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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. 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.

Kids grow up to be a product of their environment. With kids spending a majority of their time awake in the classroom and sometimes staying after school for clubs or sports, it’s vital for parents to be aware of the type of environment children will be in because of 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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Alabama: Mountain Brook City Schools

- Location: Mountain Brook, AL
- Number of schools: 6
- Students: 4,343
- Reading proficient: 75%
- Math proficient: 86%
- Graduation rate: 98%
- Student teacher ratio: 14:1
- Average teacher salary: $63,965

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Alaska: Skagway School District

- Location: Skagway, AK
- Number of schools: 1
- Students: 132
- Reading proficient: 85%
- Math proficient: 75%
- Graduation rate: data not available
- Student teacher ratio: 9:1
- Average teacher salary: data not available

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Arizona: Catalina Foothills Unified School District

- Location: Tucson, AZ
- Number of schools: 8
- Students: 5,042
- Reading proficient: 71%
- Math proficient: 67%
- Graduation rate: 96%
- Student teacher ratio: 19:1
- Average teacher salary: $44,721

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Arkansas: Bentonville Public Schools

- Location: Bentonville, AR
- Number of schools: 19
- Students: 16,605
- Reading proficient: 72%
- Math proficient: 65%
- Graduation rate: 92%
- Student teacher ratio: 14:1
- Average teacher salary: $52,401

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California: Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District

- Location: Los Gatos, CA
- Number of schools: 2
- Students: 3,346
- Reading proficient: 83%
- Math proficient: 72%
- Graduation rate: 97%
- Student teacher ratio: 21:1
- Average teacher salary: $105,374

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Colorado: Cheyenne Mountain School District No. 12

- Location: Colorado Springs, CO
- Number of schools: 11
- Students: 5,224
- Reading proficient: 65%
- Math proficient: 56%
- Graduation rate: 96%
- Student teacher ratio: 15:1
- Average teacher salary: $47,526

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Connecticut: Westport School District

- Location: Westport, CT
- Number of schools: 12
- Students: 5,600
- Reading proficient: 83%
- Math proficient: 75%
- Graduation rate: 98%
- Student teacher ratio: 11:1
- Average teacher salary: $79,646

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Delaware: Appoquinimink School District

- Location: Odessa, DE
- Number of schools: 16
- Students: 10,644
- Reading proficient: 66%
- Math proficient: 54%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Student teacher ratio: 16:1
- Average teacher salary: $63,624

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Florida: St. Johns County School District

- Location: St. Augustine, FL
- Number of schools: 48
- Students: 38,550
- Reading proficient: 74%
- Math proficient: 78%
- Graduation rate: 91%
- Student teacher ratio: 14:1
- Average teacher salary: $41,226

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Georgia: Buford City Schools

- Location: Buford, GA
- Number of schools: 4
- Students: 4,597
- Reading proficient: 60%
- Math proficient: 70%
- Graduation rate: 93%
- Student teacher ratio: 16:1
- Average teacher salary: $59,549

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Hawaii: Hawaii Department of Education

- Location: Honolulu, HI
- Number of schools: 290
- Students: 181,122
- Reading proficient: 50%
- Math proficient: 42%
- Graduation rate: 83%
- Student teacher ratio: 15:1
- Average teacher salary: $62,657

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Idaho: McCall-Donnelly School District

- Location: Mccall, ID
- Number of schools: 6
- Students: 1,111
- Reading proficient: 68%
- Math proficient: 55%
- Graduation rate: 87%
- Student teacher ratio: 14:1
- Average teacher salary: $62,390

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Illinois: Glenbrook High Schools District 225

- Location: Glenview, IL
- Number of schools: 4
- Students: 5,100
- Reading proficient: 70%
- Math proficient: 66%
- Graduation rate: 97%
- Student teacher ratio: 14:1
- Average teacher salary: $103,463

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Indiana: West Lafayette Community School Corporation

- Location: West Lafayette, IN
- Number of schools: 3
- Students: 2,246
- Reading proficient: 85%
- Math proficient: 80%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Student teacher ratio: 17:1
- Average teacher salary: data not available

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Iowa: Pleasant Valley Community School District

- Location: Bettendorf, IA
- Number of schools: 7
- Students: 4,870
- Reading proficient: 89%
- Math proficient: 93%
- Graduation rate: 97%
- Student teacher ratio: 16:1
- Average teacher salary: $59,598

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Kansas: Blue Valley Unified School District (Overland Park)

- Location: Overland Park, KS
- Number of schools: 34
- Students: 22,676
- Reading proficient: 66%
- Math proficient: 61%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Student teacher ratio: 15:1
- Average teacher salary: $56,265

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Kentucky: Fort Thomas Independent Schools

