US News best elementary and middle schools

In its newest rankings of America’s schools grades K - 8, US News & World Report ranked Fort Zumwalt middle schools and elementary schools among Missouri’s best. 

All told, the organization ranked more than 78,500 public elementary schools and more than 58,431 public middle schools. Of the almost 1,500 Missouri middle schools ranked, Fort Zumwalt’s middle schools were in the top five percent. Of the almost 1,800 Missouri elementary schools ranked, Fort Zumwalt elementary schools were among the top 25 percent. 

State by state, U.S. News assessed schools by looking at student proficiency in math and reading as measured by state assessments. Half of the US News ranking formula was the results, the other half was the context of socioeconomic demographics. 

“In other words, the top-ranked schools are high achieving ones that succeeded in educating all of their students,” the organization states on its notification website to schools. “All data for the rankings are from third-party sources, including the U.S. Department of Education.”

You can read more about the methodology here.  All four middle schools earned the right to display the US News & World Report “Best” badge. Because two Fort Zumwalt elementary schools only serve grades K - 2, which the state does not test, those schools are ineligible for the rankings. The elementary schools earning the right to display the US News & World Report “Best” badge are, in alphabetical order: Dardenne Elementary; Emge Elementary; Flint Hill Elementary; Forest Park Elementary; Mid Rivers Elementary; Mount Hope Elementary; Ostmann Elementary; Pheasant Point Elementary; Progress South Elementary; Rock Creek Elementary, Twin Chimneys Elementary and Westhoff Elementary. Each of Fort Zumwalt’s four middle schools also earned the honor: Dr. Bernard J. DuBray Middle; Fort Zumwalt North Middle; Fort Zumwalt South Middle and Fort Zumwalt West Middle.