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Best Dallas Middle Schools

This page presents four ranking views of the top performing public middle schools in the Dallas area — best Dallas middle schools, best Dallas open enrollment middle schools, best Texas magnet middle schools and best Dallas charter middle schools. Each of these rankings is based on results of the 2017 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) evaluations administered statewide by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). No consideration was given to student demographics, changes in student performance over time, on-line evaluations and reviews, or other subjective factors.

Most of the schools included in this best Dallas public middle schools ranking are open enrollment schools, a relatively few are magnet schools and fewer still are charter schools. Clicking on these top DFW open enrollment middle schools, top DFW magnet middle schools and top DFW charter middle schools jump links displays those rankings.

Top 50 Dallas middle schools

The twenty-four top ranked middle schools listed below additionally earned recognition as top 50 Texas middle 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. Additional performance and other information for elementary and intermediate schools located in the communities profiled on this website can be accessed by clicking on the name of the school.

1Travis Academy for Talented and GiftedDallas ISD6 - 8297A+99.8
2Rangel Young Women's Leadership AcademyDallas ISD6 - 8269A+99.6
3Dallas Environmental Science AcademyDallas ISD6 - 8429A+99.2
4Longfellow Career Explorations AcademyDallas ISD6 - 8417A+98.5
5Dawson Middle SchoolCarroll ISD7 - 8616A+98.0
6Cedar Hill Collegiate AcademyCedar Hill ISD6 - 7207A97.7
7Carroll Middle SchoolCarroll ISD7 - 8688A97.5
8Pearson Middle SchoolFrisco ISD6 - 8689A97.2
9Willow Springs Middle SchoolLovejoy ISD7 - 8728A96.9
10Fowler Middle SchoolFrisco ISD6 - 81,086A96.9
11Stone Montessori AcademyDallas ISD6 - 8184A96.8
12Dealey International AcademyDallas ISD7 - 8181A96.7
13Highland Park Middle SchoolHighland Park ISD7 - 81,113A96.7
14Pioneer Heritage Middle SchoolFrisco ISD6 - 8813A96.7
15Rice Middle SchoolPlano ISD6 - 81,101A96.5
16Griffin Middle SchoolFrisco ISD6 - 8901A96.3
17Uplift North Hills PreparatoryUplift Education6 - 8472A96.3
18Coppell Middle School EastCoppell ISD6 - 8982A95.9
19Obama Male Leadership AcademyDallas ISD6 - 8247A95.9
20McKamy Middle SchoolLewisville ISD6 - 81,015A95.5
21PTAA GreenvillePioneer Technology and Arts Academy6 - 725A95.5
22Vandeventer Middle SchoolFrisco ISD6 - 81,066A95.4
23Curtis Middle SchoolAllen ISD7 - 81,256A-94.8
24Colleyville Middle SchoolGrapevine-Colleyville ISD6 - 8684A-94.7
25Murphy Middle SchoolPlano ISD6 - 81,234A-94.5
26Coppell Middle School NorthCoppell ISD6 - 8940A-94.0
27Nelson Middle SchoolFrisco ISD6 - 8638A-94.0
28Stafford Middle SchoolFrisco ISD6 - 8818A-93.5
29Ereckson Middle SchoolAllen ISD7 - 81,215A-93.3
30Shadow Ridge Middle SchoolLewisville ISD6 - 8699A-93.0
31Coppell Middle School WestCoppell ISD6 - 81,109A-92.9
32Downing Middle SchoolLewisville ISD6 - 8593A-92.9
33Reynolds Middle SchoolProsper ISD6 - 81,129A-92.8
34Wester Middle SchoolFrisco ISD6 - 8964A-92.6
35Melissa Middle SchoolMelissa ISD6 - 8590A-92.5
36Maus Middle SchoolFrisco ISD6 - 8966A-92.4
37Smithfield Middle SchoolBirdville ISD6 - 8794A-92.4
38Grandview Junior High SchoolGrandview ISD6 - 8294A-92.3
39International Leadership of TexasInternational Leadership of Texas6 - 8457A-92.3
40Rogers Middle SchoolProsper ISD6 - 81,245A-92.2
41McMillan Junior High SchoolWylie ISD7 - 8747B+92.2
42Roach Middle SchoolFrisco ISD6 - 8777B+92.1
43Harwood Junior High SchoolHurst-Euless-Bedford ISD7 - 9971B+92.0
44Bedford Junior High SchoolHurst-Euless-Bedford ISD7 - 9875B+92.0
45Trent Middle SchoolFrisco ISD6 - 8788B+91.9
46Aledo Middle SchoolAledo ISD7 - 8847B+91.9
47Harpool Middle SchoolDenton ISD6 - 8982B+91.8
48Ford Middle SchoolAllen ISD7 - 8866B+91.7
49Schimelpfenig Middle SchoolPlano ISD6 - 8926B+91.7
50Cooper Junior High SchoolWylie ISD7 - 8820B+91.7

