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|
|2||JOHN WARD||99.98||99.05||NEWTON CENTRE||MA|
Northeast - Top 5 Public Middle Schools
|1||WM DIAMOND MIDDLE||99.93||96.78||LEXINGTON||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|
|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
|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
|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|
|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
|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|
|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.
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