School Districts in Missouri were ranked based on several factors including high school graduation and dropout rates, quality of teachers, the ratio of teachers to students, and academics. These were the top 10 school districts according to k12.niche.com. Also ranking high were Pattonville R-III School Distict at #11, Liberty School District at #12, Lee’s Summit R-III School District at #13, Columbia School District at #14 and West Platte County R-II School District at #15.
10. Brentwood School District, Brentwood
Serving 665 students in 5 schools, Brentwood School District ranked high in best places to teach as well as academics. They have a graduation rate of 95% and a student to teacher ratio of 9:1. In addition, 77% of students were considered proficient in reading and/or math.
9. Lindbergh Schools School District, Sunset Hills
With 5,794 total students in 8 schools, Lindbergh Schools rated high for best public school teachers and academics. 80% of students demonstrate a proficiency in math and/or reading, and their graduation rate is 93%. In addition, their dropout rate at 1.5% is below the national average, and their SAT and ACT scores were higher than the national average.
8. Park Hill School District, Kansas City
This school district serves 10,570 students in 17 schools and ranked high in best places to teach, academics, best public school teachers, and best outcomes. The student-teacher ratio is at 15:1, and they have a 93% graduation rate. In addition, the average SAT score is 2000, compared to the national average of 1720.
7. Webster Groves School District, Webster Groves
With a 96% graduation rate, and a 14:1 student-teacher ratio, this district serves 4,380 students in 10 schools. They ranked high in extracurricular activities, sports programs, best places to teach, and safest schools. They also have higher than average SAT and ACT scores.
6. Parkway C-II School District, Maryland Heights
The 6th largest school district in the St. Louis area, Parkway serves 16,192 students in 28 schools. Higher than average SAT and ACT scores, a 13:1 student-teacher ratio, and a 93% are just a few reasons this district was ranked high on this list. They also ranked high in extracurricular activities, academics, and best places to teach.
5. Blue Springs R-IV School District, Blue Springs
Ranking high in best administration, best places to teach, academics, facilities, and best public school teachers, this district serves 14,203 students in 22 schools. The average SAT score is 2030 compared to the national average of 1720, and they have a 92% graduation rate.
4. Rockwood R-VI School District, Wildwood
Serving 20,450 students in 31 schools, Rockwood is the 2nd largest school in the St. Louis area. They ranked high in academics, best places to teach, best outcomes, best administration, and extracurricular activities. The average SAT score is 2040 compared to the national average of 1720, and the average ACT score is 29 compared to the national average of 26. They have a 14:1 student-teacher ratio, a 94% graduation rate and a 1.3% high school dropout rate.
3. Kirkwood R-VII School District, Kirwood
Scoring a top ranking for both best administration and best sports programs, Kirkwood School District also ranked high in extracurricular activities, and best places to teach. They serve 5,310 students in 9 schools and have a 98% high school graduation rate. In addition, they have higher than average SAT and ACT scores, a 15:1 student-teacher ratio, and a 1.5% high school dropout rate.
2. Ladue School District, Ladue
Ladue School District was ranked #1 for extracurricular activities, best outcomes, and best public school teachers. They serve 3,985 students in 6 schools and have a student-teacher ratio of 13:1. Their 0.5% high school dropout rate is significantly lower than the national average, and their high school graduation rate is 98%. Ladue also ranks high in best places to teach and academics, and scores significantly higher than the national average on the SAT and ACT standardized tests.
1. Clayton School District, Clayton
On top of being Missouri’s #1 School District, they also ranked #1 in academics and best places to teach. Serving 2,086 students in 6 schools, they have a 99% graduation rate, a 9:1 student-teacher ratio, and a 0.5% high school dropout rate. They also ranked high in academics, administration, educational outcomes, best facilities, and best public school teachers.
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