School Districts Where Students are Most Likely to Succeed By State

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Source: Courtesy of Arlington County Public Schools

Virginia: Arlington County Public Schools
> Location: Arlington County
> Per student spending: $17,927
> High school graduation rate: 83%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 74.1%

Early childhood education can set the stage for academic success in later years, and in the Arlington County school district 73% of 3- and 4-year olds are enrolled in preschool, the largest share of any Virginia school district with available data. Students in Arlington County also benefit from higher than typical investment in education. The district spends an average of $17,927 per student per year, well above the national average district per-student spending of $11,762.

Source: Courtesy of Mercer Island School District via Facebook

Washington: Mercer Island School District
> Location: King County
> Per student spending: $11,557
> High school graduation rate: 95%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 78.2%

The class of 2017 in the Mercer Island School District’s 98% high school graduation rate is among the highest in the state and among the highest nationwide. Children raised by adults with higher educational attainment are more likely to succeed academically, and in the Mercer Island School District, 78.2% of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher, nearly largest share of any school district in Washington.

Source: Courtesy of Morgantown High School

West Virginia: Monongalia School District
> Location: Monongalia County
> Per student spending: $11,107
> High school graduation rate: 90%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 39.8%

Pre-K education has been shown to be crucial to childhood development, and districts where more students access early education programs are more likely to yield better-prepared students. While West Virginia has one of the lowest preschool enrollment rates in the country, enrollment is much higher in the Monongalia County school district. The district is also one of the very few state districts where more than 20% of high school students enroll in AP course.

Source: Courtesy of Whitefish Bay School District via Facebook

Wisconsin: Whitefish Bay School District
> Location: Milwaukee County
> Per student spending: $10,833
> High school graduation rate: 97%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 73.8%

The district, located north of downtown Milwaukee on Lake Michigan, has an extremely high 97% high school graduation rate as well as one of the highest teacher-to-student ratios of any district in the state. Students in the district are likely to grow up in households conducive to their long-term success. The area has a 73.8% adult bachelor’s attainment rate, more than double the statewide rate, and one of the lowest child poverty rates of any district in the state.

Source: Courtesy of Albany County School District 1 via Facebook

Wyoming: Albany County School District 1
> Location: Albany County
> Per student spending: $15,983
> High school graduation rate: 79%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 49.8%

Children of well-educated adults are more likely to succeed academically, and about 50% of adults in Albany County School District 1 have a bachelor’s degree or higher compared to 27.6% of adults across Wyoming.