America's Best Public Schools

America's Best Public Schools
Despite news to the contrary, America is blessed with thousands of excellent public schools with outstanding students, teachers, and administrators. But where are these top schools, and is there one near you?

NeighborhoodScout.com used its patent-pending school quality rating algorithm, based on state-specific test scores for each school yet standardized using national test scores by students in each state, to uncover the very best of the best. They searched over 100,000 public schools in all 50 states to arrive at this highly selective list of winners.

For the first time ever, NeighborhoodScout's exclusive school ratings system allows parents, teachers and others to accurately compare the quality of individual schools in different states using the rich data from the No Child Left Behind test scores, despite the No Child Left Behind tests being state-specific. The results are eye opening.

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First Up: Northeast's Top Schools
1. Muraco
Winchester, Mass.
National Rating: 99.99 | State Rating: 99.58

2. John Ward
Newton Centre, Mass.
National Rating: 99.98 | State Rating: 99.05

3. Placentino Elementary
Holliston, Mass.
National Rating: 99.97 | State Rating: 98.73

4. Pelham Elementary
Pelham, Mass.
National Rating: 99.97 | State Rating: 98.58

5. Prescott Elementary
Groton, Mass.
National Rating: 99.95 | State Rating: 97.81

Next: Northeast Top Middle Schools
1. WM Diamond Middle
Lexington, Mass.
National Rating: 99.93 | State Rating: 96.78

2. Blanchard Middle
Westford, Mass.
National Rating: 99.91 | State Rating: 95.69

3. Jonas Clarke Middle
Lexington, Mass.
National Rating: 99.90 | State Rating: 95.63

4. Andover West Middle
Andover, Mass.
National Rating: 99.90 | State Rating: 95.51

5. Thomas Blake Middle
Medfield, Mass.
National Rating: 99.90 | State Rating: 95.33

Next: Northeast Top High Schools
1. Dover-Sherborn Reg High
Dover, Mass.
National Rating: 100 | State Rating: 100

2. Medfield Senior High
Medfield, Mass.
National Rating: 99.99 | State Rating: 99.94

3. Boston Latin
Boston, Mass.
National Rating: 99.99 | State Rating: 99.88

4. Acton-Boxborough Reg High
Acton, Mass.
National Rating: 99.99 | State Rating: 99.67

5. Wellesley Senior High
Wellesley, Mass.
National Rating: 99.99 | State Rating: 99.52

Next: South's Top Elementary Schools
1. Freedom 7 Elementary/International Stud.
Cocoa Beach, Fla.
National Rating: 99.70 | State Rating: 99.96

2. Hartridge Academy
Winter Haven, Fla.
National Rating: 99.66 | State Rating: 99.92

3. Jacksonville Beach Elementary School
Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
National Rating: 99.60 | State Rating: 99.84

4. Bevis Elementary School
Lithia, Fla.
National Rating: 99.54 | State Rating: 99.80

5. Mann Elementary School
Washington, D.C.
National Rating: 99.41 | State Rating: 99.41

Next: South's Top Middle Schools
1. George Washington Carver Middle School
Miami, Fla.
National Rating: 99.39 | State Rating: 99.64

2. Herbert A. Ammons Middle School
Miami, Fla.
National Rating: 98.43 | State Rating: 97.98

3. James Weldon Johnson Middle
Jacksonville, Fla.
National Rating: 98.43 | State Rating: 97.98

4. Scapa at Bluegrass
Lexington, Ky.
National Rating: 97.91 | State Rating: 99.41

5. Herbert Hoover Middle
Rockville, Md.
National Rating: 97.38 | State Rating: 97.57

Next: South's Top High Schools
1. International Baccalaureate
Bartow, Fla.
National Rating: 99.73 | State Rating: 100

