The best school district in Illinois and every other state

Between parental politics, after-school programs, and PTA meetings, navigating school districts can be hard - and choosing the district that is best for your child is even harder. Different districts prioritize funding for different programs, and some have more of a knack for hiring and retaining nurturing teachers. For some districts it just seems to be a numbers game without any personal touch to the learning environment, while others let kids explore passions and make friends, while lacking in academics. A great school district isn’t just one or the other, it’s a combination of the two.

Kids grow up to be a product of their environment. And with kids spending a majority of their time in the classroom and sometimes staying after school for clubs, it’s vital to understand the type of environment children will be in and how it may affect them.

Stacker analyzed extensive data from Niche, which uses statistics from the U.S. Department of Education on district ratings, SAT/ACT scores, college readiness, teacher quality, and graduation rates to calculate each school’s rating. Read on to see how your district stacks up.

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