Source: Texas Education Agency

Open enrollment middle schools

Of the 362 DFW public middle and junior high schools included in this analysis, 296 are traditional open enrollment schools at which the only requirement for admittance is student residency in the school's attendance area. The 25 DFW open enrollment middle schools that ranked highest in this 2018 analysis are shown below.

Top 25 DFW open enrollment middle schools

attended by students living in
1Kerr Elementary SchoolAllen ISDK - 6660A+99.0Allen
2Eubanks Intermediate SchoolCarroll ISD5 - 6602A+98.7Colleyville, Keller, Southlake
3Bradfield Elementary SchoolHighland Park ISDEE - 4712A+98.2Highland Park, University Park
4Tanglewood Elementary SchoolFort Worth ISDK - 5845A+98.0Fort Worth
5McSpedden Elementary SchoolFrisco ISDK - 5653A+97.7Frisco
6Old Union Elementary SchoolCarroll ISDEE - 4463A+97.6Colleyville, Southlake
7E. Rayzor Elementary SchoolDenton ISDK - 5422A+97.5Argyle, Bartonville, Denton, Flower Mound
8University Park Elementary SchoolHighland Park ISDK - 4648A+97.5Dallas, University Park
9Evans Elementary SchoolAllen ISDK - 6680A+97.3Allen, McKinney
10Spring Creek Elementary SchoolRichardson ISDEE - 6338A97.0Richardson
11Tibbals Elementary SchoolWylie ISDK - 4664A97.0Murphy
12Green Valley Elementary SchoolBirdville ISDEE - 5449A96.9North Richland Hills, Watauga
13McCoy Elementary SchoolCarrollton-Farmers Branch ISDK - 5436A96.9Carrollton
14Boon Elementary SchoolAllen ISDK - 6710A96.8Allen
15Sloan Creek Intermediate SchoolLovejoy ISD5 - 6636A96.8Fairview, Lucas, Allen, McKinney, Wylie
16Liberty Elementary SchoolKeller ISDK - 4423A96.8Colleyville, Keller, North Richland Hills
17Walnut Grove Elementary SchoolCarroll ISDK - 4664A96.8Southlake, Westlake
18Carroll Elementary SchoolCarroll ISDEE - 4579A96.7Southlake,Keller
19Prairie Creek Elementary SchoolRichardson ISDK - 6346A96.7Richardson
20Rockenbaugh Elementary SchoolCarroll ISDEE - 4549A96.6Southlake
21Hartman Elementary SchoolRockwall ISDPK - 6542A96.6Rockwall
22Heritage Elementary SchoolGrapevine-Colleyville ISDK - 5467A96.5Colleyville, Euless, Grapevine
23Wellington Elementary SchoolLewisville ISDEE - 5903A96.5Flower Mound
24Lakeside Elementary SchoolCoppell ISDK - 5473A96.4Coppell
25Norris Elementary SchoolFrisco ISDK - 5683A96.4Frisco
26Cheatham Elementary SchoolAllen ISDK - 6746A96.3Allen
27Brentfield Elementary SchoolRichardson ISDK - 6729A96.3Dallas
28Castle Hills Elementary SchoolLewisville ISDK - 5672A96.1Lewisville
29Hosp Elementary SchoolFrisco ISDK - 5676A96.0Frisco
30Hyer Elementary SchoolHighland Park ISDK - 4697A96.0Highland Park, University Park
31Ashley Elementary SchoolFrisco ISDK - 5638A95.9Frisco
32Johnson Elementary SchoolCarroll ISDK - 4610A95.9Grapevine, Southlake
33Durham Intermediate SchoolCarroll ISD5 - 6673A95.9Grapevine, Southlake, Westlake
34Andrews Elementary SchoolPlano ISDK - 5605A95.8Plano
35McCulloch Intermediate SchoolHighland Park ISD5 - 61,143A95.7Dallas, Highland Park, University Park
36Borchardt Elementary SchoolFrisco ISDK - 5703A95.6Plano
37Beverly Elementary SchoolPlano ISDK - 5481A95.6Allen, Plano
38Skaggs Elementary SchoolPlano ISDK - 5449A95.4Plano
39Liberty Elementary SchoolLewisville ISDK - 5555A95.3Flower Mound
40Walker Elementary SchoolMcKinney ISDK - 5580A95.3Plano
41Lakewood Elementary SchoolDallas ISDK - 5881A95.1Dallas
42Brown Elementary SchoolMansfield ISDEE - 4612A95.0Arlington, Mansfield
43Hunt Elementary SchoolPlano ISDK - 5701A95.0Lucas, Murphy, Parker, Wylie
44Bluebonnet Elementary SchoolLewisville ISDK - 5546A95.0Flower Mound
45Canyon Creek Elementary SchoolRichardson ISDEE - 6297A94.9Richardson
46Lee Elementary SchoolCoppell ISDEE - 5735A94.8Irving
47Nichols Elementary SchoolFrisco ISDK - 5449A-94.6Frisco
