Northwest Dallas Suburbs Public Schools

Many of the best public schools in the Dallas Fort Worth area are located in the northwest Dallas suburbs profiled on this website. My 2014 analysis of the DFW metroplex's top public high schools ranks twelve of the high schools located in these suburbs among the top 20 open enrollment public high schools. Click on this Best Dallas Fort Worth public high schools link for the complete rankings.

Similarly, a comparison of the northwest Dallas suburbs school districts with other metroplex districts leads to the same conclusion. As shown on this Best Dallas Fort Worth school districts page, if only the public schools that serve the northwest Dallas suburbs profiled on this site were considered, nine northwest Dallas suburbs school districts would rank among the metroplex's top fifteen districts. Carroll ISD, which principally serves Southlake, also is in the top spot in this ranking.

graph: summary TEA accountability ratings

Both of the analyses referenced above are based in total, or to a large extent, on how students perform on the annual State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests, and the individual schools that serve the northwest Dallas suburbs also excelled here as well. More than 90 percent of students in almost 70 percent of the schools attended by students residing in the northwest Dallas suburbs met or exceeded the 2014 Texas Education Agency (TEA) achievement test standard. Nearly 26 percent of these campuses attained a 2014 Student Achievement Index1 between 80 and 89, 4 percent between 70 and 79, and 2 percent between 60 and 69.

By comparison, only 19 percent of other public schools in the DFW metroplex have a Student Achievement Index higher than 90, 26 percent are between 80 and 89, 27 percent are between 70 and 79, 19 percent are between 60 and 69, and the Student Achievement Index attained by 9 percent of other schools in the DFW metroplex was less than 60.

Using the STAAR Student Achievement Index in 2014 as the key metric for comparing student performance at campus and district levels is a major departure from the previous emphasis on TEA accountability ratings. This change was necessary because the TEA reduced the number of ratings for public schools from four (Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable and Academically Unacceptable) to two (Met Standard and Needs Improvement), and more importantly, made it considerably easier to earn the top rating. In 2014, more than 92 percent of all public the schools in the DFW metroplex were awarded the top rating, while in 2011, the last year the previous performance system was used, less than 24 percent of these same schools received the top rating.

Because of this change in TEA's accountability reporting approach, accountability ratings are no longer generally noted on this website. However, in case you are wondering, all school districts and all schools serving students in the northwest Dallas suburbs received Met Standard ratings for 2014.

1 The Student Achievement Index is the percentage of total student assessments for all subjects tested that met or exceeded TEA achievement standards. A description of how the TEA evaluates district and campus performance is available by clicking on this TEA accountability guidelines link.

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Performance profiles for all of the schools serving the northwest Dallas suburbs are available by clicking on the names of the school districts listed below. Performance evaluation information for each campus, such as STAAR tests results and Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB), SAT, and ACT scores for high schools, along with student population by grade, campus address and main phone number are provided in these profiles.

Argyle ISD

Serves all of Argyle and the northern half of Bartonville, plus The Estates at Tour 18 and one other subdivision located in northwest Flower Mound.

Carroll ISD

Serves most of Southlake; all or part of 16 subdivisions located in northwest Grapevine, including Cannon Homestead and Lakeview Estates; and the Glenwyck Farms subdivision located in east Westlake.

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD

Serves four subdivisions located in east part of Coppell.

Coppell ISD

Serves most of Coppell.

Denton ISD

Serves the master planned community of Lantana, the southern part of Bartonville, the west side of Copper Canyon, the west end of Double Oak, and five subdivisions located in northwest Flower Mound.

Frisco ISD

Serves much of southwest Frisco.

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD

Serves most of Colleyville and Grapevine.

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD

Serves eight subdivisions located in south central Colleyville.

Keller ISD

Serves most of Keller; all or part of eleven subdivisions located in northwest Colleyville, including Clairemont, Remington Park and Westmont; about 20 subdivisions located in Southlake that lie west of Davis Boulevard / Randol Mill Avenue; and the Vaquero subdivision in northeast Westlake.

Lewisville ISD

Serves all of Highland Village and most of Flower Mound, Copper Canyon and Double Oak; one subdivision in north Coppell; portions of the Lakes on Legacy Drive and Stonebriar communities and the Heritage Lakes subdivision in southwest Frisco; and the Kings Gate and Kings Ridge subdivisions, plus portions of six other communities and subdivisions, including Prestonwood Hills and Shoal Creek, in west Plano.

Northwest ISD

Serves all of Trophy Club, two subdivisions located in the west end of Flower Mound, three subdivisions in northeast Keller, and six subdivisions located in the northwest part of Southlake that is located in Denton County.

Plano ISD

Serves much of west Plano.

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