Montgomery County, VA – Inside NOVA recently published an article detailing the top ten Virginia school districts using Niche rankings. Niche ranks school districts based on various criteria, including academics (SAT/ACT scores and state proficiency tests), teacher salaries, expenses per student, and access to extracurricular activities. According to the data, Montgomery County Public Schools has ranked # 10 on the list for 2022.
It is no secret that great schools attract great teachers. Research shows that engaged teachers can dramatically impact students’ academic goals and interests. Students leaving high school with a basic understanding of what they want to pursue academically and personally are far more likely to secure advanced degrees in a field they deem rewarding.
This impact has far-reaching effects, including higher lifetime earnings. The article references U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data saying, “Bachelor’s degree holders will earn an average of roughly $26,000 more each year than high school graduates. And for those who decide that pursuing a college degree is not the best postsecondary option, a good school will provide students with the tools and support to make that choice and the foundational skills necessary to succeed in the workforce.”
Good schools are also a reflection of great communities. In addition to the excellent schools in Montgomery County, the cost of living, outdoor recreation opportunities, proximity to higher education, and plentiful jobs all play a major role in the overall health of the educational ecosystem.
#10. Montgomery County Public Schools (Christiansburg)
– Number of schools: 21 (10,016 students)
– Graduation rate: 93% (81% reading proficient and 86% math proficient)
– Average teacher salary: $52,281 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
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