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    Best public elementary school in every state

    Parents want the best for their children. From better job prospects to a brighter future, it all starts with a great education. Early developmental stages are vital for discovering strengths and areas of interest, which is why identifying the right elementary school for your child is so important.

    Don’t get us wrong, though. By the best schools, we don’t mean schools in the trendiest cities or schools with the latest smartboards. We mean schools that prioritize education by preparing kids for the future and teachers that lead students to a brighter tomorrow.

    At Stacker, we analyzed Niche’s database of schools to help determine the best public elementary schools in every state. All schools were ranked using data from the U.S. Department of Education analyzing state test scores, graduation rates, student performance, teacher quality, district ratings, and college readiness (full methodology here). Read on to discover the top elementary schools in every state.

  • 2/ Rivers A. Langley // Wikicommons

    Alabama: Dean Road Elementary School

    School district: Auburn City Schools

    Students: 475 (Grades K-2)

    Student-teacher ratio: 15:1

    Reading proficiency: 96%

    Math proficiency: 93%

     

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    Alaska: Bayshore Elementary School

    School district: Anchorage School District

    Students: 450 (Grades K-6)

    Student-teacher ratio: 16:1

    Reading proficiency: 74%

    Math proficiency: 74%

     

  • 4/ Chandler Prep

    Arizona: Great Hearts Academies - Chandler Prep

    School district: Chandler, AZ

    Students: 695 (Grades K-12)

    Student-teacher ratio: 14:1

    Reading proficiency: 76%

    Math proficiency: 79%

     

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    Arkansas: LISA Academy North Elementary School

    School district: Sherwood, AR

    Students: 304 (Grades K-5)

    Student-teacher ratio: 19:1

    Reading proficiency: 82%

    Math proficiency: 87%

     

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    California: El Carmelo Elementary School

    School district: Palo Alto Unified School District

    Students: 407 (Grades K-5)

    Student-teacher ratio: 20:1

    Reading proficiency: 85%

    Math proficiency: 88%

     

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    Colorado: Peak to Peak Charter School

    School district: Boulder Valley School District

    Students: 1,444 (Grades K-12)

    Student-teacher ratio: 21:1

    Reading proficiency: 70%

    Math proficiency: 55%

     

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    Connecticut: Green's Farms School

    School district: Westport School District

    Students: 455 (Grades K-5)

    Student-teacher ratio: 11:1

    Reading proficiency: 88%

    Math proficiency: 79%

     

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    Delaware: Newark Charter School

    School district: Newark, DE

    Students: 1,787 (Grades K-9)

    Student-teacher ratio: 10:1

    Reading proficiency: 93%

    Math proficiency: 84%

     

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    Florida: Pine View School

    School district: Sarasota County Schools

    Students: 2,186

    Student-teacher ratio: 17:1

    Reading proficiency: 99%

    Math proficiency: 99%

     

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    Georgia: Big Creek Elementary School

    School district: Forsyth County Schools

    Students: 941 (Grades K-5)

    Student-teacher ratio: 19:1

    Reading proficiency: 82%

    Math proficiency: 89%

     

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    Hawaii: Education Laboratory Public Charter School

    School district: Hawaii Department of Education

    Students: 444 (Grades K-12)

    Student-teacher ratio: 11:1

    Reading proficiency: 89%

    Math proficiency: 62%

     

  • 13/ Heritage Community Charter School

    Idaho: Heritage Community Charter School

    School district: Caldwell, ID

    Students: 485 (Grades K-8)

    Student-teacher ratio: 19:1

    Reading proficiency: 85%

    Math proficiency: 79%

     

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    Illinois: Meadow Glens Elementary School

    School district: Naperville Community Unit School District No. 203

    Students: 447 (Grades K-5)

    Student-teacher ratio: 14:1

    Reading proficiency: 86%

    Math proficiency: 79%

     

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    Indiana: Happy Hollow Elementary School

    School district: West Lafayette Community School Corporation

    Students: 509

    Student-teacher ratio: 18:1

    Reading proficiency: 88%

    Math proficiency: 87%

     

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    Iowa: Lincoln Elementary School

