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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:

Northeast - Top 5 Public Elementary Schools

  School Name National Educational Rating State Educational Rating City State
1 MURACO 99.99 99.58 WINCHESTER MA
2 JOHN WARD 99.98 99.05 NEWTON CENTRE MA
3 PLACENTINO ELEMENTARY 99.97 98.73 HOLLISTON MA
4 PELHAM ELEMENTARY 99.97 98.58 PELHAM MA
5 PRESCOTT ELEMENTARY 99.95 97.81 GROTON MA

Northeast - Top 5 Public Middle Schools

1 WM DIAMOND MIDDLE 99.93 96.78 LEXINGTON MA
2 BLANCHARD MIDDLE 99.91 95.69 WESTFORD MA
3 JONAS CLARKE MIDDLE 99.9 95.63 LEXINGTON MA
4 ANDOVER WEST MIDDLE 99.9 95.51 ANDOVER MA
5 THOMAS BLAKE MIDDLE 99.9 95.33 MEDFIELD MA

Northeast - Top 5 Public High Schools

1 DOVER-SHERBORN REG HIGH 100 100 DOVER MA
2 MEDFIELD SENIOR HIGH 99.99 99.94 MEDFIELD MA
3 BOSTON LATIN 99.99 99.88 BOSTON MA
4 ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REG HIGH 99.99 99.67 ACTON MA
5 WELLESLEY SR HIGH 99.99 99.52 WELLESLEY MA

South - Top 5 Public Elementary Schools

1 FREEDOM 7 ELEMENTARY/INTERNATIONAL STUDIES 99.7 99.96 COCOA BEACH FL
2 HARTRIDGE ACADEMY 99.66 99.92 WINTER HAVEN FL
3 JACKSONVILLE BEACH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 99.6 99.84 JACKSONVILLE BEACH FL
4 BEVIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 99.54 99.8 LITHIA FL
5 MANN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 99.41 99.41 WASHINGTON DC

South - Top 5 Public Middle Schools

1 GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER MIDDLE SCHOOL 99.39 99.64 MIAMI FL
2 HERBERT A. AMMONS MIDDLE SCHOOL 98.43 97.98 MIAMI FL
3 JAMES WELDON JOHNSON MIDDLE 98.43 97.98 JACKSONVILLE FL
4 SCAPA AT BLUEGRASS 97.91 99.41 LEXINGTON KY
5 HERBERT HOOVER MIDDLE 97.38 97.57 ROCKVILLE MD

South - Top 5 Pubic High Schools

1 INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE 99.73 100 BARTOW FL
2 BANNEKER HIGH SCHOOL 99.66 100 WASHINGTON DC
3 OWC COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL 99.53 99.77 NICEVILLE FL
4 STANTON COLLEGE PREPARATORY 99.48 99.71 JACKSONVILLE FL
5 WESTSHORE JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 99.3 99.58 MELBOURNE FL

Midwest - Top 5 Public Elementary Schools

1 MARBLE ELEMENTARY 99.89 100 MARBLE MN
2 RIVERSIDE ELEMENTARY 99.78 99.77 BRAINERD MN
3 NORMANDALE ELEMENTARY 99.73 99.72 EDINA MN
4 WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY 99.66 99.66 ROCHESTER MN
5 PLYMOUTH CREEK ELEMENTARY 99.62 99.61 PLYMOUTH MN

Midwest - Top 5 Public Middle Schools

1 MCKINLEY/CLASSICAL JR. ACAD. 99.69 99.94 ST LOUIS MO
2 VALLEY VIEW MIDDLE 99.05 98.15 EDINA MN
3 SOUTH VIEW MIDDLE 98.51 96.36 EDINA MN
4 CHIPPEWA MIDDLE 98.43 95.92 SHOREVIEW MN
5 WAYZATA WEST MIDDLE 98.43 95.92 WAYZATA MN

Midwest - Top 5 Public High Schools

1 METRO HIGH 99.95 100 ST LOUIS MO
2 TOLEDO TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL 97.09 99.85 TOLEDO OH
3 OAKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL 96.8 99.58 DAYTON OH
4 CHAGRIN FALLS HIGH SCHOOL 96.63 99.46 CHAGRIN FALLS OH
5 COLDWATER HIGH SCHOOL 96.57 99.4 COLDWATER OH

West - Top 5 Public Elementary Schools

1 WILLIAM FARIA ELEMENTARY 99.74 99.73 CUPERTINO CA
2 MILLIKIN ELEMENTARY 99.72 99.64 SANTA CLARA CA
3 MURDOCK-PORTAL ELEMENTARY 99.68 99.52 SAN JOSE CA
4 LOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 99.64 99.78 SEATTLE WA
5 SLEEPY HOLLOW ELEMENTARY 99.59 99.12 ORINDA CA

West - Top 5 Public Middle Schools

1 ELKHORN 99.33 98.46 STOCKTON CA
2 GREENFIELD 7-8 99.31 99.75 FAIRFIELD MT
3 HOBSON 7-8 99.31 99.75 HOBSON MT
4 JOAQUIN MILLER MIDDLE 98.88 96.97 SAN JOSE CA
5 COULEE CITY MS 98.83 97.67 COULEE CITY WA

West - Top 5 Public High Schools

1 MIDDLE COLLEGE HIGH 99.82 100 STOCKTON CA
2 CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE 99.82 100 CARSON CA
3 MIDDLE COLLEGE HIGH 99.82 100 SAN PABLO CA
4 UNIVERSITY HIGH 99.82 100 FRESNO CA
5 LEONARDO DAVINCI HIGH 99.8 99.87 DAVIS CA

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

License our Data
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To find out how our data can help your business increase revenues and save time and money, contact Dr. Schiller directly at: info@locationinc.com

About Location, Inc.
Location, Inc. is a research and data mining company born of university research, specializing in location analysis, demographic and school data information products, and location-based decision-making tools for businesses and consumers. The Company licenses data for a host of business to business applications. Location, Inc. is the owner of NeighborhoodScout.com, a national neighborhood data source and search engine which has served 7.8 million home buyers and businesses since its 2002 inception. The Company is based in Rhode Island.

About Dr. Schiller
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.