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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

RankSchool DistrictCountyCityState
1Nicolet UHS School DistrictMilwaukee CountyGlendaleWisconsin
2Mequon-Thiensville School DistrictOzaukee CountyMequonWisconsin
3Waunakee Community School DistrictDane CountyWaunakeeWisconsin
4Elmbrook School DistrictWaukesha CountyBrookfieldWisconsin
5New Berlin School DistrictWaukesha CountyNew BerlinWisconsin
6Cedarburg School DistrictOzaukee CountyCedarburgWisconsin
7Hamilton School DistrictWaukesha CountySussexWisconsin
8Whitefish Bay School DistrictMilwaukee CountyWhitefish BayWisconsin
9Sevastopol School DistrictDoor CountySturgeon BayWisconsin
10Slinger School DistrictWashington CountySlingerWisconsin
11Muskego-Norway School DistrictWaukesha CountyMuskegoWisconsin
12Kettle Moraine School DistrictWaukesha CountyWalesWisconsin
13Arrowhead UHS School DistrictWaukesha CountyHartlandWisconsin
14Middleton-Cross Plains Area School DistrictDane CountyMiddletonWisconsin
15De Pere School DistrictBrown CountyDe PereWisconsin
16Winneconne Community School DistrictWinnebago CountyWinneconneWisconsin
17Shorewood School DistrictMilwaukee CountyShorewoodWisconsin
18Menomonee Falls School DistrictWaukesha CountyMenomonee FallsWisconsin
19Kimberly Area School DistrictOutagamie CountyCombined LocksWisconsin
20Gibraltar Area School DistrictDoor CountyFish CreekWisconsin
21Grafton School DistrictOzaukee CountyGraftonWisconsin
22Wrightstown Community School DistrictBrown CountyWrightstownWisconsin
23Kohler School DistrictSheboygan CountyKohlerWisconsin
24Oregon School DistrictDane CountyOregonWisconsin
25Greendale School DistrictMilwaukee CountyGreendaleWisconsin

Methodology

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.

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