America’s Best Public Elementary, Middle, and High Schools By Region

You have children in school now or have little ones who are soon to begin. Are you excited about the school they attend, or concerned about its quality?

Despite news to the contrary, America is blessed with thousands of excellent public schools which are chock full of exceptional teachers, managed by top-notch administrators, and filled with outstanding students. But where are these top schools, and is there one near you?

NeighborhoodScout.com did all the research using its patent-pending school quality rating algorithm, based on both national and state-specific test scores, to uncover the very best of the best. We searched over 100,000 public schools in all 50 states to come up with this highly selective list of winners. For the first time ever, NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive school ratings system allows parents, teachers and others to accurately compare the quality of individual schools in different states using the rich data from the No Child Left Behind test scores, despite the No Child Left Behind tests being state-specific. The results are truly eye-opening.

Our approach gives top scores based on outcomes. That is, our ratings are based on outstanding student test scores. Some may give an A for effort, or even for year-over-year improvement. Yet trying hardest doesn’t mean achieving the highest scores, and being most improved does not mean the best. Here we focus on those schools that prove they are the best by being tops in student test scores. All of the schools included here are classified by the U.S. Department of Education as regular elementary or secondary schools. Some are charter schools, some are magnet schools, but all are public. That means they are free if you live in the area where you can attend them. No private school pricing here. Some are in modestly priced communities, and some are in expensive towns. Without further delay, here are America’s 5 best Public Elementary, Middle, and High Schools by region: Northeast, South, Midwest, and West. The regions are those defined by the U.S. Bureau of the Census.

The winners are:

  School Name National Educational Rating State Educational Rating City State

Northeast - Top 5 Public Elementary Schools

1 John Ward 99.93 99.26 Newton MA
2 Edward Brooke Charter School 99.92 99.18 Roslindale MA
3 Mason-rice 99.92 99.11 Newton MA
4 East Elementary 99.91 98.96 Sharon MA
5 Carlisle School 99.88 98.59 Carlisle MA

Northeast - Top 5 Public Middle Schools

1 Wm Diamond Middle 99.92 99.03 Lexington MA
2 Blanchard Middle 99.89 98.81 Westford MA
3 Stony Brook School 99.88 98.66 Westford MA
4 Hale 99.86 98.22 Stow MA
5 Jonas Clarke Middle 99.85 98.03 Lexington MA

Northeast - Top 5 Public High Schools

1 Me Sch Of Science & Mathematics 99.99 100 Limestone ME
2 Braintree High 99.93 99.96 Braintree MA
3 Scituate High School 99.93 99.96 Scituate MA
4 Boston Latin 99.93 99.85 Boston MA
5 Bedford High 99.92 99.78 Bedford MA

South - Top 5 Public Elementary Schools

1 Life School Mckinney 100 100 Mckinney TX
2 Children First Academy Of Houston 100 99.98 Houston TX
3 Martin El 100 99.96 Beaumont TX
4 Lucas El 99.99 99.9 Beaumont TX
5 Harmony School Of Innovation - Dallas 99.99 99.84 Carrollton TX

South - Top 5 Public Middle Schools

1 Angleton Middle 100 99.96 Angleton TX
2 William B Travis Acad/vangrd For Academically Tag 99.99 99.94 Dallas TX
3 Maypearl Intermediate 99.99 99.86 Maypearl TX
4 Sanderson J H 99.99 99.86 Sanderson TX
5 Decatur Int 99.97 99.72 Decatur TX

South - Top 5 Public High Schools

1 Hume - Fogg High Academic Magnet 99.98 100 Nashville TN
2 Madison Academic Magnet High School 99.95 99.58 Jackson TN
3 Chattanooga State Mid College High School 99.95 99.17 Chattanooga TN
4 Westlake H S 99.93 99.56 Austin TX
5 Fred J Page High School 99.9 98.75 Franklin TN

Midwest - Top 5 Public Elementary Schools

1 Neshkoro Elementary 100 100 Neshkoro WI
2 Weyerhaeuser Elementary 99.98 99.94 Weyerhaeuser WI
3 Ogema Elementary 99.97 99.87 Ogema WI
4 Winchester Elementary 99.96 99.74 Larsen WI
5 Accelerated Advanced Learning Program 99.93 99.68 Oshkosh WI

Midwest - Top 5 Public Middle Schools

1 Pleasant Hill Elementary 99.97 99.81 Brookfield WI
2 Chetek Middle 99.89 99.55 Chetek WI
3 Blandford Nature Center 99.75 99.9 Grand Rapids MI
4 Lake Middle School 99.72 99.86 Woodbury MN
5 Middle School Area Learning Center 99.47 99.28 Little Canada MN

Midwest - Top 5 Public High Schools

1 Northside College Preparatory Hs 99.97 100 Chicago IL
2 Payton College Preparatory Hs 99.95 99.83 Chicago IL
3 Tesla Engineering Charter School 99.94 100 Appleton WI
4 Lane Technical High School 99.93 99.67 Chicago IL
5 Jones College Prep High School 99.92 99.5 Chicago IL

West - Top 5 Public Elementary Schools

1 Challenge Elementary 99.74 99.87 Mtlk Terrace WA
2 Challenge School 99.71 100 Denver CO
3 Aurora Quest K-8 99.67 99.84 Aurora CO
4 Polaris At Ebert Elementary School 99.63 99.76 Denver CO
5 Explorer Community School 99.6 99.81 Redmond WA

West - Top 5 Public Middle Schools

1 Summit Middle Charter School 99.68 99.92 Boulder CO
2 Stella Schola 99.43 99.43 Redmond WA
3 Bradford Intermediate School 99.41 99.21 Littleton CO
4 Northstar Junior High 99.25 99.3 Kirkland WA
5 Southern Hills Middle School 98.96 97.01 Boulder CO

West - Top 5 Public High Schools

1 Dakota Ridge Senior High School 99.95 100 Littleton CO
2 The Vanguard School (high) 99.84 99.6 Colorado Springs CO
3 Meridian Medical Arts Charter 99.69 100 Meridian ID
4 Renaissance High School 99.62 99.04 Meridian ID
5 Marsing High School 99.57 98.08 Marsing ID

What is Special about Our Data – NeighborhoodScout’s Best Public Schools in America

When any study is conducted to compare and rate schools, the methodology is key. The findings reported here use each school’s own No Child Left Behind test scores, yet standardized by NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive patent-pending methodology for national comparison.

For the first time ever, this exclusive school ratings system allows parents, teachers and others to openly compare the quality of individual schools in different states using the rich data from the NCLB test scores, despite the NCLB tests being state-specific.

The comparisons are made possible by NeighborhoodScout's patent-pending school rating algorithm, which uses each state's student passing rate on the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP), a national test, to normalize the No Child Left Behind test scores at each public school in each state. 

Here is how NeighborhoodScout’s patent-pending school rating system works

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Dr. Andrew Schiller is the Founder, President and Chairman of Location, Inc. and is responsible for inventing the methods and technology that power NeighborhoodScout.com. He is also responsible for designing studies and reports for various media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Money Magazine, Parade Magazine, Smart Money, The New York Times, and others.

Prior to founding NeighborhoodScout, Andrew received his Ph.D. in Geography from Clark University’s Graduate School of Geography, America’s oldest and largest geography Ph.D. program. Previously he was a scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Atomic Energy Complex. He was also a Director of Science for the Nature Conservancy’s Tennessee Chapter. He has conducted research and published with Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Stanford University. He is an expert in statistics, demographic and risk analysis, and interpreting the relationships among environmental, social and economic conditions in the United States.

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