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Dallas Suburbs With Best Schools

The Dallas suburbs with best schools analysis presented on this page ranks the 2017-2018 school year academic performance of public schools that serve cities and towns with populations of about 2,500 and more residents located in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. The metrics on which these rankings are based are the composite student achievement indexes and college readiness indexes of the high schools, middle schools and elementary schools that serve each of these cities and towns.

Not considered in this analysis were factors that generally have no meaningful linkage to the learning success of individual students, such as graduation rates and changes in student performance on the STAAR evaluations from one year to the next, and subjective factors sometimes relied upon in other published rankings, such as opinions of self-selected contributors of anonymous parent and student reviews and "expert insights" regarding teacher quality.

Dallas suburbs with 2019 best public schools

Shown below are the composite academic performance index of public schools that serve each of the Dallas suburbs listed below. Also shown are the academic performance indexes of school districts that serves the city/town. This data is presented in a table can be sorted by clicking on the column headings. You also can limit the data display to a city/town or school district by typing the name of a city/town or school district in the Search box.

rankcity/town          academic
school district(s)                                        
1University Park100.0Highland Park ISD (96.4)
2Southlake96.3Carroll ISD (100.0), Keller ISD (75.3), Northwest ISD (69.6)
3Westlake91.7Carroll ISD (100.0), Keller ISD (75.3)
4Fairview86.9Allen ISD (87.2), Lovejoy ISD (97.2), McKinney ISD (79.7)
5Highland Park85.1Dallas ISD (46.3), Highland Park ISD (96.4)
6Lucas84.9Allen ISD (87.2), Lovejoy ISD (97.2), McKinney ISD (79.7), Plano ISD (84.4), Wylie ISD (70.9)
7Allen82.2Allen ISD (87.2), Lovejoy ISD (97.2), Plano ISD (84.4), Prosper ISD (78.8)
8Coppell81.9Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (58.1), Coppell ISD (95.0), Lewisville ISD (73.7)
9Flower Mound81.4Argyle ISD (77.7), Denton ISD (58.6), Lewisville ISD (73.7), Northwest ISD (69.6)
10Highland Village80.3Lewisville ISD (73.7)
11Plano80.1Frisco ISD (80.9), Lewisville ISD (73.7), Plano ISD (84.4)
12Frisco78.3Frisco ISD (80.9), Lewisville ISD (73.7), Little Elm ISD (53.4), Prosper ISD (78.8)
13Parker77.6Allen ISD (87.2), Plano ISD (84.4)
14Keller76.6Carroll ISD (100.0), Keller ISD (75.3), Northwest ISD (69.6)
15Trophy Club75.5Northwest ISD (69.6)
16Roanoke75.5Northwest ISD (69.6)
17Grapevine75.0Carroll ISD (100.0), Grapevine-Colleyville ISD (81.3)
18Prosper74.6Denton ISD (58.6), Prosper ISD (78.8)
19Northlake74.5Argyle ISD (77.7), Northwest ISD (69.6)
20Colleyville74.4Carroll ISD (100.0), Grapevine-Colleyville ISD (81.3), Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD (72.1), Keller ISD (75.3)
21Double Oak73.9Denton ISD (58.6), Lewisville ISD (73.7)
23Argyle73.4Argyle ISD (77.7), Denton ISD (58.6)