- Location: Fort Thomas, KY
- Number of schools: 5
- Students: 3,104
- Reading proficient: 79%
- Math proficient: 72%
- Graduation rate: 99%
- Student teacher ratio: 18:1
- Average teacher salary: $59,556

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Louisiana: Zachary Community Public Schools

- Location: Zachary, LA
- Number of schools: 7
- Students: 5,417
- Reading proficient: 85%
- Math proficient: 84%
- Graduation rate: 91%
- Student teacher ratio: 15:1
- Average teacher salary: $43,227

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Maine: Yarmouth Schools

- Location: Yarmouth, ME
- Number of schools: 4
- Students: 1,554
- Reading proficient: 81%
- Math proficient: 73%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Student teacher ratio: 13:1
- Average teacher salary: $70,945

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Maryland: Howard County Public Schools

- Location: Ellicott City, MD
- Number of schools: 76
- Students: 55,626
- Reading proficient: 55%
- Math proficient: 59%
- Graduation rate: 92%
- Student teacher ratio: 13:1
- Average teacher salary: $71,977

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Massachusetts: Westford Public Schools

- Location: Westford, MA
- Number of schools: 10
- Students: 5,149
- Reading proficient: 75%
- Math proficient: 80%
- Graduation rate: 97%
- Student teacher ratio: 14:1
- Average teacher salary: $73,278

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Michigan: Novi Community School District

- Location: Novi, MI
- Number of schools: 10
- Students: 6,493
- Reading proficient: 70%
- Math proficient: 73%
- Graduation rate: 94%
- Student teacher ratio: 16:1
- Average teacher salary: $69,237

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Minnesota: Minnetonka Public School District

- Location: Minnetonka, MN
- Number of schools: 12
- Students: 10,586
- Reading proficient: 81%
- Math proficient: 80%
- Graduation rate: 97%
- Student teacher ratio: 17:1
- Average teacher salary: $68,958

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Mississippi: Petal School District

- Location: Petal, MS
- Number of schools: 5
- Students: 4,058
- Reading proficient: 55%
- Math proficient: 69%
- Graduation rate: 87%
- Student teacher ratio: 15:1
- Average teacher salary: $44,826

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Missouri: School District of Clayton

- Location: Clayton, MO
- Number of schools: 6
- Students: 2,254
- Reading proficient: 82%
- Math proficient: 77%
- Graduation rate: 98%
- Student teacher ratio: 10:1
- Average teacher salary: $81,807

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Montana: Hobson Public Schools

- Location: Hobson, MT
- Number of schools: 3
- Students: 97
- Reading proficient: 65%
- Math proficient: 55%
- Graduation rate: data not available
- Student teacher ratio: 6:1
- Average teacher salary: data not available

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Nebraska: Elkhorn Public Schools

- Location: Elkhorn, NE
- Number of schools: 20
- Students: 8,685
- Reading proficient: 80%
- Math proficient: 93%
- Graduation rate: 99%
- Student teacher ratio: 16:1
- Average teacher salary: $49,601

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Nevada: Douglas County School District

- Location: Minden, NV
- Number of schools: 14
- Students: 5,924
- Reading proficient: 58%
- Math proficient: 49%
- Graduation rate: 88%
- Student teacher ratio: 19:1
- Average teacher salary: $66,286

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New Hampshire: SAU 70

- Location: Hanover, NH
- Number of schools: 2
- Students: 900
- Reading proficient: 88%
- Math proficient: 80%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Student teacher ratio: 9:1
- Average teacher salary: $90,099

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New Jersey: Princeton Public Schools

- Location: Princeton, NJ
- Number of schools: 6
- Students: 3,642
- Reading proficient: 77%
- Math proficient: 64%
- Graduation rate: 97%
- Student teacher ratio: 11:1
- Average teacher salary: $79,034

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New Mexico: Los Alamos Public Schools

- Location: Los Alamos, NM
- Number of schools: 8
- Students: 3,662
- Reading proficient: 57%
- Math proficient: 49%
- Graduation rate: 87%
- Student teacher ratio: 15:1
- Average teacher salary: $51,351

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New York: Great Neck Public Schools

- Location: Great Neck, NY
- Number of schools: 10
- Students: 6,591
- Reading proficient: 80%
- Math proficient: 84%
- Graduation rate: 94%
- Student teacher ratio: 10:1
- Average teacher salary: $123,844

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North Carolina: Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

- Location: Chapel Hill, NC
- Number of schools: 20
- Students: 12,115
- Reading proficient: 69%
- Math proficient: 69%
- Graduation rate: 90%
- Student teacher ratio: 13:1
- Average teacher salary: $44,028

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North Dakota: Fargo Public Schools

