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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
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|Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate courses||college admission tests|
|1||School for Talented and Gifted||Dallas ISD||261||100.0||100.0||100%||89.1||90.5||76.3||85.1||100%||1957||29.2|
|2||School of Science and Engineering||Dallas ISD||418||99.8||94.1||100%||72.3||85.9||78.6||70.1||100%||1908||29.3|
|3||Highland Park High School||Highland Park ISD||2,159||98.3||69.6||78%||67.0||83.2||76.4||78.7||99%||1832||27.4|
|4||Carroll Senior High School / Carroll High School||Carroll ISD||2,746||97.7||62.4||53%||85.0||90.3||78.4||82.1||96%||1747||26.7|
|5||Washington High School for Arts||Dallas ISD||929||98.0||56.9||93%||56.6||50.0||20.8||45.5||100%||1598||23.4|
|6||Lovejoy High School||Lovejoy ISD||1,431||96.8||58.0||68%||81.8||70.5||53.3||65.8||95%||1667||25.4|
|7||Rangel Young Women's Leadership School||Dallas ISD||271||99.6||51.9||99%||43.0||18.4||25.0||16.8||100%||1598||22.7|
|8||Liberty High School||Frisco ISD||2,060||94.0||56.5||47%||82.0||86.9||73.6||86.1||92%||1697||26.0|
|9||Coppell High School||Coppell ISD||3,409||92.0||58.2||50%||77.4||92.0||70.4||85.4||99%||1729||24.5|
|10||School of Health Professions||Dallas ISD||549||100.0||49.1||97%||27.4||72.8||17.5||8.4||100%||1478||21.2|
|11||Sanders Magnet Center for Public Service||Dallas ISD||381||99.5||48.9||96%||27.2||76.7||16.5||18.1||100%||1473||20.5|
|12||Flower Mound High School / Flower Mound Ninth Grade Campus||Lewisville ISD||3,578||96.1||50.5||33%||85.2||93.1||84.8||80.8||89%||1706||25.4|
|13||Wakeland High School||Frisco ISD||2,132||96.3||49.4||44%||79.5||83.5||55.6||73.2||89%||1619||24.4|
|14||Marcus High School / Marcus Ninth Grade Campus||Lewisville ISD||3,337||95.4||49.6||35%||82.9||82.8||79.4||83.4||88%||1648||24.6|
|15||Keller High School||Keller ISD||2,876||94.5||48.3||39%||75.6||88.5||61.9||72.5||89%||1608||24.0|
|16||Trimble Technical High School||Fort Worth ISD||385||99.0||43.7||46%||36.8||19.4||100%||1456||22.3|
|17||Plano ISD Academy High School||Plano ISD||455||99.2||42.7||7%||90%||1671||25.0|
|18||Plano West Senior High School / Jasper High School / Shepton High School||Plano ISD||7,214||87.6||54.0||49%||83.9||83.6||86.4||83.2||85%||1708||26.2|
|19||Garza Early College High School||Dallas ISD||425||99.8||41.9||44%||24.1||21.4||53.3||65.2||100%||1416||19.9|
|20||School of Business and Management||Dallas ISD||506||99.6||41.9||86%||16.9||71.8||6.1||8.5||100%||1406||19.1|
|21||Cedar Hill Collegiate High School||Cedar Hill ISD||406||99.3||41.9||100%||1503||21.9|
|22||Lassiter Early College High School||Dallas ISD||237||100.0||41.1||53%||19.0||100%||1409||20.8|
|23||Colleyville Heritage High School||Grapevine-Colleyville ISD||2,078||87.9||52.6||55%||67.3||80.4||40.6||70.9||88%||1629||24.9|
|24||Argyle High School||Argyle ISD||800||94.7||45.8||13%||78.9||91.7||80.0||70.0||96%||1592||24.0|
|25||Sorrels School of Education and Social Services||Dallas ISD||333||98.6||41.2||90%||11.1||68.2||4.8||10.4||100%||1372||19.4|
