TYLER — Niche, a nationally recognized school research organization, released their list of the safest and best school districts by county.

They measure the safety of school using several factors including health, expenses per student, absentees, suspensions, expulsions, calls to law enforcement referrals and arrests.

To determine the best school districts, researchers used academic achievement, culture and diversity, surveys determining both students' and parents' experiences with the district, teacher quality, extracurricular activities, health and safety, resources and facilities and sports.

The following list contains the safest school district in a number of east Texas counties:

  • Anderson County - Neches Independent School District
  • Angelina County - Hudson Independent School District
  • Cherokee County - Troup Independent School District
  • Gregg County - East Texas Charter Schools
  • Harrison County - Harleton Independent School District
  • Henderson County - Eustace Independent School District
  • Nacogdoches County - Cushing Independent School District
  • Panola County - Carthage High School
  • Shelby County - Timpson Independent School District
  • Smith County - Lindale Independent School District
  • Upshur County - Harmony Independent School District
  • Van Zandt County - Martins Mill Independent School District
  • Wood County - Alba-Golden Independent School District

The following list contains the best school districts and specific schools in a number of east Texas Counties:

  • Anderson County
    • Best School District - Elkhart ISD
    • Best Public Elementary School - Elkhart Intermediate
    • Best Public Middle School - Neches Elementary School
    • Best Public High School - Frankston High School
  • Angelina County
    • Best School District - Hudson ISD
    • Best Public Elementary - W.H. Bonner Elementary School
    • Best Public Middle School - Hudson Middle School
    • Best Public High School - Hudson High School
  • Cherokee County
    • Best School District - Troup Independent School District
    • Best Public Elementary - Troup Elementary School
    • Best Public Middle School - Troup Middle School
    • Best Public High School - Troup High School
  • Gregg County
    • Best Private School - Trinity School of Texas
    • Best School District - White Oak ISD
    • Best Public Elementary - Hudson Elementary School – Longview ISD
    • Best Public Middle School - Spring Hill Junior High School
    • Best Public High School - Spring Hill High School
  • Harrison County
    • Best School District - Hallsville ISD
    • Best Public Elementary - Hallsville Intermediate School
    • Best Public Middle School - Hallsville Junior High School
    • Best Public High School - Hallsville High School
  • Henderson County
    • Best School District - Eustace ISD
    • Best Public Elementary - Malakoff Elementary School
    • Best Public Middle School - Cross Roads Junior High School
    • Best Public High School - Eustace High School
  • Nacogdoches County
    • Best School District - Cushing ISD
    • Best Public Elementary - Stephen F. Austin State University Charter School
    • Best Public Middle School - Woden Junior High School
    • Best Public High School - Garrison High School
  • Panola County
    • Best School District - Gary ISD
    • Best Public Elementary - Beckville Sunset Elementary School
    • Best Public Middle School - Gary Middle School
    • Best Public High School - Gary High School
  • Shelby County
    • Best School District - Timpson Independent School District
    • Best Public Elementary - Timpson Elementary School
    • Best Public Middle School - Joaquin Junior High School
    • Best Public High School - Timpson High School
  • Smith County
    • Best Private School - All Saints Episcopal School
    • Best School District - Lindale ISD
    • Best Public Elementary - Stanton Smith Elementary School
    • Best Public Middle School - Lindale Junior High School
    • Best Public High School - Lindale High School
  • Upshur County
    • Best School District - Harmony ISD
    • Best Public Elementary - Harmony Elementary School
    • Best Public Middle School - Union Grove Junior High School
    • Best Public High School - Harmony High School
  • Van Zandt County
    • Best School District - Canton ISD
    • Best Public Elementary - Martins Mill Elementary School
    • Best Public Middle School - Fruitvale Middle School
    • Best Public High School - Canton High School
  • Wood County
    • Best School District - Mineola ISD
    • Best Public Elementary - Winnsboro Elementary School
    • Best Public Middle School - Memorial Middle School
    • Best Public High School - Mineola High School