School Districts Where Students are Most Likely to Succeed By State

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Source: Courtesy of Deer Creek School District via Facebook

Oklahoma: Deer Creek Public Schools
> Location: Canadian, Logan, and Oklahoma counties
> Per student spending: $6,532
> High school graduation rate: 96%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 59.4%

The high school graduation rate in the Deer Creek school district is 96%, the highest of any district in Oklahoma. Students raised by parents with higher educational attainment are more likely to succeed academically, and in Deer Creek, 59.4% of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher compared to 25.5% of adults in Oklahoma. Like many other school districts on this list, Deer Creek is wealthy. The typical area household earns $107,659 a year, more than double the median income in Oklahoma of $50,051.

Source: Courtesy of Lake Oswego School District via Facebook

Oregon: Lake Oswego School District 7J
> Location: Clackamas and Multnomah counties
> Per student spending: $9,926
> High school graduation rate: 92%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 67.0%

Oregon has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the United States, but dropouts are not an issue in the Lake Oswego School District 7J, which boasts a graduation rate of 92%. In addition to a high graduation rate, the district, which is south of Portland, has one of the highest AP enrollment rates among high school students as well as one of the higher preschool enrollment rates among 3- and 4-year olds.

Source: Courtesy of Lower Merion School District via Facebook

Pennsylvania: Lower Merion School District
> Location: Delaware County
> Per student spending: $20,466
> High school graduation rate: 98%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 73.6%

The Lower Merion School District in eastern Pennsylvania is the best school district in the state and one of the best in the country. In 2017, 98% of the senior class graduated on time. The district also has a strong early childhood education program with about 83% of 3- and 4-year olds in the area enrolled in preschool. Lower Merion also spends over $20,000 per student annually, well above that of most U.S. school districts.

Source: Courtesy of Barrington Public Schools via Facebook

Rhode Island: Barrington School District
> Location: Bristol County
> Per student spending: $14,257
> High school graduation rate: 96%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 67.7%

Rhode Island’s Barrington School District has the highest high school graduation rate of any district in the state with available data, at 96%. As one of the richest in the state, students in the district are less likely to face obstacles associated with living in poverty. The median annual household income of $117,408 is almost double the national median, and just 3.5% of children in the district live in poverty, one of the lowest child poverty rates of any district in the country.

Source: Courtesy of Fort Mill School District via Facebook

South Carolina: York School District 4
> Location: York County
> Per student spending: $8,870
> High school graduation rate: 94%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 47.0%

Children growing up in poverty are likely to struggle significantly more in school than children raised in affluent households. In the York School District 4, just 6% of children live in poverty, making it the only district in the state with child poverty rate below 10%. This fact, along with the district’s 94% high school graduation rate, help explain why it ranks as the best school district in the state.