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2017 Most Diverse School Districts Ranking Methodology

The 2017 Most Diverse School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of demographic and student life 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
Student Racial Diversity IndexA high value indicates a very racially diverse student body.U.S. Department of Education45.0%
Parent/Student Surveys on Culture & DiversityNiche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding student culture and diversity in the district.Self-reported by Niche users25.0%
Free/Reduced Lunch RatePercentage of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch (closer to the national mean is better).National Center for Education Statistics20.0%
Gender DiversityPercentage of students belonging to the most represented gender (closer to 50% is better).U.S. Department of Education10.0%

This ranking assesses 7,719 U.S. public school districts. The same methodology is used to produce the Niche Diversity 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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