Strategy The best school district in every US state

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To determine the best school district in every state, Niche graded them on academics, teachers, diversity, and health and safety.

These are some of the best public schools in the country. (Pictured: Whitefish Bay High School in Wisconsin). play

These are some of the best public schools in the country. (Pictured: Whitefish Bay High School in Wisconsin).

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There are nearly 100,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in the US. The best districts are coveted, and a high-caliber school system can be a key factor when a family decides to relocate to one city over another.

Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools, provides a ranking of the best school districts in America — that is, the collective quality of all the schools in a district determined by a grade of overall experience.

The ranking includes key factors such as the strength of academics, health and safety, diversity, and the quality of teachers. Read more about the methodology here.

Business Insider searched the ranking to find the best in each state. Sufficient data wasn't available for Hawaii, so it does not appear on this list.

Below is the best school district in each US state.

ALABAMA: Mountain Brook City Schools

Mountain Brook High School. play

Mountain Brook High School.

(Wikimedia Commons)

No. of schools: 6

No. of students: 4,461

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: D

Teachers: A+



ALASKA: Skagway City School District

Skagway City School. play

Skagway City School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 1

No. of students: 100

Academics: A-

Health & safety: A-

Diversity: C+

Teachers: B+



ARIZONA: Catalina Foothills Unified School District

Catalina Foothills High School. play

Catalina Foothills High School.

(Wikimedia Commons)

No. of schools: 8

No. of students: 4,948

Academics: A

Health & safety: A

Diversity: B

Teachers: A-



ARKANSAS: Bentonville Public Schools

Bentonville High School. play

Bentonville High School.

(Facebook/Bentonville Public Schools)

No. of schools: 18

No. of students: 15,497

Academics: A-

Health & safety: A

Diversity: B+

Teachers: B+



CALIFORNIA: Palo Alto Unified School District

Palo Alto High School. play

Palo Alto High School.

(Wikimedia Commons)

No. of schools: 19

No. of students: 12,527

Academics: A+

Health & safety: C+

Diversity: A-

Teachers: A+



COLORADO: Aspen School District

Aspen High School. play

Aspen High School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 5

No. of students: 1,756

Academics: A

Health & safety: A

Diversity: C

Teachers: A+



CONNECTICUT: Westport School District

Staples High School. play

Staples High School.

(Staples High School)

No. of schools: 9

No. of students: 5,750

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: C

Teachers: A+



DELAWARE: Appoquinimink School District

Middletown High School. play

Middletown High School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 16

No. of students: 9,877

Academics: B+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: A-

Teachers: B+



FLORIDA: St. Johns County School District

Bartram Trail High School. play

Bartram Trail High School.

(Wikimedia Commons)

No. of schools: 51

No. of students: 35,268

Academics: A

Health & safety: B

Diversity: B

Teachers: B



GEORGIA: Buford City Schools

Buford High School. play

Buford High School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 4

No. of students: 4,173

Academics: A-

Health & safety: A+

Student culture & diversity: A

Teachers: A+



IDAHO: Boise Independent School District

Boise High School. play

Boise High School.

(Wikimedia Commons)

No. of schools: 51

No. of students: 26,240

Academics: B

Health & safety: B+

Diversity: A-

Teachers: A



ILLINOIS: New Trier Township High School District No. 203

New Trier Township High School. play

New Trier Township High School.

(Wikimedia Commons)

No. of schools: 2

No. of students: 4,099

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: C

Teachers: A+



INDIANA: West Lafayette Community School Corporation

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West Lafayette, Indiana.

(Wikimedia Commons)

No. of schools: 3

No. of students: 2,247

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Student culture & diversity: A-

Teachers: A+



IOWA: Ames Community School District

Ames High School. play

Ames High School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 8

No. of students: 4,373

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: A-

Teachers: A



KANSAS: Blue Valley Unified School District (Overland Park)

Blue Valley Southwest High School. play

Blue Valley Southwest High School.

(Wikimedia Commons)

No. of schools: 34

No. of students: 22,398

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B-

Teachers: A+



KENTUCKY: Fort Thomas Independent Schools

Highlands High School. play

Highlands High School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 5

No. of students: 3,053

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: C-

Teachers: A+



LOUISIANA: Zachary Community Public Schools

Zachary High School. play

Zachary High School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 8

No. of students: 5,331

Academics: A

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: A

Teachers: A+



MAINE: Cape Elizabeth School Department

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Cape Elizabeth Town, Maine.

(Paul VanDerWerf/Flickr)

No. of schools: 3

No. of students: 1,627

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: C-

Teachers: A+



MARYLAND: Howard County Public Schools

Howard High School. play

Howard High School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 75

No. of students: 53,685

Academics: A

Health & safety: B

Diversity: A

Teachers: A



MASSACHUSETTS: Wellesley Public Schools

Wellesley High School. play

Wellesley High School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 9

No. of students: 5,067

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B-

Teachers: A+



MICHIGAN: Birmingham Public Schools

Seaholm High School. play

Seaholm High School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 13

No. of students: 8,182

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B-

Teachers: A+



MINNESOTA: Wayzata Public School District

Wayzata High School. play

Wayzata High School.

