Niche releases its ninth annual Best Schools and Districts rankings for 2023

Chicago, IL and New York, NY districts top the list of Best School Districts in America

September 27, 2022 – PITTSBURGHNiche, the leading platform connecting students and families with colleges and schools, has just published its new 2023 Best Schools and Districts rankings. Now in its ninth year, the rankings include updated data for 92,743 public schools, 30,112 private schools, and 11,820 school districts nationwide. 

While traditional rankings rely almost exclusively on metrics like test scores and academic performance, Niche’s rankings combine user input — ratings from current students, alumni, and parents — with quantitative data from sources like the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate teachers, resources and facilities, extracurricular activity opportunities and more. The 2023 Best Schools rankings include 2,906 newly ranked public schools, 1,018 newly ranked private schools, and 547 newly ranked school districts.

This year, for the first time ever, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC has been named the #1 Best Public High School in America. It previously came in at #2 in 2022 and #4 in 2021. Phillips Academy in Andover, MA remains the #1 Best Private High School in America for the third consecutive year. Since Niche first started ranking schools, Phillips Academy has been #1 every year except 2015 and 2020. 

The top five Best School Districts in America come from just two major metropolitan areas. Adlai E. Stevenson High School District No. 125 in Chicago takes #1, followed by Chicago’s Glenbrook High Schools District 225 at #2. The remainder of the top five are all located on Long Island in the NYC area: Great Neck Public Schools, Jericho Union Free School District, and Syosset Central School District rank #3, #4, and #5 respectively.

2023 Best Public High Schools in America

  1. North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NC)
  2. Payton College Preparatory High School (IL)
  3. The Davidson Academy (NV)
  4. MA Academy for Math & Science School (MA)
  5. Northside College Preparatory High School (IL)

2023 Best Private High Schools in America

  1. Phillips Academy Andover (MA)
  2. Harvard-Westlake School (CA)
  3. Choate Rosemary Hall (CT)
  4. Phillips Exeter Academy (NH)
  5. Groton School (MA)

2023 Best School Districts in America

  1. Adlai E. Stevenson High School District No. 125 (IL)
  2. Glenbrook High Schools District 225 (IL)
  3. Great Neck Public Schools (NY)
  4. Jericho Union Free School District (NY)
  5. Syosset Central School District (NY)

“Some of the biggest decisions that parents face have to do with their children’s education,” said Luke Skurman, Founder and CEO of Niche. “We strive to put as much power in their hands as possible so they can make informed decisions with confidence. Our 2023 rankings surface key insights and data points for parents everywhere to use in their school search. We’re honored that millions of families consider us a reliable resource during such a pivotal moment in their lives.”

Niche’s rankings were created to provide families with valuable information — both quantitative and qualitative — on schools in their area or in a neighborhood they’re not familiar with yet. As in previous years, the Best Schools rankings include categories for boarding, charter and magnet schools as well as schools for STEM and the arts among many others.

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Niche is the leading platform connecting students and families with colleges and schools. We believe finding the right school shouldn’t be hard, so we’re committed to making it easy for our users to discover and connect with the best ones for them. On Niche, users have access to comprehensive profiles on every school in America — from the ones they know to the ones they have yet to discover. With unique ratings, honest reviews, personalized recommendations, and tools to guide users through every step, Niche is changing the way millions of people find and connect with their school.

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