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The 2019 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 2019 Best Schools in America.

Rank School District Location Overall Niche Grade Total Schools Total Students
Rank 1
School District Lincoln Public Schools
Location Lincoln, NE
Overall Niche Grade A+
Total Schools 72
Total Students 39,842
Rank 2
Location New Orleans, LA
Overall Niche Grade A
Total Schools 24
Total Students 14,795
Rank 3
School District Kingsport City Schools
Location Kingsport, TN
Overall Niche Grade A
Total Schools 12
Total Students 7,402
Rank 4
Location Austin, TX
Overall Niche Grade A
Total Schools 132
Total Students 83,648
Rank 5
Location Amarillo, TX
Overall Niche Grade A
Total Schools 56
Total Students 33,673
Rank 6
School District Fargo Public Schools
Location Fargo, ND
Overall Niche Grade A-
Total Schools 22
Total Students 11,298
Rank 7
School District Sioux Falls School District
Location Sioux Falls, SD
Overall Niche Grade A-
Total Schools 51
Total Students 24,129
Rank 8
Location Santa Barbara, CA
Overall Niche Grade A-
Total Schools 26
Total Students 15453
Rank 9
Location Lubbock, TX
Overall Niche Grade A-
Total Schools 51
Total Students 28,921
Rank 10
School District Wake County Schools
Location Raleigh, NC
Overall Niche Grade A-
Total Schools 181
Total Students 157,761
Rank 11
School District Asheville City Schools
Location Asheville, NC
Overall Niche Grade A-
Total Schools 8
Total Students 4,423
Rank 12
School District Omaha Public Schools
Location Omaha, NE
Overall Niche Grade B+
Total Schools 107
Total Students 51,966
Rank 13
School District Roanoke City Public Schools
Location Roanoke, VA
Overall Niche Grade B+
Total Schools 26
Total Students 13,676
Rank 14
School District Seattle Public Schools
Location Seattle, WA
Overall Niche Grade B+
Total Schools 107
Total Students 53,317
Rank 15
Location El Paso, TX
Overall Niche Grade B+
Total Schools 103
Total Students 60,047
Rank 16
Location Corpus Christi, TX
Overall Niche Grade B+
Total Schools 61
Total Students 38,614
Rank 17
School District Anchorage School District
Location Anchorage, AK
Overall Niche Grade B+
Total Schools 97
Total Students 48,324
Rank 18
Location Appleton, WI
Overall Niche Grade B+
Total Schools 40
Total Students 16,331
Rank 19
School District Spokane School District
Location Spokane, WA
Overall Niche Grade B+
Total Schools 65
Total Students 30,434
Rank 20
Location San Francisco, CA
Overall Niche Grade B+
Total Schools 127
Total Students 58,865
Rank 21
Location Madison, WI
Overall Niche Grade B+
Total Schools 53
Total Students 27,112
Rank 22
Location Des Moines, IA
Overall Niche Grade B+
Total Schools 62
Total Students 34,219
Rank 23
Location San Diego, CA
Overall Niche Grade B+
Total Schools 229
Total Students 129,380
Rank 24
Location Lafayette, LA
Overall Niche Grade B
Total Schools 42
Total Students 29,951
Rank 25
Location Charlotte, NC
Overall Niche Grade B
Total Schools 170
Total Students 146,211
**Excluded in this ranking are New York City and Columbia, SC because multiple school districts serve the city.
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Author: Ali Trachta

Ali is the Content Writer/Editor at Niche.