(Wayzata High School/Facebook)

No. of schools: 17

No. of students: 10,875

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B

Teachers: A+



MISSISSIPPI: Petal School District

Petal High School. play

Petal High School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 5

No. of students: 4,137

Academics: B+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: A-

Teachers: A+



MISSOURI: School District of Clayton

Clayton High School. play

Clayton High School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 6

No. of students: 2,228

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B

Teachers: A+



MONTANA: Dutton/Brady Public Schools

Dutton High School. play

Dutton High School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 4

No. of students: 147

Academics: A

Health & safety: A

Diversity: C-

Teachers: A+



NEBRASKA: Elkhorn Public Schools

Elkhorn South High School. play

Elkhorn South High School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 18

No. of students: 7,553

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: C-

Teachers: A+



NEVADA: Washoe County School District

Sparks High School. play

Sparks High School.

(Wikimedia Commons)

No. of schools: 115

No. of students: 65,682

Academics: B

Health & safety: B+

Diversity: A

Teachers: A-



NEW HAMPSHIRE: SAU 70

Hanover High School. play

Hanover High School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 2

No. of students: 926

Academics: A+

Health & safety: B

Diversity: C

Teachers: A+



NEW JERSEY: Princeton Public Schools

Princeton High School. play

Princeton High School.

(Facebook/Princeton High School)

No. of schools: 6

No. of students: 3,390

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: B+

Teachers: A+



NEW MEXICO: Los Alamos Public Schools

Los Alamos High School. play

Los Alamos High School.

(Facebook/Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation)

No. of schools: 7

No. of students: 3,509

Academics: A-

Health & safety: B

Student culture & diversity: B

Teachers: B+



NEW YORK: Jericho Union Free School District

Jericho Senior High School. play

Jericho Senior High School.

(Google Earth)

No. of schools: 5

No. of students: 2,960

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A-

Diversity: B

Teachers: A+



NORTH CAROLINA: Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Northside Elementary. play

Northside Elementary.

(Facebook/Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools)

No. of schools: 20

No. of students: 12,090

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A-

Diversity: A

Teachers: A



NORTH DAKOTA: Ashley Public Schools

Ashley High School. play

Ashley High School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 2

No. of students: 120

Academics: A

Health & safety: A

Diversity: C-

Teachers: A



OHIO: Solon City School District

Solon High School. play

Solon High School.

(Wikipedia Commons)

No. of schools: 7

No. of students: 4,720

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: A-

Teachers: A+



OKLAHOMA: Jenks Public Schools

Jenks High School. play

Jenks High School.

(Facebook/Jenks Public Schools)

No. of schools: 7

No. of students: 11,439

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: A

Teachers: A



OREGON: Lake Oswego School District

Oswego High School. play

Oswego High School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 10

No. of students: 6,926

Academics: A

Health & safety: C+

Diversity: C+

Teachers: A+



PENNSYLVANIA: Tredyffrin-Easttown School District

Conestoga High School. play

Conestoga High School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 8

No. of students: 6,553

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: B-

Teachers: A+



RHODE ISLAND: Barrington Public Schools

Barrington High School. play

Barrington High School.

(Wikimedia Commons)

No. of schools: 6

No. of students: 3,288

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: C-

Teachers: A



SOUTH CAROLINA: Lexington-Richland School District No. 5

Irmo High School. play

Irmo High School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 22

No. of students: 16,738

Academics: A-

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: A

Teachers: A+



SOUTH DAKOTA: Brandon Valley School District

Brandon Valley High School. play

Brandon Valley High School.

(Wikimedia Commons)

No. of schools: 6

No. of students: 3,641

Academics: A-

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: C

Teachers: A+



TENNESSEE: Greeneville City Schools

Greeneville High School. play

Greeneville High School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 7

No. of students: 2,826

Academics: A

Health & safety: A+

Diversity: A-

Teachers: A+



TEXAS: South Texas Independent School District

South Texas Preparatory Academy. play

South Texas Preparatory Academy.

(South Texas Preparatory Academy/Facebook)

No. of schools: 8

No. of students: 3,376

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: A-

Teachers: A+



UTAH: Park City School District

Park City High School. play

Park City High School.

(Wikimedia Commons)

No. of schools: 12

No. of students: 4,872

Academics: A

Health & safety: A

Diversity: B-

Teachers: A+



VERMONT: South Burlington School District

Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School. play

Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School.

(Facebook/Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School)

No. of schools: 5

No. of students: 2,429

Academics: A

Health & safety: A

Diversity: B-

Teachers: A+



VIRGINIA: Arlington County Public Schools

Nottingham Elementary School. play

Nottingham Elementary School.

(Wikimedia Commons)

No. of schools: 39

No. of students: 24,559

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: A+

Teachers: A+



WASHINGTON: Bellevue School District

Tyee Middle School. play

Tyee Middle School.

(YouTube/Bellevue School District)

No. of schools: 31

No. of students: 19,456

Academics: A+

Health & safety: B

Diversity: A

Teachers: A



WEST VIRGINIA: Ohio County Schools

Wheeling Park High School. play

Wheeling Park High School.

(Wheeling Park High School/Facebook)

No. of schools: 13

No. of students: 5,453

Academics: B+

Health & safety: A-

Diversity: B

Teachers: A



WISCONSIN: School District of Whitefish Bay

Whitefish Bay High School. play

Whitefish Bay High School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 4

No. of students: 3,084

Academics: A+

Health & safety: A

Diversity: B-

Teachers: A+



WYOMING: Sheridan County School District No. 2

Woodland Park Elementary School. play

Woodland Park Elementary School.

(Google Maps)

No. of schools: 10

No. of students: 3,390

Academics: A-

Health & safety: B+

Diversity: C

Teachers: A+