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Texas High Schools Rankings

Typically the results from online searches for best high schools in texas and Texas high school rankings are pages from this website,, and The methodologies and data used to compile the Texas high school rankings you see on pages from these sites are dramatically different and once you look beyond the five top ranked too are the rankings

Key differences in how these rankings are compiled are described at the bottom of this page. Immediately below are rankings of the top 25 Texas school districts identified on the pages you likely will see listed on search engine results pages. Also included in the rankings table are metrics that can be used to evaluate the validity of the various rankings. All columns in the table are sortable by clicking on the column headings so it is easy to compare the top 25 Texas high schools rankings from each site.

hdavidballingernicheschooldiggerusnewsschool(s)school / charter
1241School for the Talented and GiftedDallas ISD2619 - 12100.0100.0
2423School of Science and EngineeringDallas ISD4189 - 1299.893.0
35112Carnegie Vanguard High SchoolHouston ISD6379 - 12100.085.9
4134Liberal Arts and Science AcademyAustin ISD1,1119 - 12100.083.8
52555DeBakey High School for Health ProfessionsHouston ISD8529 - 12100.080.1
61522816Uplift Education - North Hills Preparatory High SchoolUplift Education5279 - 1295.575.3
7103927Highland Park High SchoolHighland Park ISD2,1599 - 1298.366.5
8476543Westlake AcademyWestlake Academy Charter School843K - 1295.970.5
932142Westlake High SchoolEanes ISD2,6559 - 1297.564.7
10172041High School for the Performing and Visual ArtsHouston ISD7579 - 1299.460.4
111219999Carroll Senior High School / Carroll High SchoolCarroll ISD2,74611 - 1298.959.0
1265848Westwood High SchoolRound Rock ISD2,6789 - 1293.068.5
1318639Health Careers High SchoolNorthside ISD8519 - 12100.055.6
14135367Clements High SchoolFort Bend ISD2,4969 - 1295.359.3
15162213Washington High School for the Performing and Visual ArtsDallas ISD9299 - 1298.054.1
16797324Richards School for Young Women LeadersAustin ISD7856 - 1296.457.0
179499The Science Academy of South TexasSouth Texas ISD7359 - 1295.957.6
18561483Kerr High SchoolAlief ISD8049 - 1299.550.7
19114382Seven Lakes High SchoolKaty ISD3,3859 - 1296.256.2
20392449Lovejoy High SchoolLovejoy ISD1,4319 - 1296.854.8
2199987999Imagine International Academy of North TexasImagine International Academy1,230K - 1293.959.4
2299117Rangel Young Women's Leadership SchoolDallas ISD2719 - 1299.648.7
231261250School of Health ProfessionsDallas ISD5499 - 12100.046.2
24883240Sanders Law MagnetDallas ISD3819 - 1299.546.2
254191728Young Women's Leadership AcademySan Antonio ISD4456 - 1299.146.6
262862629Eastwood AcademyHouston ISD4279 - 1298.946.6
27207447Vandergrift High SchoolLeander ISD2,4639 - 1294.154.8
28219163Memorial High SchoolSpring Branch ISD2,6319 - 1291.758.3
29182508Challenge Early College High SchoolHouston ISD4709 - 1299.344.4
3175992Liberty High SchoolFrisco ISD2,0609 - 1294.053.2
32239833International School of AmericaNorth East ISD4899 - 1296.149.0
34881999Plano West Senior High School / Jasper High School / Shepton High SchoolPlano ISD5,66611 - 1294.251.1
35147661Coppell High SchoolCoppell ISD3,4099 - 1292.055.0
371963113Cinco Ranch High SchoolKaty ISD3,2239 - 1294.949.3
392399199Judson Early College AcademyJudson ISD4559 - 1299.839.2
4193852School of Business and MagementDallas ISD5069 - 1299.638.9
421781073Garza Early College High SchoolDallas ISD4259 - 1299.838.5
4415313134Texas Academy of Biomedical SciencesFort Worth ISD3859 - 1299.039.4
452625111Flower Mound High School / Flower Mound Ninth Grade CampusLewisville ISD3,57810 - 1294.747.0
472087999Lassiter Early College High SchoolDallas ISD2379 - 12100.037.0
481684621Victory Early College High SchoolAldine ISD4309 - 1298.839.0
5099923105East Early College High SchoolHouston ISD4889 - 1299.537.6
611631837Alief Early College High SchoolAlief ISD4279 - 1298.937.0
722294143Cypress Woods High SchoolCypress Fairbanks ISD3,4469 - 1293.544.8
909993822Garcia Early College High SchoolLaredo ISD4329 - 1298.433.1
936659997IDEA Frontier College PreparatoryIDEA Public Schools7806 - 1292.044.3
11725816999Obama Male Leadership AcademyDallas ISD1879 - 1299.026.3
11924133123Dawson High SchoolPearland ISD2,4659 - 1289.442.5
13525099910Uplift Education - Summit International High SchoolUplift Education4389 - 1285.547.7
16527099918YES Prep - SoutheastYES Prep Public Schools1,0306 - 1284.844.8
17946599911YES Prep - SouthwestYES Prep Public Schools9196 - 1285.241.8
18399931215Harmony Science Academy - El PasoHarmony Public Schools7256 - 1287.636.8
19155899919YES Prep - North CentralYES Prep Public Schools9586 - 1287.037.1
20110338421Academy for Medical ProfessionsSouth Texas ISD7549 - 1286.736.8
2242931086IDEA Quest College PreparatoryIDEA Public Schools7596 - 1292.323.0
25851599925Uplift Education - Williams Preparatory High SchoolUplift Education4729 - 1282.637.5
28499999912YES Prep - East EndYES Prep Public Schools9306 - 1280.538.5
42199999914IDEA College Preparatory MissionIDEA Public Schools7856 - 1285.019.7
70968944423KIPP Austin CollegiateKIPP6939 - 1276.819.8
99999915999iSchool High of Flower MoundTexas College Preparatory Academies

