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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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1School for the Talented and GiftedDallas ISD261100.0100.0%85.3%100.0%195729.2
2School of Science and EngineeringDallas ISD41899.8100.0%76.5%100.0%190829.3
3Highland Park High SchoolHighland Park ISD2,15998.377.9%74.5%99.0%183227.4
4Carroll Senior High School / Carroll High SchoolCarroll ISD2,74697.753.4%83.5%96.4%174726.7
5Washington High School for the Performing and Visual ArtsDallas ISD92998.092.6%42.6%100.0%159823.4
6Lovejoy High SchoolLovejoy ISD1,43196.867.7%66.8%94.9%166725.4
7Rangel Young Women's Leadership SchoolDallas ISD27199.699.3%27.6%100.0%159822.7
8School of Health ProfessionsDallas ISD549100.097.4%24.7%100.0%147821.2
9Sanders Law MagnetDallas ISD38199.596.3%26.2%100.0%147320.5
10Liberty High SchoolFrisco ISD2,06094.047.4%81.5%92.2%169726.0
11Coppell High SchoolCoppell ISD3,40992.049.9%82.6%98.7%172924.5
12Flower Mound High School / Flower Mound Ninth Grade CampusLewisville ISD3,57896.133.1%85.2%89.1%170625.4
13Wakeland High SchoolFrisco ISD2,13296.343.6%70.5%88.5%161924.4
14Marcus High School / Marcus Ninth Grade CampusLewisville ISD3,33795.435.1%82.4%88.0%164824.6
15School of Business and MagementDallas ISD50699.686.0%15.9%100.0%140619.1
16Garza Early College High SchoolDallas ISD42599.843.9%37.9%100.0%141619.9
17Texas Academy of Biomedical SciencesFort Worth ISD38599.046.1%26.2%100.0%145622.3
18Plano ISD Academy High SchoolPlano ISD45599.27.0%89.9%167125.0
19Lassiter Early College High SchoolDallas ISD237100.052.5%19.0%100.0%140920.8
20Keller High SchoolKeller ISD2,87694.539.5%72.9%88.9%160824.0
21Cedar Hill Collegiate High SchoolCedar Hill ISD40699.3100.0%150321.9
22Plano West Senior High School / Jasper High School / Shepton High SchoolPlano ISD5,66690.249.0%84.1%84.6%170826.2
23Sorrells School of Education and Social ServicesDallas ISD33398.689.6%13.9%100.0%137219.4
24Waxahachie Global High SchoolWaxahachie ISD41898.395.6%154122.7
25Grand Prairie Fine Arts AcademyGrand Prairie ISD74097.491.6%20.5%100.0%138717.1
26Centennial High SchoolFrisco ISD2,03794.445.9%73.2%75.4%163924.5
27Argyle High SchoolArgyle ISD80094.712.6%77.8%95.8%159224.0
28Mansfield Frontier High SchoolMansfield ISD230100.047.0%21.9%77.5%149022.2
29Colleyville Heritage High SchoolGrapevine-Colleyville ISD2,07887.954.9%63.4%87.8%162924.9
30Independence High SchoolFrisco ISD1,82393.044.0%71.0%80.0%157223.7
31Nelson High SchoolNorthwest ISD2,55189.851.7%51.2%100.0%152420.8
32Steele Accelerated High SchoolNorthwest ISD14296.9100.0%141619.7
33McKinney Boyd High SchoolMcKinney ISD2,81492.052.0%61.7%78.1%160724.4
34Heritage High SchoolFrisco ISD2,07592.941.0%73.1%79.4%155123.2
35Hebron High School / Hebron Ninth Grade CenterLewisville ISD3,61891.239.1%80.3%81.2%160924.7
36New Tech High School at CoppellCoppell ISD32591.025.4%49.4%100.0%159322.5
37Gilliam Collegiate AcademyDallas ISD36496.656.9%20.0%100.0%128818.0
38Allen High School / Lowery Freshman CenterAllen ISD6,43792.435.1%81.4%74.7%160824.3
39Prosper High SchoolProsper ISD2,51592.935.2%65.6%81.9%158523.2
40Frisco High SchoolFrisco ISD1,67488.743.9%71.9%77.8%162225.1
41Grapevine High SchoolGrapevine-Colleyville ISD1,82086.157.4%57.3%82.2%162225.2
42Sunnyvale High SchoolSunnyvale ISD50092.989.3%158823.7
43Obama Male Leadership AcademyDallas ISD18799.0100.0%20.0%100.0%1467
44Marine Creek Collegiate High SchoolFort Worth ISD31393.4100.0%136320.3
45Aledo High School / Daniel Ninth Grade CenterAledo ISD1,67691.635.4%61.7%74.9%156823.6
46Lone Star High SchoolFrisco ISD1,95092.730.4%66.2%71.0%154322.9
47Pearce High SchoolRichardson ISD2,33284.052.0%56.0%98.0%158821.2
48Early College High SchoolCarrollton-Farmers Branch ISD31190.723.8%25.0%100.0%144719.9
49Rockwall High SchoolRockwall ISD2,49088.440.6%53.4%81.4%154324.0
50Plano Senior High School / Clark High School / Vines High SchoolPlano ISD5,39286.440.4%85.5%72.3%164025.0

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

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
5Coppell High SchoolCoppell ISDCoppell, Irving
6Flower Mound High School / Flower Mound Ninth Grade CampusLewisville ISDFlower Mound, Lewisville
7Wakeland High SchoolFrisco ISDFrisco
8Marcus High School / Marcus Ninth Grade CampusLewisville ISDCopper Canyon, Double Oak, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Lewisville
9Plano West Senior High School / Jasper High School / Shepton High SchoolPlano ISDDallas, Plano
10Keller High SchoolKeller ISDColleyville, Fort Worth, Hurst, Keller, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Westlake
11Centennial High SchoolFrisco ISDFrisco
12Argyle High SchoolArgyle ISDArgyle, Bartonville, Denton, Flower Mound
13Colleyville Heritage High SchoolGrapevine-Colleyville ISDColleyville, Euless, Grapevine
14Independence High SchoolFrisco ISDFrisco
15Nelson High SchoolNorthwest ISDFort Worth, Northlake, Roanoke, Southlake, Trophy Club
16McKinney Boyd High SchoolMcKinney ISDMcKinney
17Heritage High SchoolFrisco ISDFrisco
18Hebron High School / Hebron Ninth Grade CenterLewisville ISDCarrollton, Frisco, Lewisville, Plano, The Colony
19Allen High School / Lowery Freshman CenterAllen ISDAllen, Lucas, McKinney, Parker
20Grapevine High SchoolGrapevine-Colleyville ISDColleyville, Grapevine, Hurst
21Prosper High SchoolProsper ISDProsper, Celina, Frisco, McKinney
22Frisco High SchoolFrisco ISDFrisco
23Sunnyvale High SchoolSunnyvale ISDSunnyvale
24Aledo High School / Daniel Ninth Grade CenterAledo ISDAledo, Annetta, Cresson, Fort Worth, Hudson Oaks, Weatherford, Willow Park
25Pearce High SchoolRichardson ISDDallas, Richardson

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

rankcampusdistrictattended by students living in
1School for the 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 the Performing and Visual 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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