Neighborhood and school-ranking website Niche put Prince William County schools in the #26 slot for ‘Best School Districts in Virginia’.
According to Niche’s website, the ranking list was generated based on “rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more.”
They gave academic grades a 50% weight, culture and diversity a 10% weight, health and safety a 10% weight, parent and student responses on experiences a 10% weight, teacher figures a 10% weight, resources and facilities available to students a 5% weight, clubs and activities a 2.5% weight, and sports programs a 2.5% weight when calculating the scores.
The list is part of a larger national ranking, where Niche ranked 10, 364 public school districts, according to their website.
Prince William County Schools got an overall grade of an A-, with a B+ academics, a B- for teachers, an A- for clubs and activities, an A+ for diversity, an A for college readiness, a B for administration, an A- for sports, a B- for food, a B for resources and facilities, and a B+ for health and safety.
The #1 spot went to Arlington Public Schools and nearby Fairfax County Public Schools got the #4 slot.
Prince William County was also ranked #2 out of 131 for 2017 Largest School Districts in Virginia, #2 out of 120 for 2017 Most Diverse School Districts in Virginia, and #14 out of 124 for 2017 Best School Districts for Athletes in Virginia.