The rankings released Tuesday show that Chesapeake schools rank No. 2 nationally for quality, science and arts.
But they also show the school district is struggling to maintain a strong academic foundation, and it is facing a massive shortfall in cash.
The rankings are based on school districts data and include data from the state, which makes up most of the nation’s public school districts.
The new rankings are among the first to be released for the school year that began in January.
The state provides more than $1 billion to support the Chesapeake region, including $700 million for the region’s public schools.
Schools in the region received a total of $2.3 billion in federal aid for fiscal 2017.
Some districts in the state were hit hard by the financial crisis, including the city of Chesapeake, which had to lay off more than 1,400 employees.
The region also had to slash $400 million in funding for parks and recreation programs.
A special fund was established to help Chesapeake public school teachers through the crisis.
But the money has dried up.
“We have to take a hard look at what is needed to support our schools,” said Mark Jorgensen, president of the Cheshire County Education Association.
“Our schools have to be a part of the solution.”
The state Department of Education has asked the Department of Health and Human Services to provide $150 million to help the district meet its needs.
In addition to the district’s $600 million budget, the state will provide $350 million for schools and $75 million to the state’s transportation fund.
The county is also funding a $50 million scholarship program that helps low-income students attend school in the city.