Wilton Public Schools’ academics and administration are second best in the state, according to Niche.com’s 2016 K-12 School and District Rankings.

Each year, Niche ranks more than 100,000 public and private schools based on “dozens of statistics and 27 million opinions from 300,000 students and parents,” according to its website, and creates “best of” lists for schools and districts across the country.

According to Niche, “there may not be a large gap” between the ranked districts and it is therefore “important to focus on more than just the number.”

Academics


For its 2016 Districts with the Best Academics in Connecticut, Niche ranked districts based on state test scores (25%), college readiness (15%), AP enrollment (10%) and pass rate (10%), SAT/ACT scores (10%), graduation rate (10%), student and parent surveys (10%), advanced math enrollment (5%) and student-teacher ratio (5%).

Wilton had a state assessment proficiency of 97% and received an A+ for its Top Colleges Score — the average score of colleges that students are most interested in or go on to attend, based on Niche Best Overall college rankings.

Wilton’s AP enrollment is 27.3% and its AP test pass rate is 89.98%, according to according to the Civil Rights Data Collection, and the district’s average SAT/ACT composite score, which were normalized to the same scale and reported by students, were 1940 on the SAT and 29 on the ACT.

The graduation rate of Wilton public school students is 96% and the district received a 4.2 out of 5 on the parent and student surveys.

The percentage of Wilton students enrolled in at least one advanced math course, according to the Civil Rights Data Collection, is 30.7%. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Wilton’s student-teacher ratio is 13:1, which Niche noted is not a representation of average class size.

The Westport School District was ranked No. 1, with the following numerical factors:


  • State assessment proficiency: 96%.

  • Top Colleges Score: A+.

  • AP enrollment: 33.8%.

  • AP test pass rate: 69%.

  • Composite scores: 1940 SAT, 29 ACT.

  • Graduation rate: 99%.

  • Parent and student surveys: 4.3 out of 5.

  • Advanced math enrollment: 6.2%.

  • Student-teacher ratio: 11:1.


The top six districts in the Districts with the Best Academics in Connecticut ranking are all in Fairfield County. They are, in order of rank: Westport, Wilton, New Canaan, Ridgefield, Darien and Weston.

Wilton’s academics ranked third best in the New York City Metro area and 15th best in the United States.

Administration


Niche’s administration rankings were based on parent and student surveys on administration and policies (50%), an overall experience grade that incorporates  statistics and student, alumni, and parent surveys regarding all aspects of the school experience (25%), education-administration expense ratio (12.5%), and expenses per student (12.5%).

Wilton received a 4 out of 5 on the parent and student surveys and an A+ in overall experience.

Using National Center for Education Statistics data, Niche found that Wilton’s education-administration ratio — the amount spent on education for every dollar spent on administrative expenses — is 14:1, and its per student expense — total expenses divided by the total number of students — is $19,886.

Once again, Westport took the top spot with the following numerical factors:


  • Parent and student surveys: 4.2 out of 5.

  • Overall experience: A+.

  • Education-administration expense ratio: 12:1.

  • Per student expense: $20,694.


The top four schools in the Districts with the Best Administration in Connecticut ranking are all in Fairfield County. They are, in order of rank: Westport, Wilton, Newtown and Monroe.

Wilton’s school district administration ranked 16th best in the New York City Metro area and 50th best in the United States.

Click here to view all Niche’s 2016 K-12 School and District Rankings.