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As a state with some of the oldest communities in the United States and one of the original 13 colonies, Connecticut has had plenty of time to develop an excellent educational tradition. Let’s look at the Nutmeg State’s top five public school districts (four of five of which are located in Fairfield County) to see where this tradition is best rooted.

Connecticut’s best school district is New Canaan Public Schools, a district with a nationwide reputation for academic excellence serving one of the wealthiest communities in the United States. In apt demonstration of its quality, 21 New Canaan High School seniors were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program in 2018.

#2 goes to Darien Public Schools, a small district serving seven schools in the small, wealthy town of Darien 37 miles northeast of New York City. Students of the district frequently score the highest test scores in the state.

Placing third is is another Fairfield county district, Weston School District. A small district with an out-sized reputation, Weston places an emphasis on active learning, with students participating in many activities in the woodlands surrounding the schools.

The one top five Connecticut school district not located in Fairfield is #4 Regional School District #12 of Litchfield County serving four schools in the Washington Depot area.

We head back to Fairfield County for #5 Westport School District, where students scored 15% above the state in the Connecticut Mastery Test.

Top School Districts in Connecticut, 2019

RankSchool DistrictCountyCityState
1New Canaan School DistrictFairfield CountyNew CanaanConnecticut
2Darien School DistrictFairfield CountyDarienConnecticut
3Weston School DistrictFairfield CountyWestonConnecticut
4Regional School District 12Litchfield CountyWashington DepotConnecticut
5Westport School DistrictFairfield CountyWestportConnecticut
6Regional School District 18New London CountyOld LymeConnecticut
7Ridgefield School DistrictFairfield CountyRidgefieldConnecticut
8Glastonbury School DistrictHartford CountyGlastonburyConnecticut
9Regional School District 09Fairfield CountyMonroeConnecticut
10Trumbull School DistrictFairfield CountyTrumbullConnecticut
11Wilton School DistrictFairfield CountyWiltonConnecticut
12Guilford School DistrictNew Haven CountyGuilfordConnecticut
13Fairfield School DistrictFairfield CountyFairfieldConnecticut
14Greenwich School DistrictFairfield CountyGreenwichConnecticut
15Monroe School DistrictFairfield CountyMonroeConnecticut
16Farmington School DistrictHartford CountyFarmingtonConnecticut
17Simsbury School DistrictHartford CountySimsburyConnecticut
18Regional School District 05New Haven CountyWoodbridgeConnecticut
19Avon School DistrictHartford CountyAvonConnecticut
20South Windsor School DistrictHartford CountySouth WindsorConnecticut
21Madison School DistrictNew Haven CountyMadisonConnecticut
22Newtown School DistrictFairfield CountyNewtownConnecticut
23Regional School District 10Hartford CountyBurlingtonConnecticut
24East Granby School DistrictHartford CountyEast GranbyConnecticut
25Cheshire School DistrictNew Haven CountyCheshireConnecticut


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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