24McKinney73.4Allen ISD (87.2), Celina ISD (70.8), Frisco ISD (80.9), McKinney ISD (79.7), Melissa ISD (64.8)
25Willow Park73.2Aledo ISD (80.1), Weatherford ISD (51.4)
29Murphy73.0Plano ISD (84.4), Wylie ISD (70.9)
33Rockwall71.0Rockwall ISD (78.8)
35Wylie70.3Garland ISD (55.2), Lovejoy ISD (97.2), Plano ISD (84.4), Rockwall ISD (78.8), Wylie ISD (70.9)
36Heath69.9Rockwall ISD (78.8)
36McLendon-Chisholm69.9Rockwall ISD (78.8)
38Aledo67.7Aledo ISD (80.1), Fort Worth ISD (38.8), Springtown ISD (48.9), Weatherford ISD (51.4)
40Sunnyvale66.4Sunnyvale ISD (72.3)
41Euless65.0Grapevine-Colleyville ISD (81.3), Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD (72.1)
43Richardson64.7Plano ISD (84.4), Richardson ISD (67.2)
44Celina64.5Celina ISD (70.8), Prosper ISD (78.8)
45Hurst63.8Birdville ISD (63.8), Grapevine-Colleyville ISD (81.3), Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD (72.1), Keller ISD (75.3)
46Bedford63.7Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD (72.1)
48Richland Hills62.9Birdville ISD (63.8)
51Mansfield62.4Arlington ISD (50.3), Mansfield ISD (66.0)
52North Richland Hills61.7Birdville ISD (63.8), Keller ISD (75.3)
55Fate60.5Rockwall ISD (78.8), Royse City ISD (56.2)
56Carrollton60.5Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (58.1), Dallas ISD (46.3), Lewisville ISD (73.7)
57Lewisville60.0Lewisville ISD (73.7)
59The Colony58.8Lewisville ISD (73.7), Little Elm ISD (53.4)
61Sachse58.8Garland ISD (55.2), Wylie ISD (70.9)
62Justin58.5Northwest ISD (69.6), Ponder ISD (55.6)
63Watauga58.4Birdville ISD (63.8), Keller ISD (75.3)
64Glen Rose57.5Glen Rose ISD (59.7)
67Seagoville56.9Dallas ISD (46.3), Mesquite ISD (44.9)
68Melissa56.5Anna ISD (50.5), Melissa ISD (64.8)
69Denton56.2Argyle ISD (77.7), Denton ISD (58.6), Krum ISD (54.9)
70Forney56.1Crandall ISD (50.3), Forney ISD (62.9), Rockwall ISD (78.8), Terrell ISD (29.0)
71Saginaw55.3Eagle Mt-Saginaw ISD (60.1)
72Burleson55.1Alvarado ISD (33.4), Burleson ISD (59.0), Godley ISD (40.3), Joshua ISD (58.1), Mansfield ISD (66.0)
74Hickory Creek55.0Lake Dallas ISD (59.5)
74Corinth55.0Denton ISD (58.6), Lake Dallas ISD (59.5)
74Lake Dallas55.0Lake Dallas ISD (59.5)
74Shady Shores55.0Denton ISD (58.6), Lake Dallas ISD (59.5)
79Hutchins54.7Dallas ISD (46.3)
79Wilmer54.7Dallas ISD (46.3)
81Addison54.7Dallas ISD (46.3)
84Providence Village54.4Aubrey ISD (63.1), Denton ISD (58.6)
86Pantego54.2Arlington ISD (50.3)
88Midlothian53.7Midlothian ISD (65.2), Red Oak ISD (51.5), Waxahachie ISD (56.0)
90Rowlett53.3Garland ISD (55.2), Rockwall ISD (78.8)
91Cockrell Hill53.1Dallas ISD (46.3)
93Krum52.7Krum ISD (54.9), Slidell ISD (41.5)
94Haltom City52.7Birdville ISD (63.8), Fort Worth ISD (38.8), Keller ISD (75.3)
97Farmersville52.1Bland ISD (58.8), Blue Ridge ISD (51.4), Community ISD (47.4), Farmersville ISD (58.2)
98Decatur51.5Alvord ISD (51.8), Boyd ISD (42.2), Decatur ISD (56.0), Paradise ISD (53.4), Slidell ISD (41.5)
99Princeton51.5Farmersville ISD (58.2), Princeton ISD (57.0)
103Joshua51.3Godley ISD (40.3), Joshua ISD (58.1)
104Weatherford51.3Aledo ISD (80.1), Azle ISD (53.2), Brock ISD (66.3), Peaster ISD (54.5), Springtown ISD (48.9)
105Little Elm50.8Denton ISD (58.6), Frisco ISD (80.9), Little Elm ISD (53.4)
110Kennedale50.1Kennedale ISD (57.1)
