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Best High Schools In Texas

The 2019 best Texas public high schools lists on this page identify the traditional open enrollment, selective enrollment and charter high schools that currently rank highest in both the learning success of all of their students and preparing their college-bound students for the next step in their educational experience.

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 Texas 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.

About 80 percent of the 1,598 high schools included in the comprehensive public high schools in Texas ranking analysis presented on this Texas high schools page are 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. Clicking on these 2019 top Texas open enrollment high schools, 2019 top Texas selective enrollment high schools and 2019 top Texas charter high schools jump links displays those rankings.

Each of the Texas 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.

Unlike some other best Texas high school rankings, this analysis examined only the most credible and most current student performance data available and no consideration was given to student demographics, changes in student performance over time on the STAAR tests, and other such factors or to subjective factors such as anonymous self-selected reviews and statistically invalid online opinion surveys. A comparison with other online rankings, one of which relies heavily on subjective factors, is presented on this Texas high school rankings page.

Additional information about how the performance of these high schools was evaluated and ranked in this analysis, how overall academic performance was graded, and the 2019 rankings for all 1,598 high schools included in this study are available by clicking on this complete Texas public high schools rankings link.

Open enrollment high schools

Open enrollment high schools are single campus and multiple campus traditional public high schools at which the only requirement for admittance is residency in the district and school attendance area.

2019 Texas top 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
4Westlake High SchoolEanes ISD2,67976.29564.764.3%66.4%60.1%Austin, West Lake Hills
5Westwood High SchoolRound Rock ISD2,74274.79468.368.8%82.8%49.5%Austin
6Clements High SchoolFort Bend ISD2,54973.49561.759.5%79.5%45.3%Sugar Land
7Seven Lakes High SchoolKaty ISD3,52573.19555.854.0%72.5%40.1%Katy
8Vandergrift High SchoolLeander ISD2,57971.69463.060.5%73.4%54.5%Austin, Cedar Park, Leander, Volente
9Liberty High SchoolFrisco ISD1,98171.59555.453.2%65.0%47.4%Frisco
10The Woodlands High SchoolConroe ISD4,33170.29457.753.7%70.8%49.8%Conroe, Spring, The Woodlands
11Tompkins High SchoolKaty ISD3,37569.69453.555.3%66.0%35.0%Fulshear, Katy
12Plano West Senior High School / Jasper High School / Shepton High SchoolPlano ISD5,65867.89355.755.8%64.4%43.9%Dallas, Plano
13Memorial High SchoolSpring Branch ISD2,66567.69260.953.9%77.3%55.2%Bunker Hill, Hedwig Village, Hunters Creek, Hunters Creek Village, Piney Point, Spring Valley
14Coppell High SchoolCoppell ISD3,50567.59260.156.1%60.7%63.8%Coppell, Irving
15Wakeland High SchoolFrisco ISD2,19067.09446.943.2%53.7%44.7%Frisco
16Centennial High SchoolFrisco ISD2,01966.89446.645.5%55.4%37.7%Frisco
17Cinco Ranch High SchoolKaty ISD3,14266.89446.843.9%66.3%31.2%Katy
18Reagan High SchoolNorth East ISD3,51366.09448.951.8%64.8%25.4%San Antonio
19Flower Mound High SchoolLewisville ISD3,61665.99350.841.3%68.6%49.1%Flower Mound, Lewisville
20Keller High SchoolKeller ISD2,99465.59447.442.7%56.1%45.6%Colleyville, Fort Worth, Hurst, Keller, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Westlake
21Johnson High SchoolNorth East ISD3,07565.59445.145.8%61.9%25.2%San Antonio
22Round Rock High SchoolRound Rock ISD3,35864.99351.948.8%74.3%33.5%Austin, Cedar Park, Round Rock
23Bowie High SchoolAustin ISD2,86764.79444.043.7%66.9%20.2%Austin
24Allen High School / Lowery Freshman CenterAllen ISD6,66064.49347.645.5%66.2%31.2%Allen, Lucas, McKinney, Parker
25Cypress Ranch High SchoolCypress Fairbanks ISD3,11463.49441.734.3%54.3%41.7%Cypress
26Cedar Park High SchoolLeander ISD2,02663.29252.350.8%60.7%44.2%Cedar Park
27Lake Travis High SchoolLake Travis ISD3,07962.99250.946.9%63.0%44.0%Austin, Dripping Springs, Spicewood
28Independence High SchoolFrisco ISD1,95562.89342.744.1%50.3%30.3%Frisco
29College Park High SchoolConroe ISD3,09262.89249.447.7%62.5%37.1%Conroe, Spring, The Woodlands
30Marcus High SchoolLewisville ISD3,27162.59345.339.1%60.4%40.0%Copper Canyon, Double Oak, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Lewisville
31Friendswood High SchoolFriendswood ISD2,10862.39344.339.1%56.0%40.5%Friendswood
32Champion High SchoolBoerne ISD1,65662.39344.041.3%56.7%34.7%Boerne, Fair Oaks Ranch, San Antonio
33Heritage High SchoolFrisco ISD2,18562.29342.743.5%50.4%31.4%Frisco
34Kingwood High SchoolHumble ISD2,65062.09345.245.1%50.2%38.0%Houston, Humble, Kingwood, Porter
35Tomball Memorial High SchoolTomball ISD2,24762.09340.541.0%53.4%24.8%Cypress, Tomball
36Austin High SchoolFort Bend ISD2,27461.49343.344.4%64.2%18.8%Elm Grove, Richmond, Sugar Land
37Cypress Woods High SchoolCypress Fairbanks ISD3,54660.79340.436.0%49.4%38.0%Cypress
38Taylor High SchoolKaty ISD2,93960.69341.237.6%61.7%26.0%Houston, Katy
39Plano Senior High School / Clark High School / Vines High SchoolPlano ISD5,19460.69245.947.5%54.0%32.5%Plano, Allen, Dallas, Richardson
40Vista Ridge High SchoolLeander ISD2,32460.39246.144.3%54.8%38.8%Austin, Leander, Round Rock
41McKinney Boyd High SchoolMcKinney ISD2,82360.39245.746.7%53.3%33.9%McKinney
42Anderson High SchoolAustin ISD2,21660.09149.646.4%66.9%36.3%Austin
43Frisco High SchoolFrisco ISD1,52359.89147.045.5%58.5%36.4%Frisco
44Dawson High SchoolPearland ISD2,51659.59240.642.9%56.1%18.8%Brookside, Manvel, Pearland
45Colleyville Heritage High SchoolGrapevine-Colleyville ISD2,00059.19148.449.2%58.2%34.6%Colleyville, Euless, Grapevine
46Nelson High SchoolNorthwest ISD2,50858.89243.842.9%62.8%24.7%Fort Worth, Northlake, Roanoke, Southlake, Trophy Club
47Hebron High SchoolLewisville ISD3,58358.89144.544.9%58.1%28.1%Carrollton, Frisco, Lewisville, Plano, The Colony
48George Ranch High SchoolLamar CISD2,64058.59238.635.9%58.0%23.1%Rosenberg, Richmond, Sugar Land, Thompson
49Prosper High SchoolProsper ISD2,97158.29335.832.8%36.9%38.5%Prosper, Celina, Frisco, McKinney
50Dripping Springs High SchoolDripping Springs ISD1,86657.99236.728.3%52.3%36.0%Austin, Driftwood, Dripping Springs

