The best public-school district in every state

Wikimedia Commons/CC 2.0 AttributionChamplain Valley Union High School.

There are 10,758 public school districts in the United States, making up 18,841 high schools, 23,783 middle schools, and 50,486 elementary schools.

School-ranking website Niche based its rankings on several factors, among them academics, teachers, health and safety, and diversity. Jericho Union Free School District in Jericho, New York, topped the list, making it the best school district in America.

While most states have a network of school districts for their residents, Hawaii is the only one to have a single district, the Hawaii Department of Education, for its 181,122 students and 348 schools.

Here are the best school districts in every US state.


Alabama: Mountain Brook City Schools

Wikimedia CommonsMountain Brook High School.

No. of schools: 6

No. of students: 4,343

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: D+

Teachers: A+


Alaska: Haines Borough School District

Google MapsHaines High School.

No. of schools: 2

No. of students: 266

Academics: A-

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B+

Teachers: A+


Arizona: Catalina Foothills Unified School District in Tucson

Wikimedia Commons/CC 2.0 AttributionCatalina Foothills High School.

No. of schools: 7

No. of students: 5,042

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: B+

Teachers: A-


Arkansas: Fayetteville School District

Wikimedia Commons/CC 2.0 AttributionFayetteville High School.

No. of schools: 14

No. of students: 9,864

Academics: A

Health & safety: B+

Diversity: A

Teachers: A+


California: Palo Alto Unified School District

Wikimedia CommonsPalo Alto High School.

No. of schools: 18

No. of students: 12,259

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A-

Diversity: A-

Teachers: A+


Colorado: Aspen School District No. 1

Google MapsAspen High School.

No. of schools: 4

No. of students: 1,698

Academics: A

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: C+

Teachers: A+


Connecticut: New Canaan School District

Wikimedia Commons/CC 2.0 AttributionNew Canaan High School.

No. of schools: 5

No. of students: 4,241

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: C

Teachers: A+


Delaware: Appoquinimink School District in Odessa

Google MapsMiddletown High School.

No. of schools: 16

No. of students: 10,644

Academics: B+

Health & safety: A-

Diversity: A-

Teachers: B


Florida: St. Johns County School District in St. Augustine

Wikimedia Commons/CC 2.0 AttributionBartram Trail High School.

No. of schools: 48

No. of students: 38,550

Academics: A

Health & safety: B

Diversity: B-

Teachers: B


Georgia: Buford City Schools

No. of schools: 4

No. of students: 4,597

Academics: A-

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: A

Teachers: A+


Hawaii: Hawaii Department of Education

Wikimedia Commons/CC 2.0 AttributionPresident William McKinley High School.

No. of schools: 348

No. of students:181,122

Academics: C

Health & safety: C

Diversity: A+

Teachers: C-


Idaho: Boise Independent School District

Google MapsBoise High School.

No. of schools: 48

No. of students: 26,263

Academics: B+

Health & safety: B+

Diversity: A-

Teachers: A+


Illinois: Community High School District No. 128 in Vernon Hills

Wikimedia Commons/CC 2.0 AttributionLibertyville High School.

No. of schools: 2

No. of students: 3,347

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B-

Teachers: A+


Indiana: West Lafayette Community School Corporation

Google MapsWest Lafayette Junior-Senior High School.

No. of schools: 3

No. of students: 2,246

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: A-

Teachers: A+


Iowa: Ames Community School District

Google MapsAmes High School.

No. of schools: 8

No. of students: 4,391

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: A-

Teachers: A


Kansas: Blue Valley Unified School District in Overland Park

Google MapsBlue Valley High School.

No. of schools: 34

No. of students:22,676

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B-

Teachers: A+


Kentucky: Fort Thomas Independent Schools

Google MapsHighands High School.

No. of schools: 5

No. of students: 3,104

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: C-

Teachers: A+


Louisiana: St. Charles Parish Public Schools in Luling

No. of schools: 15

No. of students: 9,319

Academics: A

Health & safety: A-

Diversity: A

Teachers: A


Maine: Yarmouth Schools

Google MapsYarmouth High School.

No. of schools: 4

No. of students: 1,554

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: C-

Teachers: A+


Maryland: Howard County Public Schools in Ellicott City

No. of schools: 77

No. of students: 55,626

Academics: A

Health & safety: A-

Diversity: A

Teachers: A-


Massachusetts: Newton Public Schools in Newtonville

Wikimedia Commons/CC 2.0 AttributionNewton North High School.

No. of schools: 22

No. of students:12,902

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: B

Teachers: A+


Michigan: Bloomfield Hills Schools

Google MapsBloomfield Hills High School.

No. of schools: 9

No. of students: 5,527

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B+

Teachers: A+


Minnesota: Wayzata Public School District

Deyan G. Georgiev/ShutterstockWayzata, Minnesota.

