This Is 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.

Stacker analyzed 2021 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. Of course, ratings are one thing and experiences another—which is why it's always smart to do your research and learn about the families, teachers, and students in a given district before basing something as important as a move on a particular school.

The best school district in every state
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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. Still 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.

Keep reading to see how your district stacks up, or to help narrow your search for where you plan to move and raise a family.

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Alabama: Madison City Schools
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Alabama: Madison City Schools

- Location: Madison, AL
- Students: 11,290
- Student to teacher ratio: 18:1
- Reading proficient: 74%
- Math proficient: 76%
- Graduation rate: 96%
- Expenditure per student: $10,075
- Average teacher salary: $56,964

Alaska: Skagway School District

- Location: Skagway, AK
- Students: 141
- Student to teacher ratio: 10:1
- Reading proficient: 87%
- Math proficient: 82%
- Graduation rate: data unavailable
- Expenditure per student: $27,098
- Average teacher salary: data unavailable

Alaska: Skagway School District
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Arizona: Catalina Foothills Unified School District

- Location: Tucson, AZ
- Students: 5,427
- Student to teacher ratio: 19:1
- Reading proficient: 70%
- Math proficient: 69%
- Graduation rate: 98%
- Expenditure per student: $9,023
- Average teacher salary: $45,311

Arkansas: Haas Hall Academy

- Location: Fayetteville, AR
- Students: 941
- Student to teacher ratio: 16:1
- Reading proficient: 91%
- Math proficient: 90%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Expenditure per student: $8,247
- Average teacher salary: $19,430

Arkansas: Haas Hall Academy
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California: Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District

- Location: Los Gatos, CA
- Students: 3,520
- Student to teacher ratio: 22:1
- Reading proficient: 84%
- Math proficient: 74%
- Graduation rate: 97%
- Expenditure per student: $22,373
- Average teacher salary: $109,507

Nebraska: Elkhorn Public Schools
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Colorado: Cheyenne Mountain School District No. 12

- Location: Colorado Springs, CO
- Students: 5,274
- Student to teacher ratio: 15:1
- Reading proficient: 69%
- Math proficient: 62%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Expenditure per student: $12,794
- Average teacher salary: $49,119

Connecticut: Westport School District

- Location: Westport, CT
- Students: 5,509
- Student to teacher ratio: 11:1
- Reading proficient: 85%
- Math proficient: 81%
- Graduation rate: 99%
- Expenditure per student: $24,436
- Average teacher salary: $78,283

Delaware: Cape Henlopen School District
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Delaware: Cape Henlopen School District

- Location: Lewes, DE
- Students: 5,643
- Student to teacher ratio: 13:1
- Reading proficient: 63%
- Math proficient: 54%
- Graduation rate: 87%
- Expenditure per student: $27,295
- Average teacher salary: $54,163

Florida: St. Johns County School District

- Location: St Augustine, FL
- Students: 41,897
- Student to teacher ratio: 18:1
- Reading proficient: 74%
- Math proficient: 79%
- Graduation rate: 93%
- Expenditure per student: $10,614
- Average teacher salary: $40,715

Idaho: McCall-Donnelly School District
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Georgia: Buford City Schools

- Location: Buford, GA
- Students: 4,966
- Student to teacher ratio: 12:1
- Reading proficient: 65%
- Math proficient: 75%
- Graduation rate: 93%
- Expenditure per student: $14,134
- Average teacher salary: $62,865

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Louisiana: Zachary Community Public Schools
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Hawaii: Hawaii Department of Education

- Location: Honolulu, HI
- Students: 181,278
- Student to teacher ratio: 15:1
- Reading proficient: 54%
- Math proficient: 42%
- Graduation rate: 84%
- Expenditure per student: $15,305
- Average teacher salary: $64,871

Idaho: McCall-Donnelly School District

- Location: Mccall, ID
- Students: 1,285
- Student to teacher ratio: 16:1
- Reading proficient: 76%
- Math proficient: 64%
- Graduation rate: 92%
- Expenditure per student: $12,644
- Average teacher salary: $63,957

