Francis Howell is ranked as the best school district in St. Charles County and the #11 best school district in Missouri, according to the 2020 Best Schools in America list released by Niche. That state ranking is two spots higher than last year and, with more than 500 public school districts in the state, puts FHSD in the top three percent in Missouri.
All three FHSD high schools are ranked in the top 50 high schools in Missouri. In St. Charles County, FHSD middle schools are all ranked in the top ten, and FHSD also has seven of the top ten ranked elementary schools.
“We know that there are many different measures of a great school district, and we appreciate the fact that Niche rankings take a variety of data into consideration,” said FHSD Superintendent Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris. “We also value the opinions of our stakeholders, and the positive survey feedback from our community is great confirmation that they appreciate the efforts we make on behalf of our students every day.”
Niche analyzes data from the U.S. Department of Education and over 60 million K-12 school reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for K-12 Schools, Colleges, and Places to Live. School district rankings reflect the entire school experience, including academics, teachers, diversity, student life, and student outcomes. These rankings include 94,474 public schools and 10,782 school districts nationwide.
Niche believes that “each school is so much more than just one ranking number.” The website provides in-depth profiles on each school and district and assesses them on a variety of factors to produce annual graded Report Cards.