Woodstock
19Central Cusd 301Burlington
20Lemont Twp Hsd 210Lemont
21Riverside-Brookfield Twp Sd 208Riverside
22Hononegah Chd 207Rockton
23Waterloo Cusd 5Waterloo
24Kaneland Cusd 302Maple Park
25Coal City Cusd 1Coal City
26Byron Cusd 226Byron
27O Fallon Twp Hsd 203O Fallon
28Mascoutah Cud 19Mascoutah
29Homewood Flossmoor Chsd 233Flossmoor
30Yorkville Cusd 115Yorkville
31Dupage Hsd 88Addison
32Morton Cusd 709Morton
33Triad Cusd 2Troy
34Sycamore Cusd 427Sycamore
35Mahomet-Seymour Cusd 3Mahomet
36Columbia Cusd 4Columbia
37Tri Valley Cusd 3Downs
38Moline-Coal Valley Cusd 40Moline
39Mundelein Cons Hsd 120Mundelein
40Chsd 218Oak Lawn
41Joliet Twp Hsd 204Joliet
42Ball Chatham Cusd 5Chatham
43Belleville Twp Hsd 201Belleville
44Grant Chsd 124Fox Lake
45Minooka Chsd 111Channahon
46Bremen Chsd 228Midlothian
47Cairo Usd 1Cairo
48County Of Woodford SchoolMetamora
49Carterville Cusd 5Carterville
50Wauconda Cusd 118Wauconda
51Mt Zion Cusd 3Mt Zion
52Tremont Cusd 702Tremont
53St Joseph Ogden Chsd 305Saint Joseph
54Johnsburg Cusd 12Johnsburg
55Chsd 94West Chicago
56Monticello Cusd 25Monticello
57Williamsville Cusd 15Williamsville
58Round Lake Cusd 116Round Lake
59Marengo Chsd 154Marengo
60Teutopolis Cusd 50Teutopolis
61Morris Chsd 101Morris
62Mchenry Chsd 156Mchenry
63Hinckley Big Rock Cusd 429Hinckley
64Quincy Sd 172Quincy
65Dekalb Cusd 428Dekalb
66Pecatonica Cusd 321Pecatonica
67Reed Custer Cusd 255UBraidwood
68Washington Chsd 308Washington
69Crete Monee Cusd 201UCrete
70Thornton Fractional Twp Hsd 215Lansing
71Forrestville Valley Cusd 221Forreston
72Oak Lawn Chsd 229Oak Lawn
73Reavis Twp Hsd 220Burbank
74Highland Cusd 5Highland
75Jersey Cusd 100Jerseyville
76Alton Cusd 11Alton
77Elmwood Park Cusd 401Elmwood Park
78Wilmington Cusd 209UWilmington
79Rochester Cusd 3ARochester
80Bradley Bourbonnais Chsd 307Bradley
81Harlem Ud 122Machesney Park
82Eastland Cusd 308Lanark
83Herscher Cusd 2Herscher
84Argo Chsd 217Summit
85Genoa Kingston Cusd 424Genoa
86Peotone Cusd 207UPeotone
87Hamilton Co Cusd 10Mc Leansboro
88Jasper County Cud 1Newton
89Rochelle Twp Hsd 212Rochelle
90Bloomington Sd 87Bloomington
91Freeburg Chsd 77Freeburg
92Sherrard Cusd 200Sherrard
93Collinsville Cusd 10Collinsville
94Manteno Cusd 5Manteno
95Rock Island Sd 41Rock Island
96Central Chsd 71Breese
97Mattoon Cusd 2Mattoon
98Geneseo Cusd 228Geneseo
99Proviso Twp Hsd 209Forest Park
100Maroa Forsyth Cusd 2Maroa

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 Indiana, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top School Districts in Indiana, 2020

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

Methodology

The following variables contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, school funding per student, student to teacher ratio, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Math test, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Reading and Language test. Data from a total of 10,247 public school districts were used to compute a score for each school district. The following states were omitted due to lack of sufficient data: Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, and Virginia. Note that high schools in some states have their own independent districts.

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Top School Districts in Iowa, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top School Districts in Iowa, 2020

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

Methodology

The following variables contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, school funding per student, student to teacher ratio, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Math test, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Reading and Language test. Data from a total of 10,247 public school districts were used to compute a score for each school district. The following states were omitted due to lack of sufficient data: Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, and Virginia. Note that high schools in some states have their own independent districts.

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