|26||Waxahachie Global High School||Waxahachie ISD||418||98.3||41.4||96%||1541||22.7|
|27||Centennial High School||Frisco ISD||2,037||94.4||44.9||46%||77.5||73.9||65.3||72.6||75%||1639||24.5|
|28||Nelson High School||Northwest ISD||2,551||89.8||49.0||52%||53.5||54.9||37.7||58.0||100%||1524||20.8|
|29||Independence High School||Frisco ISD||1,823||93.0||44.7||44%||77.6||68.8||56.3||73.9||80%||1572||23.7|
|30||New Tech High School at Coppell||Coppell ISD||325||91.0||46.5||25%||64.7||54.5||29.2||40.0||100%||1593||22.5|
|31||Hebron High School / Hebron Ninth Grade Center||Lewisville ISD||3,618||91.2||45.5||39%||81.9||85.1||73.3||79.7||81%||1609||24.7|
|32||McKinney Boyd High School||McKinney ISD||2,814||92.0||44.6||52%||78.4||53.1||50.8||65.2||78%||1607||24.4|
|33||Heritage High School||Frisco ISD||2,075||92.9||43.2||41%||76.4||87.0||72.9||65.4||79%||1551||23.2|
|34||Grapevine High School||Grapevine-Colleyville ISD||1,820||86.1||49.7||57%||64.1||64.5||38.0||64.5||82%||1622||25.2|
|35||Steele Accelerated High School||Northwest ISD||142||96.9||38.4||100%||1416||19.7|
|36||Allen High School / Lowery Freshman Center||Allen ISD||6,437||92.4||42.5||35%||80.2||94.3||76.9||80.2||75%||1608||24.3|
|37||Mansfield Frontier High School||Mansfield ISD||230||100.0||35.1||47%||54.4||15.2||6.3||10.5||78%||1490||22.2|
|38||Frisco High School||Frisco ISD||1,674||88.7||46.0||44%||74.4||82.7||57.4||77.6||78%||1622||25.1|
|39||Prosper High School||Prosper ISD||2,515||92.9||41.5||35%||72.5||73.4||53.2||63.5||82%||1585||23.2|
|40||Gilliam Collegiate Academy||Dallas ISD||364||96.6||37.4||57%||19.2||53.5||7.5||100%||1288||18.0|
|41||Pearce High School||Richardson ISD||2,332||84.0||49.6||52%||56.2||67.2||47.8||56.1||98%||1588||21.2|
|42||Plano Senior High School / Clark High School / Vines High School||Plano ISD||5,334||90.4||43.2||40%||81.2||93.5||84.3||84.8||72%||1640||25.0|
|43||Sunnyvale High School||Sunnyvale ISD||500||92.9||40.2||89%||1588||23.7|
|44||Marine Creek Collegiate High School||Fort Worth ISD||313||93.4||38.6||100%||1363||20.3|
|45||Aledo High School / Daniel Ninth Grade Center||Aledo ISD||1,676||91.6||39.7||35%||74.4||72.5||46.6||55.3||75%||1568||23.6|
|46||Early College High School||Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD||311||90.7||39.9||24%||6.7||41.2||100%||1447||19.9|
|47||Richardson High School||Richardson ISD||2,724||84.2||46.2||44%||69.3||57.3||50.5||61.7||94%||1565||20.2|
|48||Rockwall High School||Rockwall ISD||2,490||88.4||41.6||41%||55.1||68.8||41.9||56.4||81%||1543||24.0|
|49||Lone Star High School||Frisco ISD||1,950||92.7||36.2||30%||69.3||73.3||49.1||75.8||71%||1543||22.9|
|50||Dubiski Career High School||Grand Prairie ISD||1,668||90.1||37.7||54%||15.5||10.5||3.5||20.4||99%||1269||19.5|
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
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
|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||School of Health Professions||Dallas ISD||Addison, 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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