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Dallas Public High Schools

This page presents a comprehensive and fact-based objective ranking of Dallas public high schools showing which currently are most effective in providing their students a broad-based learning success and preparing them for college. Evaluation factors for all 246 of the high schools included in this study are shown below in the 2018 DFW public high school rankings presented below. This complete set of evaluation metrics, which is presented in an interactive sortable and searchable table, makes possible apples-to-apples comparisons to help answer questions such as which is the best public high school in the DFW area and which are the top performing high schools in the Dallas ISD.

Each of the Dallas area high schools included in this analysis 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 four of the high schools included in this analysis received Met Standard (MS) accountability ratings.

Many Texas high schools offer a four-year curriculum at a single campus. Some school districts, however, have chosen to operate separate campuses for ninth grade students or for ninth and tenth grade students. In this analysis, the performance factors for the schools that are a part of these multiple campus arrangements were combined and the schools were evaluated in the same manner as the four-year, single-campus high schools. Other school districts and some charter districts operate schools that teach more than four grades. The STAAR assessment student performance metric used in this best Dallas high schools ranking is for all grade levels taught at those schools.

Unlike some other DFW high school rankings this analysis examines only the most current student academic 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. Click on this Methodology jump link for additional information about how the performance of these DFW public high schools was evaluated and ranked in this analysis.

2018 DFW public high school rankings

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1School for the Talented and GiftedDallas ISD2619 - 12100.0100.097.1%85.3%100.0%195729.2MS
2School of Science and EngineeringDallas ISD4189 - 1299.893.093.7%76.5%100.0%190829.3MS
3Uplift Education - North Hills Preparatory High SchoolUplift Education5279 - 1295.575.369.9%75.6%100.0%172425.2MS
4Highland Park High SchoolHighland Park ISD2,1599 - 1298.366.545.6%74.5%99.0%183227.4MS
5Westlake AcademyWestlake Academy Charter School843K - 1295.970.564.7%69.1%100.0%169725.8MS
6Carroll Senior High SchoolCarroll ISD2,74611 - 1298.959.030.9%83.5%96.4%174726.7MS
7Washington High School for the Performing and Visual ArtsDallas ISD9299 - 1298.054.154.4%42.6%100.0%159823.4MS
8Lovejoy High SchoolLovejoy ISD1,4319 - 1296.854.834.9%66.8%94.9%166725.4MS
9Imagine International Academy of North TexasImagine International Academy1,230K - 1293.959.435.9%74.3%100.0%168325.8MS