The Texas high school rankings shown in the above table come from these,, and pages. All high school and student academic performance data sourced from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) 2017 Accountability Rating System. Student achievement index is defined by TEA as the percentage of total student assessments for all subjects tested that meet or exceed the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) achievement standards. The college readiness index is derived from my analysis of student participation in and successful completion of high school Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses and performance on SAT and ACT college admission tests as described in detail on this Texas high schools rankings page.

Best Texas high schools rankings summary

When published

November 2017

Fall 2017

July 2017

2017 ranking based on the 2014‑2015 school year data.

Number of schools included in rankings





Inclusion criteria

Texas public high schools identified by TEA as offering either Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses or reporting SAT/ACT scores.

Not disclosed.

Not disclosed.

Texas public high schools with:
  • STAAR reading and math test results one-third of one standard deviation above the statistically expected results, based on school's percentage of economically disadvantaged students.
  • Economically disadvantaged students STAAR reading and math test results above statewide disadvantaged students average results.
  • Four year graduation rate of 75 percent or greater.


  • TEA student achievement index - 60%
  • Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course participation/credit earned - 20%
  • College admission testing participation/scores - 20%

  • Academic performance- 60%
  • Culture / diversity - 10%
  • Parent / student surveys - 10%
  • Teachers qualifications / performance - 10%
  • Clubs / activities - 2.5%
  • Health / safety - 2.5%
  • Resources / facilities - 2.5%
  • Sports - 2.5%

Specific metrics and details of ranking methodology not disclosed. "We calculate an Average Standard Score by normalizing and averaging each school's test scores across all tests and grades."

  • Advance Placement course participation/credit earned.


Objective. Metrics sourced from Texas Education Agency.

Combination of objective and subjective. "[Based on] analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users."

Objective. "Our sources of data include the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education and the Texas Education Agency."

Objective. Metrics sourced from Texas Education Agency and College Board.

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