Although Texas is somewhere in the middle of the pack among U.S. states in terms of high school graduation rates and math and ELA proficiency scores, the state’s size means that there are well over one hundred high-performing public school districts where the graduation rate is above 90%. Here’s a look at the best of the best in the Lone Star State.
Texas’ best public school system is Highland Park Independent School District, a large district comprising four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, and one high school with a total enrollment of nearly 7,000. HPISD is one of the most prestigious school districts in the state, regularly logging average ACT and SAT scores well above state and national averages, and over 97% of its graduates go on to attend college.
Friendswood Independent School District earns Texas’ #2 spot. The district serves the rapidly-growing city of Friendswood and has a long list of accolades to its name, including a 98% graduation rate and a MET STANDARD rating from the Texas Education Association, the highest possible rating.
Placing 3rd is Barbers Hill Independent School District, which consists of seven campuses spread across four communities in West Chambers County. Every campus in the district has received an “A” rating from the state, which is the highest possible.
Lovejoy Independent School District earns the #4 spot in Texas. The district’s Lovejoy High School ranks in the top #1 of all high schools in the state in terms of academic performance, and excels in athletics, as well, laying claim to numerous state championships in volleyball, cross country, swimming, and more.
Filling out the list is of Texas’ best school systems is South Texas Independent School District, a magnet school district based in Mercedes and operating six schools. The district’s students demonstrate remarkably high levels of proficiency across all subjects and grade levels.
Top School Districts in Texas, 2020
|1||Highland Park Isd||Dallas|
|3||Barbers Hill Isd||Mont Belvieu|
|5||South Texas Isd||Mercedes|
|7||Dripping Springs Isd||Dripping Springs|
|8||La Porte Isd||La Porte|
|9||Alamo Heights Isd||San Antonio|
|14||Little Elm Isd||Little Elm|
|18||Medina Valley Isd||Castroville|
|20||Royse City Isd||Royse City|
|24||Valley View Isd||Pharr|
|30||La Vernia Isd||La Vernia|
|33||Red Oak Isd||Red Oak|
|37||Port Neches-Groves Isd||Port Neches|
|38||White Settlement Isd||White Settlement|
|39||Randolph Field Isd||Universal City|
|40||Flour Bluff Isd||Corpus Christi|
|41||Calallen Isd||Corpus Christi|
|48||Liberty Hill Isd||Liberty Hill|
|50||Lake Dallas Isd||Lake Dallas|
|51||Santa Gertrudis Isd||Kingsville|
|57||Lago Vista Isd||Lago Vista|
|61||Calhoun County Isd||Port Lavaca|
|65||China Spring Isd||China Spring|
|71||Mount Pleasant Isd||Mount Pleasant|
|72||Tuloso-Midway Isd||Corpus Christi|
|78||Pleasant Grove Isd||Texarkana|
|81||Denver City Isd||Denver City|
|87||Glen Rose Isd||Glen Rose|
|89||Caddo Mills Isd||Caddo Mills|
|91||Ft Sam Houston Isd||San Antonio|
|92||Van Alstyne Isd||Van Alstyne|
|97||Everman Isd||Fort Worth|
The following variables contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, school funding per student, student to teacher ratio, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Math test, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Reading and Language test. Data from a total of 10,247 public school districts were used to compute a score for each school district. The following states were omitted due to lack of sufficient data: Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, and Virginia. Note that high schools in some states have their own independent districts.