10Rangel Young Women's Leadership SchoolDallas ISD2719 - 1299.648.755.7%27.6%100.0%159822.7MS
11School of Health ProfessionsDallas ISD5499 - 12100.046.263.7%24.7%100.0%147821.2MS
12Sanders Law MagnetDallas ISD3819 - 1299.546.263.7%26.2%100.0%147320.5MS
13Liberty High SchoolFrisco ISD2,0609 - 1294.053.226.0%81.5%92.2%169726.0MS
14Plano West Senior High SchoolPlano ISD5,66611 - 1294.251.127.4%84.1%84.6%170826.2MS
15Coppell High SchoolCoppell ISD3,4099 - 1292.055.025.9%82.6%98.7%172924.5MS
16Wakeland High SchoolFrisco ISD2,1329 - 1296.346.222.3%70.5%88.5%161924.4MS
17School of Business and MagementDallas ISD5069 - 1299.638.950.9%15.9%100.0%140619.1MS
18Garza Early College High SchoolDallas ISD4259 - 1299.838.515.1%37.9%100.0%141619.9MS
19Texas Academy of Biomedical SciencesFort Worth ISD3859 - 1299.039.412.1%26.2%100.0%145622.3MS
20Flower Mound High SchoolLewisville ISD3,57810 - 1294.747.016.6%85.2%89.1%170625.4MS
21Lassiter Early College High SchoolDallas ISD2379 - 12100.037.013.1%19.0%100.0%140920.8MS
22Plano ISD Academy High SchoolPlano ISD4559 - 1299.238.20.9%89.9%167125.0MS
23Richland Collegiate High SchoolRichland Collegiate High School57211 - 1299.237.90.2%96.0%156323.1MS
24Cedar Hill Collegiate High SchoolCedar Hill ISD4069 - 1299.337.7100.0%150321.9MS
25Sorrells School of Education and Social ServicesDallas ISD3339 - 1298.638.050.0%13.9%100.0%137219.4MS
26Keller High SchoolKeller ISD2,8769 - 1294.545.119.9%72.9%88.9%160824.0MS
27Waxahachie Global High SchoolWaxahachie ISD4189 - 1298.337.295.6%154122.7MS
28Marcus High SchoolLewisville ISD3,3379 - 1293.146.419.4%82.4%88.0%164824.6MS
29Grand Prairie Fine Arts AcademyGrand Prairie ISD7406 - 1297.438.148.5%20.5%100.0%138717.1MS
30Centennial High SchoolFrisco ISD2,0379 - 1294.442.425.0%73.2%75.4%163924.5MS
31Mansfield Frontier High SchoolMansfield ISD23011 - 12100.032.021.1%21.9%77.5%149022.2MS
32Argyle High SchoolArgyle ISD8009 - 1294.741.65.6%77.8%95.8%159224.0MS
33Independence High SchoolFrisco ISD1,8239 - 1293.042.123.3%71.0%80.0%157223.7MS
34Steele Accelerated High SchoolNorthwest ISD1429 - 1296.934.7100.0%141619.7MS
35Gilliam Collegiate AcademyDallas ISD3649 - 1296.634.221.3%20.0%100.0%128818.0MS
36Colleyville Heritage High SchoolGrapevine-Colleyville ISD2,0789 - 1287.949.834.3%63.4%87.8%162924.9MS
37Heritage High SchoolFrisco ISD2,0759 - 1292.940.621.2%73.1%79.4%155123.2MS
38Nelson High SchoolNorthwest ISD2,5519 - 1289.846.129.4%51.2%100.0%152420.8MS
39McKinney Boyd High SchoolMcKinney ISD2,8149 - 1292.041.926.2%61.7%78.1%160724.4MS
40Fort Worth Academy of Fine ArtsFort Worth Academy of Fine Arts3437 - 1292.541.121.5%26.8%94.3%159723.2MS
41New Tech High School at CoppellCoppell ISD3259 - 1291.042.510.7%49.4%100.0%159322.5MS
42Prosper High SchoolProsper ISD2,5159 - 1292.938.414.5%65.6%81.9%158523.2MS
43Plano Senior High SchoolPlano ISD5,39211 - 1291.340.720.0%85.5%72.3%164025.0MS
44Obama Male Leadership AcademyDallas ISD1879 - 1299.026.364.7%20.0%100.0%1467MS
