School Districts Where Students are Most Likely to Succeed By State

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Montana: Florence-Carlton K-12 Schools
> Location: Ravalli County
> Per student spending: $9,110
> High school graduation rate: N/A
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 36.0%

As one of the nation’s most sparsely populated states, Montana only has a few school districts that met our population cutoff of 500 students. Of those, the Florence-Carlton K-12 district south of Missoula is the one where students are most likely to find success. Students in the district benefit from an above-average adult educational attainment rate and a relatively low child poverty rate.

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Nebraska: Gretna Public Schools
> Location: Douglas and Sarpy counties
> Per student spending: $8,830
> High school graduation rate: 97%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 52.1%

Students with college-educated parents are more likely to find success in school and are more likely to attend college. More than half the adults in the Gretna Public School District on the outskirts of Omaha have a bachelor’s degree, well above the 31.7% of Nebraska adults and one of the highest bachelor’s degree attainment rate of any district in the state. Students appear to be benefitting from the support of their parents, as 97% of high schoolers in the district graduated on time in 2017, one the highest graduation rate of any school district in the country.

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Nevada: Douglas County School District
> Location: Douglas County
> Per student spending: $10,404
> High school graduation rate: 88%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 27.2%

The Douglas County School District’s 88% high school graduation rate does not compare favorably to some of the other districts on this list, but it is one of the higher rates in Nevada for which data is available. Similarly, while the district’s adult college attainment rate of 27.7% is below the national figure, it is higher than that of nearly every district in the state.

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New Hampshire: Portsmouth School District
> Location: Rockingham County
> Per student spending: $20,806
> High school graduation rate: 97%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 57.9%

In the Portsmouth School District in New Hampshire, which ranks as the best in the state, per student spending for the district’s 2,263 students is one of the highest in the state. The district also has a 97% high school graduation rate, nearly the highest in New Hampshire.

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New Jersey: Princeton Public Schools
> Location: Mercer County
> Per student spending: $24,100
> High school graduation rate: 97%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 79.6%

Early childhood education can better prepare children for success later in their academic career, and in the Princeton school district, over 90% of 3- and 4-year olds are enrolled in preschool, nearly the largest share in both the state and the country. Additionally, about 42% of high schoolers are enrolled in advanced placement courses, and 97% graduate on time.