Top ten school districts in Missouri ranked by Niche

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A good school can lead to a lifetime of opportunities. Myriad data shows that lifetime earnings dramatically increase with every degree obtained. Bachelor’s degree holders will earn an average of roughly $26,000 more each year than high school graduates. And for those who decide that pursuing a college degree is not the best postsecondary option, a good school will provide students with the tools and support to make that choice, and the foundational skills necessary to succeed in the workforce.

For many families, the school district is a top criteria when deciding where to buy a home. But this consideration and ability to choose is not a luxury all families can afford, especially in today’s wildly competitive housing market.

One important proxy of a quality education is per-student spending. According to the most recent Census data available, the national average per-pupil expenditure in fiscal year 2019 was $13,187. Several recent studies suggest that increased spending per student correlates with higher academic achievement, particularly in districts serving predominantly low-income students. Since public schools are largely funded by property taxes, schools in low-income areas suffer the most from a lack of funding for critical expenditures like staff salaries and benefits, transportation, instructional resources, and support services.

There are more than 13,000 school districts in the U.S., each one slightly different, for better or worse, than the next. However, several common denominators exist and, when compared, can serve as indicators of what makes an impactful district.

Stacker compiled a list of the best school districts in Missouri using rankings from Niche. Niche ranks school districts based on a variety of criteria including academics (SAT/ACT scores and state proficiency tests), teacher salaries, expenses per student, and access to extracurricular activities.

#10. Francis Howell School District (St Charles)
– Number of schools: 23 (17,519 students)
– Graduation rate: 97% (68% reading proficient and 65% math proficient)
– Average teacher salary: $68,353 (15:1 student to teacher ratio)

#9. Webster Groves School District (Webster Groves)
– Number of schools: 10 (4,681 students)
– Graduation rate: 93% (64% reading proficient and 59% math proficient)
– Average teacher salary: $70,183 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)

#8. Lee’s Summit R-VII School District (Lee’S Summit)
– Number of schools: 27 (18,220 students)
– Graduation rate: 97% (61% reading proficient and 58% math proficient)
– Average teacher salary: $63,871 (15:1 student to teacher ratio)

#7. Brentwood School District (Brentwood)
– Number of schools: 5 (850 students)
– Graduation rate: 95% (67% reading proficient and 68% math proficient)
– Average teacher salary: $63,438 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)

#6. Parkway School District (Chesterfield)
– Number of schools: 28 (17,864 students)
– Graduation rate: 96% (64% reading proficient and 60% math proficient)
– Average teacher salary: $71,828 (15:1 student to teacher ratio)

#5. Blue Springs R-IV School District (Blue Springs)
– Number of schools: 22 (14,669 students)
– Graduation rate: 95% (66% reading proficient and 65% math proficient)
– Average teacher salary: $66,443 (16:1 student to teacher ratio)

#4. Rockwood R-VI School District (Eureka)
– Number of schools: 31 (21,216 students)
– Graduation rate: 95% (66% reading proficient and 58% math proficient)
– Average teacher salary: $63,553 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)

#3. Kirkwood School District (Kirkwood)
– Number of schools: 9 (6,215 students)
– Graduation rate: 98% (73% reading proficient and 66% math proficient)
– Average teacher salary: $76,791 (16:1 student to teacher ratio)

#2. School District of Clayton (Clayton)
– Number of schools: 6 (2,609 students)
– Graduation rate: 99% (74% reading proficient and 72% math proficient)
– Average teacher salary: $87,936 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)

#1. Ladue School District (St Louis)
– Number of schools: 8 (4,228 students)
– Graduation rate: 99% (72% reading proficient and 70% math proficient)
– Average teacher salary: $75,041 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)

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