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Best Dallas Public High Schools
The rankings presented on this page identify the public high schools in the Dallas Fort Worth area that currently are best preparing their students for college. Many Dallas Fort Worth high schools offer a four-year curriculum at a single campus. Some DFW school districts, however, have chosen to operate separate campuses for ninth grade students 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.
Open enrollment high schools
Of the 212 DFW public high schools evaluated, 186 are open enrollment schools at which the only requirement for admittance is student residency in the school's attendance area. The 25 DFW open enrollment high schools that ranked highest in this 2017 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
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 2017 DFW best public high schools ranking.
Top 5 DFW magnet high schools
|rank||campus||district||attended by students living in|
|1||School for Talented and Gifted||Dallas ISD||Addison, Dallas, DeSoto, Farmers Branch, Highland Park, Hutchins, Seagoville, Wilmer|
|2||School of Science and Engineering||Dallas ISD||Addison, Dallas, DeSoto, Farmers Branch, Highland Park, Hutchins, Seagoville, Wilmer|
|3||Washington High School for Arts||Dallas ISD||Addison, Dallas, DeSoto, Farmers Branch, Highland Park, Hutchins, Seagoville, Wilmer|
|4||Rangel Young Women's Leadership School||Dallas ISD||Addison, Dallas, DeSoto, Farmers Branch, Highland Park, Hutchins, Seagoville, Wilmer|
|5||Obama Male Leadership Academy||Dallas ISD||Addison, Dallas, DeSoto, Farmers Branch, Highland Park, Hutchins, Seagoville, Wilmer|
Each of the high schools included in these rankings was evaluated on its success in preparing its students for college, based on three metrics: 1) students performance on the 2016 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 rankings for all 212 high schools included in this study are available by clicking on this complete DFW public high schools rankings link.
Top 50 DFW public high schools
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|Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate courses||college admission tests|
|1||School for Talented and Gifted||Dallas ISD||256||100.0||100.0||99%||90.1||88.3||75.4||85.8||100%||1977||29.2|
|2||School of Science and Engineering||Dallas ISD||413||100.0||91.2||99%||68.4||81.9||82.2||63.5||100%||1863||28.2|
|3||Highland Park High School||Highland Park ISD||2,112||97.8||68.3||79%||65.7||79.2||63.4||75.4||99%||1789||27.1|
|4||Carroll Senior High School / Carroll High School||Carroll ISD||2,684||97.2||60.1||53%||84.3||89.7||71.1||79.6||96%||1748||26.4|
|5||Washington High School for Arts||Dallas ISD||903||98.5||59.4||95%||65.2||30.9||37.9||39.7||100%||1606||25.6|
|6||Rangel Young Women's Leadership School||Dallas ISD||281||100.0||56.0||98%||33.6||47.9||28.6||28.1||100%||1628||23.1|
|7||Lovejoy High School||Lovejoy ISD||1,328||96.7||56.8||64%||77.3||77.7||50.8||70.2||95%||1660||25.3|
|8||Coppell High School||Coppell ISD||3,251||92.5||59.0||52%||77.1||88.6||78.2||80.4||100%||1728||23.8|
|9||Obama Male Leadership Academy||Dallas ISD||152||98.5||48.7||100%||13.6||33.3||16.7||10.0||100%||1544||22.0|
|10||School of Health Professions||Dallas ISD||552||100.0||45.2||93%||21.5||43.5||25.0||7.2||100%||1466||21.0|
|11||Flower Mound High School / Flower Mound Ninth Grade Campus||Lewisville ISD||3,540||95.5||49.4||33%||89.5||90.6||76.2||80.9||88%||1726||25.7|
|12||Sanders Magnet Center for Public Service||Dallas ISD||386||99.8||45.0||96%||20.9||51.6||18.0||14.0||100%||1450||20.3|
|13||Liberty High School||Frisco ISD||2,081||96.3||48.0||42%||88.9||82.4||72.4||79.9||83%||1660||25.0|
|14||Plano West Senior High School / Jasper High School / Shepton High School||Plano ISD||5,642||90.5||53.6||51%||80.8||83.5||86.4||81.3||84%||1754||26.5|
|15||Wakeland High School||Frisco ISD||2,067||96.5||46.1||44%||78.3||73.6||57.4||72.1||87%||1595||24.1|