    School district: Iowa City Community School District

    Students: 234 (Grades K-6)

    Student-teacher ratio: 15:1

    Reading proficiency: 95%

    Math proficiency: 92%

     

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    Kansas: Lakewood Elementary School

    School district: Blue Valley Unified School District (Overland Park)

    Students: 648 (Grades K-5)

    Student-teacher ratio: 17:1

    Reading proficiency: 89%

    Math proficiency: 80%

     

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    Kentucky: Anchorage Independent Public School

    School district: Anchorage, KY

    Students: 380 (Grades K-8)

    Student-teacher ratio: 10:1

    Reading proficiency: 87%

    Math proficiency: 86%

     

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    Louisiana: Lusher Charter School

    School district: Orleans Parish Public Schools

    Students: 1,691 (Grades K-12)

    Student-teacher ratio: 14:1

    Reading proficiency: 99%

    Math proficiency: 97%

     

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    Maine: Yarmouth Elementary School

    School district: Yarmouth Schools

    Students: 329

    Student-teacher ratio: 14:1

    Reading proficiency: 83%

    Math proficiency: 80%

     

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    Maryland: Carl Sandburg Learning Center

    School district: Montgomery County Public Schools

    Students: 92 (Grades K-5)

    Student-teacher ratio: 4:1

    Reading proficiency: 65%

    Math proficiency: 65%

     

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    Massachusetts: Edward W. Brooke Charter School - East Boston

    School district: East Boston, MA

    Students: 393 (Grades K-7)

    Student-teacher ratio: 11:1

    Reading proficiency: 92%

    Math proficiency: 92%

     

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    Michigan: Wattles Elementary School

    School district: Troy School District

    Students: 466 (Grades K-5)

    Student-teacher ratio: 17:1

    Reading proficiency: 87%

    Math proficiency: 80%

     

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    Minnesota: Plymouth Creek Elementary School

    School district: Wayzata Public School District

    Students: 743 (Grades K-5)

    Student-teacher ratio: 16:1

    Reading proficiency: 87%

    Math proficiency: 92%

     

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    Mississippi: Popp's Ferry Elementary School

    School district: Biloxi Public School District

    Students: 726 (Grades K-5)

    Student-teacher ratio: 17:1

    Reading proficiency: 68%

    Math proficiency: 79%

     

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    Missouri: Ralph M. Captain Elementary School

    School district: School District of Clayton

    Students: 343 (Grades K-5)

    Student-teacher ratio: 11:1

    Reading proficiency: 87%

    Math proficiency: 77%

     

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    Montana: Lower Grade Hellgate School

    School district: Hellgate Elementary School District

    Students: 1,020 (Grades K-5)

    Student-teacher ratio: 16:1

    Reading proficiency: 91%

    Math proficiency: 84%

     

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    Nebraska: Sheridan Elementary School

    School district: Lincoln Public Schools

    Students: 467 (Grades K-5)

    Student-teacher ratio: 13:1

    Reading proficiency: 97%

    Math proficiency: 96%

     

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    Nevada: Somerset Academy of Las Vegas

    School district: North Las Vegas, NV

    Students: 4,523 (Grades K-10)

    Student-teacher ratio: 22:1

    Reading proficiency: 84%

    Math proficiency: 75%

     

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    New Hampshire: Maude H. Trefethen School

    School district: Newcastle

    Students: 39 (Grades K-6)

    Student-teacher ratio: 5:1

    Reading proficiency: 90%

    Math proficiency: 90%

     

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    New Jersey: Littlebrook Elementary School

    School district: Princeton Public Schools

    Students: 352 (Grades K-5)

    Student-teacher ratio: 10:1

    Reading proficiency: 87%

    Math proficiency: 77%

     

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    New Mexico: Coral Community Charter School

    School district: Albuquerque, NM

    Students: 195 (Grades K-6)

    Student-teacher ratio: 13:1

    Reading proficiency: 45%

     

    Math proficiency: 35%

     

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    New York: Robert Seaman Elementary School

    School district: Jericho Union Free School District

    Students: 326 (Grades K-5)

    Student-teacher ratio: 9:1

    Reading proficiency: 72%

    Math proficiency: 82%

     

