• Oct. 14, 2021

    Best Elementary & Middle Schools

    All USC elementary and middle schools named “Best”

    Fort Couch Middle School studentsUpper St. Clair School District’s elementary and middle schools have been named Best Elementary Schools and Best Middle Schools by U.S. News & World Report. To earn a spot on the “Best” lists, a school must rank in the top 30% of public schools in its respective state.

    Boyce ranks fifth and Fort Couch ranks ninth among Pennsylvania’s 939 middle schools – both within the top 1% in Pennsylvania.

    Baker Elementary ranks 22nd; Eisenhower 44th; and Streams 61st among Pennsylvania’s 1,607 elementary schools. All three Upper St. Clair elementary schools rank among the top 4% in Pennsylvania.

    According to U.S. News & World Report, “schools were assessed on their pupils’ proficiencies in mathematics and reading, as measured by state assessment tests. Half of the ranking formula was the results themselves; the other half was the results in the context of socioeconomic demographics. In other words, the top-ranked schools are high achieving ones that succeeded in educating all of their students. All data for the rankings are from third-party sources, including the U.S. Department of Education.”

    The state assessment data used in the rankings are from the 2018-19 school year.

    While U.S. News & World Report has been ranking high schools since 2007, this year marks the first time that rankings have extended to elementary and middle schools.