2014 Best Public High Schools in Dallas Fort Worth Area

The objective of the analysis presented on this page is to identify which Dallas Fort Worth public high schools' students are best prepared for college.

Each of the 159 DFW metroplex high schools included in this analysis was evaluated on its success on meeting this objective, based on three factors: 1) students performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests administered by the Texas Education Commission (TEA), 2) participation in and successful completion of Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, and 3) percentage of graduating seniors taking the SAT and/or ACT college admission tests and their performance on those tests.

Many DFW high schools offer a four-year curriculum at a single campus. More and more school districts in the area, however, are choosing to operate separate campuses for ninth grade students and/or for ninth and tenth grade students. In this analysis, the performance factors for the schools that are a part of these multiple campus arrangements were combined and the schools were evaluated in the same manner as the four-year, single-campus high schools.

Of the total 159 DFW public high schools evaluated, 143 are open enrollment high schools for which the only requirement for admittance is student residency in the school's attendance area. The 20 DFW open enrollment high schools that ranked highest in the 2014 analysis are listed below. Additional performance and other information for the schools that are located in the park cities/north Dallas and northwest Dallas suburbs areas is available by clicking on the school's name.

Clicking on the ranking data link shown to the right of the names of the schools will cause a jump to where the performance factors for that specific school are displayed in the table below that presents performance data for all of the DFW public high schools included in this analysis. Before you click on those links, you will find it useful to first page down and become familiar with the table headings.

2014 Top 20 Dallas Fort Worth open enrollment high schools

1 Highland Park High School ranking data
2 Lovejoy High School ranking data
3 Carroll Senior High School / Carroll High School ranking data
4 Coppell High School ranking data
5 Plano West Senior High School / Jasper High School / Shepton High School ranking data
6 Flower Mound High School ranking data
7 Marcus High School ranking data
8 Colleyville Heritage High School ranking data
9 Plano Senior High School / Clark High School / Vines High School ranking data
10 Keller High School ranking data
11 Liberty High School ranking data
12 Grapevine High School ranking data
13 Wakeland High School ranking data
14 Hebron High School / Hebron Ninth Grade ranking data
15 Prosper High School ranking data
16 Centennial High School ranking data
17 Pearce High School ranking data
18 McKinney Boyd High School ranking data
19 Argyle High School ranking data
20 Allen High School / Lowery Freshman Center ranking data

Several school districts in the DFW metroplex also operate magnet schools. Magnet 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 expected, since admission to magnet high schools generally is highly selective and limited, the average standardized test results of the magnet schools are much higher than than average results attained by the open enrollment schools that their students would otherwise attend. This, probably to a large extent, has enabled the two schools that ranked highest among the the sixteen magnet schools included in this analysis to frequently be recognized in national surveys as the best two high schools in the U.S.

2014 Top 5 Dallas Fort Worth magnet high schools

1 School for the Talented and Gifted ranking data
2 School of Science and Engineering ranking data
3 Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School ranking data
4 Booker T. Washington Center for the Performing and Visual Arts ranking data
5 Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet Center ranking data

Click on this methodology link to see the description at the bottom of this page that further describes how the performances of these DFW public high schools were evaluated and ranked.

