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Best Elementary, Middle, and High Schools

America’s Best Public Schools
America’s Top 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 Anderson School (The) 100.0 100.0 New York NY
2 Success Academy Charter School Bedford Stuyvesant 99.98 99.92 Brooklyn NY
3 Ps 77 Lower Lab School 99.98 99.86 New York NY
4 Smilie Memorial Elementary School 99.98 100.0 Bolton VT
5 Tag Young Scholars 99.95 99.72 New York NY
Northeast - Top 5 Public Middle Schools
1 Is 187 Christa Mcauliffe School (The) 99.99 99.97 Brooklyn NY
2 East Side Middle School 99.94 99.69 New York NY
3 Ms 255 Salk School Of Science 99.92 99.55 New York NY
4 Nyc Lab Ms For Collaborative Studies 99.9 99.5 New York NY
5 Is 98 Bay Academy 99.86 99.47 Brooklyn NY
Northeast - Top 5 Public High Schools
1 Academy For Science And Design Charter (H) 100.0 100.0 Nashua NH
2 Baccalaureate School For Global Education 99.99 99.94 Queens NY
3 High School Math Science And Engineering At Ccny 99.99 100.0 New York NY
4 Eleanor Roosevelt High School 99.98 99.88 New York NY
5 Staten Island Technical High School 99.97 99.76 Staten Island NY
Midwest - Top 5 Public Elementary Schools
1 Challenge Center 51 99.96 100.0 Sioux Falls SD
3 Odyssey Magellan 99.95 99.97 Appleton WI
2 Leonardo Da Vinci School For Gifted Learners 99.95 99.97 Green Bay WI
4 Dadeville Elem. 99.92 100.0 Dadeville MO
5 Elementary Lighthouse 99.89 100.0 Spring Lake Park MN
Midwest - Top 5 Public Middle Schools
1 Washington Gifted School 99.45 99.9 Peoria IL
2 Thurgood Marshall School 99.44 99.83 Rockford IL
3 Boulan Park Middle School 99.16 99.31 Troy MI
4 Accelerated Advanced Learning Program 99.09 99.31 Oshkosh WI
5 Butler Junior High School 98.63 99.63 Oak Brook IL
Midwest - Top 5 Public High Schools
1 International Academy Of Macomb 99.93 99.85 Clinton Township MI
2 Washtenaw International High School 99.92 99.7 Ypsilanti MI
3 Northside College Preparatory Hs 99.89 100.0 Chicago IL
4 Payton College Preparatory Hs 99.87 99.83 Chicago IL
5 Jones College Prep High School 99.87 99.67 Chicago IL
South - Top 5 Public Elementary Schools
1 River Oaks El 99.94 99.95 Houston TX
2 Carver Center 99.93 99.94 Midland TX
3 Britt David Elementary Computer Magnet Academy 99.93 99.94 Columbus GA
4 Metairie Academy For Advanced Studies 99.93 100.0 Metairie LA
5 Windsor Park G/T 99.92 99.92 Corpus Christi TX
South - Top 5 Public Middle Schools
1 William B Travis Acad/Vangrd For Academically Tag 99.98 100.0 Dallas TX
2 Kittredge Magnet School 99.95 100.0 Atlanta GA
3 Irma Rangel Young Womens Leadership Middle 99.89 99.81 Dallas TX
4 Fowler Middle School 99.83 99.74 Plano TX
5 Wadsworth Magnet School for High Achievers 99.82 99.77 Decatur GA
South - Top 5 Public High Schools
1 Governor's School For Science And Mathematics 100.0 100.0 Hartsville SC
2 Academic Magnet High 100.0 99.5 North Charleston SC
3 Gwinnett School Of Mathematics Science And Techno 99.99 100.0 Lawrenceville GA
4 Charter School Of Wilmington 99.99 100.0 Wilmington DE
5 School Without Walls Hs 99.99 100.0 Washington DC
West - Top 5 Public Elementary Schools
1 Polaris At Ebert Elementary School 100.0 100.0 Denver CO
2 Challenge School 99.99 99.92 Denver CO
3 Knox Gifted Academy 99.97 99.87 Chandler AZ
4 Bear Creek Elementary School 99.97 99.77 Boulder CO
5 Aurora Quest K 8 99.97 99.69 Aurora CO
West - Top 5 Public Middle Schools
1 The Connect Charter School 99.99 99.85 Pueblo CO
2 Mesa Academy For Advanced Studies 99.96 99.8 Mesa AZ
3 Arizona College Prep Oakland Campus 99.95 99.74 Chandler AZ
4 Summit Middle Charter School 99.89 99.23 Boulder CO
5 Teach Elementary 99.88 99.93 San Luis Obispo CA
West - Top 5 Public High Schools
1 University High School 99.97 100.0 Tucson AZ
2 William & Marian Ghidotti High 99.94 100.0 Grass Valley CA
3 Whitney (Gretchen) High 99.91 99.97 Cerritos CA
4 California Academy Of Mathematics And Science 99.87 99.94 Carson CA
5 Arizona College Prep Erie Campus 99.86 99.28 Chandler AZ

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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