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Best School Districts in America, 2018

Ensuring that their children receive a good education is something few American parents are willing to compromise on. Since most cannot afford private schooling, families strive to place their kids in the best public school districts that their financial situation will allow.

While the debate over the importance and degree of funding necessary in delivering an excellent education has gone on for decades, nearly all experts agree that money is important. The schools that perform the best have plenty of it, and those that don’t typically underperform in key areas. Revenue taken in by school districts is used to keep resources and curriculums up to date and allow schools to hire the best teachers available as faculty. There’s really no substitute for good funding.

Obviously another key factor in judging the value of a school district is the student body’s overall performance in math and reading tests. Enrolling your child in a school where students perform well on tests and get good grades will increase his or her own achievement through osmosis. Children and teenagers are highly influenced by their peer groups and competition between students to achieve top marks can be a very good thing.

Two intertwined criteria that also play an important role in a school district’s overall quality are dropout rate and poverty rate. Nobody wants their child to drop out of high school as it has been demonstrated that high school dropouts earn 200,000 less on average over their lifetimes than those who received a high school diploma. A school with a high dropout rate is not a place parents want to send their children.

Unfortunately, dropout rate is often linked to the level of poverty experienced by students in a given school district. Even if a school receives in a decent amount of funding, students can still struggle with test scores and grades if they experience a significant amount of poverty in their lives. While schools may provide adequate textbooks and other learning materials, poorer students are often deprived of basic needs such as proper nutrition and domestic stability that are essential to fostering positive academic performance. That is why poverty rate is also a determining factor in our ranking.

So which schools fared the best in our ranking?​

Top 10 Best School Districts in America

1. Naperville Community School District 203

Coming in at #1 is Naperville Community School District 203 located in Naperville, IL. Naperville is an affluent suburb of Chicago with a reputation as an excellent place to raise a family. With a high amount of revenue, stellar test scores, and a near nonexistent dropout rate, CUSD 203 is consistently ranked among the best school districts in the nation.

2. Morton Community School District 709

At #2, we find another Illinois school district, Morton Community School District 709 in Morton, IL. Morton 709 has low poverty and dropout rates, excellent funding and test scores only slightly below that of Naperville CUSD 203.

3. Lexington Public Schools

The public schools of Lexington, Massachusetts are next at #3 owing to their marvelous academic performance and safe and secure learning environments.

4. Gilbert Unified District

We head west to Gilbert, Arizona’s Gilbert Unified District for #4. Gilbert Unified District is well-funded, with a low dropout rate and great test performance. GUD received the A+ ‘School of Excellence’ award in 2011.

5. Westford Public Schools

For #5 we return to Massachusetts: the public school district of Westford, MA earns this honor due its high math and reading scores.

New Jersey's West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District ranks at #6, with terrific academic reputation and a history of being awarded for high performance. Illinois earns its third spot in the top ten at #7 with Wauconda Community School District 118 gathering students from several communities in Lake County. Wauconda CUSD has a well-earned reputation for excellence. Wauconda High School boasts a graduation rate of 89%. Rounding out the top ten are three Massachusetts public school districts: Winchester, MA (#8); Westwood, MA (#9), and Shrewsbury, MA (#10), cementing the state’s reputation for boasting the best public schools in the nation.

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Top 500 School Districts in America, 2018