2014 Dallas Fort Worth public high schools

                     AP / IB courses                                     college admissions tests               
total students % at STAAR standard    % of    grades 11-12    students     social studies % of graduates      SAT                   ACT           
rank         campus(es)         ELA math science ELA math ELA math science
Allen Independent School District
20 Allen High School / Lowery Freshman Center 5,976 93% 31% 75% 64% 81% 76% 77% 1052 566 24.1 24.8 24.1
Anna Independent School District
94 Anna High School 603 80% 14% 46% 0% 0% 0% 54% 952 493 21.1 21.3 22.0
Argyle Independent School District
18 Argyle High School 698 95% 25% 100% 93% 88% 69% 87% 1025 544 23.0 23.7 22.8
Arlington Independent School District
71 Arlington High School 2,863 77% 23% 62% 63% 25% 35% 64% 977 516 20.4 22.1 21.0
86 Bowie High School 3,037 75% 20% 48% 55% 21% 29% 68% 893 478 18.5 20.6 19.0
88 Lamar High School 2,922 69% 21% 66% 31% 42% 39% 67% 960 520 21.3 23.4 21.7
35 Martin High School 3,298 87% 24% 79% 45% 44% 67% 71% 1021 548 23.4 25.0 23.1
142 Sam Houston High School 3,345 62% 16% 41% 43% 17% 52% 43% 813 446 17.0 19.3 18.3
74 Seguin High School 1,685 77% 13% 55% 21% 34% 41% 76 864 463 17.6 19.0 18.7
Azle Independent School District
84 Azle High School 1,687 77% 12% 48% 39% 41% 11% 65% 933 482 21.3 20.9 21.6
Birdville Independent School District
51 Birdville High School 2,004 87% 35% 58% 45% 48% 41% 58% 976 519 21.6 22.5 22.2
104 Haltom High School 2,654 77% 27% 31% 32% 35% 20% 48% 884 477 18.8 19.9 19.6
54 Richland High School 2,174 85% 28% 51% 67% 66% 69% 59% 998 523 22.1 22.8 22.7
Burleson Independent School District
40 Burleson Centennial High School 1,608 89% 41% 30% 62% 19% 27% 74% 925 500 20.6 22.8 21.8
60 Burleson High School 1,453 86% 16% 65% 67% 52% 46% 60% 945 501 20.9 21.6 21.7
Carroll Independent School District
3 Carroll Senior High School / Carroll High School 2,598 98% 43% 95% 95% 82% 83% 96% 1120 599 25.8 26.6 25.3
Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District
36 Creekview High School 1,916 86% 37% 61% 75% 85% 57% 71% 988 526 21.5 22.9 22.3
14 Early College High School 313 93% -- -- -- -- -- 100% 875 476 -- -- --
48 Ranchview High School 801 79% 20% 85% 41% 42% 71% 80% 930 502 19.4 20.7 19.9
85 Smith High School 1,978 81% 29% 62% 33% 42% 40% 50% 975 510 19.9 21.5 21.3
97 Turner High School 2,139 74% 41% 27% 39% 23% 33% 59% 910 490 18.4 19.9 19.4
Castleberry Independent School District
136 Castleberry High School 858 77% 18% 8% 25% 14% 0% 47% 875 454 -- -- --
Cedar Hill Independent School District
8 Cedar Hill Collegiate High School 371 100% -- -- -- -- -- 100% 1011 497 23.0 22.2 22.5
110 Cedar Hill High School / CHHS Ninth Grade Center 2,230 69% 2% 17% 0% 0% 0% 66% 845 447 18.0 18.9 18.9
Celina Independent School District
39 Celina High School 629 88% 26% 49% 63% 69% 33% 76% 952 530 21.5 22.8 22.4
Coppell Independent School District
4 Coppell High School 3,052 93% 57% 74% 70% 68% 76% 95% 1103 596 25.1 26.5 24.8
9 New Tech High School at Coppell 442 91% 19% 76% 0% 25% 60% 98% 1040 540 23.5 23.3 23.2
Crowley Independent School District
115 Crowley High School 1,916 66% 13% 30% 0% 20% 32% 63% 851 456 17.4 19.3 18.6
103 North Crowley High School 2,399 66% 16% 63% 62% 43% 37% 68% 903 474 19.1 20.1 19.4
