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This Hudson Valley School District Just Named Best In State

Proud students at John Jay High School, part of the Katonah-Lewisboro School District, ranked the state's best district. Photo Credit: Provided/ John Jay High School
French students at John Jay High School traveled to Quebec. Photo Credit: Provided/ Katonah-Lewisboro
A scene from John Jay High School's spring musical "Little Shop of Horrors." JJHS is part of the Katonah-Lewisboro Union Free School District, ranked the state's best district. Photo Credit: Provided/ John Jay High School

The Katonah-Lewisboro School District was named the "best school district" in New York state, by 24/7 Wall St.

The financial news and opinion company based in Delaware ranks Best School Districts in every state, and t he survey can be accessed here.

Katonah-Lewisboro has 3,233 students and spends an average of $31,154 per student, the Wall St. analysis found. The graduation rate at the district's John Jay High School is 94.3 percent and 74.2 percent of adults residing in the school district, which includes part of Pound Ridge, have a bachelor's degree.

In addition to graduation rates and spending, the company evaluated the districts by creating an index based on data in these categories: child poverty, teacher-student ratios, preschool enrollment and Advanced Placement enrollment.

Several school districts in the United States spend more than $50,000 per student annually on education, 24/7 Wall St. found, but others spend less than $2,000 per student.

"That difference in spending contributes to major disparities in student outcomes throughout the country," the report said. "The majority of a school's budget is spent on staff and teacher salaries. A school that is able to attract the best teachers can give their students a major advantage."

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