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A good school can lead to a lifetime of opportunities. Myriad data shows that lifetime earnings dramatically increase with every degree obtained. Bachelor’s degree holders will earn an average of roughly $ 26,000 more each year than high school graduates. And for those who decide that pursuing a college degree is not the best postsecondary option, a good school will provide students with the tools and support to make that choice, and the foundational skills necessary to succeed in the workforce.

For many families, the school district is a top criteria when deciding where to buy a home. But this consideration and ability to choose is not a luxury all families can afford, especially in today’s wildly competitive housing market.

One important proxy of a quality education is per-student spending. According to the most recent Census data available, the national average per-pupil expenditure in fiscal year 2019 was $ 13,187. Several recent studies suggest that increased spending per student correlates with higher academic achievement, particularly in districts serving predominantly low-income students. Since public schools are largely funded by property taxes, schools in low-income areas suffer the most from a lack of funding for critical expenditures like staff salaries and benefits, transportation, instructional resources, and support services.

There are more than 13,000 school districts in the US, each one slightly different, for better or worse, than the next. However, several common denominators exist and, when compared, can serve as indicators of what makes an impactful district.

Stacker compiled a list of the best school districts in Nebraska using rankings from Niche. Niche ranks school districts based on a variety of criteria including academics (SAT / ACT scores and state proficiency tests), teacher salaries, expenses per student, and access to extracurricular activities.

# 10. Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools (Murdock)

– Number of schools: 2 (472 students)

– Graduation rate: 90% (74% reading proficient and 74% math proficient)

– Average teacher salary: $ 51,269 (12: 1 student to teacher ratio)

# 9. Lincoln Public Schools (Lincoln)

– Number of schools: 73 (42,258 students)

– Graduation rate: 82% (56% reading proficient and 56% math proficient)

– Average teacher salary: $ 55,237 (13: 1 student to teacher ratio)

# 8. Bennington Public Schools (Bennington)

– Number of schools: 6 (3,288 students)

– Graduation rate: 92% (74% reading proficient and 73% math proficient)

– Average teacher salary: $ 51,068 (17: 1 student to teacher ratio)

# 7. Gretna Public Schools (Gretna)

– Number of schools: 8 (5,838 students)

– Graduation rate: 98% (68% reading proficient and 74% math proficient)

– Average teacher salary: $ 50,845 (16: 1 student to teacher ratio)

# 6. Chadron Public Schools (Chadron)

– Number of schools: 4 (976 students)

– Graduation rate: 92% (59% reading proficient and 62% math proficient)

– Average teacher salary: $ 52,652 (13: 1 student to teacher ratio)

# 5. Diller-Odell Public Schools (Odell)

– Number of schools: 2 (237 students)

– Graduation rate: 90% (72% reading proficient and 72% math proficient)

– Average teacher salary: $ 55,154 (9: 1 student to teacher ratio)

# 4. Westside Community Schools (Omaha)

– Number of schools: 14 (6,094 students)

– Graduation rate: 89% (60% reading proficient and 59% math proficient)

– Average teacher salary: $ 57,643 (14: 1 student to teacher ratio)

# 3. Pender Public Schools (Pender)

– Number of schools: 2 (393 students)

– Graduation rate: 90% (77% reading proficient and 87% math proficient)

– Average teacher salary: $ 54,312 (11: 1 student to teacher ratio)

# 2. Millard Public Schools (Omaha)

– Number of schools: 36 (24,038 students)

– Graduation rate: 93% (66% reading proficient and 65% math proficient)

– Average teacher salary: $ 55,568 (16: 1 student to teacher ratio)

# 1. Elkhorn Public Schools (Elkhorn)

– Number of schools: 17 (10,322 students)

– Graduation rate: 97% (82% reading proficient and 84% math proficient)

– Average teacher salary: $ 52,076 (16: 1 student to teacher ratio)

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