Top Ranked Cities with Best Public Schools in the US

  • The top ranked towns and cities for public schools in the US are listed below (2020-21).
  • The ranking below is based on the percentage of schools within a town or city which have placed in the top 5% of all schools statewide (minimum 3 schools).
  • A school's overall rank is based on its combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking. Schools are ranked and compared within their own state only.

Top Ranked Cities with Best Public Schools in the US (2020-21)

% of Schools in Top 5% Statewide
School Rank (Math Proficiency % / Reading Proficiency %)
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Testing rankings and test scores should not be compared across states - there is large variation in how states define "proficiency" on their standardized tests. In states with the lowest expectations, "proficiency" can be several grade levels below proficiency in states with the highest expectations.