2018 Best School Districts for Athletes Methodology

The 2018 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

Factor Description Source Weight
Parent/Student Surveys on Sports Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the sports in the district. Self-reported by Niche users 55.0%
Total Enrollment Total number of students enrolled in the district. National Center for Education Statistics 20.0%
Number of Sports Number of interscholastic sports offered at the district. Civil Rights Data Collection 15.0%
Boys Athletic Participation Measure of boys participating in an interscholastic sport. Civil Rights Data Collection 5.0%
Girls Athletic Participation Measure of girls participating in an interscholastic sport. Civil Rights Data Collection 5.0%

 

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. Niche also collects data directly from schools via our school data update form. If you work for a school and would like to update your data, please claim your school.

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