Dallas Independent School District
16 A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School 351 85% -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --     --
4 Booker T. Washington Center for Performing and Visual Arts 910 98% 83% 59% 18% 24% 29% 93% 1099 529 24.7 22.2 22.7
125 Bryan Adams High School 1,846 67% 28% 5% 31% 13% 11% 57% 771 419 14.7 17.0 16.8
140 David W. Carter High School 981 57% 25% 0% 0% 8% 0% 66% 756 398 14.3 16.2 16.0
12 Dr. Wright L. Lassister Jr. Early College High School 230 98% -- -- -- -- -- 98% 936 489 19.3 20.4 19.4
133 Emmett J. Conrad High School 1,153 53% 37% 2% 36% 2% 0% 83% 732 408 14.7 17.5 16.8
141 Franklin Roosevelt High School 658 53% 34% 4% 0% 0% 0% 73% 740 389 14.7 17.1 16.6
112 H. Grady Spruce High School 1,373 61% 18% 1% 0% 0% 8% 89% 793 439 13.1 16.2 15.7
75 Hillcrest High School 1,185 70% 38% 27% 79% 38% 35% 80% 865 464 18.1 19.7 18.9
3 Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School 254 100% 99% 29% 18% 33% 18% 100% 1045 554 22.9 22.7 22.1
139 James Madison High School 454 57% 40% 5% 0% 0% 3% 77% 713 389 13.6 15.6 14.6
5 Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet Center 395 98% 89% 29% 53% 32% 14% 97% 999 515 21.8 21.8 21.7
106 Justin F. Kimball High School 1,332 64% 21% 5% 65% 13% 7% 97% 724 378 13.6 16.2 15.1
13 Kathlyn Gilliam Collegiate Academy 364 93% 38% 8% 15% 0% 0% 99% 805 454 15.9 17.9 17.9
132 L.G. Pinkston High School 935 56% 34% 1% 6% 6% 0% 80% 721 416 14.3 17.0 16.2
15 Lincoln Humanities/ Communications Magnet School 516 61% 19% 0% 8% 0% 0% 76% 715 386 13.5 16.1 15.3
105 Moises E. Molina High School 2,039 73% 27% 4% 17% 7% 0% 70% 760 429 14.8 17.5 16.6
126 North Dallas High School 1,262 63% 19% 3% 28% 6% 9% 66% 764 438 13.8 17.5 16.2
11 Rosie Sorrells School of Education and Social Services 306 96% 83% 13% 24% 13% 4% 97% 901 479 19.5 19.9 19.8
1 School for the Talented and Gifted 247 100% 100% 79% 82% 71% 73% 100% 1251 655 27.8 28.3 26.8
7 School of Business and Management 479 97% 74% 18% 41% 25% 9% 97% 956 513 19.1 21.0 20.0
6 School of Health Professions 535 99% 77% 29% 60% 26% 9% 96% 989 528 21.3 22.4 21.7
2 School of Science and Engineering 387 100% 100% 47% 61% 69% 38% 100% 1111 634 24.5 28.8 25.6
129 Seagoville High School 1,233 63% 30% 7% 7% 8% 1% 62% 800 439 15.1 17.1 16.8
108 Skyline High School 4,656 70% 27% 10% 19% 12% 9% 70% 819 439 15.9 17.5 17.2
138 South Oak Cliff High School 1,230 53% 16% 1% 0% 0% 0% 91% 682 361 13.0 15.2 14.8
117 Sunset High School 2,144 72% 26% 2% 17% 6% 9% 58% 758 416 14.7 16.9 16.5
113 Thomas Jefferson High School 1,502 62% 32% 18% 13% 10% 3% 85% 763 418 14.4 17.0 16.4
10 Trinidad Early College High School 415 99% 30% 36% 17% 48% 0% 100% 886 474 17.8 19.5 19.1
122 W.H. Adamson High School 1,445 70% 27% 8% 56% 10% 8% 55% 761 394 14.9 16.7 16.5
64 W.T. White High School 2,342 73% 41% 21% 55% 31% 15% 88% 816 460 16.7 19.6 18.2
137 W.W. Samuel High School 1,626 61% 21% 9% 7% 3% 0% 65% 715 397 14.4 16.7 16.5
118 Wilmer-Hutchins High School 866 60% 27% 0% 0% 0% 3% 93% 714 383 13.2 15.7 15.3
77 Woodrow Wilson High School 1,655 76% 34% 24% 22% 14% 23% 72% 886 460 17.8 19.1 18.8
Denton Independent School District
81 Denton High School 2,072 77% 16% 77% 55% 49% 44% 61% 978 501 20.3 20.5 20.3