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    North Carolina: Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy

    School district: Charlotte, NC

    Students: 363 (Grades K-8)

    Student-teacher ratio: 13:1

    Reading proficiency: 95%

    Math proficiency: 96%

     

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    North Dakota: Emerado Elementary School

    School district: N/A

    Students: 92 (Grades K-8)

    Student-teacher ratio: 7:1

    Reading proficiency: 65%

    Math proficiency: 75%

     

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    Ohio: Parkside Elementary School

    School district: Solon City School District

    Students: 353 (Grades K-4)

    Student-teacher ratio: 16:1

    Reading proficiency: 95%

    Math proficiency: 95%

     

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    Oklahoma: Cottonwood Public School

    School district: Coalgate, OK

    Students: 177 (Grades K-8)

    Student-teacher ratio: 9:1

    Reading proficiency: 92%

    Math proficiency: 92%

     

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    Oregon: Riverdale Grade School

    School district: Riverdale School District

    Students: 346 (Grades K-8)

    Student-teacher ratio: 15:1

    Reading proficiency: 84%

    Math proficiency: 87%

     

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    Pennsylvania: Ithan Elementary School

    School district: Radnor Township School District

    Students: 436 (Grades K-5)

    Student-teacher ratio: 13:1

    Reading proficiency: 92%

    Math proficiency: 86%

     

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    Rhode Island: Blackstone Valley Prep

    School district: Cumberland, RI

    Students: 418 (Grades K-4)

    Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

    Reading proficiency: 57%

    Math proficiency: 62%

     

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    South Carolina: Spartanburg Preparatory School

    School district: Spartanburg, SC

    Students: 367 (Grades K-8)

    Student-teacher ratio: 13:1

    Reading proficiency: 89%

    Math proficiency: 89%

     

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    South Dakota: Challenge Center School

    School district: Sioux Falls School District

    Students: 159 (Grades K-5)

    Student-teacher ratio: 20:1

    Reading proficiency: 95%

    Math proficiency: 95%

     

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    Tennessee: Kenrose Elementary School

    School district: Williamson County Schools

    Students: 820 (Grades K-5)

    Student-teacher ratio: 16:1

    Reading proficiency: 85%

    Math proficiency: 89%

     

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    Texas: Kerr Elementary School

    School district: Allen Independent School District

    Students: 700 (Grades K-6)

    Student-teacher ratio: 16:1

    Reading proficiency: 98%

    Math proficiency: 99%

     

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    Utah: George Washington Academy

    School district: St George, UT

    Students: 1,027 (Grades K-8)

    Student-teacher ratio: 22:1

    Reading proficiency: 67%

    Math proficiency: 78%

     

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    Vermont: Pomfret School

    School district: South Pomfret, VT

    Students: 53 (Grades K-6)

    Student-teacher ratio: 8:1

    Reading proficiency: 85%

    Math proficiency: 75%

     

  • 47/ Haycock Elementary School

    Virginia: Haycock Elementary School

    School district: Fairfax County Public Schools

    Students: 879 (Grades K-6)

    Student-teacher ratio: 16:1

    Reading proficiency: 97%

    Math proficiency: 98%

     

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    Washington: Cherry Crest Elementary School

    School district: Bellevue School District

    Students: 573 (Grades K-5)

    Student-teacher ratio: 15:1

    Reading proficiency: 94%

    Math proficiency: 95%

     

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    West Virginia: Steenrod Elementary School

    School district: Ohio County Schools

    Students: 304 (Grades K-5)

    Student-teacher ratio: 21:1

    Reading proficiency: 87%

    Math proficiency: 77%

     

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    Wisconsin: Swanson Elementary School

    School district: Elmbrook School District

    Students: 732 (Grades K-5)

    Student-teacher ratio: 16:1

    Reading proficiency: 76%

    Math proficiency: 78%

     

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    Wyoming: Glenn Livingston Elementary School

    School district: Park County School District No. 6

    Students: 348 (Grades K-6)

    Student-teacher ratio: 14:1

    Reading proficiency: 82%

    Math proficiency: 87%

     

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