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

America’s Top Elementary, Middle, and High Schools By Region

School Year:  2015-2016

About Scout’s patented & nationally-comparable school ratings

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? 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 NameNational Educational RatingState Educational RatingCityState
Northeast – Top 5 Public Elementary Schools
1School 2899.99100.00PatersonNJ
2Success Academy Charter School-Crown Heights99.97100.00BrooklynNY
3Success Academy Charter School-Bedford Stuyvesant99.9699.97BrooklynNY
4Ps 77 Lower Lab School99.9599.94New YorkNY
5Anderson School (The)99.9599.92New YorkNY
Northeast – Top 5 Public Middle Schools
1Is 187 Christa Mcauliffe School (The)99.9499.82BrooklynNY
2Mendham Township Middle School99.9399.89BrooksideNJ
3East Side Middle School99.9299.72New YorkNY
4Ms 255 Salk School Of Science99.8299.27New YorkNY
5Academy For Science And Design Charter (M)99.8198.90NashuaNH
Northeast – Top 5 Public High Schools
1Middlesex County Voc Academy Math Science &Enginee100.0099.86EdisonNJ
2Academy For Mathematics Science And Engineering100.0099.86RockawayNJ
3High Technology High School99.9999.46LincroftNJ
4Academy For Allied Health Sciences99.9999.19Scotch PlainsNJ
5Union County Magnet High School99.9998.92Scotch PlainsNJ
Midwest – Top 5 Public Elementary Schools
1Kings Elementary School 100.00100.00KingsIL
3Leonardo Da Vinci School For Gifted Learners 99.98100.00Green BayWI
2Keller Elem Gifted Magnet School 99.9899.97ChicagoIL
4Iles Elem School 99.9899.93SpringfieldIL
5Odyssey-Magellan 99.9899.94AppletonWI
Midwest – Top 5 Public Middle Schools
1Thurgood Marshall School99.9499.73RockfordIL
2Accelerated Advanced Learning Program99.9199.87OshkoshWI
3Washington Gifted School99.9099.59PeoriaIL
4Marie Murphy School99.7999.42WilmetteIL
5Daniel Wright Jr High School99.7499.29LincolnshireIL
Midwest – Top 5 Public High Schools
1Northside College Preparatory Hs100.00100.00ChicagoIL
2Payton College Preparatory Hs99.9899.83ChicagoIL
3Signature School Inc99.96100.00EvansvilleIN
4Young Magnet High School99.9699.83ChicagoIL
5Lane Technical High School99.9299.66ChicagoIL
South – Top 5 Public Elementary Schools
1Jacksonville Beach Elementary School99.9599.95Jacksonville BeachFL
2Madison Street Academy Of Visual And Performing Ar99.9399.86OcalaFL
3Freedom 7 Elementary School Of International Studi99.9199.80Cocoa BeachFL
4Dr N H Jones Elementary School99.8999.76OcalaFL
5Britt David Elementary Computer Magnet Academy99.8999.94ColumbusGA
South – Top 5 Public Middle Schools
1Okaloosa Stemm Center99.9599.95ValparaisoFL
2Doral Academy Of Technology99.9599.90DoralFL
3Kittredge Magnet School99.93100.00BrookhavenGA
4Archimedean Middle Conservatory99.9299.83MiamiFL
5William B Travis Acdmy/Vngrd For Academically Tag99.9199.98DallasTX
South – Top 5 Public High Schools
1Gwinnett School Of Mathematics- Science And Techno99.96100.00LawrencevilleGA
2Charter School Of Wilmington99.95100.00WilmingtonDE
3Stanton College Preparatory99.95100.00JacksonvilleFL
4Benjamin Banneker Hs99.90100.00WashingtonDC
5School For The Talented And Gifted99.8999.96DallasTX
West – Top 5 Public Elementary Schools
1Polaris At Ebert Elementary School99.99100.00DenverCO
2Dennison Elementary School99.9799.92LakewoodCO
3Challenge School99.9699.84DenverCO
4Bear Creek Elementary School99.9699.76BoulderCO
5Aurora Quest K-899.9499.69AuroraCO
West – Top 5 Public Middle Schools
1The Connect Charter School99.9499.61PuebloCO
2Cherry Hill Gt Program99.91100.00OremUT
3Mesa Academy For Advanced Studies99.90100.00MesaAZ
4Arizona College Prep Oakland Campus99.8499.84ChandlerAZ
5East Grand Middle School99.8399.21GranbyCO
West – Top 5 Public High Schools
1The Center School99.9999.67SeattleWA
2Mercer Island High School99.9999.35Mercer IslandWA
3Mount Baker Senior High99.9899.02DemingWA
4Nova High School99.9798.70SeattleWA
5Leaders In Learning99.9398.37MonroeWA

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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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