2017 Best Public Middle Schools in America

The 2017 Best Public Middle Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, middle school ratings, and the overall quality of the school district.
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    Terman Middle School

    • Palo Alto, CA
    • 3 reviews
    Niche User:My children are extremely happy to be at this school. Some of their favorite classes are Industrial Technology and Art. They come home and excitedly share about each day at dinnertime. This did not happen as much before going there.
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    David Starr Jordan Middle School

    • Palo Alto, CA
    • 8 reviews
    Parent:My son has blossomed at Jordan. His enthusiasm for learning has increased, he had a role in the school musical, discovered he loves to sing in the choir and the field trips inspired him to take the whole family back to the museum so he could show us how he earned a junior docent badge.
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    Wydown Middle School

    • Clayton, MO
    • 3 reviews
    Parent:I'm so impressed with the individualized attention given to each student to ensure they are getting what they need to succeed. Without exception, the teachers have been responsive and proactive. Nothing is perfect however this place is pretty darn close!
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    Thomas R. Grover Middle School

    • West Windsor, NJ
    • 1 review
    Middle School Student:The overall culture of the school is very homelike. It is like a second home, where everyone wants you to succeed. The academic expectations are very high, and every kid is expected to meet those requirements. The school offers many different electives, such as Band, Choir, Computer Applications, and TV Production. Students choose their electives and pursue them throughout. The building itself, made in 1999, is very posh and modern, with Samsung 4K TVs in the Commons (cafeteria). The school also has many sports that all kids can try out. The school is one of the best in the country, definitely.
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    Valley Forge Middle School

    • Wayne, PA
    • 4 reviews
    Niche User:I have been consistently surprised that, amid all the chaos of a HS, the staff and teachers don't let kids slip by.
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    Great Neck South Middle School

    • Great Neck, NY
    • 3 reviews
    Parent:THE BEST EXPERIENCE EVER. THEY EVEN PREP YOU FOR COLLEGE! you can do so many extracurricular activities, and you can easily earn scholarships to college... even in this middle school. GO REBELS!
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    Niche User:We recently moved out of state and the difference between TEMS and our new school is glaring. Every school has issues that they are working on relative to academic and social issues. TEMS handles them well. It is difficult for every school to address the new world of social media and they do the best that I have seen so far.
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    J. Witherspoon Middle School

    • Princeton, NJ
    • 1 review
    Middle School Student:The teachers are very nice and well respected. JW offers one of the most advenced band programs with student playing high school and collage level pieces. Their math and english programs are very good and the teachers are always willing to help you out. JW also offers a wide range of clubs and sports to try out. The teachers always do their best to prepere you for the next grade, making sure you know everything you kneed and more. The electives they have to offer at the school are very diverse and range from S.T.E.M. Robotics and Coding to Food Sciences. Another thing that makes JW stand out is the fact that it has a pool that is incoropreated into the Gym classes.
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    Radnor Middle School

    • Wayne, PA
    • 4 reviews
    Parent:Radnor Middle School exceeds my expectations as a parent in every way. From the teachers to the facilities to the very unique programs - this school is amazing!
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    Orchard Middle School

    • Solon, OH
    • 10 reviews
    High School Freshman:The staff are great, PTA is great overall nice school.
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    Community Middle School

    • Plainsboro, NJ
    • 8 reviews
    Middle School Student:Teachers are pretty good not excellent. But parents are very, very intent on their kids grades and it reflects in the CMS Student Body. Overall, the administrators do a great job with Community and I personally think Community deserves #1 on the Middle School Rankings!
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    Millburn Middle School

    • Millburn, NJ
    • 7 reviews
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    South Texas Preparatory Academy

    • Edinburg, TX
    • 2 reviews
    Niche User:For the area this is only acceptable option
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