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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

RankDistrictCity
1Highland Park IsdDallas
2Friendswood IsdFriendswood
3Barbers Hill IsdMont Belvieu
4Lovejoy IsdAllen
5South Texas IsdMercedes
6Aledo IsdAledo
7Dripping Springs IsdDripping Springs
8La Porte IsdLa Porte
9Alamo Heights IsdSan Antonio
10Waller IsdWaller
11Lubbock-Cooper IsdLubbock
12Wylie IsdAbilene
13Hutto IsdHutto
14Little Elm IsdLittle Elm
15Lancaster IsdLancaster
16Franklin IsdFranklin
17Angleton IsdAngleton
18Medina Valley IsdCastroville
19Azle IsdAzle
20Royse City IsdRoyse City
21Argyle IsdArgyle
22Lindale IsdLindale
23Granbury IsdGranbury
24Valley View IsdPharr
25Hallsville IsdHallsville
26Roma IsdRoma
27Canutillo IsdCanutillo
28Melissa IsdMelissa
29Willis IsdWillis
30La Vernia IsdLa Vernia
31Andrews IsdAndrews
32Seguin IsdSeguin
33Red Oak IsdRed Oak
34Galveston IsdGalveston
35Seminole IsdSeminole
36Joshua IsdJoshua
37Port Neches-Groves IsdPort Neches
38White Settlement IsdWhite Settlement
39Randolph Field IsdUniversal City
40Flour Bluff IsdCorpus Christi
41Calallen IsdCorpus Christi
42Sunnyvale IsdSunnyvale
43Ennis IsdEnnis
44Whitehouse IsdWhitehouse
45Kerrville IsdKerrville
46Mabank IsdMabank
47Texarkana IsdTexarkana
48Liberty Hill IsdLiberty Hill
49Van IsdVan
50Lake Dallas IsdLake Dallas
51Santa Gertrudis IsdKingsville
52Needville IsdNeedville
53Princeton IsdPrinceton
54Nederland IsdNederland
55Crosby IsdCrosby
56Decatur IsdDecatur
57Lago Vista IsdLago Vista
58Gregory-Portland IsdPortland
59Panhandle IsdPanhandle
60Stephenville IsdStephenville
61Calhoun County IsdPort Lavaca
62Edcouch-Elsa IsdEdcouch
63Celina IsdCelina
64Aubrey IsdAubrey
65China Spring IsdChina Spring
66Llano IsdLlano
67Corsicana IsdCorsicana
68Navarro IsdSeguin
69Cleburne IsdCleburne
70Sherman IsdSherman
71Mount Pleasant IsdMount Pleasant
72Tuloso-Midway IsdCorpus Christi
73Lumberton IsdLumberton
74Lorena IsdLorena
75Wimberley IsdWimberley
76Hudson IsdLufkin
77Huffman IsdHuffman
78Pleasant Grove IsdTexarkana
79Floresville IsdFloresville
80Dayton IsdDayton
81Denver City IsdDenver City
82Brock IsdBrock
83Crandall IsdCrandall
84Canton IsdCanton
85Dumas IsdDumas
86Lampasas IsdLampasas
87Glen Rose IsdGlen Rose
88Fredericksburg IsdFredericksburg
89Caddo Mills IsdCaddo Mills
90Denison IsdDenison
91Ft Sam Houston IsdSan Antonio
92Van Alstyne IsdVan Alstyne
93Shiner IsdShiner
94Carthage IsdCarthage
95Tatum IsdTatum
96Malakoff IsdMalakoff
97Everman IsdFort Worth
98Jacksboro IsdJacksboro
99Henderson IsdHenderson
100Bushland IsdBushland

Methodology

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.

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