38 John W. Guyer High School 2,283 88% 36% 53% 33% 59% 41% 73% 1001 519 21.7 21.5 21.6
87 Ryan High School 2,321 77% 13% 64% 58% 54% 39% 61% 935 485 20.1 20.4 20.6
DeSoto Independent School District
127 DeSoto High School / DeSoto Freshman Campus 2,987 61% 9% 11% 5% 0% 15% 68% 827 433 16.5 17.9 17.2
Duncanville Independent School District
109 Duncanville High School 3,984 71% 7% 59% 62% 63% 50% 58% 905 463 19.1 19.5 20.1
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District
57 Boswell High School 1,739 84% 23% 60% 13% 33% 50% 64% 967 514 21.4 22.1 22.2
73 Saginaw High School 1,902 82% 31% 36% 27% 38% 31% 57% 935 487 19.6 20.7 20.7
Everman Independent School District
111 Everman High School 1,323 75% 27% 0% 8% 0% 0% 58% 792 432 14.8 17.3 17.0
Fort Worth Independent School District
83 Arlington Heights High School 1,816 73% 31% 40% 45% 41% 31% 66% 941 487 20.5 21.6 21.0
123 Carter-Riverside High School 1,199 67% 22% 8% 16% 17% 2% 54% 825 424 17.8 18.6 19.2
114 Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School 945 66% 34% 2% 0% 3% 1% 74% 753 411 14.8 17.3 16.4
124 Dunbar High School 810 58% 34% 0% 9% 0% 0% 84% 736 389 14.1 16.2 15.9
135 Eastern Hills High School 1,272 60% 7% 20% 0% 0% 13% 66% 754 399 15.0 16.9 16.1
128 North Side High School 1,608 66% 16% 28% 12% 4% 12% 49% 815 442 17.7 19.6 18.3
143 O.D. Wyatt High School 1,264 51% 24% 2% 0% 0% 0% 53% 750 407 15.5 17.6 17.3
49 Pascal High School 2,666 77% 31% 67% 66% 66% 58% 70% 1038 538 22.3 22.3 22.2
131 Polytechnic High School 1,160 59% 25% 5% 14% 7% 4% 73% 712 407 13.9 17.2 14.9
119 South Hills High School 1,689 68% 22% 5% 10% 4% 6% 65% 775 429 15.9 18.2 17.4
92 Southwest High School 1,340 70% 29% 40% 29% 33% 19% 73% 878 468 18.7 20.7 20.4
89 Trimble Technical High School 1,833 76% 28% 27% 28% 18% 9% 67% 876 459 18.5 19.0 19.0
102 Western Hills High School 1,356 78% 12% 55% 27% 26% 31% 49% 891 466 18.3 18.3 19.6
Frisco Independent School District
16 Centennial High School 2,187 96% 34% 77% 70% 73% 78% 77% 1049 574 23.5 24.9 23.9
21 Frisco High School 1,916 94% 36% 74% 83% 81% 57% 75% 1032 543 22.8 23.2 23.2
25 Heritage High School 1,984 95% 30% 72% 64% 74% 60% 71% 1008 535 22.5 23.2 22.5
11 Liberty High School 2,222 97% 40% 87% 78% 83% 85% 79% 1059 567 24.3 24.6 24.1
26 Lone Star High School 1,242 96% 34% 53% 78% 80% 60% 70% 993 523 22.3 22.9 22.8
13 Wakeland High School 2,013 98% 37% 77% 86% 87% 72% 80% 1037 549 23.7 23.4 23.4
Garland Independent School District
80 Garland High School 2,592 74% 24% 84% 82% 65% 72% 54% 1008 527 22.5 22.8 22.4
101 Lakeview Centennial High School 2,430 77% 9% 11% 0% 0% 24% 55% 885 459 18.9 19.1 19.5
101 Naaman Forest High School 2,192 76% 13% 32% 44% 11% 42% 49% 914 482 19.7 20.9 20.1
78 North Garland High School 2,324 81% 27% 44% 23% 54% 45% 54% 933 505 19.5 20.9 20.8
68 Rowlett High School 2,675 83% 23% 53% 66% 24% 48% 53% 958 507 20.4 21.8 21.0
66 Sachse High School 2,767 83% 18% 51% 51% 63% 48% 55% 939 509 21.2 23.1 21.9
130 South Garland High School 1,990 71% 9% 15% 33% 64% 28% 41% 835 443 16.2 18.2 17.4
Godley Independent School District
69 Godley High School 488 85% -- -- -- -- -- 62% 914 487 20.1 21.0 20.3
Grand Prairie Independent School District