RankStateName
1IllinoisNAPERVILLE CUSD 203
2IllinoisMORTON CUSD 709
3MassachusettsLEXINGTON
4ArizonaGILBERT UNIFIED DISTRICT
5MassachusettsWESTFORD
6New JerseyWEST WINDSOR-PLAINSBORO REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
7IllinoisWAUCONDA CUSD 118
8MassachusettsWINCHESTER
9MassachusettsWESTWOOD
10MassachusettsSHREWSBURY
11New JerseyTENAFLY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
12TexasHIGHLAND PARK ISD
13New JerseyBERNARDS TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOLS
14MassachusettsWESTON
15MassachusettsBELMONT
16New JerseyMILLBURN TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS
17New JerseyPRINCETON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
18TexasLOVEJOY ISD
19MassachusettsMOUNT GREYLOCK
20New HampshireBEDFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT
21PennsylvaniaSOUTH FAYETTE TOWNSHIP SD
22MassachusettsBROOKLINE
23MassachusettsNEWTON
24New JerseyRIDGEWOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
25MassachusettsSHARON
26MassachusettsARLINGTON
27OhioINDIAN HILL EXEMPTED VILLAGE
28New JerseyTHE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE CHATHAMS
29PennsylvaniaUNIONVILLE-CHADDS FORD SD
30MassachusettsWAYLAND
31MassachusettsHINGHAM
32MassachusettsACTON-BOXBOROUGH
33MassachusettsWELLESLEY
34New YorkMANHASSET UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
35New YorkRYE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
36MassachusettsDOVER-SHERBORN
37MassachusettsBEDFORD
38MassachusettsKING PHILIP
39MassachusettsANDOVER
40OhioWYOMING CITY
41MassachusettsSCITUATE
42PennsylvaniaLOWER MERION SD
43AlabamaMOUNTAIN BROOK CITY
44New JerseyMOUNTAIN LAKES BOARD OF EDUCATION
45OhioBEACHWOOD CITY
46New JerseyGLEN ROCK PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
47IndianaCARMEL CLAY SCHOOLS
48CaliforniaPALO ALTO UNIFIED
49New YorkBYRAM HILLS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
50MassachusettsNEEDHAM
51MassachusettsHARVARD
52New JerseyMONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
53New JerseyLIVINGSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
54WashingtonMERCER ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT
55OhioSOLON CITY
56PennsylvaniaRADNOR TOWNSHIP SD
57TexasFALLS CITY ISD
58TexasCARROLL ISD
59New JerseyEDISON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOLS
60New JerseyMADISON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
61MassachusettsHOPKINTON
62MassachusettsLYNNFIELD
63MassachusettsMEDFIELD
64OhioMASON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
65New YorkJERICHO UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
66MassachusettsMANCHESTER ESSEX REGIONAL
67New YorkIRVINGTON UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
68New JerseyRIVER DELL REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
69CaliforniaLIBERTY ELEMENTARY
70MassachusettsWESTBOROUGH
71New YorkBLIND BROOK-RYE UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
72MassachusettsGROTON-DUNSTABLE
73New YorkSCARSDALE UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
74ArizonaDYSART UNIFIED DISTRICT
75MinnesotaWAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
76CaliforniaHERMOSA BEACH CITY ELEMENTARY
77New YorkBRONXVILLE UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
78TexasKLONDIKE ISD
79New JerseyNEW PROVIDENCE BOARD OF EDUCATION
80New YorkGARDEN CITY UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
81OhioROCKY RIVER CITY
82MassachusettsHOLLISTON
83TexasEANES ISD
84New JerseyWESTFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
85New YorkCHAPPAQUA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
86New JerseyHADDONFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION
87OregonRIVERDALE SD 51J
88IndianaWEST LAFAYETTE COM SCHOOL CORP
89OhioMADEIRA CITY
90TexasFRISCO ISD
91MassachusettsCOHASSET
92New YorkARDSLEY UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
93MassachusettsFRANKLIN
94MassachusettsNATICK
95New YorkBRIARCLIFF MANOR UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
96MinnesotaEDINA PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
97PennsylvaniaUPPER DUBLIN SD
98New JerseyCRESSKILL PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
99New JerseyBERKELEY HEIGHTS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
100New YorkSYOSSET CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
101PennsylvaniaTREDYFFRIN-EASTTOWN SD
102New JerseyMONTVILLE TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
103MassachusettsWACHUSETT
104New HampshireDRESDEN SCHOOL DISTRICT
105New YorkFAYETTEVILLE-MANLIUS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