45Sunnyvale High SchoolSunnyvale ISD5009 - 1292.936.089.3%158823.7MS
46Hebron High SchoolLewisville ISD3,6189 - 1289.242.518.3%80.3%81.2%160924.7MS
47Frisco High SchoolFrisco ISD1,6749 - 1288.743.224.2%71.9%77.8%162225.1MS
48Marine Creek Collegiate High SchoolFort Worth ISD3139 - 1293.434.6100.0%136320.3MS
49Grapevine High SchoolGrapevine-Colleyville ISD1,8209 - 1286.146.935.7%57.3%82.2%162225.2MS
50Uplift Education - Summit International High SchoolUplift Education4389 - 1285.547.758.6%34.0%100.0%143820.4MS
51Allen High SchoolAllen ISD6,4379 - 1289.540.018.8%81.4%74.7%160824.3MS
52Lone Star High SchoolFrisco ISD1,9509 - 1292.733.714.9%66.2%71.0%154322.9MS
53Early College High SchoolCarrollton-Farmers Branch ISD3119 - 1290.736.36.4%25.0%100.0%144719.9MS
54Young Women'S Leadership AcademyFort Worth ISD3996 - 1296.524.663.8%16.4%100.0%1430MS
55Pearce High SchoolRichardson ISD2,3329 - 1284.046.827.5%56.0%98.0%158821.2MS
56Rockwall High SchoolRockwall ISD2,4909 - 1288.438.417.8%53.4%81.4%154324.0MS
57Aledo High SchoolAledo ISD1,6769 - 1289.137.019.0%61.7%74.9%156823.6MS
58Plano East Sr High School / McMillan High School / Williams High SchoolPlano ISD5,2759 - 1288.038.522.0%71.9%68.2%164425.3MS
59Dubiski Career High SchoolGrand Prairie ISD1,6689 - 1290.133.923.8%10.7%99.1%126919.5MS
60McKinney North High SchoolMcKinney ISD2,1069 - 1287.737.326.5%58.2%71.8%154922.7MS
61Richardson High SchoolRichardson ISD2,7249 - 1284.243.724.2%59.5%94.2%156520.2MS
62Central High SchoolKeller ISD2,5779 - 1289.034.317.6%62.5%71.5%154222.6MS
63Brock High SchoolBrock ISD3939 - 1292.228.374.1%147722.8MS
64Guyer High SchoolDenton ISD2,5429 - 1288.534.014.6%52.3%76.8%152722.3MS
65Mansfield High SchoolMansfield ISD2,4139 - 1288.134.517.1%43.1%77.8%151322.7MS
66Timber Creek High SchoolKeller ISD3,1519 - 1288.333.918.1%62.3%71.5%150622.0MS
67Wylie High SchoolWylie ISD2,3019 - 1289.032.313.4%62.2%72.8%146722.1MS
68Celina High SchoolCelina ISD7339 - 1289.130.98.5%50.0%73.4%156222.1MS
69Rockwall-Heath High SchoolRockwall ISD2,3559 - 1285.936.419.7%61.4%74.2%154823.0MS
70Northwest High SchoolNorthwest ISD2,0099 - 1281.741.418.5%50.6%100.0%150719.5MS
71Grandview High SchoolGrandview ISD3679 - 1290.225.61.8%69.8%145021.4MS
72Paschal High SchoolFort Worth ISD2,4549 - 1280.043.425.5%40.5%99.2%140923.0MS
73Forney High SchoolForney ISD1,4189 - 1289.625.810.9%42.8%63.3%144421.2MS
74Glen Rose High SchoolGlen Rose ISD4999 - 1288.227.75.9%45.4%70.2%147921.7MS
75The Colony High SchoolLewisville ISD2,0899 - 1287.129.812.5%67.3%65.6%152221.5MS
76Mansfield Lake Ridge High SchoolMansfield ISD2,2309 - 1286.730.416.7%32.7%76.8%140220.5MS
77Uplift Education - Williams Preparatory High SchoolUplift Education4729 - 1282.637.535.0%13.3%100.0%140020.0MS
78Paradise High SchoolParadise ISD3659 - 1290.622.80.3%65.8%137920.2MS
79Bell High SchoolHurst-Euless-Bedford ISD2,26110 - 1284.234.118.6%66.9%70.6%147722.3MS
80McKinney High SchoolMcKinney ISD2,8639 - 1283.734.228.2%52.8%66.4%151022.4MS
