A Ruby interface to the GreatSchools API.
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A Ruby interface to the GreatSchools API.

The GreatSchools API allows access to School Profiles, Test Scores, School Reviews, GreatSchools Ratings, School Districts, and City Profiles.

Before you can start using the GreatSchool API, you must register and request an access key at: http://www.greatschools.org/api/registration.page


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'great_schools'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install great_schools


The first call you make should setup your API key:

GreatSchools::API.key = 'MY_API_KEY'

The first entry point is GreatSchools::City to lookup nearby cities; get an overview of a specific city; and find the districts and reviews associated with it.

GreatSchools::City.nearby('CA', 'San Francisco') # => list of cities neighboring San Francisco, CA.

city = GreatSchools::City.overview('CA', 'San Francisco')
city.districts # => list of districts in San Francisco, CA
city.reviews # => list of reviews for schools in San Francisco, CA

The second main entry point is GreatSchools::School to lookup schools in a specific city or near an address; get a school profile; and find census data, test scores, and reviews associated with it.

schools = GreatSchools::School.browse('CA', 'San Francisco') # => list of schools

school = GreatSchools::School.nearby('CA', zip_code: 94105).first
school.census # => lunch pricing, student/teacher ratio, ethnicities, etc.
school.review # => list of reviews for the school
school.score # => GreatSchool rank and recent test results


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request