Moved up from third place last year in national ranking
St. Charles Parish Public Schools ranked as the second best school district statewide by the national website Niche’s 2018 Best School Districts in Louisiana ranking.
Up from last year’s third place among the state’s 74 school districts, St. Charles schools again ranked behind Zachary Community Public Schools, which ranked first this year and last year.
Orleans Parish Public Schools fell to third place in the ranking, down from last year’s second place slot.
“It is appreciated when these efforts are noticed by others and our school system can be acknowledged for its commitment to providing a well-rounded, world-class education for all children of St. Charles Parish,” said St. Charles Superintendent Felecia Gomez-Walker.
Niche ranks school systems based on “a rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users.”
Niche also grades the systems.
St. Charles schools got an overall grade of A.This grade is based on several factors and the system receives a grade on each of them. The heaviest factor is academics with the system receiving an A, along with teachers (A-), diversity (A), clubs and activities (A), administration (A), food (B+), college prep (A-) , health and safety (A+), sports (A) and resource and facilities (A).
Statewide, St. Charles also ranked third in best places to teach in Louisiana, fifth most diverse school district, seventh safest district and 14th with the best teachers.
The system has a 12:1 student-teacher ratio compared to a national average of 16:1, according to Niche. It also spends $18,418 per student, again higher than the national average of $12,239.
Nationally, St. Charles consistently ranked among the highest performing districts at 413th best district of 10,574; 572nd most diverse, 645th best place to teach and 660th safest.