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Best Dallas High Schools

The 2018 best Dallas high school rankings presented on this page identify public high schools in the Dallas area that currently are best preparing their students for college. Many DFW high schools offer a four-year curriculum at a single campus, but some school districts have chosen to operate separate campuses for ninth grade students or for ninth and tenth grade students. In this analysis, the performance factors for Dallas area high schools that are a part of these multiple campus arrangements are combined and the schools are evaluated in the same manner as the four-year, single-campus high schools.

Top 50 Dallas high schools

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.

Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate coursescollege admission tests
1School for Talented and GiftedDallas ISD261100.0100.0100%89.190.576.385.1100%195729.2
2School of Science and EngineeringDallas ISD41899.894.1100%72.385.978.670.1100%190829.3
3Highland Park High SchoolHighland Park ISD2,15998.369.678%
4Carroll Senior High School / Carroll High SchoolCarroll ISD2,74697.762.453%85.090.378.482.196%174726.7
5Washington High School for ArtsDallas ISD92998.056.993%56.650.020.845.5100%159823.4
6Lovejoy High SchoolLovejoy ISD1,43196.858.068%81.870.553.365.895%166725.4
7Rangel Young Women's Leadership SchoolDallas ISD27199.651.999%43.018.425.016.8100%159822.7
8Liberty High SchoolFrisco ISD2,06094.056.547%82.086.973.686.192%169726.0
9Coppell High SchoolCoppell ISD3,40992.058.250%77.492.070.485.499%172924.5
10School of Health ProfessionsDallas ISD549100.049.197%27.472.817.58.4100%147821.2
11Sanders Magnet Center for Public ServiceDallas ISD38199.548.996%27.276.716.518.1100%147320.5
12Flower Mound High School / Flower Mound Ninth Grade CampusLewisville ISD3,57896.150.533%
13Wakeland High SchoolFrisco ISD2,13296.349.444%79.583.555.673.289%161924.4
14Marcus High School / Marcus Ninth Grade CampusLewisville ISD3,33795.449.635%82.982.879.483.488%164824.6
15Keller High SchoolKeller ISD2,87694.548.339%75.688.561.972.589%160824.0
16Trimble Technical High SchoolFort Worth ISD38599.043.746%36.819.4100%145622.3
17Plano ISD Academy High SchoolPlano ISD45599.242.77%90%167125.0
18Plano West Senior High School / Jasper High School / Shepton High SchoolPlano ISD7,21487.654.049%83.983.686.483.285%170826.2
19Garza Early College High SchoolDallas ISD42599.841.944%24.121.453.365.2100%141619.9
20School of Business and ManagementDallas ISD50699.641.986%16.971.86.18.5100%140619.1
21Cedar Hill Collegiate High SchoolCedar Hill ISD40699.341.9100%150321.9
22Lassiter Early College High SchoolDallas ISD237100.041.153%19.0100%140920.8
23Colleyville Heritage High SchoolGrapevine-Colleyville ISD2,07887.952.655%67.380.440.670.988%162924.9
24Argyle High SchoolArgyle ISD80094.745.813%78.991.780.070.096%159224.0
25Sorrels School of Education and Social ServicesDallas ISD33398.641.290%
26Waxahachie Global High SchoolWaxahachie ISD41898.341.496%154122.7
27Centennial High SchoolFrisco ISD2,03794.444.946%77.573.965.372.675%163924.5
28Nelson High SchoolNorthwest ISD2,55189.849.052%53.554.937.758.0100%152420.8
29Independence High SchoolFrisco ISD1,82393.044.744%77.668.856.373.980%157223.7
30New Tech High School at CoppellCoppell ISD32591.046.525%64.754.529.240.0100%159322.5
31Hebron High School / Hebron Ninth Grade CenterLewisville ISD3,61891.245.539%81.985.173.379.781%160924.7
32McKinney Boyd High SchoolMcKinney ISD2,81492.044.652%78.453.150.865.278%160724.4
33Heritage High SchoolFrisco ISD2,07592.943.241%76.487.072.965.479%155123.2
34Grapevine High SchoolGrapevine-Colleyville ISD1,82086.149.757%64.164.538.064.582%162225.2
35Steele Accelerated High SchoolNorthwest ISD14296.938.4100%141619.7
36Allen High School / Lowery Freshman CenterAllen ISD6,43792.442.535%80.294.376.980.275%160824.3
37Mansfield Frontier High SchoolMansfield ISD230100.035.147%54.415.26.310.578%149022.2
38Frisco High SchoolFrisco ISD1,67488.746.044%74.482.757.477.678%162225.1
39Prosper High SchoolProsper ISD2,51592.941.535%72.573.453.263.582%158523.2
40Gilliam Collegiate AcademyDallas ISD36496.637.457%
41Pearce High SchoolRichardson ISD2,33284.049.652%
42Plano Senior High School / Clark High School / Vines High SchoolPlano ISD5,33490.443.240%81.293.584.384.872%164025.0
43Sunnyvale High SchoolSunnyvale ISD50092.940.289%158823.7
44Marine Creek Collegiate High SchoolFort Worth ISD31393.438.6100%136320.3
45Aledo High School / Daniel Ninth Grade CenterAledo ISD1,67691.639.735%74.472.546.655.375%156823.6
46Early College High SchoolCarrollton-Farmers Branch ISD31190.739.924%6.741.2100%144719.9
47Richardson High SchoolRichardson ISD2,72484.246.244%69.357.350.561.794%156520.2
48Rockwall High SchoolRockwall ISD2,49088.441.641%55.168.841.956.481%154324.0
49Lone Star High SchoolFrisco ISD1,95092.736.230%69.373.349.175.871%154322.9
50Dubiski Career High SchoolGrand Prairie ISD1,66890.137.754%15.510.53.520.499%126919.5

Source: Texas Education Agency.

