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    The best school district in every state

    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. Different districts prioritize funding for different programs, and some have more of a knack for hiring and retaining nurturing teachers. For some districts it just seems to be a numbers game without any personal touch to the learning environment, while others let kids explore passions and make friends, while lacking in academics. A great school district isn’t just one or the other, it’s a combination of the two.

    Kids grow up to be a product of their environment. And with kids spending a majority of their time in the classroom and sometimes staying after school for clubs, it’s vital to understand the type of environment children will be in and how it may affect them.

    Here at Stacker, we’ve analyzed extensive data from Niche, which uses statistics from the U.S. Department of Education on district ratings, SAT/ACT scores, college readiness, teacher quality, and graduation rates to calculate each school’s rating. Read on to see how your district stacks up.

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    #51. Wyoming: Sheridan County School District No. 2

    City: Sheridan, WY

    Total schools: 10

    Students: 3,390

    Average graduation rate: 85%

    Reading proficiency: 70%

    Math proficiency: 67%

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    #50. Wisconsin: School District of Whitefish Bay

    City: Whitefish Bay, WI

    Total schools: 4

    Students: 3,084

    Average graduation rate: 93%

    Reading proficiency: 75%

    Math proficiency: 72%

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    #49. West Virginia: Ohio County Schools

    City: Wheeling, WV

    Total schools: 13

    Students: 5,453

    Average graduation rate: 95%

    Reading proficiency: 59%

    Math proficiency: 41%

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    #48. Washington, D.C.: District of Columbia Public Schools

    City: Washington, DC

    Total schools: 131

    Students: 46,155

    Average graduation rate: 66%

    Reading proficiency: 25%

    Math proficiency: 21%

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    #47. Washington: Bellevue School District

    City: Bellevue, WA

    Total schools: 31

    Students: 19,456

    Average graduation rate: 90%

    Reading proficiency: 77%

    Math proficiency: 75%

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    #46. Virginia: Arlington Public Schools

    City: Arlington, VA

    Total schools: 39

    Students: 25,559

    Average graduation rate: 85%

    Reading proficiency: 86%

    Math proficiency: 86%

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    #45. Vermont: South Burlington School District

    City: South Burlington, VT

    Total schools: 5

    Students: 2,429

    Average graduation rate: 91%

    Reading proficiency: 73%

    Math proficiency: 59%

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    #44. Utah: Park City School District

    City: Park City, UT

    Total schools: 12

    Students: 4,872

    Average graduation rate: 95%

    Reading proficiency: 57%

    Math proficiency: 53%

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    #43. Texas: South Texas Independent School District

    City: Mercedes, TX

    Total schools: 8

    Students: 3,376

    Average graduation rate: 98%

    Reading proficiency: 88%

    Math proficiency: 89%

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    #42. Tennessee: Greeneville City Schools

    City: Greeneville, TN

    Total schools: 7

    Students: 2,826

    Average graduation rate: 95%

    Reading proficiency: 62%

    Math proficiency: 69%

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    #41. South Dakota: Brandon Valley School District

    City: Brandon, SD

    Total schools: 7

    Students: 3,641

    Average graduation rate: 94%

    Reading proficiency: 63%

    Math proficiency: 56%

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    #40. South Carolina: Lexington-Richland School District No. 5

    City: Irmo, SC

    Total schools: 22

    Students: 16,738

    Average graduation rate: 90%

    Reading proficiency: 54%

    Math proficiency: 65%

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    #39. Rhode Island: Barrington Public Schools

    City: Barrington, RI

    Total schools: 6

    Students: 3,288

    Average graduation rate: 95%

    Reading proficiency: 71%

    Math proficiency: 56%

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    #38. Pennsylvania: Tredyffrin-Easttown School District

    City: Wayne, PA

    Total schools: 8

    Students: 6,553

    Average graduation rate: 97%

    Reading proficiency: 88%

    Math proficiency: 72%

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    #37. Oregon: Lake Oswego School District