2. Banneker High School
Washington, D.C.
National Rating: 99.66 | State Rating: 100

3. OWC Collegiate High School
Niceville, Fla.
National Rating: 99.53 | State Rating: 99.77

4. Stanton College Preparatory
Jacksonville, Fla.
National Rating: 99.48 | State Rating: 99.71

5. Westshore Junior/Senior High School
Melbourne, Fla.
National Rating: 99.30 | State Rating: 99.58

Next: Midwest's Top Elementary Schools
1. Marble Elementary
Marble, Minn.
National Rating: 99.89 | State Rating: 100

2. Riverside Elementary
Brainerd, Minn.
National Rating: 99.78 | State Rating: 99.77

3. Normandale Elementary
Edina, Minn.
National Rating: 99.73 | State Rating: 99.72

4. Washington Elementary
Rochester, Minn.
National Rating: 99.66 | State Rating: 99.66

5. Plymouth Creek Elementary
Plymouth, Minn.
National Rating: 99.62 | State Rating: 99.61

Next: Midwest's Top Middle Schools
1. McKinley/Classical Jr. Academy
St Louis, Mo.
National Rating: 99.69 | State Rating: 99.94

2. Valley View Middle
Edina, Minn.
National Rating: 99.05 | State Rating: 98.15

3. South View Middle
Edina, Minn.
National Rating: 98.51 | State Rating: 96.36

4. Chippewa Middle
Shoreview, Minn.
National Rating: 98.43 | State Rating: 95.92

5. Wayzata West Middle
Wayzata, Minn.
National Rating: 98.43 | State Rating: 95.92

Next: Midwest's Top High Schools
1. Metro High
St Louis, Mo.
National Rating: 99.95 | State Rating: 100

2. Toledo Technology Academy High School
Toledo, Ohio
National Rating: 97.09 | State Rating: 99.85

3. Oakwood High School
Dayton, Ohio
National Rating: 96.80 | State Rating: 99.58

4. Chagrin Falls High School
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
National Rating: 96.63 | State Rating: 99.46

5. Coldwater High School
Coldwater, Ohio
National Rating: 96.57 | State Rating: 99.40

Next: West's Top Elementary Schools
1. William Faria
Cupertino, Calif.
National Rating: 99.74 | State Rating: 99.73

2. Millikn
Santa Clara, Calif.
National Rating: 99.72 | State Rating: 99.64

3. Murdock-Portal
San Jose, Calif.
National Rating: 99.68 | State Rating: 99.52

4. Lowell Elementary
Seattle, Wash.
National Rating: 99.64 | State Rating: 99.78

5. Sleepy Hollow
Orinda, Calif.
National Rating: 99.59 | State Rating: 99.12

Next: West's Top Middle Schools
1. Elkhorn
Stockton, Calif.
National Rating: 99.33 | State Rating: 98.46

2. Greenfield 7-8
Fairfield, Mont.
National Rating: 99.31 | State Rating: 99.75

3. Hobson 7-8
Hobson, Mont.
National Rating: 99.31 | State Rating: 99.75

4. Joaquin Miller Middle
San Jose, Calif.
National Rating: 98.88 | State Rating: 96.97

5. Coulee City
Coulee City, Wash.
National Rating: 98.83 | State Rating: 97.67

Next: West's Top High Schools
1. Middle College High
Stockton, Calif.
National Rating: 99.82 | State Rating: 100

2. California Academy of Mathematics and Science
Carson, Calif.
National Rating: 99.82 | State Rating: 100

3. Middle College High
San Pablo, Calif.
National Rating: 99.82 | State Rating: 100

4. University High
Fresno, Calif.
National Rating: 99.82 | State Rating: 100

5. Leonardo DaVinci High
Davis, Calif.
National Rating: 99.80 | State Rating: 99.87

More: Worst-Performing Schools
Neighborhood Scout used their patent-pending school rating algorithm to uncover and identify the 100 worst public schools in America. The calculations used to create this ranking involve the students' proficiency in reading and math as determined by the 'No Child Left Behind' state testing for each school, and the National Assessment for Educational Progress. The worst performing schools are found in 20 different states, some in inner city urban areas, and some in rural America.

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