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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.

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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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Paxson Woelber

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%

 

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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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LISA Academy

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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PAUS

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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Quinn Thomson // Wikicommons

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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Magicpiano // Wikicommons

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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GoingBatty // Wikicommons

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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Big Creek Elementary School

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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hh oldman // Wikicommons

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%

 

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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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David Wilson // Wikicommons

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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John Schanlaub // Wikicommons

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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Lakewood Elementary School

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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Anchor School

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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Infrogmation // Wikicommons

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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Dudesleeper // Wikicommons

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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Wikipedian1234 // Wikicommons

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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Cadiomals // Wikicommons

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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Dave Parker // Wikicommons

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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Woodlot

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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Paul Sableman // Wikicommons

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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N.V. Deremer // WIkicommons

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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John Phelan // Wikicommons

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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John Phelan // Wikicommons

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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Doug Kerr // Wikicommons

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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Mayor Pez // Wikicommons

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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Blackstone Valley Prep

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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Seabear70 // Wikicommons

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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Concord715 // Wikicommons

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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MeekMark // Wikicommons

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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George Washington Academy

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%

 

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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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Bellevue School District

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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Steenrod Elementary School

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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Av9 // Wikicommons

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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Glenn Livingston Elementary

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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