106MinnesotaMINNETONKA PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
107New JerseyKINNELON BOARD OF EDUCATION
108OregonLAKE OSWEGO SD 7J
109MassachusettsGRAFTON
110New JerseySUMMIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
111CaliforniaPIEDMONT CITY UNIFIED
112New YorkHERRICKS UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
113New JerseyMAHWAH TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOLS
114New JerseyROBBINSVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
115Rhode IslandBARRINGTON
116MassachusettsNASHOBA
117New JerseySOUTH BRUNSWICK SCHOOL DISTRICT
118New JerseySOMERSET HILLS REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
119MassachusettsCHELMSFORD
120ArizonaTANQUE VERDE UNIFIED DISTRICT
121New JerseySCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT
122New YorkEAST WILLISTON UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
123CaliforniaSAN MARINO UNIFIED
124New JerseyHOLMDEL TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
125New YorkPELHAM UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
126New YorkMAMARONECK UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
127North CarolinaCHAPEL HILL-CARRBORO CITY SCHOOLS
128New YorkKATONAH-LEWISBORO UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
129TexasPROSPER ISD
130New YorkPITTSFORD CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
131KansasWACONDA
132New YorkNORTH SHORE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
133MassachusettsMARBLEHEAD
134MichiganNOVI COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
135MassachusettsDUXBURY
136TexasLAKE TRAVIS ISD
137New JerseyBRIDGEWATER-RARITAN REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
138New JerseyRAMSEY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
139OhioAVON LOCAL
140PennsylvaniaCOLONIAL SD
141PennsylvaniaCENTRAL BUCKS SD
142New YorkEASTCHESTER UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
143PennsylvaniaPERKIOMEN VALLEY SD
144PennsylvaniaHAMPTON TOWNSHIP SD
145MassachusettsLITTLETON
146MaineFALMOUTH PUBLIC SCHOOLS
147PennsylvaniaWALLINGFORD-SWARTHMORE SD
148MaineYARMOUTH SCHOOLS
149MassachusettsCANTON
150CaliforniaLA CANADA UNIFIED
151ArizonaST JOHNS UNIFIED DISTRICT
152IndianaZIONSVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
153MichiganROCHESTER COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
154PennsylvaniaFOX CHAPEL AREA SD
155MissouriLADUE
156MassachusettsMILTON
157PennsylvaniaUPPER SAINT CLAIR SD
158OhioBOTKINS LOCAL
159OhioAVON LAKE CITY
160New JerseyMOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
161MassachusettsNORWELL
162MissouriCLAYTON
163MassachusettsBRAINTREE
164WashingtonLAKE WASHINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
165New JerseyHOPEWELL VALLEY REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
166New YorkGREAT NECK UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
167New JerseyHILLSBOROUGH TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
168IllinoisDUNLAP CUSD 323
169OhioSYCAMORE COMMUNITY CITY
170OhioCHAGRIN FALLS EXEMPTED VILLAGE
171New YorkLOCUST VALLEY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
172MassachusettsMEDWAY
173OhioOAKWOOD CITY
174MassachusettsNORTH READING
175WisconsinMEQUON-THIENSVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT
176CaliforniaMANHATTAN BEACH UNIFIED
177CaliforniaARCADIA UNIFIED
178MassachusettsLONGMEADOW
179PennsylvaniaMT LEBANON SD
180WisconsinWAUNAKEE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
181MassachusettsOLD ROCHESTER
182WashingtonSNOQUALMIE VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
183New YorkTUCKAHOE UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
184MassachusettsREADING
185KansasBLUE VALLEY
186OhioORANGE CITY
187OhioOLENTANGY LOCAL
188MassachusettsHAMILTON-WENHAM
189WashingtonBELLEVUE SCHOOL DISTRICT
190New JerseyPARK RIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
191GeorgiaFORSYTH COUNTY
192MassachusettsMARSHFIELD
193WashingtonCAMAS SCHOOL DISTRICT
194New YorkRYE NECK UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
195MinnesotaWACONIA PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
196PennsylvaniaWISSAHICKON SD
197PennsylvaniaJENKINTOWN SD
198PennsylvaniaNEW HOPE-SOLEBURY SD
199New HampshireHOLLIS/BROOKLINE COOP SCHOOL DISTRICT
200New JerseyGLEN RIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
201MaineRSU 51/MSAD 51
202WashingtonISSAQUAH SCHOOL DISTRICT
203MinnesotaMAHTOMEDI PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
204MassachusettsMANSFIELD
205New JerseyCRANFORD PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
206OhioMARIEMONT CITY
207IndianaHAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN SCHOOLS