Selective enrollment high 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 high 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.

These factors, probably to a large extent, enabled the two Dallas Independent School District schools that rank highest among Texas selective enrollment high schools to frequently be recognized in national surveys as two of the best high schools in the U.S. In any event, they also top this 2018 Texas best public high schools ranking.

2019 Texas top 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%
3Carnegie Vanguard High SchoolHouston ISD62693.59794.397.7%98.5%78.3%
4Liberal Arts and Science AcademyAustin ISD1,18593.59887.998.0%91.6%60.0%
5DeBakey High School for Health ProfessionsHouston ISD89091.29887.299.4%100.0%46.3%
6Rangel Young Women's Leadership SchoolDallas ISD24487.19875.275.7%86.4%59.3%
7Health Careers High SchoolNorthside ISD84379.49759.564.0%85.5%22.4%
8High School for the Performing and Visual ArtsHouston ISD75378.19665.971.1%88.0%30.7%
9Washington High School for the Performing and Visual ArtsDallas ISD1,00278.09572.674.1%78.3%60.2%
10Young Women's Leadership AcademySan Antonio ISD46477.09663.260.6%89.4%39.4%
11Garcia Early College High SchoolLaredo ISD43874.59562.489.4%52.7%16.0%
12The Science Academy of South TexasSouth Texas ISD80174.19467.873.5%75.4%45.9%
13Challenge Early College High SchoolHouston ISD46873.69560.777.1%71.4%15.2%
14Sanders Law MagnetDallas ISD40373.69655.063.2%66.1%25.3%
15Eastwood AcademyHouston ISD42773.49558.276.1%73.9%5.1%
16Clear Horizons Early College High SchoolClear Creek ISD44272.89557.555.9%84.3%31.4%
17Talkington School for Young Women LeadersLubbock ISD47272.69465.574.1%74.1%37.0%
18Richards School for Young Women LeadersAustin ISD82772.49274.170.2%88.3%63.8%
19Kerr High SchoolAlief ISD80671.19551.652.2%85.8%14.7%
20East Early College High SchoolHouston ISD48570.59551.956.7%71.2%21.2%

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 Texas top 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%
4Meridian SchoolMeridian World School1,59472.39276.289.7%73.1%48.7%
5Harmony School Of Innovation Sugar LandHarmony School of Science91265.29352.549.0%74.5%35.1%
6Harmony School Of Innovation - KatyHarmony School of Science57264.89350.062.5%59.4%14.1%
7Uplift Summit International High SchoolUplift Education47964.59067.583.6%65.1%35.0%
8IDEA Frontier College PreparatoryIDEA Public Schools77764.19254.280.8%46.5%7.1%
9Calallen Charter High SchoolCalallen ISD2962.79625.720.8%52.1%8.3%
10YES Prep - SoutheastYES Prep Public Schools99761.58862.078.4%59.2%29.6%
11IDEA Quest College PreparatoryIDEA Public Schools74160.59341.175.3%1.1%11.2%
12YES Prep - SouthwestYES Prep Public Schools92560.08858.964.6%68.4%35.4%
13Richland Collegiate High SchoolRichland Collegiate High School58159.59432.523.3%62.7%19.2%
14Chaparral Star AcademyChaparral Star Academy38159.19333.229.2%56.3%16.7%
15TCPA Founders Classical AcademyTexas College Preparatory Academies90258.59052.746.4%72.5%42.8%
16Harmony Science Academy - El PasoHarmony Science Academy78958.08853.566.1%58.1%21.8%
17Harmony School Of Innovation - Fort WorthHarmony Science Academy86857.98951.550.8%77.1%25.4%
18Gateway College Preparatory SchoolOrenda Charter School1,25657.69239.242.1%50.0%21.1%
19Harmony Science Academy - CarrolltonHarmony Science Academy51857.59145.744.8%67.3%24.1%
20Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts HighFort Worth Academy of Fine Arts35157.59334.120.4%56.5%37.1%


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