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Best Dallas High Schools

The 2019 best Dallas public high school rankings on this page identify traditional open enrollment, selective enrollment and charter high schools in the Dallas area that currently are having the greatest broad-based teaching success and are at the same time best preparing their students for post secondary education experiences.

About 75 percent of the 285 high schools included in this best public high schools in Dallas ranking are traditional open enrollment schools operated by local school districts. The remaining schools are pretty evenly split between selective enrollment schools, also by operated by local school districts, and charter schools operated by non-profit corporations, higher education institutions and governmental entities. Lists of the top ranked schools of each type are displayed by clicking on these 2019 top DFW open enrollment high schools, 2019 top DFW selective enrollment high schools and 2019 top DFW charter high schools jump links.

Each of the Dallas area high schools included in this ranking analysis was evaluated using three metrics: students' performance on the 2018 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) evaluations administered by the Texas Education Commission, participation in and successful completion of Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, and percentage of students taking the SAT and ACT college admission tests and their performance on those tests. Texas Education Agency (TEA) accountability ratings were not considered in this analysis since these ratings also take into account factors that generally have no meaningful linkage to the learning success of individual students, such as student demographics and changes in student performance on the STAAR evaluations from one year to the next.

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Most Texas high schools offer a four-year curriculum at a single campus, but some school districts have chosen to operate separate campuses for ninth grade students or for ninth and tenth grade students. In this analysis, the performance metrics for high schools that are a part of these multiple campus arrangements are combined and the schools are evaluated in the same manner as the four-year, single-campus high schools. Other school districts and some charter districts operate schools that teach more than four grades. The STAAR assessment student performance metric used in this best Texas high schools ranking is for all grade levels taught at those schools.

Unlike some other published rankings, this analysis examined only the most current credible student performance data available and no consideration was given to subjective factors such as anonymous self-selected reviews and statistically invalid online opinion surveys. Additional information about how the performance of these DFW public high schools was evaluated and ranked in this analysis, how overall academic performance was graded, and the 2019 rankings for all 285 high schools included in this study are available by clicking on this complete DFW public high schools rankings link.

Open enrollment high schools

Highland Park High School, Carroll Senior High School / Carroll High School, Lovejoy High School, Liberty High School and Plano West Senior High School / Jasper High School / Shepton High School all retained their same positions from the previous year rankings and are again recognized as DFW’s best traditional open enrollment high schools.

The twenty-one highest ranking Dallas high schools listed below earned recognition 2019 top 50 Texas open enrollment high schools with Highland Park High School, Carroll Senior High School / Carroll High School and Lovejoy High School capturing the top three spots in the state-wide ranking.

2019 top 25 Dallas open enrollment high schools

% students met criteria
AP / IBSATACTattended by students living in
1Highland Park High SchoolHighland Park ISD2,18077.99567.871.6%49.9%74.0%Dallas, Highland Park, University Park
2Carroll Senior High School / Carroll High SchoolCarroll ISD2,74077.49664.059.6%63.2%69.8%Colleyville, Grapevine, Southlake, Westlake
3Lovejoy High SchoolLovejoy ISD1,47977.09660.561.6%63.0%52.6%Fairview, Lucas, Allen, McKinney, Wylie
4Liberty High SchoolFrisco ISD1,98171.59555.453.2%65.0%47.4%Frisco
5Plano West Senior High School / Jasper High School / Shepton High SchoolPlano ISD5,65867.89355.755.8%64.4%43.9%Dallas, Plano
6Coppell High SchoolCoppell ISD3,50567.59260.156.1%60.7%63.8%Coppell, Irving
7Wakeland High SchoolFrisco ISD2,19067.09446.943.2%53.7%44.7%Frisco
8Centennial High SchoolFrisco ISD2,01966.89446.645.5%55.4%37.7%Frisco
9Flower Mound High SchoolLewisville ISD3,61665.99350.841.3%68.6%49.1%Flower Mound, Lewisville
10Keller High SchoolKeller ISD2,99465.59447.442.7%56.1%45.6%Colleyville, Fort Worth, Hurst, Keller, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Westlake
11Allen High School / Lowery Freshman CenterAllen ISD6,66064.49347.645.5%66.2%31.2%Allen, Lucas, McKinney, Parker
12Independence High SchoolFrisco ISD1,95562.89342.744.1%50.3%30.3%Frisco
13Marcus High SchoolLewisville ISD3,27162.59345.339.1%60.4%40.0%Copper Canyon, Double Oak, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Lewisville
14Heritage High SchoolFrisco ISD2,18562.29342.743.5%50.4%31.4%Frisco
15Plano Senior High School / Clark High School / Vines High SchoolPlano ISD5,19460.69245.947.5%54.0%32.5%Plano, Allen, Dallas, Richardson
16McKinney Boyd High SchoolMcKinney ISD2,82360.39245.746.7%53.3%33.9%McKinney
17Frisco High SchoolFrisco ISD1,52359.89147.045.5%58.5%36.4%Frisco
18Colleyville Heritage High SchoolGrapevine-Colleyville ISD2,00059.19148.449.2%58.2%34.6%Colleyville, Euless, Grapevine
19Nelson High SchoolNorthwest ISD2,50858.89243.842.9%62.8%24.7%Fort Worth, Northlake, Roanoke, Southlake, Trophy Club
20Hebron High SchoolLewisville ISD3,58358.89144.544.9%58.1%28.1%Carrollton, Frisco, Lewisville, Plano, The Colony
21Prosper High SchoolProsper ISD2,97158.29335.832.8%36.9%38.5%Prosper, Celina, Frisco, McKinney
22Argyle High SchoolArgyle ISD85457.29331.816.4%51.1%41.0%Argyle, Bartonville, Denton, Flower Mound
23Aledo High School / Daniel Ninth Grade CenterAledo ISD1,73757.19237.230.6%53.8%32.0%Aledo, Annetta, Cresson, Fort Worth, Hudson Oaks, Weatherford, Willow Park
24Wylie High SchoolWylie ISD2,42756.99332.728.8%48.0%23.7%Lucas, Murphy, Sachse, Wylie
25Lone Star High SchoolFrisco ISD2,13056.99235.233.5%44.0%28.1%Frisco

