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The best school district in every state

  • The best school district in every state

    School districts throughout the United States are working to determine how to safely reopen schools in the fall against a backdrop of surging COVID-19 cases in many regions. Districts are faced with decisions between offering a hybrid of in-person and online classes, online-only learning, or bringing students back for in-person classroom learning.

    Between parental politics, after-school programs, and PTA meetings, navigating school districts can be hard—and choosing the district that is best for your child is even harder. Various districts prioritize funding for different programs, and some have more of a knack for hiring and retaining nurturing teachers. For some districts, it seems to be a numbers game without any thought regarding the learning environment. Other districts encourage kids to explore passions and make friends but are lagging academically. A top school district isn’t just one or the other; it’s a combination of the two.

    With kids spending the majority of their waking hours in the classroom (or virtual classroom) and oftentimes participating in a variety of extracurricular activities, it’s vital for parents to be aware of the type of environment children will be in because of how it may affect them.

    Stacker analyzed extensive data from Niche to calculate the best school district in every state. Niche rankings rely on statistics from the U.S. Department of Education, SAT/ACT scores, college readiness, teacher quality, and graduation rates. Read on to see how your district stacks up.

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  • Alabama: Mountain Brook City Schools

    - Location: Mountain Brook, AL
    - Number of schools: 6
    - Students: 4,363
    - Reading proficient: 84%
    - Math proficient: 89%
    - Graduation rate: 97%
    - Student teacher ratio: 14:1
    - Average teacher salary: $65,452

  • Alaska: Skagway School District

    - Location: Skagway, AK
    - Number of schools: 1
    - Students: 138
    - Reading proficient: 87%
    - Math proficient: 82%
    - Graduation rate: data not available
    - Student teacher ratio: 10:1
    - Average teacher salary: data not available

  • Arizona: Catalina Foothills Unified School District

    - Location: Tucson, AZ
    - Number of schools: 8
    - Students: 5,292
    - Reading proficient: 70%
    - Math proficient: 69%
    - Graduation rate: 98%
    - Student teacher ratio: 20:1
    - Average teacher salary: $45,311

  • Arkansas: Bentonville Public Schools

    - Location: Bentonville, AR
    - Number of schools: 21
    - Students: 16,870
    - Reading proficient: 64%
    - Math proficient: 66%
    - Graduation rate: 94%
    - Student teacher ratio: 15:1
    - Average teacher salary: $53,408

  • California: Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District

    - Location: Los Gatos, CA
    - Number of schools: 2
    - Students: 3,425
    - Reading proficient: 84%
    - Math proficient: 74%
    - Graduation rate: 97%
    - Student teacher ratio: 21:1
    - Average teacher salary: $109,507

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  • Colorado: Cheyenne Mountain School District No. 12

    - Location: Colorado Springs, CO
    - Number of schools: 11
    - Students: 5,220
    - Reading proficient: 69%
    - Math proficient: 62%
    - Graduation rate: 95%
    - Student teacher ratio: 15:1
    - Average teacher salary: $49,119

  • Connecticut: Westport School District

    - Location: Westport, CT
    - Number of schools: 8
    - Students: 5,570
    - Reading proficient: 85%
    - Math proficient: 81%
    - Graduation rate: 99%
    - Student teacher ratio: 11:1
    - Average teacher salary: $78,283

  • Delaware: Appoquinimink School District

    - Location: Odessa, DE
    - Number of schools: 16
    - Students: 10,882
    - Reading proficient: 68%
    - Math proficient: 53%
    - Graduation rate: 95%
    - Student teacher ratio: 16:1
    - Average teacher salary: $64,540

  • Florida: St. Johns County School District

    - Location: St Augustine, FL
    - Number of schools: 49
    - Students: 40,189
    - Reading proficient: 74%
    - Math proficient: 79%
    - Graduation rate: 93%
    - Student teacher ratio: 14:1
    - Average teacher salary: $40,715

  • Georgia: Buford City Schools

    - Location: Buford, GA
    - Number of schools: 4
    - Students: 4,808
    - Reading proficient: 65%
    - Math proficient: 75%
    - Graduation rate: 93%
    - Student teacher ratio: 16:1
    - Average teacher salary: $62,865

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