The 2017-2018 school year is around the corner. Parents, students, and teachers can see how their school compares to other districts in the state.
According to a Niche.com, ‘2018 Best School Districts in Pennsylvania,’ two Bucks County school districts are among the top 50 out of 499 results. Council Rock School District placed 18, while Pennsbury School District ranked 46 on the list.
Niche K-12’s ranking system takes into account various fundamental statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents. The methodology uses reviews from students and parents from the U.S. Department of Education. Other parts of the process include analysis of state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT score, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more to produce the list.
The Niche review also gives each school a report card.
The Council Rock School District received A+’s in academics, teachers, college prep, club/activities, health/safety, and administrations. The Newtown Township district earned an A in food, sports, and resources/facilities. However, when it comes to the diversity category, based on racial and economic differences, the 15 building district got a C.
The Council Rock district has approximately 11, 078 students with a 15:1 student to teacher ratio.
In the Pennsbury School District, there was a mixture of A and B grades dealt. According to the list, an A+ was given to the areas of teachers and college prep, while an A was assigned to academics, sports, and clubs/activities. Pennsbury’s 14 building district received a B+ in administration, resources/facilities, and food. Once again the lowest grade of B went to diversity.
The Pennsbury district has approximately 10,156 students with a 13:1 student to teacher ratio.
According to Niche, Tredyffrin-Easttown School District ranked number one. The Wayne, PA district received all A+’s, while diversity got a B-.
The category of diversity appeared to be an issue on every Pennsylvania school district’s ranking system. Reports show from a state census quick fact sheet, the white alone population ranked at 81% in 2010 and was expected to rise to 82.4% by 2016. All other races including Asian, Hispanic or Latino and American Indian and Alaska Native polled lower than 10%, while Black or African American was just above at 10.8%.