School Districts Where Students are Most Likely to Succeed By State

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Source: Courtesy of Brandon Valley High School via Facebook

South Dakota: Brandon Valley School District 49-2
> Location: Minnehaha County
> Per student spending: $7,880
> High school graduation rate: 94%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 36.6%

The 94% high school graduation rate in the Brandon Valley School District 49-2 is the highest of any district in the state with available data. As is often the case in other states, South Dakota’s best school district is also one of its wealthiest. The typical household in the district earns $83,368 a year, compared with the $56,521 median household income across the state.

Source: Courtesy of Williamson County Schools via Facebook

Tennessee: Williamson County School District
> Location: Williamson County
> Per student spending: $8,635
> High school graduation rate: 96%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 60.3%

William County School District, which serves over 36,000 students, is one of the largest to make this list. It is also one of the least funded and one of the few on this list to spend less than $10,000 per student annually. Still, the district has one of the highest high school graduation rates in Tennessee. It also has highly educated, wealthy adult residents — a strong indicator that the district’s students will find success in school.

Source: Courtesy of Highland Park ISD via Facebook

Texas: Highland Park Independent School District (Dallas County)
> Location: Dallas County
> Per student spending: $9,179
> High school graduation rate: 98%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 86.6%

The Highland Park Independent School District is the best in Texas and among the best in the country. The district has a near-perfect 98% high school graduation rate. Early childhood education can promote academic success later in life, and in Highland Park, 80.7% of 3- and 4-year olds are enrolled in a preschool program. Nationwide, just 47.5% of the age group are enrolled in preschool.

Source: Courtesy of Park City School District via Facebook

Utah: Park City School District
> Location: Summit County
> Per student spending: $11,732
> High school graduation rate: 93%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 64.7%

Utah’s Park City, located east of Salt Lake City and next to the state’s most popular skiing area, is one of the most affluent places in the state. The district has one of the highest graduation rates in the state, and more than 30% of high school students enroll in AP classes, the highest among state districts with available data.

Source: Courtesy of South Burlington High School Alumni via Facebook

Vermont: South Burlington School District
> Location: Chittenden County
> Per student spending: $18,855
> High school graduation rate: 91%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 54.1%

South Burlington school district outranks the nearby Burlington school district partially because of its student-to-teacher ratio. There are the equivalent of 82 teachers in the South Burlington school district for every 1,000 students compared to 77 per 1,000 in Burlington. South Burlington’s 91% high school graduation rate is also far higher than Burlington’s 84% rate, and high schoolers in South Burlington are more likely than those in Burlington to enroll in advanced placement courses.