Below we have compiled our top 12 picks for the best school districts in the state of Oregon. The schools are ranked based on their “Niche ranking – the Niche ranking has been developed by the company Niche, and is one of the leading ways people determine how “good” a school, neighborhood, or company is in comparison to others. According to the company, they “combine rigorous analysis with authentic reviews to highlight the best schools, companies, and neighborhoods.” K-12 Niche ratings are determined by a rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, ratings, and more. 

1) Lake Oswego School District 

Serves – Lake Oswego 

Niche grade: A

Number of schools: 10

Number of students: 6,926

Located approximately 10 miles south of Portland, the Lake Oswego School District is a public school district serving around 7,000 students in 2 high schools, two middle schools and six elementary schools. Students are assigned to schools based on their primary residences location. 

2) Riverdale School District

Niche grade: A

Number of schools: 2

Number of students: 588

Located approximately 7 miles south of Downtown Portland, the Riverdale School District is an independent school district serving more than 600 families living in the residential, wooded area of the Riverdale community. The school is the only public facility in the neighborhood and is the focal point for activities around the community. Because it is an independant district, tuition or scholarships are required to attend any of their schools. Tuition for the 2020/21 school year are as follows: 

Kindergarten- $12,038 

Grades 1-4 – $13,108 

Grades 5-8 – $13,518 

Grades 9-12 -$14,000 

3) Ashland School District

Niche grade: A

Number of schools: 6

Number of students: 2,809

The Ashland School District is a public district that serves the city of Ashland. Made up of one highschool, one middle school, 3 elementary schools and one magnet school, the Ashland School District serves just under 3,000 students annually. The district has annually partnered with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and close by Southern Oregon University to provide their students with unique, enriched experiences. 

4) Corvallis School District

Niche grade: A

Number of schools: 13

Number of students: 6,644

The Corvallis School District is a public district that serve Corvallis, Adair City and other unincorporated portions of Benton County. The district is made up of one charter school, four high schools, three middle schools, and eight elementary schools. Students in this district benefit greatly thanks to partnerships with surrounding colleges like Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community College. 

5) Beaverton School District

Niche grade: B+

Number of schools: 53

Number of students: 41,000+

Located in Washington County, Beaverton is Oregon’s 6th largest city and the Beaverton School District is the states 3rd largest district. The district serves more than 41,000 students in 53 schools across the city of Beaverton, Hillsboro, Aloha and other unincorporated areas throughout the Portland region. The district includes two charter schools, one alternative school, six high schools, eight middle schools, and 34 elementary schools. 

6) Tigard-Tualatin School District

Niche grade: B+

Number of schools: 17

Number of students: 12,692

Similar to Beaverton School District, the Tigard-Tualatin School District is a public district located near Portland in Washington County and serves the cities of Tigard, Tualatin, Durham, King City, and the Metzger and Bull Mountain areas. The district includes two high schools, three middle schools, and ten elementary schools amongst multiple alternative education options. 

7) Portland Public Schools

Niche grade: B+

Number of schools: 87

Number of students: 47,806

One of the largest school districts in the entire Pacific Northwest, the Portland Public Schools district serves more than 49,000 students in one K-12 school, ten high schools, thirteen middle schools, eighteen K-8 schools, and 39 elementary schools. Students attend schools based on their primary residences location. 

8) Silver Falls School District

Niche grade: B

Number of schools: 13

Number of students: 3,977

The Silver Falls School District is a public school district that serves the city of Silverton and its surrounding communities in Marion and Clackamas County. They have a whopping 90.4% graduation rate and serve around 4,000 students in one charter school, one high school, one middle school, two elementary schools, and seven K-8 schools. 

9) Philomath School District

Niche grade: B

Number of schools: 6

Number of students: 1,635

Located in the Willamette Valley region, the Philomath School District serves students in the city of Philomath and the Blodgett community in Benton County. They serve just over 1,600 students across one primary school (Pre-K – 1st,) one charter school, one high school, one middle school, and two elementary schools. 

10) Sisters School District

Niche grade: B

Number of schools: 3

Number of students: 1,101

One of the smaller districts on our list, the Sisters School District serves students in the city of Sisters. The small community is made up of only 10,000 residents which makes for small class sizes in their one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school. 

11) Greater Albany Public School District

Niche grade: B

Number of schools: 20

Number of students: 9,518

Serving the city of Albany, the Greater Albany Public School District is the 15th largest district in the state. They serve around 9,500 students in 14 elementary schools, one 3-8 school, three middle schools, and three high schools. The district encompasses 154 square miles across Linn and Benton counties. 

12) David Douglas School District

Niche grade: B

Number of schools: 14

Number of students: 11,039

Located in East Portland, the David Douglas School District is a public district serving the city of Portland. Even though they are within the city of Portland boundaries, David Douglas is not a part of the Portland Public Schools District. The district encompasses two high schools, three middle schools, nine elementary schools and one charter school.

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