LOS ANGELES, CA — The beginning of the school year is a good time to do a little research on how your teachers stack up against others — whether you’re sending your children to kindergarten for the first time or if they’re preparing to graduate.

Niche, which rates everything in education, has created a list of what it considers the schools with the best teachers in Los Angeles.

According to Niche.com, the rankings are based on seven factors: academic grades, parent/student surveys on teachers, teacher absenteeism, teacher salary index, teachers in their first or second year, average teacher salary and the student-teacher ratio.

Carmel Middle School has the best teachers in the state, according to the rankings. With 575 total students in the school and a student-teacher ratio of 15:1, Carmel Middle School had both an A+ rating in teachers and overall niche grade

Tularcitos Elementary School, also within the Carmel Unified School District, followed close behind Carmel Middle School with a total of 502 students and a 21:1 student-teacher ratio. Tularcitos Elementary School had both an A+ rating in teachers and an overall niche grade.

Here are the top Los Angeles schools with the best teachers:

  1. Harvard-Westlake School
  2. Marlborough School
  3. Windward School
  4. Brentwood School
  5. Marymount High School
  6. Sierra Canyon School
  7. Oakwood School
  8. The Archer School for Girls
  9. The Buckley School
  10. The Episcopal School of Los Angeles
  11. Loyola High School
  12. Milken Community Schools
  13. Yeshiva University High School of Los Angeles
  14. Granada Hills Charter High School
  15. Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles Raymond and Esther Kabbaz High School
  16. Campbell Hall
  17. Wildwood School
  18. Louisville High School
  19. Pilgrim School
  20. New Covenant Academy