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2017 Best School Districts for Athletes Ranking Methodology

The 2017 Best School Districts for Athletes ranking is based on data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and parents. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

FactorDescriptionSourceWeight
Parent/Student Surveys on SportsNiche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the sports in the district.Self-reported by Niche users50.0%
Number of SportsNumber of interscholastic sports offered at the district.Civil Rights Data Collection20.0%
Boys Athletic ParticipationMeasure of boys participating in an interscholastic sport.Civil Rights Data Collection10.0%
Expenses per StudentTotal expenses divided by the total number of students.National Center for Education Statistics10.0%
Girls Athletic ParticipationMeasure of girls participating in an interscholastic sport.Civil Rights Data Collection10.0%

This ranking assesses 7,765 U.S. public school districts. The same methodology is used to produce the Niche Sports Grade for each ranked school district as well as additional school districts. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2014–2016, as self-reported by the school districts.

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