|16||Aledo High School / Daniel Ninth Grade Center||Aledo ISD||1,591||94.6||39.4||40%||78.2||63.4||37.7||64.9||76%||1598||24.0|
|17||Allen High School / Lowery Freshman Center||Allen ISD||6,377||92.3||41.3||35%||84.2||88.2||84.9||81.7||76%||1630||24.2|
|18||Marcus High School / Marcus Ninth Grade Campus||Lewisville ISD||3,316||94.0||47.6||36%||79.3||80.9||61.5||83.3||87%||1662||24.8|
|19||Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences||Fort Worth ISD||375||98.4||42.5||41%||6.5||33.3||100%||1492||22.7|
|20||Garza Early College High School||Dallas ISD||426||99.4||41.3||55%||34.0||25.5||54.2||35.3||100%||1404||19.9|
|21||School of Business and Management||Dallas ISD||521||99.1||41.3||90%||14.3||30.8||10.6||7.6||100%||1417||20.0|
|22||Colleyville Heritage High School||Grapevine-Colleyville ISD||2,123||88.7||51.4||57%||67.4||72.6||42.2||68.6||90%||1626||24.5|
|23||Cedar Hill Collegiate High School||Cedar Hill ISD||406||99.5||40.7||0%||99%||1534||22.1|
|24||Sorrels School of Education and Social Services||Dallas ISD||323||97.6||42.4||94%||15.7||51.6||15.4||8.3||100%||1439||20.0|
|25||Lassiter Early College High School||Dallas ISD||245||99.3||40.0||53%||23.7||100%||1402||20.9|
|26||Keller High School||Keller ISD||2,778||95.6||43.5||37%||82.3||69.2||51.6||54.5||85%||1605||24.2|
|27||Steele Accelerated High School||Northwest ISD||139||98.3||40.0||0%||100%||1522||21.1|
|28||Centennial High School||Frisco ISD||2,032||94.0||43.5||40%||80.0||76.7||59.4||76.9||79%||1652||24.6|
|29||Mansfield Frontier High School||Mansfield ISD||248||99.2||37.4||38%||34.9||25.0||4.4||10.5||92%||1500||21.1|
|30||Nelson High School||Northwest ISD||2,557||89.4||46.0||41%||56.3||66.2||43.6||61.2||98%||1536||21.1|
|31||Argyle High School||Argyle ISD||751||93.4||41.6||19%||65.5||89.5||94.7||75.0||87%||1637||24.3|
|32||Pearce High School||Richardson ISD||2,274||84.3||49.8||49%||56.5||57.5||59.0||61.3||98%||1635||22.2|
|33||McKinney Boyd High School||McKinney ISD||2,843||91.8||42.2||53%||79.6||52.4||52.8||64.3||77%||1601||24.0|
|34||Grapevine High School||Grapevine-Colleyville ISD||1,897||85.9||47.7||58%||68.0||63.6||42.4||65.0||82%||1635||25.0|
|35||Waxahachie Global High School||Waxahachie ISD||424||96.9||35.5||0%||84%||1558||24.0|
|36||Prosper High School||Prosper ISD||2,106||92.2||39.6||39%||73.7||66.3||39.6||72.2||80%||1561||24.0|
|37||New Tech High School at Coppell||Coppell ISD||359||87.5||44.0||24%||68.3||18.8||42.1||45.0||100%||1577||21.3|
|38||Frisco High School||Frisco ISD||1,811||90.8||40.4||38%||79.7||78.7||52.8||70.6||76%||1591||24.2|
|39||Hebron High School / Hebron Ninth Grade Center||Lewisville ISD||3,451||89.7||40.2||36%||77.6||82.5||61.8||80.5||76%||1625||24.1|
|40||Heritage High School||Frisco ISD||1,938||92.6||37.3||35%||72.5||67.5||62.2||68.2||77%||1553||22.9|
|41||Gilliam Collegiate Academy||Dallas ISD||380||95.5||33.2||71%||2.3||50.0||0.0||2.0||100%||1281||17.4|
|42||Plano Senior High School / Clark High School / Vines High School||Plano ISD||5,462||87.3||41.4||44%||74.6||85.5||79.8||84.6||73%||1657||25.3|
|43||Richardson High School||Richardson ISD||2,672||83.4||44.5||42%||69.0||44.1||56.2||54.4||98%||1519||20.2|
|44||Lone Star High School||Frisco ISD||1,720||91.2||36.4||36%||61.3||68.6||40.5||55.9||78%||1495||22.3|
|45||Dubiski Career High School||Grand Prairie ISD||1,598||89.6||36.9||45%||14.8||19.1||3.6||27.9||100%||1272||20.3|
|46||Rockwall High School||Rockwall ISD||2,409||87.8||38.0||41%||61.8||60.4||49.7||53.7||80%||1541||23.1|
|47||Sunnyvale High School||Sunnyvale ISD||456||92.8||32.5||0%||78%||1551||23.5|
|48||McKinney North High School||McKinney ISD||2,092||87.6||37.2||54%||50.5||86.0||32.3||80.6||73%||1523||22.5|
|49||Paschal High School||Fort Worth ISD||2,525||79.7||44.9||48%||43.0||42.5||31.9||37.0||97%||1430||22.6|
|50||Northwest High School||Northwest ISD||2,255||81.8||42.6||31%||57.0||42.9||42.8||52.9||100%||1512||19.8|
Source: Texas Education Agency.
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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