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Arcadia Unified Named the Best School District in LA and 4th Best in the State

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Arcadia High’s Class of 2023 seniors inspiring their elementary school colleagues during Arcadia Unified’s annual Grad Run event.

Abridged from Ryan Foran’s Press Release

For another year, the Arcadia Unified School District (AUSD) has secured a high ranking on Niche’s list of Top 40 Best School Districts in the U.S. According to the newly released 2024 rankings, AUSD has been named the #1 Best School District in all of Los Angeles and #4 Best School District in California. These are historic rankings for AUSD, in addition to being named as LA County’s #2 Best Place to Teach and #5 District with the Best Teachers, earning an overall A+ grade and honors as an elite school district in the nation.

“As a parent, resident, and school board president in Arcadia Unified, I am so grateful to see the collective and inspiring efforts of everyone from all areas of our district celebrated through this humbling distinction,” AUSD’s 2023-24 Board of Education President Shirley Yee said.

“Earning a spot at the top in rankings like this is a direct reflection of the unparalleled dedication of our educators, staff, counselors, parents, administrators, and community members, who partner with one another every day to ensure our students have access to a world-class learning experience that places mental health and wellness at the forefront and includes ample opportunities for engagement in the arts, athletics, and activities to help create well-rounded, lifelong learners.”

Arcadia Unified’s 2024 Niche Ranking Highlights:

  • #1 Best School District in Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles Area

  • #4 Best School District in California

  • #38 Best School District in America

  • #2 Best Place to Teach in Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles Area

  • #5 Districts with the Best Teachers in Los Angeles County conducted a rigorous analysis of data sets from nearly 100 school districts in Los Angeles,  over 500 districts in California, and almost 11,000 public school districts across the country. This in-depth analysis showed that AUSD continues to excel, achieving an overall A+ score and A grades in the categories of academics, teachers, clubs and activities, college prep, resources and facilities, and administration.

In addition to its detailed data analysis, Niche conducts over 100 million reviews and survey responses to reach its annual rankings. Arcadia Unified’s current and complete Niche rankings can be found here.

“We recently started the exciting and in-depth process of creating a new Facilities Master Plan,” Arcadia Unified Superintendent Dr. David Vannasdall shared.

“It’s distinctions like this that fuel the fire for this important work by reminding us that to build our future with the leaders our world needs, we need to ensure our buildings, campuses, and facilities are state-of-the-art, safe, innovative spaces that match the top-tier teaching and learning happening across every single one of our campuses. Arcadia Unified being named the best school district in the greater Los Angeles area is incredible, and then to think Arcadia Unified is one of the best school districts in the country, ranked in the top 40 out of thousands of excellent districts, I’m just so proud of our entire community.”

All six of AUSD’s elementary schools and its alternative learning program, Rancho Learning Center, also earned concurrent recognition by the California Department of Education as 2023 California Distinguished Schools. Arcadia Unified’s Foothills Middle School was also honored by the U.S. Department of Education in 2023 as a National Blue Ribbon School. Likewise, the district’s comprehensive high school, Arcadia High, saw its Class of 2023 achieve a 100% graduation rate. For more information about the Arcadia Unified School District, visit, and for more information about Niche’s rankings, visit

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