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Best Middle Schools In Texas

The 2020 best Texas middle schools lists on this page identify the traditional open enrollment, selective enrollment and charter middle schools that scored highest on the 2019 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) evaluations administered statewide by the Texas Education Agency.

To make the evaluation of each schools’s academic performance more precise and meaningful, an academic performance index that indicates the relative combined STAAR score of each Texas middle and junior high school has been constructed. The way it works is that a school with an academic performance index level at 82.6 would have combined STAAR scores that are 17.4 percent lower than the scores of the state‚Äôs top performing middle school. Each school also has been assigned an academic performance score based on its rank in the overall academic performance index. Schools that rank among top 10 percent of schools included this study received an academic performance score of 10, schools in the next lower ninth decile received a score of 9, and so on.

Accountability ratings awarded by the TEA in were not considered in this ranking analysis since in addition to STAAR scores these ratings take into account factors that generally have no meaningful linkage to the academic performance of individual students, such as changes in student performance at the school on the STAAR evaluations from one year to the next. Such factors may be meaningful to administrators and teachers, but not to most parents or students. Also not considered in this study are frequently, sometimes purposefully, misleading subjective factors such as opinions of self-selected contributors of anonymous parent and student reviews and "expert insights" regarding teacher quality.

Most of the schools listed in the complete Texas public middle schools rankings are open enrollment schools and a relatively few are magnet and charter schools. Clicking on these 2020 top Texas open enrollment middle schools, 2020 top Texas selective enrollment middle schools and 2020 top Texas charter middle schools jump links displays those ranking views.

Open enrollment middle schools

Of the 1,673 Texas public middle and junior high schools included in this analysis, 1,423 are traditional open enrollment schools which are operated by local independent schools districts and where the only requirement for admittance is student residency in the school's attendance area. The Texas 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.

2020 top Texas open enrollment middle schools

attended by students living in
1Dawson Middle SchoolCarroll ISD65191.5A97Colleyville, Keller, Southlake
2Lawler Middle SchoolFrisco ISD70989.9A97Frisco
3Rice Middle SchoolPlano ISD1,04488.5A96Plano
4Fowler Middle SchoolFrisco ISD1,04486.7A96Plano
5Carroll Middle SchoolCarroll ISD72386.5A96Grapevine, Southlake, Westlake
6Fort Settlement Middle SchoolFort Bend ISD1,53885.9A96Sugar Land
7Coppell Middle School EastCoppell ISD95585.6A96Coppell, Irving
8Canyon Vista Middle SchoolRound Rock ISD1,40684.7A96Austin
9Willow Springs Middle SchoolLovejoy ISD72584.3A96Fairview, Lucas, Allen, McKinney, Wylie
10Beckendorff Junior High SchoolKaty ISD1,69983.7A95Katy
11Pioneer Heritage Middle SchoolFrisco ISD94583.7A95Frisco
12Walsh Middle SchoolRound Rock ISD1,34482.4A95Cedar Park, Round Rock
13Pearson Middle SchoolFrisco ISD86882.4A95Frisco
14Smith Middle SchoolCypress-Fairbanks ISD1,55582.4A95Cypress
15Seven Lakes Junior High SchoolKaty ISD2,03282A95Katy
16Hill Country Middle SchoolEanes ISD1,05380.9A95Austin, West Lake Hills
17Tays Junior High SchoolKaty ISD1,71880.3A95Katy
18McCullough Junior High SchoolConroe ISD2,14180.2A95Conroe, Spring, The Woodlands
19McKamy Middle SchoolLewisville ISD88179.1A95Flower Mound
20Lanier Middle SchoolHouston ISD1,46478.9A94Houston
21Coppell Middle School WestCoppell ISD1,28978.8A94Coppell, Irving
22Nelson Middle SchoolFrisco ISD78878.7A95Frisco
23Sartartia Middle SchoolFort Bend ISD1,32678.7A94Richmond, Sugar Land
24Coppell Middle School NorthCoppell ISD98378.5A94Coppell
25Austin Middle SchoolGalveston ISD56478.4A94Galveston
26Ereckson Middle SchoolAllen ISD1,24177.9A94Allen, McKinney
27West Ridge Middle SchoolEanes ISD92977.8A94Austin
28Beck Junior High SchoolKaty ISD1,00176.8A94Katy
29Canyon Ridge Middle SchoolLeander ISD1,26576.6A94Austin, Leander, Volente
30Griffin Middle SchoolFrisco ISD84476.4A94Frisco, Little Elm
31Creekside Park Junior High SchoolTomball ISD76676.3A94Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball
32Vandeventer Middle SchoolFrisco ISD85476.2A94Frisco, Plano
33McMeans Junior High SchoolKaty ISD1,13676A94Houston, Katy
34Murphy Middle SchoolPlano ISD1,21476A94Lucas, Murphy, Parker, Richardson, Wylie
35Lopez Middle SchoolNorth East ISD1,27476A94San Antonio
36Memorial Middle SchoolSpring Branch ISD1,33676A94Bunker Hill, Houston
37Woodcreek Junior High SchoolKaty ISD1,58775.9A94Katy
38Miller Junior High SchoolPearland ISD89575.6A94Manvel, Pearland
39Schimelpfenig Middle SchoolPlano ISD85675.5A94Plano
40Downing Middle SchoolLewisville ISD50775.5A94Double Oak, Flower Mound
41Smithfield Middle SchoolBirdville ISD80775.4A94Hurst, North Richland Hills
42Cedar Valley Middle SchoolRound Rock ISD1,29675.2A94Austin, Cedar Park, Round Rock
43Highland Park Middle SchoolHighland Park ISD1,13075.2A94Dallas, Highland Park, University Park
44Shadow Ridge Middle SchoolLewisville ISD69475.1A94Flower Mound
45Gorzycki Middle SchoolAustin ISD1,28074.9A94Austin
46Curtis Middle SchoolAllen ISD1,34574.5A94Allen, McKinney
47Spillane Middle SchoolCypress-Fairbanks ISD1,53974.1A94Cypress, Houston
48Kealing Middle SchoolAustin ISD1,23073.4B93Austin
49League City Intermediate SchoolClear Creek ISD1,06673.3A93League City
50Pin Oak Middle SchoolHouston ISD1,21372A93Bellaire, Houston
51Harwood Junior High SchoolHurst Euless-Bedford ISD99471.6A93Bedford
52Cinco Ranch Junior High SchoolKaty ISD1,27271.6A93Katy
53Rogers Middle SchoolProsper ISD1,62771.6A93Prosper, Celina, Frisco, McKinney
54Pearson Ranch Middle SchoolRound Rock ISD88271.5A93Round Rock
55Hunt Middle SchoolFrisco ISD83671.5A93Frisco, Plano
56Red Lick Middle SchoolRed Lick ISD19471.2A93Texarkana
57Wester Middle SchoolFrisco ISD80771.1A93Frisco
58Riverwood Middle SchoolHumble ISD1,06670.9A93Houston, Humble, Kingwood
59Maus Middle SchoolFrisco ISD97270.8A93Frisco, Little Elm
60Colleyville Middle SchoolGrapevine-Colleyville ISD62970.8A93Colleyville, Euless, Grapevine, Hurst
61Garcia Middle SchoolNorthside ISD1,48370.8A93Helotes, San Antonio
62Trent Middle SchoolFrisco ISD91970.7A93Frisco
63Devers Junior High SchoolDevers ISD5070.5A93Devers
64Lindale Junior HighLindale ISD64170.5A93Hideaway, Lindale
65Hamilton Middle SchoolCypress-Fairbanks ISD1,49070.3A93Cypress, Houston, Willow Park
66Stiles Middle SchoolLeander ISD1,40470.3A93Austin, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Leander, Round Rock
67Cooper Junior High SchoolWylie ISD92970.2A93Murphy, Sachse, Wylie
68Medlin Middle SchoolNorthwest ISD1,12170A93Northlake, Roanoke, Southlake, Trophy Club
69Willow Wood Junior High SchoolTomball ISD1,35369.7A93Cypress, Tomball
70Ford Middle SchoolAllen ISD92569.6A93Allen, Lucas, Parker
71Sunnyvale Middle SchoolSunnyvale ISD60169.6A93Sunnyvale
72Bedford Junior High SchoolHurst Euless-Bedford ISD85969.4A93Bedford, Colleyville
73Salyards Middle SchoolCypress-Fairbanks ISD1,59269.4A93Cypress
74Cockrill Middle SchoolMcKinney ISD1,27468.9A93McKinney
75Bush Middle SchoolNorth East ISD1,13368.7A93San Antonio

