The Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) has been ranked the third-best school district in the Bay Area, according to the 2015 Niche rankings -- a website that provides reviews and rankings on K-12 schools, colleges and neighborhoods.
Factors that were considered in the ranking included: academics, administration and policies, educational outcomes, health and safety, student culture and diversity, survey responses (from current students, recent alumni and parents), teachers, resources and facilities, extracurriculars and activities, and sports and fitness.
According to the Niche report, PUSD received B's or higher on eight factors but received a C+ for extracurriculars and activities.
"A lot of extracurriculars, but fees are expensive," wrote a Pleasanton parent in a review dated May 8, 2014.
Niche gave PUSD a score of four out of five for overall experience, based off a parent/student survey that had 79 respondents.
To assess the district, Niche used data from various government and public agencies. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, typically from 2011-12, according to Niche's website.
Niche also ranked PUSD 16th in its list of Best School Districts in California, out of 100 eligible school districts that have at least 100 students enrolled.
"Our students are provided stellar education and continue to excel because of their hard work taught by our innovative teachers, supported by exemplary administrators and staff, and a community that goes above and beyond to support their children and our schools," said PUSD superintendent Parvin Ahmadi.
Trailing right behind PUSD is San Ramon Valley Unified School District, ranking fourth in the Bay Area and 20th in California.
For a full list of school district rankings, visit the Niche website.
Middle and high schools
Niche also released a list of the best public middle schools and high schools in the Bay Area, placing all three Pleasanton middle schools in the top five and Amador Valley High School ranked as fifth.
According to the report, Pleasanton Middle School ranked second, Harvest Park ranked third and Hart ranked fourth.
All three middle schools received an A+ in academics, overall district experience and teachers, and a B+ in student culture and diversity.
In Niche's 2015 Best Public Middle Schools in California rankings, Pleasanton Middle School ranked 18th, Harvest Park ranked 25th and Hart ranked 26th -- out of 100 eligible middle schools that have an average grade size of at least 15 students school-wide.
According to the 2015 Niche rankings of best public high schools in the Bay Area, Amador Valley ranked fifth and Foothill High School ranked 12th.
Amador received either a B- or higher in academics, health and safety, student culture and diversity, teachers, resources and facilities, and sports and fitness. The high school received a C in extracurriculars and activities. In addition, Niche gave Amador a 4.2 out of 5 for overall experience.
Foothill received a B or higher in all ranking factors, but received a 3.8 out of 5 on overall experience from parents and students.
In Niche's California ranking, Amador ranked 25th and Foothill ranked 61st.