Best K-12 School Districts In The US

As parents, you strive to keep your kids safe, happy and healthy. And a big part of that is placing them in schools that will help them develop into sharp, well-adjusted students who are ready for college. Just where are the best K-12 school districts in the U.S.? Surprisingly enough, they’re not in cultural, metropolitan centers such as Manhattan or San Francisco. According to www.Niche.com, the top five K-12 school districts lie mostly in the Midwest and the East coast. The site analyzes millions of student and parent reviews from the U.S. Department of Education. Among other factors, district rankings are based on state testing scores, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, district ratings and teacher quality.

Solon, Ohio

Located about 20 miles southeast of Cleveland, Solon, Ohio, has a population of 23,000 and is home to the top-rated K-12 school district in the nation. For three years running, its students have earned the state’s No. 1 report card for academic achievement. At Solon High School, 19 students have been named as semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Competition.

Wayne, Pennsylvania

About 18 miles northwest of Philadelphia lies Wayne, Pennsylvania. Its population is about 32,000 and its Tredyffrin-Easttown school district is rated #2 in the nation. Within that school district, Conestoga High School reported the most (34) National Merit Semifinalists in all of Pennsylvania, based on students’ performance on the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. NMS recognition places students among the top 16,000 test takers, representing less than 1% of students nationwide.

The No. 3 spot is held by a second school district in Wayne, Pennsylvania. This time it’s Radnor Township school district, where Radnor High School was just recognized as an Apple Distinguished School (by Apple Corporation) for the innovative ways its teachers and students use technology as part of the school’s one-to-one iPad program. The schools that receive this reward are described as “centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking.”

Clayton, Missouri

Clayton, Missouri, is home to about 17,000 residents and is about eight miles west of St. Louis. Its school district has earned 138/140 points on its annual performance scored for schools and school districts across the state. Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education rates district students by their academic achievement, subgroup achievement, college readiness, career readiness, attendance rate and graduation rate.

Dublin, Ohio

Dublin, Ohio’s population of nearly 46,000 also houses the Dublin city school district. It’s about 18 miles northwest of Columbus. The average graduation rate is 95% and average SAT scores are 1310/1600. More than 1,600 ELL (English Language Learners) students are enrolled, covering a base of more than 50 native languages.

If your children are already in high school and you want them to attend the best colleges, Niche.com notes the top five as Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Yale and Rice University. Site visitors can also search for their schools’ rankings and give their schools ratings from one to five stars so their experiences can help other students and families make informed decisions about education, as well as seek out the best places to live in the U.S.