Illinois: Adlai E. Stevenson High School District No. 125
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Illinois: Adlai E. Stevenson High School District No. 125

- Location: Lincolnshire, IL
- Students: 4,265
- Student to teacher ratio: 15:1
- Reading proficient: 77%
- Math proficient: 78%
- Graduation rate: 96%
- Expenditure per student: $27,205
- Average teacher salary: $93,403

Indiana: West Lafayette Community School Corporation

- Location: West Lafayette, IN
- Students: 2,411
- Student to teacher ratio: 17:1
- Reading proficient: 84%
- Math proficient: 80%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Expenditure per student: data unavailable
- Average teacher salary: data unavailable

Iowa: Pleasant Valley Community School District
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Iowa: Pleasant Valley Community School District

- Location: Bettendorf, IA
- Students: 5,084
- Student to teacher ratio: 16:1
- Reading proficient: 90%
- Math proficient: 93%
- Graduation rate: 98%
- Expenditure per student: $12,790
- Average teacher salary: $62,711

Kansas: Blue Valley Unified School District (Overland Park)

- Location: Overland Park, KS
- Students: 22,783
- Student to teacher ratio: 14:1
- Reading proficient: 63%
- Math proficient: 57%
- Graduation rate: 97%
- Expenditure per student: $12,597
- Average teacher salary: $52,026

Kentucky: Fort Thomas Independent Schools
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Kentucky: Fort Thomas Independent Schools

- Location: Fort Thomas, KY
- Students: 3,129
- Student to teacher ratio: 17:1
- Reading proficient: 79%
- Math proficient: 76%
- Graduation rate: 96%
- Expenditure per student: $13,947
- Average teacher salary: $61,062

Louisiana: Zachary Community Public Schools

- Location: Zachary, LA
- Students: 5,551
- Student to teacher ratio: 18:1
- Reading proficient: 84%
- Math proficient: 83%
- Graduation rate: 93%
- Expenditure per student: $11,024
- Average teacher salary: $63,115

Maine: Yarmouth Schools
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Maine: Yarmouth Schools

- Location: Yarmouth, ME
- Students: 1,652
- Student to teacher ratio: 13:1
- Reading proficient: 77%
- Math proficient: 70%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Expenditure per student: $15,532
- Average teacher salary: $76,051

Maryland: Howard County Public Schools

- Location: Ellicott City, MD
- Students: 57,907
- Student to teacher ratio: 13:1
- Reading proficient: 55%
- Math proficient: 59%
- Graduation rate: 92%
- Expenditure per student: $17,691
- Average teacher salary: $75,357

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Massachusetts: Hopkinton Public Schools
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Massachusetts: Hopkinton Public Schools

- Location: Hopkinton, MA
- Students: 3,685
- Student to teacher ratio: 14:1
- Reading proficient: 81%
- Math proficient: 80%
- Graduation rate: 98%
- Expenditure per student: $21,205
- Average teacher salary: $90,157

Michigan: Novi Community School District

- Location: Novi, MI
- Students: 6,694
- Student to teacher ratio: 16:1
- Reading proficient: 58%
- Math proficient: 65%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Expenditure per student: $15,743
- Average teacher salary: $64,153

Minnesota: Minnetonka Public School District
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Minnesota: Minnetonka Public School District

- Location: Minnetonka, MN
- Students: 10,970
- Student to teacher ratio: 16:1
- Reading proficient: 82%
- Math proficient: 81%
- Graduation rate: 97%
- Expenditure per student: data unavailable
- Average teacher salary: $70,887

Mississippi: Petal School District

- Location: Petal, MS
- Students: 4,137
- Student to teacher ratio: 15:1
- Reading proficient: 62%
- Math proficient: 74%
- Graduation rate: 88%
- Expenditure per student: $9,121
- Average teacher salary: $45,799

Missouri: School District of Clayton
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Missouri: School District of Clayton

- Location: Clayton, MO
- Students: 2,644
- Student to teacher ratio: 11:1
- Reading proficient: 74%
- Math proficient: 74%
- Graduation rate: 99%
- Expenditure per student: $24,173
- Average teacher salary: $87,936