208PennsylvaniaNORTH ALLEGHENY SD
209OhioKENSTON LOCAL
210WisconsinWHITEFISH BAY SCHOOL DISTRICT
211MassachusettsWALPOLE
212MaineCAPE ELIZABETH PUBLIC SCHOOLS
213OhioHUDSON CITY
214PennsylvaniaLOWER MORELAND TOWNSHIP SD
215PennsylvaniaSPRING-FORD AREA SD
216ColoradoCHEYENNE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 12, IN THE COUNTY OF E
217MichiganTROY SCHOOL DISTRICT
218MassachusettsHANOVER
219OhioOTTAWA HILLS LOCAL
220MassachusettsMENDON-UPTON
221WisconsinKOHLER SCHOOL DISTRICT
222MissouriLINDBERGH SCHOOLS
223New JerseyRANDOLPH TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS
224OhioGRANVILLE EXEMPTED VILLAGE
225ColoradoSTEAMBOAT SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. RE 2
226MichiganOKEMOS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
227MichiganEAST GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
228PennsylvaniaHAVERFORD TOWNSHIP SD
229PennsylvaniaROSE TREE MEDIA SD
230PennsylvaniaGARNET VALLEY SD
231OhioKIRTLAND LOCAL
232New YorkBOLTON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
233MassachusettsMELROSE
234PennsylvaniaGREAT VALLEY SD
235WisconsinELMBROOK SCHOOL DISTRICT
236Rhode IslandEAST GREENWICH
237MinnesotaWESTONKA PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
238OhioWESTLAKE CITY
239OhioDUBLIN CITY
240New YorkPORT JEFFERSON UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
241WisconsinHAMILTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
242New YorkNANUET UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
243ColoradoDOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT, NO. RE 1
244MinnesotaBYRON PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
245New JerseyPEQUANNOCK TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
246MassachusettsIPSWICH
247IllinoisBARRINGTON CUSD 220
248PennsylvaniaDOWNINGTOWN AREA SD
249WisconsinMIDDLETON-CROSS PLAINS AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
250CaliforniaSAN RAMON VALLEY UNIFIED
251MassachusettsEASTON
252PennsylvaniaMARS AREA SD
253AlabamaVESTAVIA HILLS CITY
254New YorkMASSAPEQUA UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
255PennsylvaniaOWEN J ROBERTS SD
256MassachusettsHOPEDALE
257TexasALLEN ISD
258New YorkPENFIELD CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
259IowaJOHNSTON COMM SCHOOL DISTRICT
260New YorkHASTINGS-ON-HUDSON UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
261PennsylvaniaPETERS TOWNSHIP SD
262New JerseyFORT LEE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
263TexasGRADY ISD
264MinnesotaEDEN PRAIRIE PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
265New JerseyEAST BRUNSWICK PUBLIC SCHOOLS
266New JerseyPARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS
267MichiganBIRMINGHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS
268MassachusettsMASCONOMET
269KansasSPRING HILL
270MassachusettsPENTUCKET
271New YorkPLEASANTVILLE UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
272PennsylvaniaPINE-RICHLAND SD
273PennsylvaniaHATBORO-HORSHAM SD
274MassachusettsSILVER LAKE
275MassachusettsNAUSET
276OhioAURORA CITY
277OhioBRECKSVILLE-BROADVIEW HEIGHTS CITY
278New JerseyEMERSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
279New YorkROSLYN UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
280New YorkWILLIAMSVILLE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
281MinnesotaORONO PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
282MichiganBLOOMFIELD HILLS SCHOOLS
283IllinoisELMHURST SD 205
284OhioJACKSON LOCAL
285PennsylvaniaSPRINGFIELD SD
286MinnesotaST. ANTHONY-NEW BRIGHTON SCHOOLS
287MinnesotaPRIOR LAKE-SAVAGE AREA SCHOOLS
288NebraskaBENNINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
289CaliforniaIRVINE UNIFIED
290WashingtonBAINBRIDGE ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT
291MassachusettsDEDHAM
292PennsylvaniaQUAKER VALLEY SD
293New JerseyWALDWICK SCHOOL DISTRICT
294North DakotaNORTHWOOD 129
295MassachusettsNEWBURYPORT
296MassachusettsASHLAND
297PennsylvaniaYORK SUBURBAN SD
298New HampshireOYSTER RIVER COOP SCHOOL DISTRICT
299TexasCOPPELL ISD
300IowaWAUKEE COMM SCHOOL DISTRICT
301New YorkCROTON-HARMON UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
302New YorkEDGEMONT UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
303New JerseyMOORESTOWN TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
304MassachusettsWILMINGTON
305OhioBAY VILLAGE CITY
306PennsylvaniaMETHACTON SD
307New YorkHALF HOLLOW HILLS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
308PennsylvaniaQUAKERTOWN COMMUNITY SD
309New MexicoLOS ALAMOS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
310MassachusettsWEST BRIDGEWATER
311NebraskaELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
312OhioMINSTER LOCAL
313New YorkMOUNT PLEASANT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
314MassachusettsSANDWICH
315MichiganNORTHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
316CaliforniaFREMONT UNIFIED
317New JerseyFAIR LAWN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
318New JerseyLEONIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
319WisconsinBENTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
320New YorkPORT WASHINGTON UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
321New YorkPLAINVIEW-OLD BETHPAGE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
322New YorkSMITHTOWN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
323New JerseySOUTH ORANGE-MAPLEWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT
324New YorkCOLD SPRING HARBOR CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
325IndianaBROWNSBURG COMMUNITY SCH CORP
326IowaPLEASANT VALLEY COMM SCHOOL DISTRICT
327VermontSOUTH BURLINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
328OhioSPRINGBORO COMMUNITY CITY
329MassachusettsTANTASQUA
330WashingtonNORTHSHORE SCHOOL DISTRICT
331OhioUPPER ARLINGTON CITY
332New JerseyVERONA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
333OhioFOREST HILLS LOCAL
334New HampshireBOW SCHOOL DISTRICT
335CaliforniaPLEASANTON UNIFIED
336KansasDE SOTO
337IowaGILBERT COMM SCHOOL DISTRICT
338WyomingSHERIDAN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT #2
339MissouriKIRKWOOD R-VII
340KansasANDOVER
341TennesseeWILLIAMSON COUNTY
342IllinoisINDIAN PRAIRIE CUSD 204
343OhioMILLER CITY-NEW CLEVELAND LOCAL
344MinnesotaNEW PRAGUE AREA SCHOOLS
345MinnesotaDELANO PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
346ColoradoBOULDER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. RE2
347New JerseyHADDON HEIGHTS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
348WisconsinMCFARLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT
349PennsylvaniaSENECA VALLEY SD
350New JerseyWESTWOOD REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
351MichiganSOUTH LYON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
352WisconsinKETTLE MORAINE SCHOOL DISTRICT
353MassachusettsNORTH ATTLEBOROUGH
354New JerseyPARAMUS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
355New YorkHARBORFIELDS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
356OhioBEXLEY CITY
357PennsylvaniaFRANKLIN REGIONAL SD
358ArizonaROUND VALLEY UNIFIED DISTRICT
359MinnesotaEASTERN CARVER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL
360CaliforniaPALOS VERDES PENINSULA UNIFIED
361MassachusettsNORTON
362MinnesotaHOUSTON PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
363CaliforniaCARMEL UNIFIED
364IndianaSOUTHEAST DUBOIS CO SCH CORP
365MassachusettsHAMPDEN-WILBRAHAM
366New JerseyWALL TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOLS
367MarylandHOWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
368MassachusettsSWAMPSCOTT
369IndianaNORTH WEST HENDRICKS SCHOOLS
370TexasARGYLE ISD
371ColoradoACADEMY, SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 20, IN THE COUNTY OF EL PASO AN
372WisconsinGERMANTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT
373WashingtonTAHOMA SCHOOL DISTRICT
374New YorkBRIGHTON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
375New JerseyMETUCHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
376New JerseyMONROE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF EDUCATION
377Rhode IslandSOUTH KINGSTOWN
378New YorkHARRISON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
379OhioOLMSTED FALLS CITY
380New JerseyMONTCLAIR PUBLIC SCHOOLS
381ColoradoLITTLETON, SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 6, IN THE COUNTY OF ARAPAHOE
382New JerseyDUMONT BOARD OF EDUCATION
383PennsylvaniaLEWISBURG AREA SD
384PennsylvaniaWEST CHESTER AREA SD
385MinnesotaZUMBROTA-MAZEPPA SCHOOL DISTRICT
386IllinoisGENEVA CUSD 304
387MinnesotaLAKEVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
388OhioREVERE LOCAL
389MichiganSALINE AREA SCHOOLS
390CaliforniaSOUTH PASADENA UNIFIED
391PennsylvaniaSOUTHERN LEHIGH SD
392OhioNEW ALBANY-PLAIN LOCAL
393KentuckyFORT THOMAS INDEPENDENT
394New YorkSAG HARBOR UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
395New YorkNORTH SALEM CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
396New YorkLYNBROOK UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
397OhioST HENRY CONSOLIDATED LOCAL
398WisconsinDE PERE SCHOOL DISTRICT
399ColoradoLEWIS-PALMER CONSOLIDATED, SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 38, IN THE CO