81Burleson Centennial High SchoolBurleson ISD1,6939 - 1284.432.217.5%40.5%77.2%143521.1MS
82Wylie East High SchoolWylie ISD1,8259 - 1287.226.511.2%48.3%62.9%145721.5MS
83Melissa High SchoolMelissa ISD7689 - 1290.220.956.6%149021.1MS
84Martin High SchoolArlington ISD3,4519 - 1283.432.915.3%53.6%70.8%153023.5MS
85Boswell High SchoolEagle Mt-Saginaw ISD1,8099 - 1285.728.419.6%35.7%64.0%150022.2MS
86Fossil Ridge High SchoolKeller ISD2,4019 - 1285.827.613.1%47.1%65.9%144121.1MS
87Palmer High SchoolPalmer ISD3099 - 1286.623.959.7%145725.4MS
88Aubrey High SchoolAubrey ISD6469 - 1285.226.23.3%70.3%67.3%144421.8MS
89iUniversity PrepGrapevine-Colleyville ISD4844 - 1294.19.74.1%44.5%42.0%1610MS
90Tolar High SchoolTolar ISD2619 - 1287.621.31.1%60.3%140120.5MS
91Trinity High SchoolHurst-Euless-Bedford ISD2,57410 - 1281.632.015.7%63.4%70.9%144321.7MS
92Sachse High SchoolGarland ISD2,8119 - 1283.329.027.2%32.0%65.2%142521.4MS
93Birdville High SchoolBirdville ISD2,1309 - 1283.128.519.8%46.6%61.1%149221.7MS
94Creekview High SchoolCarrollton-Farmers Branch ISD1,9009 - 1281.531.218.0%53.3%67.5%147522.3MS
95Krum High SchoolKrum ISD6069 - 1284.326.19.8%38.3%65.4%145421.2MS
96North Forney High SchoolForney ISD1,4859 - 1285.324.29.0%40.8%63.2%140619.8MS
97Smith New Tech High SchoolDallas ISD3949 - 1280.831.858.5%3.4%100.0%125817.2MS
98Burleson High SchoolBurleson ISD1,6759 - 1283.027.713.6%42.3%67.8%141520.9MS
99Caddo Mills High SchoolCaddo Mills ISD4949 - 1286.022.159.8%146621.5MS
100Farmersville High SchoolFarmersville ISD4789 - 1284.623.41.9%61.5%59.7%150622.1MS
101Pilot Point High SchoolPilot Point ISD4099 - 1284.224.22.0%11.8%63.2%153521.8MS
102Midlothian High SchoolMidlothain ISD1,7709 - 1282.028.210.0%59.2%65.5%148421.9MS
103Mansfield Legacy High SchoolMansfield ISD2,0129 - 1281.728.612.5%40.1%70.5%143221.3MS
104Berkner High SchoolRichardson ISD2,5489 - 1276.936.614.0%46.9%96.1%143818.3MS
105Richland High SchoolBirdville ISD2,0819 - 1281.128.918.6%51.7%61.3%148822.1MS
106Uplift Education - Peak Preparatory High SchoolUplift Education4179 - 1277.435.229.0%13.8%100.0%131519.0MS
107Chisholm Trail High SchoolEagle Mt-Saginaw ISD2,0119 - 1284.022.812.8%39.0%57.6%136420.1MS
108Lake Dallas High SchoolLake Dallas ISD1,2999 - 1281.726.55.5%53.5%68.3%141521.4MS
109Lake Highlands High SchoolRichardson ISD2,7569 - 1273.739.417.4%47.4%99.8%148318.4MS
110Wilson High SchoolDallas ISD1,8009 - 1274.837.330.1%28.0%100.0%129818.5MS
111Saginaw High SchoolEagle Mt-Saginaw ISD1,9249 - 1281.724.416.4%37.3%62.4%135618.9MS
112Wolfe City High SchoolWolfe City ISD1949 - 1288.411.871.4%19.5MS
113Trimble Technical High SchoolFort Worth ISD1,7539 - 1277.830.717.1%10.2%97.9%118118.0MS
114South Grand Prairie High SchoolGrand Prairie ISD3,3939 - 1276.333.28.8%35.8%94.7%125220.1MS
115Decatur High SchoolDecatur ISD9779 - 1280.525.313.0%28.4%64.4%143920.7MS
116Ponder High SchoolPonder ISD4039 - 1282.122.20.6%60.0%147221.5MS