Montana: Hobson Public Schools
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Montana: Hobson Public Schools

- Location: Hobson, MT
- Students: 117
- Student to teacher ratio: 8:1
- Reading proficient: 65%
- Math proficient: 45%
- Graduation rate: data unavailable
- Expenditure per student: $20,536
- Average teacher salary: $47,034

Nebraska: Elkhorn Public Schools

- Location: Elkhorn, NE
- Students: 9,857
- Student to teacher ratio: 16:1
- Reading proficient: 81%
- Math proficient: 82%
- Graduation rate: 98%
- Expenditure per student: $12,789
- Average teacher salary: $52,076

Nevada: Eureka County School District
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Nevada: Eureka County School District

- Location: Eureka, NV
- Students: 321
- Student to teacher ratio: 5:1
- Reading proficient: 67%
- Math proficient: 42%
- Graduation rate: data unavailable
- Expenditure per student: $31,373
- Average teacher salary: $86,955

New Hampshire: SAU 70
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New Hampshire: SAU 70

- Location: Hanover, NH
- Students: 1,125
- Student to teacher ratio: 11:1
- Reading proficient: 85%
- Math proficient: 76%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Expenditure per student: $26,401
- Average teacher salary: $97,402

Mississippi: Petal School District
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New Jersey: Princeton Public Schools

- Location: Princeton, NJ
- Students: 3,809
- Student to teacher ratio: 11:1
- Reading proficient: 78%
- Math proficient: 65%
- Graduation rate: 96%
- Expenditure per student: $25,217
- Average teacher salary: $80,903

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New Mexico: Los Alamos Public Schools

- Location: Los Alamos, NM
- Students: 3,749
- Student to teacher ratio: 15:1
- Reading proficient: 57%
- Math proficient: 49%
- Graduation rate: 89%
- Expenditure per student: $12,679
- Average teacher salary: $53,559

New York: Jericho Union Free School District
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New York: Jericho Union Free School District

- Location: Jericho, NY
- Students: 3,075
- Student to teacher ratio: 9:1
- Reading proficient: 88%
- Math proficient: 91%
- Graduation rate: 98%
- Expenditure per student: $36,392
- Average teacher salary: $131,477

North Carolina: Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

- Location: Chapel Hill, NC
- Students: 12,422
- Student to teacher ratio: 14:1
- Reading proficient: 67%
- Math proficient: 59%
- Graduation rate: 90%
- Expenditure per student: $13,086
- Average teacher salary: $45,683

North Dakota: Edmore School District No. 2
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North Dakota: Edmore School District No. 2

- Location: Edmore, ND
- Students: 50
- Student to teacher ratio: 4:1
- Reading proficient: 75%
- Math proficient: 65%
- Graduation rate: data unavailable
- Expenditure per student: $28,918
- Average teacher salary: $39,357

Ohio: Indian Hill Exempted Village School District
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Ohio: Indian Hill Exempted Village School District

- Location: Cincinnati, OH
- Students: 2,037
- Student to teacher ratio: 13:1
- Reading proficient: 92%
- Math proficient: 92%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Expenditure per student: $19,658
- Average teacher salary: $78,941

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Oklahoma: Jenks Public Schools
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Oklahoma: Jenks Public Schools

- Location: Jenks, OK
- Students: 12,465
- Student to teacher ratio: 17:1
- Reading proficient: 44%
- Math proficient: 42%
- Graduation rate: 89%
- Expenditure per student: $9,864
- Average teacher salary: $40,194

Oregon: Lake Oswego School District

- Location: Lake Oswego, OR
- Students: 7,066
- Student to teacher ratio: 20:1
- Reading proficient: 85%
- Math proficient: 75%
- Graduation rate: 93%
- Expenditure per student: $11,810
- Average teacher salary: $63,837

Pennsylvania: Radnor Township School District
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Pennsylvania: Radnor Township School District

