School Districts Where Students are Most Likely to Succeed By State

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Alabama: Mountain Brook City School District
> Location: Jefferson County
> Per student spending: $13,037
> High school graduation rate: 98%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 85.4%

Mountain Brook school district, located in the city of Mountain Brook, near Birmingham, is the best school district in Alabama. Children whose parents earned a bachelor’s degree have been shown to have more success in school. Alabama is one of the least educated states, but 85.4% of adults in the district are college-educated, more than three times the state’s share.

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Alaska: Juneau Borough School District
> Location: Juneau City and Borough
> Per student spending: $16,435
> High school graduation rate: 86%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 40.3%

As the school district where students have the best chance for success in the state, the Juneau Borough district has a relatively low 86% high school graduation rate. But that is actually the highest graduation rate of school districts with available data in the state. The district, which serves about 5,000 students in the state capital, also has a high adult bachelor’s degree attainment rate of 40%.

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Arizona: Catalina Foothills Unified District
> Location: Pima County
> Per student spending: $7,052
> High school graduation rate: 96%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 69.0%

In Catalina Foothills Unified District, the best school district in Arizona, 37% of high school seniors are enrolled in advanced placement courses, the largest share of any school district in the state. Strong early childhood education programs can improve overall educational outcomes in a school district, and in Catalina Foothills, 75% of 3- and 4-year olds are enrolled in preschool, one of the highest shares of any school district in the state.

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Arkansas: Bentonville Public Schools
> Location: Benton County
> Per student spending: $9,260
> High school graduation rate: 92%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 43.3%

Bentonville, the home of the headquarters of Walmart, the world’s largest company by revenue, is also home to the state’s best school district. The public school system has one of the best high school graduation rates in the state. Also, over 30% of high school students in the district enroll in Advanced Placement courses, a higher share than the vast majority of school districts across the country.

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California: Piedmont City Unified School District
> Location: Alameda County
> Per student spending: $15,979
> High school graduation rate: 98%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 84.8%

Children who grow up in households with college-educated parents are more likely to find success in school and go to college. In California’s Piedmont City Unified School District, an astounding 84.8% of adults have a bachelor’s degree, which is well more than double the statewide adult college attainment rate and one of the highest of any school district in America. The district also has a high school graduation rate of 98%, among the highest in both the state and the country.