niche.com 2018 Best School Districts in Indiana

From niche.com 2018 Best School Districts in Indiana

According to Niche.com, the Goshen Community School district is ranked 30th in the state of Indiana! GCS is the top-ranked school district in Elkhart County, and the GCS district looks quite a bit different demographically than many of the schools ranked higher. This acknowledgement is something for GCS and all of the greater Goshen community to celebrate, as the schools, families, coaches, mentors, and community volunteers all work together to make Goshen schools great places to learn and grow.

Niche has a pretty good statistical way of ranking schools, which includes looking at academics, teacher expertise, activities and clubs, diversity, college preparation, and safety. In looking at the results, John Glenn and Penn are geographically the closest school districts ranked above GCS, and Warsaw is the only NLC school district that ranked higher than GCS.

The GCS administration would like to publicly express thanks to the teachers and staff members who work so hard to ensure that all of our schools provide a top-notch education, to students of all abilities. The staff’s commitment to excellence provides opportunities for students to explore many educational options and to move successfully toward their future plans.

To the students in Goshen schools, we thank you too. We thank you for investing your time and efforts in our schools; in athletic competitions, in music venues, in theater performances, and in the Goshen community. You are the reason we are here. We believe in you, and you make it all worthwhile!

 

2018 Best School Districts Methodology

The 2018 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more. 

The 2018 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Academics Grade Based on state assessment proficiency, SAT/ACT scores, and survey responses on academics from students and parents. Niche 50.0%
Teachers Grade Based on teacher salary, teacher absenteeism, state test results, and survey responses on teachers from students and parents. Niche 15.0%
Culture & Diversity Grade Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents. Niche 10.0%
Parent/Student Surveys on Overall Experience Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of students and parents in the district. Self-reported by Niche users 10.0%
Health & Safety Grade Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents. Niche 5.0%
Resources & Facilities Grade Based on expenses per student, staffing, and survey responses on facilities from students and parents. Niche 5.0%
Clubs & Activities Grade Based on expenses per student and survey responses on clubs and activities from students and parents. Niche 2.5%
Sports Grade Based on the number of sports, participation, and survey responses on athletics and athletic facilities from students and parents. Niche 2.5%