- Location: Wayne, PA
- Students: 3,682
- Student to teacher ratio: 13:1
- Reading proficient: 89%
- Math proficient: 79%
- Graduation rate: 98%
- Expenditure per student: $23,994
- Average teacher salary: $95,865

Rhode Island: Barrington Public Schools

- Location: Barrington, RI
- Students: 3,343
- Student to teacher ratio: 14:1
- Reading proficient: 71%
- Math proficient: 63%
- Graduation rate: 97%
- Expenditure per student: $15,529
- Average teacher salary: $87,640

South Carolina: Fort Mill School District
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South Carolina: Fort Mill School District

- Location: Fort Mill, SC
- Students: 16,081
- Student to teacher ratio: 15:1
- Reading proficient: 68%
- Math proficient: 73%
- Graduation rate: 94%
- Expenditure per student: $15,825
- Average teacher salary: $53,305

South Dakota: Brandon Valley School District
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South Dakota: Brandon Valley School District

- Location: Brandon, SD
- Students: 4,284
- Student to teacher ratio: 18:1
- Reading proficient: 75%
- Math proficient: 68%
- Graduation rate: 96%
- Expenditure per student: $9,699
- Average teacher salary: $49,540

Tennessee: Collierville Schools
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Tennessee: Collierville Schools

- Location: Collierville, TN
- Students: 9,096
- Student to teacher ratio: 16:1
- Reading proficient: 60%
- Math proficient: 60%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Expenditure per student: $15,810
- Average teacher salary: $54,202

Texas: Eanes Independent School District

- Location: Austin, TX
- Students: 8,132
- Student to teacher ratio: 14:1
- Reading proficient: 80%
- Math proficient: 81%
- Graduation rate: 98%
- Expenditure per student: $24,109
- Average teacher salary: $51,587

Utah: Northern Utah Academy for Math Engineering & Science (Nuames)
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Utah: Northern Utah Academy for Math Engineering & Science (Nuames)

- Location: Layton, UT
- Students: 875
- Student to teacher ratio: 22:1
- Reading proficient: 74%
- Math proficient: 72%
- Graduation rate: 95%
- Expenditure per student: $6,834
- Average teacher salary: $34,263

Vermont: South Burlington School District
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Vermont: South Burlington School District

- Location: South Burlington, VT
- Students: 2,759
- Student to teacher ratio: 13:1
- Reading proficient: 71%
- Math proficient: 59%
- Graduation rate: 91%
- Expenditure per student: $22,235
- Average teacher salary: $79,969

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Virginia: Falls Church City Public Schools
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Virginia: Falls Church City Public Schools

- Location: Falls Church, VA
- Students: 2,620
- Student to teacher ratio: 14:1
- Reading proficient: 92%
- Math proficient: 82%
- Graduation rate: 97%
- Expenditure per student: data unavailable
- Average teacher salary: $95,479

Washington: Mercer Island School District

- Location: Mercer Island, WA
- Students: 4,522
- Student to teacher ratio: 18:1
- Reading proficient: 87%
- Math proficient: 83%
- Graduation rate: 96%
- Expenditure per student: $15,721
- Average teacher salary: $73,066

West Virginia: Monongalia County Schools
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West Virginia: Monongalia County Schools

- Location: Morgantown, WV
- Students: 11,679
- Student to teacher ratio: 15:1
- Reading proficient: 54%
- Math proficient: 50%
- Graduation rate: 90%
- Expenditure per student: $13,372
- Average teacher salary: $51,077

Wisconsin: Elmbrook School District
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Wisconsin: Elmbrook School District

- Location: Brookfield, WI
- Students: 7,334
- Student to teacher ratio: 15:1
- Reading proficient: 63%
- Math proficient: 68%
- Graduation rate: 96%
- Expenditure per student: $14,092
- Average teacher salary: $80,756

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

- Location: Sheridan, WY
- Students: 3,532
- Student to teacher ratio: 14:1
- Reading proficient: 75%
- Math proficient: 72%
- Graduation rate: 89%
- Expenditure per student: $15,520
- Average teacher salary: $69,785