Each of the Dallas area high schools included in this ranking was evaluated on its success in preparing its students for college, based on three metrics: 1) students performance on the 2017 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) evaluations 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 ACT college admission tests and their performance on those tests. TEA ratings were not considered in this analysis since all but three of the high schools included in this analysis received Met Standard accountability ratings.

Unlike some other published rankings, including the U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools Ranking, this analysis examines only the most current student performance data available and no consideration is given to student demographics, changes in student performance over time on the STAAR tests, and other such factors or to subjective factors such as anonymous self-selected reviews and statistically invalid online opinion surveys.

Additional information about how the performance of these DFW public high schools was evaluated and ranked in this analysis and the 2018 rankings for all 215 high schools included in this study are available by clicking on this complete DFW public high schools rankings link.

Open enrollment high schools

Of the 215 Dallas area public high schools and multiple campus arrangements evaluated, 185 are open enrollment schools at which the only requirement for admittance is residency in the school's attendance area. The 25 DFW open enrollment high schools that ranked highest in this analysis are listed below. Additional performance and other information for schools located in the communities featured on this website can be accessed by clicking on the name of the school.

Top 25 DFW open enrollment high schools

rankcampusdistrictattended by students living in
1Highland Park High SchoolHighland Park ISDDallas, Highland Park, University Park
2Carroll Senior High School / Carroll High SchoolCarroll ISDColleyville, Grapevine, Southlake, Westlake
3Lovejoy High SchoolLovejoy ISDFairview, Lucas, Allen, McKinney, Wylie
4Liberty High SchoolFrisco ISDFrisco, McKinney, Plano
5Coppell High SchoolCoppell ISDCoppell, Irving
6Flower Mound High School / Flower Mound Ninth Grade CampusLewisville ISDFlower Mound, Lewisville
7Wakeland High SchoolFrisco ISDFrisco, Little Elm
8Marcus High School / Marcus Ninth Grade CampusLewisville ISDCopper Canyon, Double Oak, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Lewisville
9Keller High SchoolKeller ISDColleyville, Fort Worth, Hurst, Keller, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Westlake
10Plano West Senior High School / Jasper High School / Shepton High SchoolPlano ISDDallas, Plano
11Colleyville Heritage High SchoolGrapevine-Colleyville ISDColleyville, Euless, Grapevine
12Argyle High SchoolArgyle ISDArgyle, Bartonville, Denton, Flower Mound
13Centennial High SchoolFrisco ISDFrisco
14Nelson High SchoolNorthwest ISDFort Worth, Northlake, Roanoke, Southlake, Trophy Club
15Independence High SchoolFrisco ISDFrisco, McKinney
16Hebron High School / Hebron Ninth Grade CenterLewisville ISDCarrollton, Frisco, Lewisville, Plano, The Colony
17McKinney Boyd High SchoolMcKinney ISDMcKinney
18Heritage High SchoolFrisco ISDFrisco, McKinney
19Grapevine High SchoolGrapevine-Colleyville ISDColleyville, Grapevine, Hurst
20Allen High School / Lowery Freshman CenterAllen ISDAllen, Lucas, McKinney, Parker
21Frisco High SchoolFrisco ISDFrisco
22Prosper High SchoolProsper ISDProsper, Celina, Frisco, McKinney
23Pearce High SchoolRichardson ISDDallas, Richardson
24Plano Senior High School / Clark High School / Vines High SchoolPlano ISDPlano, Allen, Dallas, Richardson
25Sunnyvale High SchoolSunnyvale ISDSunnyvale

Magnet high schools

In addition to their open enrollment schools, a number of DFW school districts 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 be expected, since admission to magnet high schools generally is highly selective and limited, the average standardized test results of the magnet schools generally are much higher than results attained by the open enrollment schools that their students otherwise would attend.

These factors, probably to a large extent, have enabled the two Dallas Independent School District schools that rank highest among the fifteen magnet schools included in this analysis to frequently be recognized in national surveys as two of the best high schools in the U.S. In any event, they also top this 2018 DFW best public high schools ranking.

Top 5 Dallas area magnet high schools

rankcampusdistrictattended by students living in
1School for Talented and GiftedDallas ISDAddison, Dallas, DeSoto, Farmers Branch, Highland Park, Hutchins, Seagoville, Wilmer
2School of Science and EngineeringDallas ISDAddison, Dallas, DeSoto, Farmers Branch, Highland Park, Hutchins, Seagoville, Wilmer
3Washington High School for ArtsDallas ISDAddison, Dallas, DeSoto, Farmers Branch, Highland Park, Hutchins, Seagoville, Wilmer
4Rangel Young Women's Leadership SchoolDallas ISDAddison, Dallas, DeSoto, Farmers Branch, Highland Park, Hutchins, Seagoville, Wilmer
5School of Health ProfessionsDallas ISDAddison, Dallas, DeSoto, Farmers Branch, Highland Park, Hutchins, Seagoville, Wilmer


A comprehensive list of Dallas area public high schools is provided on this Dallas schools page. Similar Dallas area elementary schools and middle schools student performance ranked lists are available on these best DFW public elementary schools and best DFW public middle schools pages. Schools with the best k-12 student performance are identified on this best DFW public k-12 schools page and rankings for area school districts are shown on this best DFW school districts page.

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