The second largest state in the the nation as well as the second most populous, the Lone Star State excels at putting students out into the world with a high school diploma, ranking #4 in the nation in graduation rate according to U.S. News & World Report.

Texas’ best public school district is Highland Park Independent School District (Dallas County), comprising seven schools located in Highland Park and University Park. HPISD has long been recognized for its academic excellence, with a whopping 27 students from Highland Park HIgh School being named National Merit Semifinalists in 2017.

Ranking #2 is Lovejoy Independent School District, based in Collin County, TX. Established in 1917, Lovejoy was recently the winner of the State of Texas HEB Excellence in Education Award.

Falls City Independent School District, a small system of two schools based in Falls City, around 30 miles southeast of San Antonio, comes in third. Due to its high level of academic achievement, Falls City High School was awarded a bronze medal by U.S. News, signifying its status as one of the top high schools in the nation.

At #4 is Carroll Independent School District of Southlake, TX, a suburb in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. Carroll ISD is the largest district in the state to hold the “Exemplary” rating granted by the Texas Education Agency.

Rounding out Texas’ top five is Klondike Independent School District, another district to earn the distinction of an “Exemplary” rating.

Top School Districts in Texas, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Highland Park IsdTexas
2Lovejoy IsdTexas
3Falls City IsdTexas
4Carroll IsdTexas
5Klondike IsdTexas
6Eanes IsdTexas
7Frisco IsdTexas
8Prosper IsdTexas
9Lake Travis IsdTexas
10Allen IsdTexas
11Grady IsdTexas
12Coppell IsdTexas
13Argyle IsdTexas
14Friendswood IsdTexas
15Port Aransas IsdTexas
16Crawford IsdTexas
17Dripping Springs IsdTexas
18Plano IsdTexas
19Lubbock-Cooper IsdTexas
20Northwest IsdTexas
21Sabine Pass IsdTexas
22Leander IsdTexas
23Round Rock IsdTexas
24Randolph Field IsdTexas
25Wylie IsdTexas
26Keller IsdTexas
27Melissa IsdTexas
28Pearland IsdTexas
29Barbers Hill IsdTexas
30Wall IsdTexas
31Aubrey IsdTexas
32Sands CisdTexas
33Canadian IsdTexas
34Gunter IsdTexas
35Aledo IsdTexas
36Tomball IsdTexas
37Mckinney IsdTexas
38Rockwall IsdTexas
39Jim Ned CisdTexas
40Montgomery IsdTexas
41Wink-Loving IsdTexas
42Brock IsdTexas
43Plains IsdTexas
44Midlothian IsdTexas
45Boerne IsdTexas
46Midway IsdTexas
47Katy IsdTexas
48Celina IsdTexas
49Grapevine-Colleyville IsdTexas
50Wimberley IsdTexas
51Alamo Heights IsdTexas
52Lackland IsdTexas
53Irion County IsdTexas
54Glasscock County IsdTexas
55Dodd City IsdTexas
56Shiner IsdTexas
57Wylie IsdTexas
58Muenster IsdTexas
59Vega IsdTexas
60Clear Creek IsdTexas
61Conroe IsdTexas
62Westbrook IsdTexas
63Salado IsdTexas
64Panhandle IsdTexas
65Shallowater IsdTexas
66Forney IsdTexas
67Liberty Hill IsdTexas
68Pleasant Grove IsdTexas
69Lago Vista IsdTexas
70Poth IsdTexas
71Round Top-Carmine IsdTexas
72Lewisville IsdTexas
73Lone Oak IsdTexas
74Sundown IsdTexas
75Knippa IsdTexas
76Bushland IsdTexas
77Borden County IsdTexas
78Johnson City IsdTexas
79College Station IsdTexas
80Lindsay IsdTexas
81China Spring IsdTexas
82Frenship IsdTexas
83Franklin IsdTexas
84Lindale IsdTexas
85Anna IsdTexas
86Caddo Mills IsdTexas
87Industrial IsdTexas
88Archer City IsdTexas
89Moulton IsdTexas
90Canyon IsdTexas
91Comal IsdTexas
92Royse City IsdTexas
93Forsan IsdTexas
94Thrall IsdTexas
95Grandview IsdTexas
96Water Valley IsdTexas
97Lake Dallas IsdTexas
98Needville IsdTexas
99Fort Bend IsdTexas
100Glen Rose IsdTexas


The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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