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This Is the Top Ranking School District in Minnesota

imageForEntry7 fwhFew aspects play a more important role in a child’s development than their educational experience. But among the nearly 50 million American public school students in grades K-12, the quality of that experience varies considerably.

Key measures – ranging from annual budgets to graduation rates, and everything in between – show that there is no shortage of struggling school districts in the United States. Many public school districts across the country are understaffed, underfunded, and underperforming. (Here is a look at the best private high schools in America.)

Still, there are also school districts that are notable for the opposite reasons. These districts offer students updated facilities, a range of extracurricular activity options, a dedicated teaching staff, and they have a track record of high graduation rates.

According to data compiled by Niche, an education research platform, Wayzata Public School District in Plymouth, Minnesota, ranks as the best school district in the state. Niche based its ranking on a weighted index of several measures, including self-reported standardized test scores, parent and student surveys, extracurricular activities, and indicators of teacher quality.

The district enrolls a total of 12,013 students, and has a student-teacher ratio of 17:1. The district has an average graduation rate of 96% and standardized state test results show that about 81% of students are proficient in reading and 79% are proficient in math.

All data in this story came from Niche. A full description of each measure used to calculate this ranking is available here.

State Top school district Graduation rate (%) Number of students per teacher Total enrollment
Alaska Skagway School District N/A 10 144
Alabama Madison City Schools 97 17 11,804
Arkansas Haas Hall Academy 95 15 1,407
Arizona Catalina Foothills Unified School District 95 18 5,190
California Palo Alto Unified School District 95 18 11,395
Colorado Cheyenne Mountain School District No. 12 96 15 5,270
Connecticut Westport School District 99 11 5,329
Delaware Appoquinimink School District 95 15 11,914
Florida St. Johns County School District 94 22 44,550
Georgia Buford City Schools 93 19 5,468
Hawaii N/A N/A N/A N/A
Iowa Pleasant Valley Community School District 97 16 5,331
Idaho Troy School District 90 13 270
Illinois Adlai E. Stevenson High School District No. 125 96 15 4,315
Indiana West Lafayette Community School Corporation 95 16 2,316
Kansas Blue Valley Unified School District (Overland Park) 96 14 22,148
Kentucky Murray Independent Schools 95 18 1,783
Louisiana Zachary Community Public Schools 94 18 5,444
Massachusetts Weston Public Schools 95 11 1,906
Maryland Howard County Public Schools 93 14 57,293
Maine Yarmouth Schools 95 12 1,670
Michigan Novi Community School District 95 18 6,580
Minnesota Wayzata Public School District 96 17 12,013
Missouri School District of Clayton 99 11 2,514
Mississippi Petal School District 90 16 4,106
Montana Geraldine Public Schools N/A 4 49
North Carolina Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools 91 13 11,926
North Dakota Edmore School District No. 2 N/A 3 35
Nebraska Elkhorn Public Schools 97 15 10,642
New Hampshire SAU 70 92 10 1,054
New Jersey Millburn Township School District 99 13 4,697
New Mexico Los Alamos Public Schools 91 16 3,539
Nevada Douglas County School District 91 16 5,385
New York Great Neck Public Schools 96 10 6,831
Ohio Solon City School District 96 18 4,521
Oklahoma Edmond Public Schools 94 17 23,496
Oregon Lake Oswego School District 95 18 6,860
Pennsylvania Radnor Township School District 97 14 3,624
Rhode Island Barrington Public Schools 94 15 3,388
South Carolina Fort Mill School District 95 14 16,883
South Dakota Brandon Valley School District 95 20 4,721
Tennessee Maryville City Schools 95 16 5,441
Texas Eanes Independent School District 99 15 7,968
Utah Northern Utah Academy for Math Engineering & Science (Nuames) 95 27 1,135
Virginia Falls Church City Public Schools 98 16 2,500
Vermont South Burlington School District 91 22 2,688
Washington Mercer Island School District 93 18 4,192
Wisconsin Elmbrook School District 97 15 7,280
West Virginia Monongalia County Schools 91 14 11,113
Wyoming Sheridan County School District No. 2 86 13 3,519
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