It may come as a surprise to some that Oregon’s education system has a poor reputation, yet the state regularly posts low graduation rates and poor average reading and math proficiency scores. 

However, things are improving: the Oregon graduation rate hit 80% in 2019 for the first time in a decade. Of course, the state’s five best school districts manage graduation rates well above the state average, let’s take a look at these high-performing districts. 

Lake Oswego School District is the top school system in Oregon. The large district consists of six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools with an enrollment of around 7,000. LOSD’s 93.1% graduation rate is well above the state average, and remarkable for a district its size. 

Earning Oregon’s #2 spot is Sherwood School District, comprising seven schools with an enrollment of 5,136 students in Washington County.  Over 70% of the district’s students meet or exceed expectations in mathematics and English language arts. 

Corvallis School District is the 3rd best school district in Oregon. The district is made up 13 schools and is one of the most ethnically diverse in the state, with students representing over 77 birth countries.

Placing 4th is McMinnville School District, which comprises six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school with a total enrollment of around 6,800 and is the largest district in Yamhill County. Students of MSD graduation at a rate eight points higher than the state average. 

Ashland School District completes the ranking of the best school districts in Oregon. The district’s Ashland High School is regularly considered one of the best high schools in the state.

Top School Districts in Oregon, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Lake Oswego Sd 7JLake Oswego
2Sherwood Sd 88JSherwood
3Corvallis Sd 509JCorvallis
4Mcminnville Sd 40Mcminnville
5Ashland Sd 5Ashland
6Redmond Sd 2JRedmond
7Silver Falls Sd 4JSilverton
8Canby Sd 86Canby
9Newberg Sd 29JNewberg
10Forest Grove Sd 15Forest Grove
11Klamath County SdKlamath Falls
12Pinehurst Sd 94Ashland
13Riverdale Sd 51JPortland
14Hood River County SdHood River
15Neah-Kah-Nie Sd 56Rockaway Beach
16Scappoose Sd 1JScappoose
17Woodburn Sd 103Woodburn
18Central Point Sd 6Central Point
19Cascade Sd 5Turner
20Grants Pass Sd 7Grants Pass
21Centennial Sd 28JPortland
22Pendleton Sd 16Pendleton
23Bethel Sd 52Eugene
24Sisters Sd 6Sisters
25Philomath Sd 17JPhilomath
26Hermiston Sd 8Hermiston
27Central Sd 13JIndependence
28Banks Sd 13Banks
29Gladstone Sd 115Gladstone
30Lincoln County SdNewport
31Oakland Sd 1Oakland
32Dayton Sd 8Dayton
33Ontario Sd 8COntario
34Jefferson Sd 14JJefferson
35Lebanon Community Sd 9Lebanon
36Yamhill Carlton Sd 1Yamhill
37Molalla River Sd 35Molalla
38Parkrose Sd 3Portland
39La Grande Sd 1La Grande
40Adrian Sd 61Adrian
41Nestucca Valley Sd 101JCloverdale
42St Helens Sd 502St Helens
43Dufur Sd 29Dufur
44Three Rivers/Josephine County SdMurphy
45Dallas Sd 2Dallas
46Creswell Sd 40Creswell
47Siuslaw Sd 97JFlorence
48North Santiam Sd 29JStayton
49Pleasant Hill Sd 1Pleasant Hill
50South Lane Sd 45J3Cottage Grove
51Glide Sd 12Glide
52Crook County SdPrineville
53Condon Sd 25JCondon
54Junction City Sd 69Junction City
55Baker Sd 5JBaker City
56Colton Sd 53Colton
57Culver Sd 4Culver
58Eagle Point Sd 9Eagle Point
59Harrisburg Sd 7JHarrisburg
60Phoenix-Talent Sd 4Phoenix
61North Marion Sd 15Aurora
62Enterprise Sd 21Enterprise
63Lake County Sd 7Lakeview
64Tillamook Sd 9Tillamook
65St Paul Sd 45St Paul
66Klamath Falls City SchoolsKlamath Falls
67North Wasco County Sd 21The Dalles
68Gaston Sd 511JGaston
69Echo Sd 5Echo
70John Day Sd 3Canyon City
71Joseph Sd 6Joseph
72Vernonia Sd 47JVernonia
73Black Butte Sd 41Camp Sherman
74Milton-Freewater Unified Sd 7Milton-Freewater
75Perrydale Sd 21Amity
76Wallowa Sd 12Wallowa
77Brookings-Harbor Sd 17CBrookings
78Crow-Applegate-Lorane Sd 66Eugene
79Sweet Home Sd 55Sweet Home
80Athena-Weston Sd 29RjAthena
81Harney County Sd 3Burns
82Warrenton-Hammond Sd 30Warrenton
83Clatskanie Sd 6JClatskanie
84Union Sd 5Union
85North Douglas Sd 22Drain
86Nyssa Sd 26Nyssa
87Stanfield Sd 61Stanfield
88Morrow Sd 1Heppner
89Central Linn Sd 552Halsey
90Scio Sd 95Scio
91Jefferson County Sd 509JMadras
92Vale Sd 84Vale
93Knappa Sd 4Astoria
94Rainier Sd 13Rainier
95Bandon Sd 54Bandon
96Gervais Sd 1Gervais
97Pilot Rock Sd 2Pilot Rock
98Mt Angel Sd 91Mt Angel
99Seaside Sd 10Seaside
100Umatilla Sd 6RUmatilla


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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