    City: Lake Oswego, OR

    Total schools: 10

    Students: 6,926

    Average graduation rate: 91%

    Reading proficiency: 84%

    Math proficiency: 2%

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    #36. Oklahoma: Jenks Public Schools

    City: Jenks, OK

    Total schools: 7

    Students: 11,439

    Average graduation rate: 90%

    Reading proficiency: 78%

    Math proficiency: 78%

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    #35. Ohio: Solon City School District

    City: Solon, OH

    Total schools: 7

    Students: 4,720

    Average graduation rate: 98%

    Reading proficiency: 96%

    Math proficiency: 95%

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    #34. North Dakota: Ashley Public Schools

    City: Ashley, ND

    Total schools: 2

    Students: 120

    Average graduation rate: N/A

    Reading proficiency: 75%

    Math proficiency: 75%

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    #33. North Carolina: Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

    City: Chapel Hill, NC

    Total schools: 20

    Students: 12,090

    Average graduation rate: 91%

    Reading proficiency: 71%

    Math proficiency: 67%

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    #32. New York: Jericho Union Free School District

    City: Jericho, NY

    Total schools: 5

    Students: 2,960

    Average graduation rate: 98%

    Reading proficiency: 76%

    Math proficiency: 89%

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    #31. New Mexico: Los Alamos Public Schools

    City: Los Alamos, NM

    Total schools: 7

    Students: 3,509

    Average graduation rate: 87%

    Reading proficiency: 57%

    Math proficiency: 49%

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    #30. New Jersey: Princeton Public Schools

    City: Princeton, NJ

    Total schools: 6

    Students: 3,390

    Average graduation rate: 99%

    Reading proficiency: 72%

    Math proficiency: 64%

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    #29. New Hampshire: SAU 70

    City: Hanover, NH

    Total schools: 2

    Students: 926

    Average graduation rate: 95%

    Reading proficiency: 86%

    Math proficiency: 71%

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    #28. Nevada: Washoe County School District

    City: Reno, NV

    Total schools: 115

    Students: 65,682

    Average graduation rate: 75%

    Reading proficiency: 69%

    Math proficiency: 67%

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    #27. Nebraska: Elkhorn Public Schools

    City: Elkhorn, NE

    Total schools: 18

    Students: 7,553

    Average graduation rate: 97%

    Reading proficiency: 97%

    Math proficiency: 95%

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    #26. Montana: Dutton/Brady Public Schools

    City: Dutton, MT

    Total schools: 4

    Students: 147

    Average graduation rate: N/A

    Reading proficiency: 82%

    Math proficiency: 67%

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    #25. Missouri: School District of Clayton

    City: Clayton, MO

    Total schools: 6

    Students: 2,228

    Average graduation rate: 97%

    Reading proficiency: 81%

    Math proficiency: 75%

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    #24. Mississippi: Petal School District

    City: Petal, MS

    Total schools: 5

    Students: 4,137

    Average graduation rate: 85%

    Reading proficiency: 57%

    Math proficiency: 51%

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    #23. Minnesota: Wayzata Public School District

    City: Wayzata, MN

    Total schools: 17

    Students: 10,875

    Average graduation rate: 95%

    Reading proficiency: 80%

    Math proficiency: 83%

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    #22. Michigan: Birmingham Public Schools

    City: Beverly Hills, MI

    Total schools: 13

    Students: 8,182

    Average graduation rate: 97%

    Reading proficiency: 71%

    Math proficiency: 67%

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    #21. Massachusetts: Wellesley Public Schools

    City: Wellesley, MA

    Total schools: 9

    Students: 5,067

    Average graduation rate: 96%

    Reading proficiency: 89%

    Math proficiency: 83%

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    #20. Maryland: Howard County Public Schools

    City: Ellicott City, MD

    Total schools: 76

    Students: 53,685

    Average graduation rate: 93%

    Reading proficiency: 58%

    Math proficiency: 55%

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    #19. Maine: Cape Elizabeth School Department

    City: Cape Elizabeth, ME

    Total schools: 3

    Students: 1,627

    Average graduation rate: 95%

    Reading proficiency: 60%

    Math proficiency: 51%

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    #18. Louisiana: Zachary Community Public Schools