Selective enrollment high schools

In addition to their traditional open enrollment schools, a number of Texas school districts also operate selective enrollment schools. Selective enrollment schools provide career-oriented or specialized curriculum in addition to academic subjects, and admittance typically is based on students' previous academic performance and interests demonstrated in student interviews, auditions, essays, and other similar faculty assessments. As would be expected, since admission to selective enrollment schools generally is highly selective and limited, the average standardized test results of the selective enrollment schools generally are much higher than results attained by the open enrollment schools that their students otherwise would attend.

School for the Talented and Gifted, School of Science and Engineering and Rangel Young Women's Leadership School retained their top three positions from the previous year rankings in this 2019 best Dallas selective enrollment high school ranking. School for the Talented and Gifted and School of Science and Engineering also were again recognized as the top ranked selective enrollment schools in Texas.

2019 top 20 Dallas selective enrollment high schools

% students met criteria
1School for the Talented and GiftedDallas ISD276100.09999.898.4%100.0%96.7%
2School of Science and EngineeringDallas ISD42897.298100.099.1%100.0%96.2%
3Rangel Young Women's Leadership SchoolDallas ISD24487.19875.275.7%86.4%59.3%
4Washington High School for the Performing and Visual ArtsDallas ISD1,00278.09572.674.1%78.3%60.2%
5Sanders Law MagnetDallas ISD40373.69655.063.2%66.1%25.3%
6School of Business and ManagementDallas ISD49170.09550.456.1%63.6%23.7%
7School of Health ProfessionsDallas ISD54669.69546.442.2%70.0%29.3%
8Obama Male Leadership AcademyDallas ISD16769.19454.254.3%68.6%37.1%
9Mansfield Frontier High SchoolMansfield ISD17068.89831.028.0%51.6%15.2%
10Texas Academy of Biomedical SciencesFort Worth ISD38668.79451.555.4%74.1%19.3%
11Grand Prairie Fine Arts AcademyGrand Prairie ISD83267.29451.256.6%69.8%19.9%
12Garza Early College High SchoolDallas ISD43265.79537.630.3%65.7%22.7%
13Sorrells School of Education and Social ServicesDallas ISD33164.39538.443.5%52.9%12.3%
14Lassiter Early College High SchoolDallas ISD22663.39532.923.7%66.1%16.9%
15Young Women's Leadership AcademyFort Worth ISD39162.09345.754.3%67.2%5.7%
16Academy High SchoolPlano ISD44761.49432.39.2%68.9%39.8%
17Cedar Hill Collegiate High SchoolCedar Hill ISD40359.09426.066.9%35.2%
18Steele Accelerated High SchoolNorthwest ISD14458.39428.517.1%64.3%14.3%
19Early College High SchoolCarrollton-Farmers Branch ISD33057.29330.316.1%67.9%19.6%
20Waxahachie Global High SchoolWaxahachie ISD37056.09424.163.6%31.3%

Charter high schools

Generally speaking, any student can apply for admission to a Texas charter school, though the charter district's charter can specify certain restrictions. A typical example of this would be that a student must reside in a specific town or city in order to apply for admission. In most cases, the school's admissions policy also will describe its lottery process. A charter school must use a lottery process when the number of applications to the school exceeds the number of available spaces.

2019 top 10 Dallas charter high schools

% students met criteria
1Westlake AcademyWestlake Academy Charter School85385.19591.0100.0%84.4%75.0%
2Uplift Education - North Hills Preparatory High SchoolUplift Education53580.59482.289.7%69.4%75.5%
3II Academy of North TexasImagine International Academy of North Texas1,34178.99384.9100.0%82.9%52.9%
4Uplift Summit International High SchoolUplift Education47964.59067.583.6%65.1%35.0%
5Richland Collegiate High SchoolRichland Collegiate High School58159.59432.523.3%62.7%19.2%
6TCPA Founders Classical AcademyTexas College Preparatory Academies90258.59052.746.4%72.5%42.8%
7Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts HighFort Worth Academy of Fine Arts35157.59334.120.4%56.5%37.1%
8Uplift Williams Preparatory High SchoolUplift Education51052.07359.377.1%53.0%27.7%
9TCPA iSchool High of Lewisville Entrepreneurial AcademyTexas College Preparatory Academies6350.68834.828.6%48.5%31.7%
10TCPA iSchool High of Hickory CreekTexas College Preparatory Academies2647.3936.70.0%21.1%5.3%


Similar Dallas area elementary schools and middle schools student performance ranked lists are available on these best DFW public elementary schools and best DFW public middle schools pages. Schools with the best kindergarten through grade12 student performance are identified on this best DFW public k-12 schools page and rankings for area school districts are shown on this best DFW school districts page.


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