117Lone Oak High SchoolLone Oak ISD3289 - 1279.626.63.0%6.7%71.0%148121.7MS
118Lewisville High SchoolLewisville ISD4,4349 - 1281.622.79.2%48.4%56.9%142320.3MS
119Poteet High SchoolMesquite ISD1,7919 - 1279.726.216.6%34.3%66.1%137719.9MS
120MacArthur High SchoolIrving ISD2,8139 - 1275.633.512.6%41.9%100.0%125616.9MS
121Azle High SchoolAzle ISD1,7889 - 1281.122.46.3%38.0%59.4%140820.5MS
122Singley AcademyIrving ISD1,8289 - 1275.632.323.9%14.3%100.0%125016.9MS
123Mansfield Timberview High SchoolMansfield ISD1,7789 - 1277.927.810.0%20.1%80.5%134418.8MS
124Hillcrest High SchoolDallas ISD1,0979 - 1274.933.119.0%27.2%100.0%122217.0MS
125Peaster High SchoolPeaster ISD3019 - 1282.219.15.0%8.4%46.3%156224.6MS
126Joshua High SchoolJoshua ISD1,4579 - 1278.625.22.7%43.7%66.7%145321.5MS
127Arlington Heights High SchoolFort Worth ISD1,9999 - 1272.236.724.3%25.4%96.7%131820.4MS
128Lakeview Centennial High SchoolGarland ISD2,2089 - 1278.325.520.7%11.6%71.3%136419.3MS
129Granbury High SchoolGranbury ISD1,9219 - 1278.823.96.8%35.4%59.1%149922.3MS
130Seguin High SchoolArlington ISD1,6459 - 1275.729.414.0%30.1%81.2%131719.2MS
131Scurry-Rosser High SchoolScurry-Rosser ISD3429 - 1282.616.70.7%47.9%143119.5MS
132Little Elm High SchoolLittle Elm ISD2,0389 - 1279.322.410.1%51.0%55.9%139319.7MS
133Blue Ridge High SchoolBlue Ridge ISD2029 - 1278.922.80.3%66.7%141419.0MS
134Crandall High SchoolCrandall ISD9989 - 1278.222.98.3%26.6%63.6%135719.6MS
135Red Oak High SchoolRed Oak ISD1,8449 - 1277.423.85.6%54.1%64.0%135220.3MS
136Kaufman High SchoolKaufman ISD1,0969 - 1271.135.32.7%29.3%100.0%141019.9MS
137North Garland High SchoolGarland ISD2,7459 - 1276.525.427.1%29.8%56.6%144620.9MS
138Kennedale High SchoolKennedale ISD1,0109 - 1276.425.35.0%48.4%65.8%143621.2MS
139Bridgeport High SchoolBridgeport ISD6449 - 1278.720.84.2%48.8%55.6%140220.5MS
140Millsap High SchoolMillsap ISD2979 - 1277.622.86.2%6.2%63.8%137221.1MS
141Rowlett High SchoolGarland ISD2,6979 - 1277.922.219.0%29.5%53.9%140720.2MS
142Arlington High SchoolArlington ISD2,7469 - 1274.927.713.5%46.1%66.9%142120.9MS
143Maypearl High SchoolMaypearl ISD3299 - 1280.018.349.4%144222.0MS
144Midlothian Heritage High SchoolMidlothian ISD8309 - 1288.03.710.8%55.6%MS
145Mansfield Summit High SchoolMansfield ISD2,1289 - 1275.626.211.1%25.4%70.8%138919.9MS
146Uplift Education - Hampton Preparatory High SchoolUplift Education3169 - 1280.816.538.9%6.2%100.0%17.8MS
147Keene High SchoolKeene ISD3219 - 1277.023.46.4%18.2%64.9%140020.2MS
148Weatherford High SchoolWeatherford ISD2,3169 - 1277.122.811.0%47.0%55.0%143220.8MS
149Life High School WaxahachieLife School8539 - 1280.217.06.0%17.5%50.5%132518.1MS
150Princeton High SchoolPrinceton ISD1,1289 - 1279.218.79.2%25.6%48.5%143420.5MS
151Horn High SchoolMesquite ISD2,3629 - 1276.024.59.5%31.6%68.4%134118.9MS
152Newman International Academy of ArlingtonNewman International Academy of Arlington1,041PK - 1275.924.41.1%72.4%136819.1MS
153Mabank High SchoolMabank ISD1,0279 - 1280.116.67.1%46.6%40.3%142121.4MS