48Hartman Elementary SchoolWylie ISDEE - 4486A-94.6Wylie
49Stinson Elementary SchoolPlano ISDK - 5612A-94.6Garland, Plano, Richardson
50Sparks Elementary SchoolFrisco ISDEE - 5726A-94.5Frisco
51Walnut Hill Elementary SchoolDallas ISDPK - 5381A-94.5Dallas
52Armstrong Elementary SchoolHighland Park ISDK - 4552A-94.5Dallas, University Park
53Boggess Elementary SchoolPlano ISDK - 5644A-94.3Murphy
54Mathews Elementary SchoolPlano ISDK - 5472A-94.3Plano
55Colleyville Elementary SchoolGrapevine-Colleyville ISDPK - 5483A-94.2Colleyville
56Rosemeade Elementary SchoolCarrollton-Farmers Branch ISDEE - 5417A-94.2Carrollton
57Parks-Heath Elementary SchoolRockwall ISDK - 6835A-94.2Heath, Forney
58Lindsey Elementary SchoolAllen ISDK - 6907A-94.2Allen, McKinney
59Valley Ranch Elementary SchoolCoppell ISDK - 5634A-94.1Irving
60Hidden Lakes Elementary SchoolKeller ISDK - 4407A-94.0Keller
61Anderson Elementary SchoolFrisco ISDK - 5676A-93.9Plano
62Bear Creek Intermediate SchoolKeller ISD5 - 6966A-93.9Keller, Colleyville, Fort Worth, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Southlake, westlake
63Bennett Elementary SchoolMcKinney ISDK - 5486A-93.7 McKinney
64Lovejoy Elementary SchoolLovejoy ISDK - 4434A-93.7Allen, Fairview, Lucas
65Vaughn Elementary SchoolFrisco ISDK - 5508A-93.7Frisco
66Wyatt Elementary SchoolPlano ISDK - 5479A-93.7Plano
67Beck Elementary SchoolNorthwest ISDK - 5830A-93.6Trophy Club, Flower Mound, Roanoke, Southlake
68Fisher Elementary SchoolFrisco ISDK - 5631A-93.5Frisco
69Mohawk Elementary SchoolRichardson ISDK - 6458A-93.4Richardson
70North Joshua Elementary SchoolJoshua ISDEE - 6660A-93.4Burleson, Crowley, Joshua, Keene
71Taylor Elementary SchoolGrapevine-Colleyville ISDEE - 5444A-93.4Colleyville, Grapevine
72McAnally Intermediate SchoolAledo ISD5 - 6834A-93.3Aledo, Cresson, Fort Worth, Hudson Oaks, Weatherford, Willow Park
73Longbranch Elementary SchoolMidlothian ISDK - 5491A-93.3Midlothian
74Robertson Elementary SchoolFrisco ISDK - 5714A-93.2Little Elm
75Bledsoe Elementary SchoolFrisco ISDK - 5739A-93.1Frisco
76Pinkerton Elementary SchoolCoppell ISDK - 5393A-93.1Coppell
77Stuard Elementary SchoolAledo ISDK - 4576A-93.1Aledo, Annetta South, Hudson Oaks
78Harrington Elementary SchoolPlano ISDK - 5385A-93.0Plano
79Green Elementary SchoolAllen ISDK - 6605A-92.9Allen
80Bowie Elementary SchoolRichardson ISDK - 6608A-92.7Richardson
81Bridlewood Elementary SchoolLewisville ISDK - 5410A-92.7Flower Mound
82Puster Elementary SchoolLovejoy ISDK - 4359A-92.6Fairview
83Carroll Elementary SchoolFrisco ISDK - 5432A-92.6Frisco
84Curtsinger Elementary SchoolFrisco ISDK - 5813A-92.6Frisco, McKinney
85Comstock Elementary SchoolFrisco ISDK - 5752A-92.6McKinney
86Miller Elementary SchoolPlano ISDK - 5396A-92.6Murphy, Richardson
87Country Place Elementary SchoolCarrollton-Farmers Branch ISDEE - 5412A-92.5Carrollton
88Spencer Elementary SchoolMansfield ISDK - 4802A-92.5Mansfield
89Heritage Elementary SchoolLewisville ISDK - 5595A-92.4Highland Village, Copper Canyon, Flower Mound
90Johnson Elementary SchoolForney ISDK - 6493A-92.4Forney, Talty
91Florence Elementary SchoolKeller ISDK - 4494A-92.4Keller
92Chandler Elementary SchoolAllen ISDK - 6673A-92.4Allen
93Lakeview Elementary SchoolNorthwest ISDK - 5575A-92.3Trophy Club
94Celina Middle SchoolCelina ISD5 - 6366A-92.3Celina
95Norton Elementary SchoolAllen ISDK - 6517A-92.3Allen, McKinney
96Willis Lane Elementary SchoolKeller ISDK - 4516A-92.3Keller, Southlake
97Williams Elementary SchoolRockwall ISDK - 6522A-92.2Rockwall
98Hilltop Elementary SchoolArgyle ISDEE - 3673B+92.2Argyle, Bartonville, Denton, Flower Mound
99Purefoy Elementary SchoolFrisco ISDK - 5595B+92.2Frisco, McKinney
100Sem Elementary SchoolFrisco ISDK - 5775B+92.2Frisco, McKinney

