Colorado: Boulder Valley School District RE-2
> Location: Boulder, Broomfield, and Gilpin counties
> Per student spending: $11,112
> High school graduation rate: 91%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 67.2%
The Boulder Valley School District, which serves three counties in the Boulder area, is the best school district in Colorado. The district’s 33% AP enrollment rate among high schoolers is one of the highest in the state, as is the annual per pupil expenditure of $11,112.
Connecticut: Westport School District
> Location: Fairfield County
> Per student spending: $22,692
> High school graduation rate: 98%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 76.4%
Strong preschool enrollment can improve educational outcomes down the road — and in the Westport School District in Connecticut, 90.1% of 3- and 4-year olds are enrolled in preschool, well above the 47.5% national enrollment rate and even above the state’s relatively high 64.2% enrollment rate. One of the wealthiest school districts in the United States, Westport spends $22,692 per student annually, more than the vast majority of school districts nationwide. The school district’s high school graduation rate in 2017 was a near perfect 98%.
Delaware: Appoquinimink School District
> Location: New Castle County
> Per student spending: $11,448
> High school graduation rate: 95%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 38.6%
Children growing up in poverty are likely to struggle significantly more in school than children raised in affluent households. In the Appoquinimink School District in the northern part of Delaware, less than 6% of children live in poverty, less than half the child poverty rate of any other district in the state. Additionally, nearly 95% of high schoolers in the district graduate on time, easily the highest graduation rate in the state among districts with comparable data.
Florida: St. Johns County School District
> Location: St. Johns County
> Per student spending: $8,521
> High school graduation rate: 91%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 43.0%
Florida’s St. Johns County School District is located near Jacksonville. The district, which is one of the largest on this list, has more than 36,000 students. Close to one-third of the district’s high school students enroll in AP classes. In the vast majority of the state’s districts, AP enrollment is less than 20%.
Georgia: Decatur City School District
> Location: DeKalb County
> Per student spending: $12,325
> High school graduation rate: 96%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 71.7%
The Decatur City School District has a 72.9% preschool enrollment rate, higher than nearly every other school district considered in Georgia and well above the 47.5% national rate. Also, about 43% of high school seniors in the school district are enrolled in advanced placement courses, nearly the largest share of any Georgia school district and more than the share in the vast majority of school districts nationwide.
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