It’s no surprise suburban schools are at the top of the class—that’s a big reason so many families make the leap to suburbia once their kids start school. But this year’s suburban school rankings shined a major spotlight on not just the go-to school districts we always hear about (we’re looking at you, Jericho and Scarsdale…) but, also, plenty of new entrants to the list.
The best part? These suburban school rankings—the 2019 K-12 School & District Rankings from Niche—confirm what we’ve known for awhile—that no matter where you’re looking to call “home” in suburbia, there’s a good chance you’ll be a stone’s throw from some seriously sought-after school options.
So, now, the big question: which schools and districts made the grade this year? Of the top 100 school districts in the U.S., 26 of the best districts are in the NYC suburbs.
#1. Jericho Union Free School District (Jericho/Long Island)
#7. Great Neck Public Schools (Great Neck/Long Island)
#14. Millburn Township Schools (Millburn/New Jersey)
#16. Edgemont Union Free School District (Scarsdale/Westchester)
#20. Scarsdale Union Free School District (Scarsdale/Westchester)
#23. Syosset Central School District (Syosset/Long Island)
#26. Princeton Public Schools (Princeton/New Jersey)
#29. New Canaan School District (New Canaan/Fairfield County)
#32. Westport School District (Westport/Fairfield County)
#33. Roslyn Union Free School District (Roslyn/Long Island)
#34. Herricks Union Free School District (New Hyde Park/Long Island)
#42. West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District (West Windsor/New Jersey)
#49. East Williston Union Free School District (Old Westbury/Long Island)
#51. Rye Neck Union Free School District (Mamaroneck/Westchester)
#58. Manhasset Union Free School District (Manhasset/Long Island)
#63. Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District (Briarcliff Manor/Westchester)
#64. Summit Public Schools (Summit/New Jersey)
#66. Livingston Public Schools (Livingston/New Jersey)
#67. Rye City School District (Rye/Westchester)
#68. Chappaqua Central School District (Chappaqua/Westchester)
#71. Bronxville Union Free School District (Bronxville/Westchester)
#79. Hastings-on-Hudson Union Free School District (Hastings-on-Hudson/Westchester)
#90. Mamaroneck Union Free School District (Mamaroneck/Westchester)
#94. Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District (North Merrick/Long Island)
#97. Darien School District (Darien/Fairfield County)
#100. Harborfields Central School District (Greenlawn/Long Island)
That said, while this list could be a good jumping off point for your school search, keep in mind suburban school rankings aren’t the only measure of academic success. As we’ve always said, a “good school” means something different to every parent and child, and it’s important to dig in and find the right academic setting for your crew. For some an A+ school is jam-packed with AP courses, competitive sports and dozens of clubs and extracurriculars. For others, a great school means a total pressure cooker, where getting to the top of the class isn’t as easy as locking down that 4.0. For others still, a great school means a small, hands-on environment where everyone knows your children’s names—whereas, for others, that doesn’t make the grade.
Our point? Only you know what’s best for your kids and, often, that “best” isn’t reflected in the rankings. Focus on what makes sense and start exploring suburbia—schools included. Only then will you be able to suss out the school scene and determine where your family belongs.
Start exploring suburbia and the suburban school scene. Get in touch to learn more and to schedule your kick-off call with a Suburban Jungle Strategist.