Blue Valley, Shawnee Mission schools make list of top-ranked Kansas schools

Blue Valley North High School is ranked as the best public high school in Kansas by Niche, an education review and search platform. Photo via Johnson County Appraiser's Office website.

There are several Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission schools that made Niche’s list of top public schools statewide.

Niche, an education review and data analytics website, recently released its 2021 Best Schools in Kansas list, which is based on U.S. Department of Education Data, along with “millions of reviews from students and parents,” according to the site.

Public schools were ranked based on the following factors: academics, culture and diversity, parent and student surveys, teachers, clubs and activities, sports, resources and facilities, and health and safety.

A comprehensive list of the state’s best elementary, middle and high schools can be found on Niche’s website here. Below are the top-ranked Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission schools.

Elementary schools

Blue Valley’s elementary schools filled the top 10 best schools in the state in the following order:

  • Lakewood
  • Sunset Ridge
  • Valley Park
  • Harmony
  • Morse
  • Oak Hill
  • Cedar Hills
  • Heartland
  • Cottonwood
  • Wolf Springs

Middle schools

Blue Valley’s middle schools also took over most of the top 10 best in Kansas, with number one through nine covered in the following order:

  • Overland Trail
  • Harmony
  • Prairie Star
  • Lakewood
  • Blue Valley
  • Pleasant Ridge
  • Oxford
  • Leawood
  • Aubry Bend

High schools

Blue Valley took the first half of the top 10 public high schools in the state, with two Shawnee Mission high schools in the mix, with a third SMSD school just outside the statewide top 10.

The rankings for the best public high schools are as follows:

  • Blue Valley North High School was ranked the number one best public high school in the state.
  • Blue Valley High School came in at number two.
  • Blue Valley West High School came in at number three.
  • Blue Valley Northwest High School followed behind at number four.
  • Blue Valley Southwest High School was ranked as the fifth.
  • Shawnee Mission East High Schools comes in at number six.
  • Shawnee Mission Northwest High School is ranked as the ninth best high school in the state.
  • Shawnee Mission South High School just missed the top 10 cut off at number 12.