- Location: Fargo, ND
- Number of schools: 22
- Students: 11,263
- Reading proficient: 52%
- Math proficient: 48%
- Graduation rate: 85%
- Student teacher ratio: 13:1
- Average teacher salary: $74,874

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Ohio: Solon City School District

- Location: Solon, OH
- Number of schools: 7
- Students: 4,589
- Reading proficient: 92%
- Math proficient: 95%
- Graduation rate: 99%
- Student teacher ratio: 18:1
- Average teacher salary: $91,000

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Oklahoma: Edmond Public Schools

- Location: Edmond, OK
- Number of schools: 26
- Students: 24,380
- Reading proficient: 57%
- Math proficient: 56%
- Graduation rate: 91%
- Student teacher ratio: 19:1
- Average teacher salary: $40,709

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Oregon: Lake Oswego School District

- Location: Lake Oswego, OR
- Number of schools: 10
- Students: 7,096
- Reading proficient: 84%
- Math proficient: 75%
- Graduation rate: 92%
- Student teacher ratio: 20:1
- Average teacher salary: $60,193

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Pennsylvania: Tredyffrin-Easttown School District

- Location: Wayne, PA
- Number of schools: 8
- Students: 6,749
- Reading proficient: 88%
- Math proficient: 76%
- Graduation rate: 96%
- Student teacher ratio: 15:1
- Average teacher salary: $92,619

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Rhode Island: Barrington Public Schools

- Location: Barrington, RI
- Number of schools: 6
- Students: 3,355
- Reading proficient: 75%
- Math proficient: 67%
- Graduation rate: 96%
- Student teacher ratio: 15:1
- Average teacher salary: $81,141

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South Carolina: Lexington-Richland School District No. 5

- Location: Irmo, SC
- Number of schools: 22
- Students: 17,089
- Reading proficient: 60%
- Math proficient: 58%
- Graduation rate: 90%
- Student teacher ratio: 14:1
- Average teacher salary: $61,612

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South Dakota: Brandon Valley School District

- Location: Brandon, SD
- Number of schools: 7
- Students: 3,960
- Reading proficient: 72%
- Math proficient: 66%
- Graduation rate: 94%
- Student teacher ratio: 17:1
- Average teacher salary: $42,030

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Tennessee: Germantown

- Location: Germantown, TN
- Number of schools: 5
- Students: 5,931
- Reading proficient: 64%
- Math proficient: 62%
- Graduation rate: 93%
- Student teacher ratio: 18:1
- Average teacher salary: $55,745

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Texas: Eanes Independent School District

- Location: Austin, TX
- Number of schools: 11
- Students: 8,134
- Reading proficient: 96%
- Math proficient: 96%
- Graduation rate: 98%
- Student teacher ratio: 14:1
- Average teacher salary: $50,506

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Utah: Park City School District

- Location: Park City, UT
- Number of schools: 12
- Students: 5,076
- Reading proficient: 53%
- Math proficient: 53%
- Graduation rate: 93%
- Student teacher ratio: 20:1
- Average teacher salary: $81,963

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Vermont: Champlain Valley School District

- Location: Shelburne, VT
- Number of schools: 5
- Students: 4,303
- Reading proficient: data not available
- Math proficient: data not available
- Graduation rate: data not available
- Student teacher ratio: data not available
- Average teacher salary: data not available

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Virginia: Arlington Public Schools

- Location: Arlington, VA
- Number of schools: 39
- Students: 26,176
- Reading proficient: 86%
- Math proficient: 77%
- Graduation rate: 83%
- Student teacher ratio: 14:1
- Average teacher salary: $84,357

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Washington: Mercer Island School District

- Location: Mercer Island, WA
- Number of schools: 6
- Students: 4,493
- Reading proficient: 88%
- Math proficient: 83%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Student teacher ratio: 20:1
- Average teacher salary: $68,021

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West Virginia: Ohio County Schools

- Location: Wheeling, WV
- Number of schools: 13
- Students: 5,367
- Reading proficient: 58%
- Math proficient: 43%
- Graduation rate: 97%
- Student teacher ratio: 14:1
- Average teacher salary: $51,020

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Wisconsin: Elmbrook School District

- Location: Brookfield, WI
- Number of schools: 10
- Students: 6,912
- Reading proficient: 62%
- Math proficient: 68%
- Graduation rate: 98%
- Student teacher ratio: 15:1
- Average teacher salary: $81,356

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Wyoming: Teton County School District No. 1

- Location: Jackson, WY
- Number of schools: 9
- Students: 2,835
- Reading proficient: 60%
- Math proficient: 56%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Student teacher ratio: 12:1
- Average teacher salary: $77,403

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