134 Grand Prairie High School / Grand Prairie High School Ninth Grade Center 2,502 63% 20% 3% 0% 4% 12% 57% 803 441 16.0 17.1 17.6
56 John Dubiski Career High School 1,512 90% 44% 25% 25% 24% 18% 60% 906 486 18.1 19.6 19.9
95 S. Grand Prairie High School / S. Grand Prairie High School Ninth Grade Center 2,322 73% 21% 26% 47% 34% 32% 65% 902 485 19.0 20.5 20.1
Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District
8 Colleyville Heritage High School 2,258 90% 48% 78% 81% 72% 79% 88% 1064 562 24.4 24.9 24.1
12 Grapevine High School 2,088 90% 51% 78% 59% 75% 62% 85% 1075 556 24.0 24.4 24.1
Highland Park Independent School District
1 Highland Park High School 2,106 99% 78% 67% 70% 77% 70% 100% 1163 617 26.7 27.2 25.7
Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District
41 Bell High School 2,093 88% 26% 68% 79% 62% 76% 67% 974 519 21.2 22.1 21.7
45 Trinity High School 2,413 84% 27% 63% 93% 58% 63% 69% 935 510 19.8 21.8 20.8
Irving Independent School District
93 Irving High School 2,373 66% 23% 31% 37% 33% 11% 89% 793 426 17.0 20.4 17.8
55 Jack Singley Academy 1,677 74% 42% 12% 13% 15% 12% 100% 818 431 18.2 19.5 18.7
70 MacArthur High School 2,716 74% 24% 43% 72% 18% 33% 83% 814 444 16.9 19.1 18.1
72 Nimitz High School 2,422 69% 25% 36% 23% 24% 22% 94% 811 432 17.8 20.1 19.4
Joshua Independent School District
61 Joshua High School 1,344 87% 6% 57% 0% 0% 63% 63% 949 520 21.6 23.0 21.9
Keller Independent School District
29 Central High School 2,530 92% 31% 60% 82% 52% 78% 72% 1008 528 22.2 22.9 22.1
50 Fossil Ridge High School 2,231 87% 26% 63% 35% 55% 46% 63% 975 509 20.7 21.4 21.0
10 Keller High School 2,610 95% 38% 81% 69% 73% 61% 90% 1061 561 24.1 24.7 24.0
37 Timber Creek High School 2,790 92% 31% 56% 62% 56% 72% 66% 971 503 21.0 21.2 21.4
Kennedale Independent School District
90 Kennedale High School 978 81% 9% 84% 27% 0% 0% 53% 942 406 21.5 21.8 21.6
Lake Dallas Independent School District
58 Lake Dallas High School 1,292 82% 13% 26% 77% 25% 47% 70% 969 519 21.5 23.0 22.5
Lake Worth Independent School District
121 Lake Worth High School 740 68% 10% 55% 0% 0% 0% 60% 809 436 15.9 17.8 17.8
Lancaster Independent School District
120 Lancaster High School 1,748 65% 26% 6% 17% 4% 7% 72% 774 394 15.3 16.6 16.5
Lewisville Independent School District
6 Flower Mound High School 3,309 96% 32% 84% 86% 89% 79% 90% 1111 593 25.3 26.5 24.8
14 Hebron High School / Hebron Ninth Grade Center 3,232 92% 38% 70% 80% 84% 75% 81% 1055 573 24.0 25.7 23.9
67 Lewisville High School / LHS Harmon Campus / LHS Killough Campus 3,980 85% 19% 40% 65% 55% 47% 55% 945 500 20.0 21.8 20.7
7 Marcus High School 3,235 96% 32% 83% 81% 86% 89% 88% 1069 577 24.4 25.7 24.4
43 The Colony High School 1,978 90% 27% 56% 46% 65% 32% 66% 984 529 20.8 22.7 22.2
Little Elm Independent School District
91 Little Elm High School 1,735 76% 25% 49% 4% 36% 44% 58% 908 479 19.2 20.0 20.5
Lovejoy Independent School District
2 Lovejoy High School 1,182 98% 70% 75% 61% 68% 48% 96% 1074 577 25.2 25.6 25.0
Mansfield Independent School District
33 Mansfield Frontier High School 187 97% 50% 18% 7% 12% 8% 81% 905 481 18.0 19.6 18.6
30 Mansfield High School 2,306 91% 34% 60% 29% 31% 35% 81% 993 522 21.7 23.1 21.7
96 Mansfield Lake Ridge High School 1,927 81% 34% 23% 15% 19% 19% 50% 852 455 18.8 19.8 20.2