No. of schools: 13

No. of students: 11,370

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B

Teachers: A+


Mississippi: Oxford School District in Oxford

Wikimedia CommonsOxford High School.

No. of schools: 5

No. of students: 4,235

Academics: B+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: A

Teachers: A-


Missouri: School District of Clayton

Google MapsClayton High School.

No. of schools: 5

No. of students: 2,254

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: B

Teachers: A+


Montana: Ryegate Public Schools

Google MapsRyegate High School.

No. of schools: 3

No. of students: 57

Academics: A-

Health & safety: A

Diversity: B-

Teachers: A+


Nebraska: Elkhorn Public Schools

Google MapsElkhorn South High School.

No. of schools: 20

No. of students: 8,685

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: C-

Teachers: A+


Nevada: Storey County School District in Virginia City

Google MapsVirginia City High School.

No. of schools: 4

No. of students: 425

Academics: B

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B-

Teachers: A-


New Hampshire: SAU 70 in Hanover

Google MapsHanover High School.

No. of schools: 2

No. of students: 900

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: C-

Teachers: A+


New Jersey: Millburn Township School District

Google MapsMillburn High School.

No. of schools: 7

No. of students: 4,860

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B

Teachers: A+


New Mexico: Los Alamos Public Schools

Google EarthLos Alamos, New Mexico.

No. of schools: 7

No. of students: 3,662

Academics: A

Health & safety: A

Diversity: B+

Teachers: A-


New York: Jericho Union Free School District

Google EarthJericho Senior High School.

No. of schools: 5

No. of students: 3,021

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B+

Teachers: A+


North Carolina: Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Wikimedia Commons/CC 2.0 AttributionChapel Hill High School.

No. of schools: 19

No. of students: 12,115

Academics: A+

Health & safety: B+

Diversity: A

Teachers: A


North Dakota: St. Thomas School District No. 43

No. of schools: 2

No. of students: 55

Academics: A

Health & safety: A

Diversity: B+

Teachers: A


Ohio: Solon City School District

Wikipedia CommonsSolon High School.

No. of schools: 7

No. of students: 4,589

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: A-

Teachers: A+


Oklahoma: Edmond Public Schools

Google MapsEdmond Memorial High School.

No. of schools: 28

No. of students:24,380

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: A-

Teachers: A+


Oregon: Lake Oswego School District

Google MapsLake Oswego, Oregon.

No. of schools: 10

No. of students: 7,096

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A-

Diversity: C+

Teachers: A+


Pennsylvania: Tredyffrin-Easttown School District in Wayne

Google MapsConestoga High School.

No. of schools: 8

No. of students: 6,749

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B-

Teachers: A+


Rhode Island: Barrington Public Schools

Google MapsBarrington High School.

No. of schools: 6

No. of students: 3,355

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: C-

Teachers: A


South Carolina: Fort Mill School District

Google MapsFort Mill High School.

No. of schools: 15

No. of students:14,024

Academics: A

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B

Teachers: A


South Dakota: Brandon Valley School District

Brandon Valley High School/FacebookBrandon Valley High School.

No. of schools: 7

No. of students: 3,960

Academics: A-

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: C

Teachers: A+


Tennessee: Oak Ridge School District

Google MapsOak Ridge High School.

No. of schools: 7

No. of students: 4,401

Academics: A

Health & safety: A-

Diversity: A

Teachers: A


Texas: Eanes Independent School District in Austin

Google MapsWestlake High School.

No. of schools: 9

No. of students: 8,134

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B-

Teachers: A+


Utah: Park City School District

No. of schools: 11

No. of students: 5,076

Academics: A

Health & safety: A-

Diversity: B-

Teachers: A+


Vermont: Champlain Valley School District in Shelburne

Wikimedia Commons/CC 2.0 AttributionChamplain Valley Union High School.

No. of schools: 9

No. of students: 4,303

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: N/A

Teachers: A-


Virginia: Arlington Public Schools

Wikimedia Commons/CC 2.0 AttributionNottingham Elementary School.

No. of schools: 31

No. of students:26,176

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: A

Teachers: A+


Washington: Bellevue School District

No. of schools: 31

No. of students:20,443

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A-

Diversity: A-

Teachers: A


West Virginia: Ohio County Schools in Wheeling

Wheeling Park High School/FacebookWheeling Park High School.

No. of schools: 14

No. of students: 5,367

Academics: A-

Health & safety: B

Diversity: B

Teachers: A


Wisconsin: School District of Whitefish Bay

Google MapsWhitefish Bay High School.

No. of schools: 4

No. of students: 3,035

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: C+

Teachers: A+


Wyoming: Lincoln County School District No. 2 in Afton

Google MapsStar Valley High School.

No. of schools: 8

No. of students: 2,871

Academics: B+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: C+

Teachers: A+

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