Buford City Schools has been ranked the best school district in Georgia for 2024 by Niche, a website that provides data and analytics on U.S. schools.

BCS is ranked No. 1 among 180 school districts in Georgia.

“At Buford City Schools, we strive for excellence every day. We are living out our mission to empower all students to become globally competitive critical thinkers, innovative problem solvers, responsible individuals, and productive citizens,” said BCS Superintendent Melanie Reed. “Being ranked as the #1 school district in Georgia by Niche means we are continuing our pursuit and achieving that goal for our students, staff, families, and community. When students are given the tools and opportunities they need for success, it shows up in everything we do in the Buford City School System.”

BCS has held the No. 1 ranking among school districts since 2015, the first year Niche published its rankings.

“We are proud of the legacy created over the last nine consecutive years,” Reed said. “However, we aren’t done. We have to continue to strive for excellence. We don’t want just to be the best in Georgia but the best in the nation. It’s not about being better than this or that; it’s about knowing we are doing what is best for every Buford City School System student.”

Nationally, BCS is ranked No. 59 of 10,932 schools up for best school district in America. It is also ranked the best school district for athletics in the state, and nationally, BCS is ranked the No. 3 best school district for athletes out of 10,346 schools.

“Buford is unique because we aren’t just a school system; we’re a community that people want to be a part of,” Reed said. “We have absolutely the best staff, students, and parental support. This is why BCSS is ranked #1 in the state. Former students come back here to raise families because it’s truly home, and they are proud of their Buford roots. Buford has incredible academic, athletic, and fine arts programs, but more than anything, it has a genuine community pride like no other.”

View all of Buford City Schools’ rankings here.

“While traditional rankings rely almost exclusively on metrics like test scores and academic performance, Niche’s rankings combine user input — ratings from current students, alumni and parents — with quantitative data from sources like the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate teachers, resources and facilities, extracurricular activity opportunities and more,” a new release from Niche on the rankings stated.

Learn more about how Niche calculates its rankings and grades here

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Deanna Allen has served as editor of the North Gwinnett Voice since June 2021. Effective communication and creative design are her passions.

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