62 Mansfield Legacy High School 1,933 81% 31% 45% 24% 55% 33% 66% 980 513 21.6 22.0 21.6
63 Mansfield Summit High School 1,937 80% 29% 28% 31% 27% 18% 76% 908 489 20.0 21.0 20.2
44 Mansfield Timberview High School 1,628 79% 35% 33% 46% 31% 22% 90% 904 470 19.3 19.9 19.9
McKinney Independent School District
19 McKinney Boyd High School 3,039 91% 45% 73% 56% 77% 72% 77% 1058 555 24.2 24.5 24.4
32 McKinney High School 2,074 87% 47% 56% 69% 44% 72% 66% 1022 539 23.5 24.3 23.5
27 McKinney North High School 2,034 89% 48% 53% 79% 66% 80% 69% 1043 543 22.3 23.4 23.0
Melissa Independent School District
59 Melissa High School 523 83% 15% 41% 0% 0% 0% 66% 1000 551 22.4 23.7 24.3
Mesquite Independent School District
65 Horn High School 2,244 83% 18% 47% 78% 77% 46% 66% 914 488 17.5 19.4 18.4
100 Mesquite High School 2,832 77% 15% 35% 27% 16% 14% 59% 846 458 16.5 18.8 17.8
98 North Mesquite High School 2,633 75% 15% 30% 19% 32% 22% 62% 849 449 18.1 19.4 19.1
79 Poteet High School 1,734 85% 16% 57% 69% 21% 42% 53% 926 483 19.2 20.2 19.6
99 West Mesquite High School 1,961 77% 17% 26% 46% 63% 13% 58% 832 448 17.1 18.8 17.8
Northwest Independent School District
28 Byron Nelson High School 2,306 92% 46% 48% 36% 51% 45% 73% 989 525 22.4 22.8 22.7
46 Northwest High School 2,666 84% 26% 46% 43% 32% 59% 68% 967 512 21.8 22.5 22.9
Plano Independent School District
24 Plano East Senior High School / McMillan High School / Williams High School 5,266 87% 36% 80% 73% 79% 66% 69% 1062 577 24.8 26.0 24.7
9 Plano Senior High School / Clark High School / Vines High School 5,369 91% 46% 88% 90% 85% 86% 80% 1105 604 25.5 27.0 25.5
5 Plano West Senior High School / Jasper High School / Shepton High School 5,512 94% 47% 80% 83% 91% 82% 87% 1126 600 25.9 26.8 25.7
Prosper Independent School District
15 Prosper High School 1,628 94% 44% 54% 82% 75% 72% 83% 1022 554 22.9 24.3 23.3
Red Oak Independent School District
76 Red Oak High School 1,818 84% 11% 56% 57% 83% 38% 57% 915 486 19.8 21.1 20.6
Richardson Independent School District
52 Berkner High School 2,507 80% 27% 55% 81% 71% 59% 71% 930 526 19.4 22.3 21.0
47 Lake Highlands High School / Lake Highlands Freshman Center 2,487 79% 33% 55% 51% 41% 65% 74% 982 529 21.5 22.5 21.6
17 Pearce High School 2,170 89% 49% 61% 69% 58% 66% 79% 1065 570 23.8 25.0 24.0
34 Richardson High School 2,550 88% 39% 70% 55% 51% 54% 72% 989 536 21.3 22.5 21.6
Rockwall Independent School District
31 Rockwall High School 2,287 90% 31% 64% 50% 73% 73% 74% 1006 549 22.8 24.4 23.3
22 Rockwall-Heath High School 2,075 90% 40% 60% 73% 57% 68% 75% 994 540 22.8 24.3 23.1
Springtown Independent School District
116 Springtown High School 890 72% 3% 0% 0% 0% 0% 48% 966 497 20.5 21.2 21.1
Sunnyvale Independent School District
23 Sunnyvale High School 410 94% -- -- -- -- -- 91% 948 518 22.9 23.4 22.0
White Settlement Independent School District
82 Brewer High School 1,688 80% 19% 28% 67% 33% 27% 60% 898 474 19.9 20.5 20.3
Wylie Independent School District
53 Wylie East High School 1,734 90% 20% 51% 66% 46% 54% 59% 950 527 20.9 22.9 21.8
42 Wylie High School 1,975 90% 23% 61% 54% 59% 74% 66% 986 530 22.0 23.3 22.8
Source: Texas Education Agency. See TEA Accountability Guidelines for additional information about TEA accountability and performance standards.
Methodology

