ST. LOUIS – Many high schools and school districts around the St. Louis area are being recognized not only as Missouri’s best, but also as some of the top institutions in the nation. recently released its 2023 Best Schools and Districts rankings. A research team analyzed data from tens of thousands of public schools, private schools, and school districts nationwide to create the rankings. 

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Schools and districts were graded on a range of factors such as academics, teachers and resources.

The St. Louis area dominated the Top 10 lists for best public schools, private schools and school districts in Missouri. Among the state’s Top 10 for all three categories, the St. Louis area holds 23 of 30 possible Top 10 distinctions in education.

Top Public Schools

Ladue Horton Watkins High SchoolClayton High SchoolLafayette High SchoolParkway West High SchoolMarquette Senior High SchoolParkway Central High SchoolKirkwood Senior High SchoolRock Bridge High School (Columbia)Metro High SchoolRockwood Summit High School

Top Private Schools

John Burroughs SchoolThomas Jefferson SchoolMary Institute & St. Louis Country Day SchoolThe Pembroke Hill School (Kansas City)The Barstow School (Kansas City)Saint Louis Priory SchoolSt. Louis University High SchoolThomas Jefferson Independent Day School (Joplin)Whitfield SchoolColumbia Independent School (Columbia)

Top School Districts

School District of ClaytonLadue School DistrictKirkwood School DistrictRockwood School DistrictBrentwood School DistrictParkway School DistrictBlue Springs School District (Kansas City)Frances Howell School DistrictLee’s Summit School District (Kansas City)Pattonville School District

In the nationwide rankings…

John Burroughs School was the highest-ranked in the St. Louis area (No. 33 among private schools, No. 39 overall)Ladue Horton Watkins High School was the highest-ranked public school in the St. Louis area (No. 79 among public schools)School District of Clayton and Ladue School District ranked among the Top 20 school districts (No. 13 and 15 among US school districts).