The Best City School Districts in America

They say the good schools are usually in the suburbs, but what about great schools for city lovers?

We want to recognize these high-performing city school districts for beating the odds, based on our 2018 Best Schools in America.

Rank School District Location Overall Niche Grade Total Schools Total Students
Rank 1
Location New Orleans, LA
Overall Niche Grade A
Total Schools 21
Total Students 13,271
Rank 2
Location Austin, TX
Overall Niche Grade A
Total Schools 133
Total Students 84,564
Rank 3
School District Seattle Public Schools
Location Seattle, WA
Overall Niche Grade A-
Total Schools 106
Total Students 52,834
Rank 4
School District Omaha Public Schools
Location Omaha, NE
Overall Niche Grade A-
Total Schools 107
Total Students 51,928
Rank 5
School District Wake County Schools
Location Raleigh, NC
Overall Niche Grade A-
Total Schools 174
Total Students 155,820
Rank 6
Location Des Moines, IA
Overall Niche Grade B+
Total Schools 62
Total Students 34,355
Rank 7
Location San Francisco, CA
Overall Niche Grade B+
Total Schools 127
Total Students 58,414
Rank 8
Location Cincinnati, OH
Overall Niche Grade B+
Total Schools 56
Total Students 32,444
Rank 9
Location Minneapolis, MN
Overall Niche Grade B+
Total Schools 96
Total Students 36,999
Rank 10
Location Dallas, TX
Overall Niche Grade B+
Total Schools 238
Total Students 160,253
Rank 11
School District Tulsa Public Schools
Location Tulsa, OK
Overall Niche Grade B+
Total Schools 79
Total Students 39,999
Rank 12
Location San Diego, CA
Overall Niche Grade B+
Total Schools 229
Total Students 129,779
Rank 13
School District Portland Public Schools
Location Portland, OR
Overall Niche Grade B+
Total Schools 87
Total Students 47,806
Rank 14
Location Louisville, KY
Overall Niche Grade B
Total Schools 175
Total Students 100,602
Rank 15
Location Tampa, FL
Overall Niche Grade B
Total Schools 329
Total Students 207,469
Rank 16
School District Boston Public Schools
Location Boston, MA
Overall Niche Grade B
Total Schools 120
Total Students 54,312
Rank 17
Location Charlotte, NC
Overall Niche Grade B
Total Schools 169
Total Students 145,636
Rank 18
Location Baton Rouge, LA
Overall Niche Grade B
Total Schools 86
Total Students 41,850
Rank 19
Location Nashville, TN
Overall Niche Grade B
Total Schools 164
Total Students 84,069
Rank 20
Location Orlando, FL
Overall Niche Grade B
Total Schools 263
Total Students 191,648
Rank 21
Location Houston, TX
Overall Niche Grade B
Total Schools 288
Total Students 215,225
Rank 22
Location Washington, D.C.
Overall Niche Grade B
Total Schools 131
Total Students 46,155
**Excluded in this ranking are New York City and Columbia, SC because multiple school districts serve the city.
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The Best City School Districts in America