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
Rank School District County City State
1 New Canaan School District Fairfield County New Canaan Connecticut
2 Darien School District Fairfield County Darien Connecticut
3 Weston School District Fairfield County Weston Connecticut
4 Regional School District 12 Litchfield County Washington Depot Connecticut
5 Westport School District Fairfield County Westport Connecticut
6 Regional School District 18 New London County Old Lyme Connecticut
7 Ridgefield School District Fairfield County Ridgefield Connecticut
8 Glastonbury School District Hartford County Glastonbury Connecticut
9 Regional School District 09 Fairfield County Monroe Connecticut
10 Trumbull School District Fairfield County Trumbull Connecticut
11 Wilton School District Fairfield County Wilton Connecticut
12 Guilford School District New Haven County Guilford Connecticut
13 Fairfield School District Fairfield County Fairfield Connecticut
14 Greenwich School District Fairfield County Greenwich Connecticut
15 Monroe School District Fairfield County Monroe Connecticut
16 Farmington School District Hartford County Farmington Connecticut
17 Simsbury School District Hartford County Simsbury Connecticut
18 Regional School District 05 New Haven County Woodbridge Connecticut
19 Avon School District Hartford County Avon Connecticut
20 South Windsor School District Hartford County South Windsor Connecticut
21 Madison School District New Haven County Madison Connecticut
22 Newtown School District Fairfield County Newtown Connecticut
23 Regional School District 10 Hartford County Burlington Connecticut
24 East Granby School District Hartford County East Granby Connecticut
25 Cheshire School District New Haven County Cheshire Connecticut
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.