Top of mind for many homebuyers is what school district their new home will be in. In addition to the access to a fantastic education for your child, it can also help preserve home values and ensure better long-term home investments.
There are so many fantastic public schools in Clark County that you can be sure your child will have access to a top-notch education in a supportive social environment. Whatever neighborhood you are searching in, our buyer’s agents know the ins and outs of the local school districts in Clark County and are happy to talk through what options are best for you and your family.
Below, we’ve broken down six of the best schools in Clark County, WA.
Camas School District consistently earns top marks for high test scores, course offerings, and graduation rates. Students’ math and reading proficiency skills are regularly ranked within the top 5% of all 305 school districts in Washington. There are 11 schools in the Camas School District, serving 7,091 students with a 19:1 student to teacher ratio. With a robust athletics program, they are one of the best school districts for young athletes looking to participate in team sports.
In addition to regular coursework, their students have access to internships, career and technical programs, STEM-focused coursework, and more. This leads to a consistently high graduation rate of 92% with most students going on to pursue a college degree.
Hockinson School District was opened in 1870, giving them a rich history of over 150 years of education in the heart of Clark County. Today, they offer a wide range of clubs and organizations, rigorous AP coursework, and comprehensive support programs for their students.
Hockinson School District spans 3 public schools and serves 1,951 students. Due to their comparatively small size, students tend to stay with the same classmates throughout their elementary, middle and high school years, creating a supportive and tight-knit community across peers.
Their students consistently knock testing out of the park, with math and reading proficiency scores significantly higher than the state average. They rank within the top 20% of public schools in Washington and boast a graduation rate of over 95%.
Located to the Northeast of Clark County, La Center School District offers small class sizes, highly qualified staff, and a low employee turnover rate. They have comprehensive after-school programs as well as advanced academic tracks, access to advanced technology, and support from local colleges.
La Center School District is made up of 4 public schools serving 1,726 students. Their schools consistently earn above-average scores in math and reading proficiency, putting them in the top 30% of public schools in Washington state.
La Center School district has an average graduation rate of 85-89%, which has increased from 80-84% in the past five school years.
Students reviewing Ridgefield School District described the “strong sense of community” and “pride” for their school. They have an excellent AP program for advanced students and provide ample opportunity to get involved in after-school programming and events.
Similar to Camas School District, Ridgefield School District’s exemplary students consistently turn out high test scores in reading and math. Their average test rank of 10/10 puts them in the top 10% of public schools in Washington. They serve 3,058 students across 4 schools and have a regular graduation rate of 90-94%.
Washougal School District has made fantastic strides in recent years, increasing their district graduation rate by nearly 10% since 2016. They are made up of 8 schools, serving 3,214 students with an 89% graduation rate. They have several academic programs including Career and Technical Education, advanced curriculum tracks including 13+ AP class offerings, and more.
Their average testing ranking is 8/10, putting them in the top 30% of public schools in Washington. Schools in the Washougal School District have an average math proficiency score of 53% (compared to a statewide average of 50%) and reading proficiency score of 64% (compared to a 61% statewide average). Standout schools in the Washougal District include Canyon Creek Middle School, Cape Horn Skye Elementary School and Jemtegaard Middle School.
Vancouver School District is a remarkably large district, serving over 23,671 students across 42 public schools. It is best summed up not in wide averages across it’s many diverse programs and schools, but rather by saying that Vancouver School District truly has the perfect school for each type of student. With top-rated specialty and magnet schools such as Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, Vancouver iTech Preparatory, Columbia River High School’s International Baccalaureate program, Cascadia Technical Academy, and even a new Innovation, Technology and Arts Elementary School coming in 2022, Vancouver School District certainly excels at offering students choice in their path and interests.
Vancouver School District is also in the top 25 most diverse school districts in all of Washington state, with 44% of their student body coming from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. We encourage you to explore their website to learn more about their many different programs and offerings.
Finding A Home In An Ideal School District
We are proud to say that Clark County has one of the highest concentrations of top-ranked public schools in Washington, so you can rest easy in your home search. On top of our fantastic public schools, there are also plenty of excellent private and charter schools ensuring that each student will have ample access to the right education to help them succeed.
Unsure what neighborhood and school district is the best choice for your family, or looking for a home within a specific district boundary? Feel free to give us a call at (360) 909-6399 or email at Rowena@GoWithRo.com. We are happy to answer any questions you may have in your home search journey.