400WisconsinFRANKLIN PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
401New JerseyWEST ESSEX REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
402New YorkBETHPAGE UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
403IowaANKENY COMM SCHOOL DISTRICT
404New YorkNISKAYUNA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
405New JerseyCLEARVIEW REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
406OhioKINGS LOCAL
407New JerseyCALDWELL-WEST CALDWELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS
408MinnesotaST. MICHAEL-ALBERTVILLE SCHOOL DIST
409OhioWADSWORTH CITY
410OhioNORTH ROYALTON CITY
411New JerseyCHERRY HILL PUBLIC SCHOOLS
412North DakotaMOHALL-LANSFORD-SHERWOOD 1
413MassachusettsHOLBROOK
414CaliforniaLOS ALAMITOS UNIFIED
415WisconsinGRAFTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
416OhioCENTERVILLE CITY
417MassachusettsNORTH ANDOVER
418IllinoisST CHARLES CUSD 303
419TexasFRIENDSWOOD ISD
420MassachusettsWAKEFIELD
421MinnesotaSARTELL-ST. STEPHEN SCHOOL DISTRICT
422New JerseyHIGHLAND PARK BOARD OF EDUCATION
423MassachusettsLUNENBURG
424PennsylvaniaCHELTENHAM TOWNSHIP SD
425WisconsinNEW BERLIN SCHOOL DISTRICT
426New YorkWANTAGH UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
427New JerseyKINGSWAY REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
428KansasGARDNER EDGERTON
429New YorkSOMERS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
430North DakotaWYNDMERE 42
431OhioINDEPENDENCE LOCAL
432MassachusettsSEEKONK
433OhioFORT RECOVERY LOCAL
434New YorkTHREE VILLAGE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
435OhioOTTOVILLE LOCAL
436MinnesotaSHAKOPEE PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
437MassachusettsFOXBOROUGH
438PennsylvaniaMANHEIM TOWNSHIP SD
439PennsylvaniaCUMBERLAND VALLEY SD
440MinnesotaCENTENNIAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
441South DakotaCHESTER AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT 39-1
442MassachusettsSUTTON
443MissouriBRENTWOOD
444VirginiaFALLS CHURCH CITY PBLC SCHS
445TexasPORT ARANSAS ISD
446North DakotaCENTRAL VALLEY 3
447New YorkBEDFORD CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
448PennsylvaniaNORTH PENN SD
449New YorkJAMESVILLE-DEWITT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
450WisconsinMONONA GROVE SCHOOL DISTRICT
451New YorkCAZENOVIA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
452WashingtonTUMWATER SCHOOL DISTRICT
453WisconsinCEDARBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT
454KentuckyBEECHWOOD INDEPENDENT
455OhioMARION LOCAL
456MassachusettsLENOX
457OhioCUYAHOGA HEIGHTS LOCAL
458MassachusettsHADLEY
459MassachusettsPEMBROKE
460New YorkRAMAPO CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT (SUFFERN)
461PennsylvaniaAVONWORTH SD
462MinnesotaESKO PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
463IndianaNOBLESVILLE SCHOOLS
464MassachusettsMILLIS
465WisconsinWAUWATOSA SCHOOL DISTRICT
466MinnesotaSTILLWATER AREA PUBLIC SCHOOL DIST.
467ColoradoASPEN SCHOOL DISTRICT
468New JerseyPISCATAWAY TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS
469MassachusettsGEORGETOWN
470PennsylvaniaABINGTON HEIGHTS SD
471PennsylvaniaSPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP SD
472MaineRSU 21
473Rhode IslandNARRAGANSETT
474ColoradoWELD COUNTY REORGANIZED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. RE-4
475New YorkVOORHEESVILLE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
476WyomingSUBLETTE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT #1
477Rhode IslandCHARIHO
478IllinoisCONS SD 158
479MassachusettsAMHERST-PELHAM
480VirginiaARLINGTON CO PBLC SCHS
481IllinoisLAKE ZURICH CUSD 95
482MinnesotaSOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DIST
483MichiganFOREST HILLS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
484IndianaNORTH SPENCER COUNTY SCH CORP
485ArizonaCATALINA FOOTHILLS UNIFIED DISTRICT
486OregonSHERWOOD SD 88J
487IowaDALLAS CENTER-GRIMES COMM SCHOOL DISTRICT
488New YorkEAST MEADOW UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
489OhioLAKE LOCAL
490KansasSILVER LAKE
491MinnesotaCHISAGO LAKES SCHOOL DISTRICT
492WisconsinNORTHERN OZAUKEE SCHOOL DISTRICT
493WisconsinMUKWONAGO SCHOOL DISTRICT
494PennsylvaniaWILSON SD
495MassachusettsBURLINGTON
496MassachusettsSTONEHAM
497OhioTWINSBURG CITY
498Rhode IslandPORTSMOUTH
499OhioCHARDON LOCAL
500New YorkBURNT HILLS-BALLSTON LAKE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Methodology

We collected data from a total of 9,577 school districts. The following factors contributed to our ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Note that some districts, including those from Connecticut were excluded due to incomplete data.