Wisconsin sits on the edge of Lake Superior in the Great Lakes region. However, the lakes aren’t the only thing great about this state. The school districts are ensuring students can be great, too.
Nicolet UHS School District take the number one spot on this list. This district scored an ACT composite score 4 points higher than the state and national average. In addition, the district has made great strides in growing the graduation rate.
Mequon-Thiensville School District comes in 2nd. This district offers a range of academic and career programs to help studies pursue their passion. In addition, all schools in the district were graded highly and rated as “Significantly Exceeds Expectations.”
Waunakee Community School District earns 3rd spot on the list. Their dedication to early childhood learning with programs like pre-kindergarten have gone a long way to improve the overall, lifelong learning outcomes of students.
In 4th place is Elmbrook School District serving Waukesha County. The ACT average of 24.9 exceeds both national and state averages. In addition, 95% of graduates from this district end up attending college and pursuing higher education.
Finishing off the top 5 is New Berlin School District which support students in New Berlin and area. All schools in the district are rated as “Exceeds Expectations” or “Significantly Exceeds Expectations.” In addition to core programs, the district also offers career and technical learning paths.
Top School Districts in Wisconsin, 2019
|1||Nicolet UHS School District||Milwaukee County||Glendale||Wisconsin|
|2||Mequon-Thiensville School District||Ozaukee County||Mequon||Wisconsin|
|3||Waunakee Community School District||Dane County||Waunakee||Wisconsin|
|4||Elmbrook School District||Waukesha County||Brookfield||Wisconsin|
|5||New Berlin School District||Waukesha County||New Berlin||Wisconsin|
|6||Cedarburg School District||Ozaukee County||Cedarburg||Wisconsin|
|7||Hamilton School District||Waukesha County||Sussex||Wisconsin|
|8||Whitefish Bay School District||Milwaukee County||Whitefish Bay||Wisconsin|
|9||Sevastopol School District||Door County||Sturgeon Bay||Wisconsin|
|10||Slinger School District||Washington County||Slinger||Wisconsin|
|11||Muskego-Norway School District||Waukesha County||Muskego||Wisconsin|
|12||Kettle Moraine School District||Waukesha County||Wales||Wisconsin|
|13||Arrowhead UHS School District||Waukesha County||Hartland||Wisconsin|
|14||Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District||Dane County||Middleton||Wisconsin|
|15||De Pere School District||Brown County||De Pere||Wisconsin|
|16||Winneconne Community School District||Winnebago County||Winneconne||Wisconsin|
|17||Shorewood School District||Milwaukee County||Shorewood||Wisconsin|
|18||Menomonee Falls School District||Waukesha County||Menomonee Falls||Wisconsin|
|19||Kimberly Area School District||Outagamie County||Combined Locks||Wisconsin|
|20||Gibraltar Area School District||Door County||Fish Creek||Wisconsin|
|21||Grafton School District||Ozaukee County||Grafton||Wisconsin|
|22||Wrightstown Community School District||Brown County||Wrightstown||Wisconsin|
|23||Kohler School District||Sheboygan County||Kohler||Wisconsin|
|24||Oregon School District||Dane County||Oregon||Wisconsin|
|25||Greendale School District||Milwaukee County||Greendale||Wisconsin|
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.