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


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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