School Districts Where Students are Most Likely to Succeed By State

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Massachusetts: Lexington School District
> Location: Middlesex County
> Per student spending: $17,851
> High school graduation rate: 98%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 81.6%

Close to 40% of high school students in the Lexington School District are enrolled in advanced placement courses, and 98% graduate on time, each among the larger shares of any school district in both Massachusetts and the U.S. as a whole. Children raised in households with well-educated parents are more likely to succeed academically, and in the Lexington School District, 81.6% of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher, far more than the 30.9% share of American adults nationwide.

Source: Courtesy of Bloomfield Hills Schools via Facebook

Michigan: Bloomfield Hills School District
> Location: Oakland County
> Per student spending: $17,551
> High school graduation rate: 95%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 71.7%

The best school district in Michigan is the Bloomfield Hills School District. Located in the suburbs of Detroit, it is free of many of the issues that plague other districts near the city. The per student funding in the district of roughly 5,500 students is $17,551, one of the highest amounts in the state. The district is also one of relatively few in the state with an AP enrollment rate among high schoolers above 20% and a high school graduation rate above 90%.

Source: Courtesy of Edina Public Schools via Facebook

Minnesota: Edina Public School District
> Location: Hennepin County
> Per student spending: $11,660
> High school graduation rate: 96%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 72.6%

Pre-K education has been shown to be crucial to childhood development, and districts where more children are enrolled in early education programs are more likely to yield better educational outcomes. In the Edina Public School District, the best in Minnesota, well over 70% of 3- and 4-year olds are enrolled in preschool, compared to a state rate of 45%.

Source: Courtesy of Madison County Schools via Facebook

Mississippi: Madison County School District
> Location: Madison County
> Per student spending: $8,845
> High school graduation rate: 87%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 52.2%

Children raised in households with well-educated parents are more likely to succeed academically, and in the Madison County school district, over half of all adults have a bachelor’s degree, the largest share of any Mississippi school district for which data is available. Students in the district also benefit from a strong early childhood education program. Madison County is one of the few districts in the state where over 75% of 3- and 4-year olds are enrolled in preschool.

Source: Courtesy of School District of Clayton via Facebook

Missouri: Clayton School District
> Location: St. Louis County
> Per student spending: $20,363
> High school graduation rate: 98%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 78.4%

While high per student spending is not a guarantee of a better education, schools with better funding are able to offer additional programs, better facilities, and hire more qualified teachers. In Missouri’s Clayton School District, located west of downtown St. Louis, per student funding exceeds $20,000 — more than double the state average K-12 funding per student. At 98%, the district has one of the best high school graduation rates in the country.