The Cowboy State is home to some of the most stunning mountain ranges in the continental United States, two of the most widely visiting national parks (Yellowstone and Grand Teton), and public school districts boasting some of the nation’s highest testing students: Wyoming ranks 11th in the nation in both NAEP reading and math scores according to U.S. News & World Report.

Wyoming’s best school district is Sheridan County School District #2, comprising six elementary schools, one junior high, one high school, and two alternative schools serving Sheridan, WY. The district’s students perform excellently in academics, leading the state among large districts in both reading and math.

Ranking #2 in Wyoming is Sublette County School District #1, a small system of four schools serving several communities in its namesake county. As proof of the district’s high level of achievement, Pinedale High School was awarded a bronze medal by U.S. News & World Report, signifying its status as one of the nation’s best public high schools.

Uinta County School District #6 ranks third among Wyoming’s school districts. According to Niche.com, the district boasts an impressive graduation rate of 85%.

At #4 is Niobrara County School District #1, comprising four schools serving the totality of Niobrara County and part of Goshen County, followed by Lincoln County School District #2 (#5), whose schools are all accredited by AdvancED and the State of Wyoming.

Top School Districts in Wyoming, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Sheridan County School District #2Wyoming
2Sublette County School District #1Wyoming
3Uinta County School District #6Wyoming
4Niobrara County School District #1Wyoming
5Lincoln County School District #2Wyoming
6Uinta County School District #4Wyoming
7Teton County School District #1Wyoming
8Laramie County School District #2Wyoming
9Big Horn County School District #2Wyoming
10Lincoln County School District #1Wyoming
11Park County School District # 1Wyoming
12Park County School District # 6Wyoming
13Fremont County School District # 1Wyoming
14Albany County School District #1Wyoming
15Sheridan County School District #1Wyoming
16Washakie County School District #1Wyoming
17Converse County School District #1Wyoming
18Sublette County School District #9Wyoming
19Natrona County School District #1Wyoming
20Johnson County School District #1Wyoming
21Weston County School District #7Wyoming
22Crook County School District #1Wyoming
23Uinta County School District #1Wyoming
24Carbon County School District #2Wyoming
25Converse County School District #2Wyoming
26Big Horn County School District #3Wyoming
27Fremont County School District #24Wyoming
28Big Horn County School District #1Wyoming
29Hot Springs County School District #1Wyoming
30Campbell County School District #1Wyoming
31Sweetwater County School District #1Wyoming
32Laramie County School District #1Wyoming
33Platte County School District #2Wyoming
34Weston County School District #1Wyoming
35Goshen County School District #1Wyoming
36Fremont County School District # 6Wyoming
37Sweetwater County School District #2Wyoming
38Carbon County School District #1Wyoming
39Platte County School District #1Wyoming
40Fremont County School District #25Wyoming
41Big Horn County School District #4Wyoming
42Fremont County School District #38Wyoming
43Fremont County School District #14Wyoming

Methodology

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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