111Royse City50.0Caddo Mills ISD (60.4), Community ISD (47.4), Quinlan ISD (31.9), Rockwall ISD (78.8), Royse City ISD (56.2)
112Oak Point50.0Denton ISD (58.6), Little Elm ISD (53.4)
119Arlington49.6Arlington ISD (50.3), Fort Worth ISD (38.8), Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD (72.1), Kennedale ISD (57.1), Mansfield ISD (66.0)
121Grand Prairie49.6Arlington ISD (50.3), Cedar Hill ISD (41.0), Irving ISD (43.9), Grand Prairie ISD (52.5), Mansfield ISD (66.0)
122Garland49.5Garland ISD (55.2), Mesquite ISD (44.9), Plano ISD (84.4), Wylie ISD (70.9)
125Farmers Branch49.3Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (58.1), Dallas ISD (46.3)
126Azle49.2Azle ISD (53.2), Springtown ISD (48.9)
127Westworth Village48.8Fort Worth ISD (38.8)
130Granbury48.7Godley ISD (40.3), Granbury ISD (57.3), Lipan ISD (47.0)
132Irving48.3Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (58.1), Coppell ISD (95.0), Irving ISD (43.9)
138Waxahachie48.0Ennis ISD (46.2), Maypearl ISD (48.1), Midlothian ISD (65.2), Palmer ISD (51.6), Red Oak ISD (51.5)
139Aubrey47.9Aubrey ISD (63.1), Denton ISD (58.6)
141Crandall47.9Crandall ISD (50.3)
146Sanger47.2Denton ISD (58.6), Krum ISD (54.9), Sanger ISD (51.8)
153Bridgeport46.1Bridgeport ISD (46.7)
155Anna45.9Anna ISD (50.5), Blue Ridge ISD (51.4)
158Red Oak45.7Ferris ISD (28.0), Red Oak ISD (51.5)
161Keene45.3Cleburne ISD (37.8), Joshua ISD (58.1), Keene ISD (47.2)
162Fort Worth45.2Aledo ISD (80.1), Azle ISD (53.2), Eagle Mt-Saginaw ISD (60.1), Fort Worth ISD (38.8), Keller ISD (75.3)
163Lavon45.1Community ISD (47.4), Wylie ISD (70.9)
166White Settlement44.5White Settlement ISD (51.2)
168Springtown43.6Poolville ISD (38.9), Springtown ISD (48.9), Weatherford ISD (51.4)
170Mesquite43.5Crandall ISD (50.3), Mesquite ISD (44.9)
171Dallas43.4Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (58.1), Coppell ISD (95.0), Dallas ISD (46.3), Highland Park ISD (96.4), Plano ISD (84.4)
178Greenville42.4Bland ISD (58.8), Caddo Mills ISD (60.4), Celeste ISD (40.0), Greenville ISD (35.3), Lone Oak ISD (53.4)
179Balch Springs42.3Dallas ISD (46.3), Mesquite ISD (44.9)
180Kaufman42.1Crandall ISD (50.3), Kaufman ISD (42.4), Scurry-Rosser ISD (48.8)
181Benbrook42.1Fort Worth ISD (38.8)
183Glenn Heights42.0Desoto ISD (24.4), Duncanville ISD (30.7), Red Oak ISD (51.5)
185Cleburne41.8Alvarado ISD (33.4), Burleson ISD (59.0), Cleburne ISD (37.8), Joshua ISD (58.1), Keene ISD (47.2)
188Cedar Hill41.4Cedar Hill ISD (41.0), Midlothian ISD (65.2)
189Crowley41.0Burleson ISD (59.0), Crowley ISD (36.6), Joshua ISD (58.1)
192Venus40.6Venus ISD (38.2)
194Alvarado39.8Alvarado ISD (33.4), Cleburne ISD (37.8), Venus ISD (38.2)
197Everman39.3Everman ISD (39.7)
199Sansom Park39.3Castleberry ISD (33.3), Lake Worth ISD (23.7)
201Terrell38.8Forney ISD (62.9), Kaufman ISD (42.4), Terrell ISD (29.0), Wills Point ISD (39.8)
202River Oaks38.4Castleberry ISD (33.3)
203Edgecliff Village38.3Crowley ISD (36.6), Fort Worth ISD (38.8)
204Forest Hill38.1Everman ISD (39.7), Fort Worth ISD (38.8)
206Duncanville36.2Duncanville ISD (30.7)
207Commerce35.3Commerce ISD (33.9)
209Lancaster34.8Ferris ISD (28.0), Lancaster ISD (38.3)
210DeSoto34.2Dallas ISD (46.3), Desoto ISD (24.4), Duncanville ISD (30.7)

