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Best Dallas Middle Schools


This page presents three ranking views of the top performing public middle schools in the Dallas area — best Dallas traditional open enrollment middle schools, best Dallas selective enrollment middle schools and best Dallas charter middle schools. Each of these rankings is based on results of the 2018 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) evaluations administered statewide by the Texas Education Agency. 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 selective enrollment schools and fewer still are charter schools. Clicking on these 2019 top DFW open enrollment middle schools, 2019 top DFW selective enrollment middle schools and 2019 top DFW charter middle schools jump links displays those rankings. A comprehensive list of Dallas area public middle schools and additional information about how the rankings were derived are provided on this complete Dallas public middle schools rankings page.

Open enrollment middle schools

Of the 366 DFW public middle and junior high schools included in this analysis, 314 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 2019 analysis are shown below.

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 middle schools located in the communities profiled on this website can be accessed by clicking on the name of the school.


2019 top 25 DFW open enrollment middle schools

rankcampusdistrictgrade
range
studentsacademic
performance
score
academic
performance
index
STAAR
scaled
score
attended by students living in
1Dawson Middle SchoolCarroll ISD7 - 86281090.896Colleyville, Keller, Southlake
2Rice Middle SchoolPlano ISD6 - 81,0801090.196Plano
3Fowler Middle SchoolFrisco ISD6 - 81,1411090.196Plano
4Carroll Middle SchoolCarroll ISD7 - 87331089.196Grapevine, Southlake, Westlake
5Coppell Middle School EastCoppell ISD6 - 89721088.096Coppell, Irving
6Willow Springs Middle SchoolLovejoy ISD7 - 87791087.495Fairview, Lucas, Allen, McKinney, Wylie
7Pearson Middle SchoolFrisco ISD6 - 87701086.795Frisco
8Vandeventer Middle SchoolFrisco ISD6 - 81,0841086.595Frisco, Plano
9Griffin Middle SchoolFrisco ISD6 - 88661085.495Frisco, Little Elm
10Pioneer Heritage Middle SchoolFrisco ISD6 - 88771083.995Frisco
11Ereckson Middle SchoolAllen ISD7 - 81,2191083.395Allen, McKinney
12Coppell Middle School NorthCoppell ISD6 - 89491083.095Coppell
13Coppell Middle School WestCoppell ISD6 - 81,2061081.594Coppell, Irving
14Curtis Middle SchoolAllen ISD7 - 81,2961081.494Allen, McKinney
15Nelson Middle SchoolFrisco ISD6 - 87651080.694Frisco
16McKamy Middle SchoolLewisville ISD6 - 89411079.794Flower Mound
17Murphy Middle SchoolPlano ISD6 - 81,2591079.294Lucas, Murphy, Parker, Richardson, Wylie
18Highland Park Middle SchoolHighland Park ISD7 - 81,1051077.494Dallas, Highland Park, University Park
19Smithfield Middle SchoolBirdville ISD6 - 88181077.294Hurst, North Richland Hills
20Schimelpfenig Middle SchoolPlano ISD6 - 88561077.194Plano
21Downing Middle SchoolLewisville ISD6 - 85461076.193Double Oak, Flower Mound
22Cooper Junior High SchoolWylie ISD7 - 88911075.793Murphy, Sachse, Wylie
23Rogers Middle SchoolProsper ISD6 - 81,4201075.393Prosper, Celina, Frisco, McKinney
24Shadow Ridge Middle SchoolLewisville ISD6 - 87211074.893Flower Mound
25Maus Middle SchoolFrisco ISD6 - 89871074.693Frisco, Little Elm


Selective enrollment middle schools

In addition to their open enrollment schools, a number of DFW school districts also operate selective enrollment schools. Selective enrollment 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 selective enrollment schools generally is highly selective and limited, the average standardized test results of the selective enrollment schools generally are much higher than results attained by the open enrollment schools that their students otherwise would attend.

2019 top 10 DFW selective enrollment middle schools

rankcampusdistrictgrade
range
studentsacademic
performance
score
academic
performance
index
STAAR
scaled
score
1Travis Academy for Talented and GiftedDallas ISD6 - 831210100.098
2Rangel Young Women's Leadership AcademyDallas ISD6 - 82761098.797
3Dallas Environmental Science AcademyDallas ISD6 - 84431091.896
4Dealey International AcademyDallas ISD7 - 81701086.295
5Longfellow Career Explorations AcademyDallas ISD6 - 84211083.995
6Cedar Hill Collegiate AcademyCedar Hill ISD6 - 83021077.694
7Austin AcademyGarland ISD6 - 89471069.692
8Stone Montessori AcademyDallas ISD6 - 82301067.792
9Prestwick K-8 STEM AcademyLittle Elm ISDKG - 8757963.291
10Greiner Exploratory Arts AcademyDallas ISD6 - 81,721846.684


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.

2019 top 5 DFW charter middle schools

rankcampusdistrictgrade
range
studentsacademic
performance
score
academic
performance
index
STAAR
scaled
score
1PTAA GreenvillePioneer Technology & Arts Academy6 - 9831068.392
2International Leadership of TexasInternational Leadership of Texas6 - 84531065.692
3ACA Middle SchoolArlington Classics Academy6 - 94771065.292
4Uplift Williams Middle SchoolUplift Education6 - 8431959.090
5Uplift Infinity PreparatoryUplift Education6 - 8333846.183
6Saint Anthony SchoolSt. Anthony School6 - 8112740.379
7International Leadership of TexasInternational Leadership of Texas6 - 8469638.878
8PTAA MesquitePioneer Technology & Arts Academy6 - 9206638.177
9Newman International Academy at PioneerNewman International Academy of Art7 - 8190637.877
10IL Texas North Richland HillsInternational Leadership of Texas6 - 8397535.275


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 kindergarten through twelfth grade 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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