Vermont, with its tranquil lakes, impressive mountains, and dense forests, is a great place for children to learn about and experience the natural world, and the New England state’s school system certainly picks up the slack; it was rated #4 in the nation in Pre-K-12 education by U.S. News & World Report.

Vermont’s best public school system is South Burlington School District, comprising five schools in the state’s second largest city and headquarters of the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Company. The district’s schools excel in academics, performing above the state and national averages in standardized tests.

Rivendell Interstate School District, one of the few interstate school districts in the nation, serving three towns in Vermont and one New Hampshire town, ranks #2 on the list.

At #3 is Colchester School District, administering five schools in Colchester, VT, a suburb of Burlington. CSD is known for its vibrant music and art programs and excellent physical education program.

Placing fourth is Montpelier School District, comprising three schools serving Montpelier and parts of several other towns. U.S. News & World Report honored Montpelier High School with a silver medal, naming it the 2nd best within the entire state.

Closing out the list of Vermont’s top five best school districts is Hartford School District. The district’s six schools have been repeatedly recognized for their academic excellence, performing above the national average in standardized test scores.

Top School Districts in Vermont, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1South Burlington School DistrictVermont
2Rivendell Interstate School DistrictVermont
3Colchester School DistrictVermont
4Montpelier School DistrictVermont
5Hartford School DistrictVermont
6Burlington School DistrictVermont
7Milton Incorporated School DistrictVermont
8Blue Mountain Usd #21Vermont
9Springfield School DistrictVermont
10Rutland City School DistrictVermont
11Winooski School DistrictVermont


The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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