Sources: Texas Education Agency

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) refers to the percentage of total State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) for all subjects that meet or exceed TEA achievement standards as the student achievement index. The college readiness index used in this analysis was based on participation in and successful completion of high school Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses and and performance on SAT and ACT college admission tests. A more in-depth description of how this Dallas suburbs with best public school ranking was produced is provided in the Methodology section at the bottom of this page.

Additional, more detailed analyses that rank the more than 1,600 Dallas area public high schools, middle schools and elementary schools operated by the districts included in this analysis and compare campus student achievement indexes, STAAR results and TEA accountability ratings are available on these best DFW high schools, best DFW middle schools and best DFW elementary schools pages. Lists of the top ranked high schools, middle schools and elementary schools are shown on this best Dallas schools page. Schools with the highest student achievement across all grade levels are identified on this best DFW schools k-12 page.


The Texas Education Agency 2018 Accountability Manual describes the methodology used by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to award district and campus accountability ratings and how the four metrics used in this study to rank the academic performance of DFW school districts were derived. The first of these metrics, applicable to all schools, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) score is the scaled score of all STAAR assessments administered to district students during the 2017-2018 school year. Additionally for high schools, the Advanced Placement / International Baccalaureate (AP/IB) and the SAT and ACT college admission tests metrics are the number of students meeting college-ready criteria specified in the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), a state-legislated program to improve student success in college.

Within each grade level category, the top rated Texas high school, middle school and elementary school was awarded the maximum points allocated to that grade level category and all other schools were awarded a proportional number of points based on how their individual scores compared to the score of the top rated school. Scores from both evaluation categories were then added together to arrive at the school's academic performance index. The academic performance indexes of schools operated by a school district or serving a city/town were then used to compile school district and municipal academic performance indexes.

Performance on STAAR tests: 60 points

A maximum of 60 points was awarded based on the percentage of a school's students meeting the TEA's achievement standards on the STAAR reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies subject assessments. The STAAR score shown in the table above is calculated by first adding equal weightings of the percentage of assessments on which students’ performance mastered grade level, met grade level and approached grade level, dividing the sum by 3 and rounding it to the nearest whole percentage. The TEA refers to this as the raw STAAR component score. This raw score is then adjusted or “scaled” by using a conversion table to align letter grades and raw component scores of Texas public school districts and campuses. Because the precision of the scaled STAAR star is significantly diminished by this process, but otherwise unchanged for comparison purposes, the raw STAAR component score is used in this analysis to measure relative performance on the STAAR tests.

College readiness indicators: 40 points

A maximum of 20 points was awarded based on percentage of students in grades 11-12 participating and successfully completing AP/IB courses. The school with the highest scores on the College Board AP examinations or IB examinations in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies was awarded the maximum points for each subject area category. A maximum of 20 points also was awarded to the school with the top SAT and ACT scores.


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