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Best Dallas High Schools
The 2018 best Dallas high school rankings on this page identify public high schools in the Dallas area that currently are having the greatest broad-based teaching success and at the same time are best preparing their students for post secondary education experiences.
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 metrics 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. Most of the high schools included in this best Dallas public high schools ranking are open enrollment schools, but a significant portion of them are magnet schools. Clicking on these top 25 DFW open enrollment high schools and top 5 DFW magnet high schools jump links displays those rankings.
Top 50 Dallas high schools
The top twenty of the Dallas high schools identified below also earned recognition as 2018 top 50 Texas 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.
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|1||School for the Talented and Gifted||Dallas ISD||261||100.0||100.0%||85.3%||100.0%||1957||29.2|
|2||School of Science and Engineering||Dallas ISD||418||99.8||100.0%||76.5%||100.0%||1908||29.3|
|3||Highland Park High School||Highland Park ISD||2,159||98.3||77.9%||74.5%||99.0%||1832||27.4|
|4||Carroll Senior High School / Carroll High School||Carroll ISD||2,746||97.7||53.4%||83.5%||96.4%||1747||26.7|
|5||Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts||Dallas ISD||929||98.0||92.6%||42.6%||100.0%||1598||23.4|
|6||Lovejoy High School||Lovejoy ISD||1,431||96.8||67.7%||66.8%||94.9%||1667||25.4|
|7||Rangel Young Women's Leadership School||Dallas ISD||271||99.6||99.3%||27.6%||100.0%||1598||22.7|
|8||School of Health Professions||Dallas ISD||549||100.0||97.4%||24.7%||100.0%||1478||21.2|
|9||Sanders Law Magnet||Dallas ISD||381||99.5||96.3%||26.2%||100.0%||1473||20.5|
|10||Liberty High School||Frisco ISD||2,060||94.0||47.4%||81.5%||92.2%||1697||26.0|
|11||Coppell High School||Coppell ISD||3,409||92.0||49.9%||82.6%||98.7%||1729||24.5|
|12||Flower Mound High School / Flower Mound Ninth Grade Campus||Lewisville ISD||3,578||96.1||33.1%||85.2%||89.1%||1706||25.4|
|13||Wakeland High School||Frisco ISD||2,132||96.3||43.6%||70.5%||88.5%||1619||24.4|
|14||Marcus High School / Marcus Ninth Grade Campus||Lewisville ISD||3,337||95.4||35.1%||82.4%||88.0%||1648||24.6|
|15||School of Business and Magement||Dallas ISD||506||99.6||86.0%||15.9%||100.0%||1406||19.1|
|16||Garza Early College High School||Dallas ISD||425||99.8||43.9%||37.9%||100.0%||1416||19.9|
|17||Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences||Fort Worth ISD||385||99.0||46.1%||26.2%||100.0%||1456||22.3|
|18||Plano ISD Academy High School||Plano ISD||455||99.2||7.0%||89.9%||1671||25.0|
|19||Lassiter Early College High School||Dallas ISD||237||100.0||52.5%||19.0%||100.0%||1409||20.8|
|20||Keller High School||Keller ISD||2,876||94.5||39.5%||72.9%||88.9%||1608||24.0|
|21||Cedar Hill Collegiate High School||Cedar Hill ISD||406||99.3||100.0%||1503||21.9|
|22||Plano West Senior High School / Jasper High School / Shepton High School||Plano ISD||5,666||90.2||49.0%||84.1%||84.6%||1708||26.2|
|23||Sorrells School of Education and Social Services||Dallas ISD||333||98.6||89.6%||13.9%||100.0%||1372||19.4|
|24||Waxahachie Global High School||Waxahachie ISD||418||98.3||95.6%||1541||22.7|
|25||Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy||Grand Prairie ISD||740||97.4||91.6%||20.5%||100.0%||1387||17.1|
|26||Centennial High School||Frisco ISD||2,037||94.4||45.9%||73.2%||75.4%||1639||24.5|
|27||Argyle High School||Argyle ISD||800||94.7||12.6%||77.8%||95.8%||1592||24.0|
|28||Mansfield Frontier High School||Mansfield ISD||230||100.0||47.0%||21.9%||77.5%||1490||22.2|
|29||Colleyville Heritage High School||Grapevine-Colleyville ISD||2,078||87.9||54.9%||63.4%||87.8%||1629||24.9|
|30||Independence High School||Frisco ISD||1,823||93.0||44.0%||71.0%||80.0%||1572||23.7|
|31||Nelson High School||Northwest ISD||2,551||89.8||51.7%||51.2%||100.0%||1524||20.8|
|32||Steele Accelerated High School||Northwest ISD||142||96.9||100.0%||1416||19.7|
|33||McKinney Boyd High School||McKinney ISD||2,814||92.0||52.0%||61.7%||78.1%||1607||24.4|
|34||Heritage High School||Frisco ISD||2,075||92.9||41.0%||73.1%||79.4%||1551||23.2|
|35||Hebron High School / Hebron Ninth Grade Center||Lewisville ISD||3,618||91.2||39.1%||80.3%||81.2%||1609||24.7|
|36||New Tech High School at Coppell||Coppell ISD||325||91.0||25.4%||49.4%||100.0%||1593||22.5|
|37||Gilliam Collegiate Academy||Dallas ISD||364||96.6||56.9%||20.0%||100.0%||1288||18.0|
|38||Allen High School / Lowery Freshman Center||Allen ISD||6,437||92.4||35.1%||81.4%||74.7%||1608||24.3|
|39||Prosper High School||Prosper ISD||2,515||92.9||35.2%||65.6%||81.9%||1585||23.2|
|40||Frisco High School||Frisco ISD||1,674||88.7||43.9%||71.9%||77.8%||1622||25.1|
|41||Grapevine High School||Grapevine-Colleyville ISD||1,820||86.1||57.4%||57.3%||82.2%||1622||25.2|
|42||Sunnyvale High School||Sunnyvale ISD||500||92.9||89.3%||1588||23.7|
|43||Obama Male Leadership Academy||Dallas ISD||187||99.0||100.0%||20.0%||100.0%||1467|
|44||Marine Creek Collegiate High School||Fort Worth ISD||313||93.4||100.0%||1363||20.3|
|45||Aledo High School / Daniel Ninth Grade Center||Aledo ISD||1,676||91.6||35.4%||61.7%||74.9%||1568||23.6|
|46||Lone Star High School||Frisco ISD||1,950||92.7||30.4%||66.2%||71.0%||1543||22.9|
|47||Pearce High School||Richardson ISD||2,332||84.0||52.0%||56.0%||98.0%||1588||21.2|
|48||Early College High School||Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD||311||90.7||23.8%||25.0%||100.0%||1447||19.9|
|49||Rockwall High School||Rockwall ISD||2,490||88.4||40.6%||53.4%||81.4%||1543||24.0|
|50||Plano Senior High School / Clark High School / Vines High School||Plano ISD||5,392||86.4||40.4%||85.5%||72.3%||1640||25.0|
Source: Texas Education Agency.
Each of the Dallas area high schools included in this ranking was evaluated using 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 lower ranked high schools received Met Standard accountability ratings.
Unlike some other published rankings, this analysis examined only the most credible and most current student performance data available and no consideration was 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 224 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 224 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 2018 analysis are shown 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 Dallas 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 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 magnet high schools
|rank||campus||district||attended by students living in|
|1||School for the 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 the Performing and Visual 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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