Magnet middle 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.

Top 10 DFW magnet middle schools

1Travis Academy for Talented and GiftedDallas ISD6 - 8297A+99.8
2Rangel Young Women's Leadership AcademyDallas ISD6 - 8269A+99.6
3Dallas Environmental Science AcademyDallas ISD6 - 8429A+99.2
4Longfellow Career Explorations AcademyDallas ISD6 - 8417A+98.5
5Cedar Hill Collegiate AcademyCedar Hill ISD6 - 7207A97.7
6Stone Montessori AcademyDallas ISD6 - 8184A96.8
7Dealey International AcademyDallas ISD7 - 8181A96.7
8Obama Male Leadership AcademyDallas ISD6 - 8247A95.9
9Austin AcademyGarland ISD6 - 8928B+89.2
10Worlds Languages InstituteFort Worth ISD6 - 9298B88.6

Charter middle schools

Generally speaking, any student can apply for admission to a Texas charter school, though the school's charter can specify certain restrictions. A typical example of this would be that a student must reside in a specific town or city in order to apply for admission. In most cases, the school's admissions policy also will describe its lottery process. A charter school must use a lottery process when the number of applications to the school exceeds the number of available spaces.

Top 5 DFW charter middle schools

1Uplift North Hills PreparatoryUplift Education6 - 8472A96.3
2PTAA GreenvillePioneer Technology and Arts Academy6 - 725A95.5
3International Leadership of TexasInternational Leadership of Texas6 - 8457A-92.3
4ACA Middle SchoolArlington Classics Academy6 - 8428B+90.8
5Leadership Prep School Secondary CampusLeadership Prep School5 - 9376B+89.0

Similar Dallas area elementary schools and high schools student performance ranked lists are available on these best DFW public elementary schools and best DFW public high 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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