    City: Zachary, LA

    Total schools: 7

    Students: 5,331

    Average graduation rate: 91%

    Reading proficiency: 87%

    Math proficiency: 84%

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    #17. Kentucky: Fort Thomas Independent Schools

    City: Fort Thomas, KY

    Total schools: 5

    Students: 3,053

    Average graduation rate: 96%

    Reading proficiency: 80%

    Math proficiency: 73%

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    #16. Kansas: Blue Valley Unified School District (Overland Park)

    City: Overland Park, KS

    Total schools: 34

    Students: 22,398

    Average graduation rate: 97%

    Reading proficiency: 69%

    Math proficiency: 60%

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    #15. Iowa: Ames Community School District

    City: Ames, IA

    Total schools: 8

    Students: 4,373

    Average graduation rate: 93%

    Reading proficiency: 87%

    Math proficiency: 87%

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    #14. Indiana: West Lafayette Community School Corporation

    City: West Lafayette, IN

    Total schools: 3

    Students: 2,104

    Average graduation rate: 95%

    Reading proficiency: 87%

    Math proficiency: 86%

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    #13. Illinois: New Trier Township High School District No. 203

    City: Northfield, IL

    Total schools: 2

    Students: 4,099

    Average graduation rate: 98%

    Reading proficiency: 76%

    Math proficiency: 37%

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    #12. Idaho: Boise Independent School District

    City: Boise, ID

    Total schools: 51

    Students: 26,240

    Average graduation rate: 84%

    Reading proficiency: 57%

    Math proficiency: 45%

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    #11. Hawaii: Hawaii Department of Education*

    City: Honolulu, HI

    Total schools: 292

    Students: 182,384

    Average graduation rate: 82%

    Reading proficiency: 49%

    Math proficiency: 41%

    *Note, Hawaii operates a statewide school district 

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    #10. Georgia: Buford City Schools

    City: Buford, GA

    Total schools: 4

    Students: 4,173

    Average graduation rate: 92%

    Reading proficiency: 54%

    Math proficiency: 61%

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    #9. Florida: St. Johns County School District

    City: St Augustine, FL

    Total schools: 51

    Students: 35,268

    Average graduation rate: 91%

    Reading proficiency: 73%

    Math proficiency: 77%

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    #8. Delaware: Appoquinimink School District

    City: Odessa, DE

    Total schools: 16

    Students: 9,877

    Average graduation rate: 94%

    Reading proficiency: 62%

    Math proficiency: 48%

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    #7. Connecticut: Westport School District

    City: Westport, CT

    Total schools: 9

    Students: 5,750

    Average graduation rate: 99%

    Reading proficiency: 85%

    Math proficiency: 72%

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    #6. Colorado: Aspen School District No. 1

    City: Aspen, CO

    Total schools: 5

    Students: 1,756

    Average graduation rate: 95%

    Reading proficiency: 57%

    Math proficiency: 39%

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    #5. California: Palo Alto Unified School District

    City: Palo Alto, CA

    Total schools: 19

    Students: 12,527

    Average graduation rate: 96%

    Reading proficiency: 82%

    Math proficiency: 83%

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    #4. Arkansas: Bentonville Public Schools

    City: Bentonville, AR

    Total schools: 18

    Students: 15,497

    Average graduation rate: 89%

    Reading proficiency: 55%

    Math proficiency: 45%

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    #3. Arizona: Catalina Foothills Unified School District

    City: Tucson, AZ

    Total schools: 8

    Students: 4,948

    Average graduation rate: 90%

    Reading proficiency: 63%

    Math proficiency: 61%

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    #2. Alaska: Skagway City School District

    City: Skagway, AK

    Total schools: 1

    Students: 100

    Average graduation rate: N/A

    Reading proficiency: 65%

    Math proficiency: 65%

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    #1. Alabama: Mountain Brook City Schools

    City: Mountain Brook, AL

    Total schools: 6

    Students: 4,461

    Average graduation rate: 98%

    Reading proficiency: 81%

    Math proficiency: 86%

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