A major change in this 2014 best public high schools analysis methodology from that used before last year is the removal of the TEA accountability rating as an evaluation factor. This was done because of the reduced number of accountability ratings from four (Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable and Academically Unacceptable) to two (Met Standard and Improvement Required), and more importantly, how much easier it now is to earn the top rating. In 2011, the last year the previous performance system was used, less than 24 percent of all public the schools in the DFW metroplex received the coveted Exemplary rating, while in 2014, nearly 94 percent of these same schools, and all of the public high schools serving the Northwest Dallas suburbs and the Park cities/north Dallas areas, were awarded the new Met Standard top rating.

Also removed as an evaluation factor was performance of graduates as college freshmen in Texas four-year universities. This was done due to more representative data becoming available about the evaluation factors now used.

The three factors on which this 2014 analysis of which DFW metroplex public high schools' students are best prepared for college are based are how students perform on the annual TEA STAAR tests, the level of participation and success of students taking AP/IB courses, and the level of participation and success of students on college admission tests. Each high school included in the study was measured against twelve evaluation criteria that were selected to reflect these three factors.

Within each evaluation category, the top rated school was awarded the maximum points allocated to that 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 all six evaluation categories were then added together to arrive at the school's overall score. Some high schools did not participate in all the evaluation categories. While these schools were credited with no points in the applicable categories, total possible points for each of these schools also were adjusted.

Performance on STAAR tests: 40 points

A maximum of 40 points was awarded based on the percentage of a school's students meeting the TEA's achievement standards on reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies subject assessments.

Participation and performance in AP/IB courses: 30 points

A maximum of 30 points was awarded based on percentage of students in grades 11-12 participating and successfully completing AP/IB courses. The schools with the highest percentage of students taking and passing College Board AP examinations or IB examinations in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, science and social studies were awarded 7.5 points for each subject area category. Because of space limitations in the above table, the participation rate in each subject area is not shown. The overall AP/IB participation is instead shown in the table as a proxy value, but was not used in the analysis.

Participation and performance on college entrance exams: 30 points

The schools with the highest adjusted SAT scores (percentage of seniors taking SAT and/or ACT college entrance exams times their SAT median ELA and mathematics scores) were each awarded 7.5 points. The schools with the highest adjusted ACT scores (percentage of seniors taking SAT and/or ACT college entrance exams times their ACT median ELA, mathematics and science scores) were each award 5 points.

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