Best Dallas Middle Schools
This page presents three ranking views of the top public middle schools in the Dallas area — best Dallas traditional open enrollment middle schools, best Dallas selective enrollment middle schools and best Dallas charter middle schools. Each of these rankings is based on results of the 2018 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) evaluations administered statewide by the Texas Education Agency. No consideration was given to student demographics, changes in student performance over time, on-line evaluations and reviews, or other subjective factors.
Most of the schools included in this ranking are open enrollment schools and a very few are magnet and charter schools. Clicking on these 2019 top DFW open enrollment middle schools, 2019 top DFW selective enrollment middle schools and 2019 top DFW charter middle schools jump links displays those rankings. A comprehensive list of Dallas area public middle schools and additional information about how the rankings were derived are provided on this complete Dallas public middle schools rankings page.
Open enrollment middle schools
Of the 357 DFW public middle and junior high schools included in this analysis, 314 are traditional open enrollment schools at which the only requirement for admittance is student residency in the school's attendance area. The 25 DFW area open enrollment middle schools that rank highest in academic performance and the cities/towns they serve are shown below.
The data presented in this table can be sorted by clicking on the table headings. You also can limit the data display to a single school or school district by typing the name of a school or school district in the Search box. Additional performance and other information for middle schools located in the communities profiled on this website can be accessed by clicking on the name of the school.
2019 top 25 DFW open enrollment middle schools
Selective enrollment middle schools
In addition to their open enrollment schools, a number of DFW 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.
2019 top 10 DFW selective enrollment middle schools
|1||Travis Academy for Talented and Gifted||Dallas ISD||6 - 8||312||10||100.0||98|
|2||Rangel Young Women's Leadership Academy||Dallas ISD||6 - 8||276||10||98.7||97|
|3||Dallas Environmental Science Academy||Dallas ISD||6 - 8||443||10||91.8||96|
|4||Dealey International Academy||Dallas ISD||7 - 8||170||10||86.2||95|
|5||Longfellow Career Explorations Academy||Dallas ISD||6 - 8||421||10||83.9||95|
|6||Cedar Hill Collegiate Academy||Cedar Hill ISD||6 - 8||302||10||77.6||94|
|7||Austin Academy||Garland ISD||6 - 8||947||10||69.6||92|
|8||Stone Montessori Academy||Dallas ISD||6 - 8||230||10||67.7||92|
|9||Prestwick K-8 STEM Academy||Little Elm ISD||KG - 8||757||9||63.2||91|
|10||Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy||Dallas ISD||6 - 8||1,721||8||46.6||84|
Charter middle schools
Generally speaking, any student can apply for admission to a Texas charter school, though the school'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 5 DFW charter middle schools
|1||PTAA Greenville||Pioneer Technology & Arts Academy||6 - 9||83||10||68.3||92|
|2||GHT - Irving||Great Hearts Texas||KG - 9||815||10||68.0||92|
|3||International Leadership of Texas||International Leadership of Texas||6 - 8||453||10||65.6||92|
|4||ACA Middle School||Arlington Classics Academy||6 - 9||477||10||65.2||92|
|5||Uplift Williams Middle School||Uplift Education||6 - 8||431||9||59.0||90|
Source: Texas Education Agency
Similar Dallas area elementary schools and high schools student performance ranked lists are available on these best DFW public elementary schools and best DFW public high schools pages. Schools with the best kindergarten through twelfth grade 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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