Although Alabama lags behind other states in terms of test score performance, there are a number of public school districts in the Heart of Dixie where this is far from the case. Let’s look at Alabama’s top five best school districts. 

Alabama’s best school district is Vestavia Hills Schools, a medium-sized school district of eight schools and an enrollment of around 7,000 students. Not only do Vestavia Hills students excel in academics, but they perform excellently in extracurricular activities, as well, with the Vestavia Hills High School “We the People” team recently bringing home its 16th straight state title in a competition that simulates congressional hearings. 

Not far behind is #2 Mountain Brook Schools, made up of four K-6 elementary schools, one junior high, and one high school serving the wealthy city of Mountain Brook. MBS is an all-around excellent district, with high assessment scores, a high graduation rate, and a favorable student-to-teacher ratio. In fact, five of the district’s schools have received the Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education. 

Trussville City Schools is Alabama’s 3rd best school district. Composed of five schools serving Trussville, an affluent suburb of Birmingham, TCS is an elite district that performs well on assessment tests and boasts a dropout rate below one percent. 

In the 4th spot is the Enterprise City School System, a large district made up of nine schools serving over 7,000 students. ECSS has a great pedigree: it was the first district in Alabama to be accredited by both the State Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and around 82% of district students go on to attend 2 or 4-year colleges.

The 5th best school district in Alabama is Alabaster City Schools, which serves over 6,000 students in the Birmingham suburb of Alabaster. Although ALC is a young district established in just 2013, it’s already one of the best-performing in the state, being one of just 26 districts to earn an “A” on the Alabama Education Report Card.  

Top School Districts in Alabama, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Vestavia Hills CityVestavia Hills
2Mountain Brook CityMountain Brk
3Trussville CityTrussville
4Enterprise CityEnterprise
5Alabaster CityAlabaster
6Homewood CityHomewood
7Houston CountyDothan
8Morgan CountyDecatur
9Talladega CountyTalladega
10Saraland CitySaraland
11Cullman CityCullman
12Phenix CityPhenix City
13Muscle Shoals CityMuscle Shoals
14Arab CityArab
15Florence CityFlorence
16Athens CityAthens
17Hartselle CityHartselle
18Jackson CountyScottsboro
19Albertville CityAlbertville
20Pelham CityPelham
21Dale CountyOzark
22Leeds CityLeeds
23Satsuma CitySatsuma
24Marshall CountyGuntersville
25Oxford CityOxford
26Cherokee CountyCentre
27Cleburne CountyHeflin
28Opelika CityOpelika
29Pell CityPell City
30Oneonta CityOneonta
31Fort Payne CityFort Payne
32Lawrence CountyMoulton
33Brewton CityBrewton
34Gadsden CityGadsden
35Coffee CountyElba
36Covington CountyAndalusia
37Winfield CityWinfield
38Jasper CityJasper
39Guntersville CityGuntersville
40Jacksonville CityJacksonville
41Winston CountyDouble Springs
42Marion CountyHamilton
43Scottsboro CityScottsboro
44Escambia CountyBrewton
45Piedmont CityPiedmont
46Andalusia CityAndalusia
47Henry CountyAbbeville
48Russellville CityRussellville
49Lamar CountyVernon
50Geneva CountyGeneva
51Marengo CountyLinden
52Sylacauga CitySylacauga
53Troy CityTroy
54Franklin CountyRussellville
55Roanoke CityRoanoke
56Pickens CountyCarrollton
57Washington CountyChatom
58Fayette CountyFayette
59Tuscumbia CityTuscumbia
60Russell CountyPhenix City
61Haleyville CityHaleyville
62Alexander CityAlexander City
63Chambers CountyLafayette
64Hale CountyGreensboro
65Ozark CityOzark
66Clarke CountyGrove Hill
67Tallapoosa CountyDadeville
68Clay CountyAshland
69Geneva CityGeneva
70Opp CityOpp
71Demopolis CityDemopolis
72Boaz CityBoaz
73Pike CountyTroy
74Bibb CountyCentreville
75Colbert CountyTuscumbia
76Randolph CountyWedowee
77Monroe CountyMonroeville
78Selma CitySelma
79Thomasville CityThomasville
80Crenshaw CountyLuverne
81Dallas CountySelma
82Attalla CityAttalla
83Tallassee CityTallassee
84Talladega CityTalladega
85Sheffield CitySheffield
86Butler CountyGreenville
87Lowndes CountyHayneville
88Elba CityElba
89Bessemer CityBessemer
90Fairfield CityFairfield
91Coosa CountyRockford
92Midfield CityMidfield
93Macon CountyTuskegee
94Anniston CityAnniston
95Perry CountyMarion
96Tarrant CityTarrant
97Chickasaw CityChickasaw
98Daleville CityDaleville
99Choctaw CountyButler
100Lanett CityLanett


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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