U.S. News & World Report has rated 560 elementary schools in Connecticut for 2022, and two greater Danbury schools cracked the Top 10.

Sitting at the number 1 spot, let's give it up for the Booth Free School in Roxbury (Regional School District 12). Also in the Top 10 were Ridgebury Elementary School in Ridgefield at 7. Other impressive Connecticut elementary schools in the rankings include Washington Primary School (14) in Washington Depot, which is right next to New Milford, and Scotland Elementary School (17) in Ridgefield.

U.S. News published rankings and data on more than 80,000 public elementary and middle schools nationwide and by state. For the complete list, go to usnews.com. What criteria are used for ranking 80,000 schools across the U.S.?

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U.S. News collected data from the U.S. Department of Education concentrating on two categories: Math and reading or how well students perform on state assessments and math and reading performance — or how well they perform compared with expectations.

Check out these numbers from Booth Free School (Grades K-5) according to US News.

  • Enrollment: 71
  • Student/teacher ratio: 6:1
  • Math proficiency: 95%
  • Reading proficiency: 95%
  • Overall score: 100/100
Booth Free School in Roxbury, CT - Google Instant Street View
Booth Free School in Roxbury, CT - Google Instant Street View

Booth Free School in Roxbury also was ranked #1 by Niche.com for the Best Elementary School in Litchfield County. However, looking over the list of the #1 schools in Connecticut, the Top 20 were all from wealthy towns in Connecticut such as New Canaan, Westport, Darien, Greenwich, Farmington, and Ridgefield. Why do you think that is?

In many states like Connecticut, more affluent school districts receive a more significant amount of funding per student than poorer districts. Check this out; according to Wallethub.com in an August 2021 article, Danbury School spent, on average, $15,806 per pupil compared to the Greenwich School District that spends $27,528 per student. Is that fair? You tell me.

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