Selective enrollment middle schools

In addition to their 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.

2020 top Texas selective enrollment middle schools

1Travis Vanguard AcademyDallas ISD521100.0B98
2Spring Branch Academic InstituteSpring Branch ISD11195.6A98
3Dallas Environmental Science AcademyDallas ISD46087.7A96
4Dealey Montessori AcademyDallas ISD60485.9B96
5Longfellow Career Explorations AcademyDallas ISD42985.0A96
6Young Women's Leadership AcademyYsleta ISD39583.2A95
7South Texas Preparatory AcademySouth Texas ISD57382.7A95
8Mandarin Immersion Magnet SchoolHouston ISD74880.5A95
9Rising Scholars Academy Of South TexasSouth Texas ISD54579.1A95
10Cedar Hill Collegiate AcademyCedar Hill ISD30074.3A94

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.

2020 top Texas charter middle schools

1Uplift North Hills Preparatory Middle SchoolUplift Education48581.7A95
2Cornerstone AcademySpring Branch ISD37776.8A94
3Houston Gateway Academy - EliteHouston Gateway Academy80770.1A93
4Energized for STEM Academy Southwest Middle SchoolHouston ISD21869.1A93
5Houston Gateway Academy - CoralHouston Gateway Academy71269.0A93
6Harmony School Of Excellence - Sugur LandHarmony School of Science57967.0A92
7Rise AcademyRise Academy30067.0A92
8TCPA Founders Classical Academy - FriscoTexas College Preparatory Academies60466.9B92
9ACA Middle SchoolArlington Classics Academy49366.1A92
10Calvin Nelms Middle SchoolCalvin Nelms Charter Schools14564.2A92

Source: Texas Education Agency

Similar Texas area elementary schools and high schools student performance ranked lists are available on these best Texas public elementary schools and best Texas public high schools pages. Rankings for school districts are shown on this best Texas school districts page.


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