154Ranchview High SchoolCarrollton-Farmers Branch ISD8869 - 1273.128.48.5%77.9%68.4%142020.7MS
155Boyd High SchoolBoyd ISD3409 - 1279.816.30.8%46.4%142720.0MS
156Alvord High SchoolAlvord ISD2069 - 1284.47.848.9%18.8MS
157Smith High SchoolCarrollton-Farmers Branch ISD1,9359 - 1274.824.914.5%37.6%59.2%145121.0MS
158Sanger High SchoolSanger ISD7929 - 1278.318.23.4%31.4%50.8%139819.8MS
159Brewer High SchoolWhite Settlement ISD1,9199 - 1275.223.710.8%22.1%64.9%136519.9MS
160Anna High SchoolAnna ISD8339 - 1278.117.43.1%36.4%47.9%137720.4MS
161Venus High SchoolVenus ISD5509 - 1277.018.958.1%133418.4MS
162Ryan High SchoolDenton ISD2,0589 - 1275.521.55.8%43.3%56.6%141320.5MS
163Denton High SchoolDenton ISD2,0459 - 1271.229.211.7%46.6%71.8%143821.0MS
164Southwest High SchoolFort Worth ISD1,2959 - 1268.933.227.4%16.0%93.8%127519.2MS
165Adams High SchoolDallas ISD2,0409 - 1272.027.415.7%6.8%100.0%110415.0MS
166W.T. White High SchoolDallas ISD2,2619 - 1268.533.618.4%27.7%100.0%124817.3MS
167Bowie High SchoolArlington ISD2,8429 - 1272.426.414.8%29.1%70.5%134619.6MS
168Sunset High SchoolDallas ISD1,9669 - 1271.228.414.8%7.8%100.0%113715.6MS
169Springtown High SchoolSpringtown ISD9349 - 1277.516.73.4%40.3%45.6%139520.1MS
170Nimitz High SchoolIrving ISD2,5039 - 1270.130.110.4%27.7%98.7%119815.9MS
171Irving High SchoolIrving ISD2,4919 - 1269.431.217.7%17.5%97.3%123217.1MS
172Boles High SchoolBoles ISD1689 - 1276.517.751.0%139619.9MS
173Royse City High SchoolRoyse City ISD1,5249 - 1275.020.16.5%34.2%51.8%143021.2MS
174Garland High SchoolGarland ISD2,5839 - 1270.527.719.2%55.3%56.5%149122.1MS
175Waxahachie High SchoolWaxahachie ISD2,1559 - 1274.221.05.5%53.6%54.2%140420.7MS
176Community High SchoolCommunity ISD5889 - 1274.519.63.9%18.0%54.6%139720.4MS
177Western Hills High SchoolFort Worth ISD1,0839 - 1265.834.713.6%18.2%100.0%122520.8MS
178Molina High SchoolDallas ISD2,1239 - 1269.527.716.1%3.8%100.0%114315.1MS
179Greenville High SchoolGreenville ISD1,3448 - 1276.614.41.2%41.1%140620.1MS
180Skyline High SchoolDallas ISD4,5319 - 1268.728.614.1%5.6%100.0%116015.7MS
181North Mesquite High SchoolMesquite ISD2,8169 - 1273.120.612.2%20.0%59.5%127818.7MS
182Mesquite High SchoolMesquite ISD2,8589 - 1272.421.59.3%26.9%64.3%126617.6MS
183Godley High SchoolGodley ISD5199 - 1273.918.80.1%55.0%136019.9MS
184Haltom High SchoolBirdville ISD2,6249 - 1271.721.714.3%34.7%55.0%137019.5MS
185Universal AcademyUniversal Academy736PK - 1276.213.41.8%92.3%1136MS
186Turner High SchoolCarrollton-Farmers Branch ISD2,0449 - 1272.220.218.3%26.5%52.0%138718.5MS
187Avalon SchoolAvalon ISD403PK - 1277.510.561.1%1351MS
188Ennis High SchoolEnnis ISD1,6609 - 1272.818.99.1%34.2%50.7%137119.0MS
189Adamson High SchoolDallas ISD1,4809 - 1268.027.412.8%6.8%100.0%112014.9MS
190Bland High SchoolBland ISD1949 - 1279.66.238.9%1252MS
191Everman High SchoolEverman ISD1,5029 - 1273.117.58.4%10.9%54.4%124818.0MS
192South Hills High SchoolFort Worth ISD2,2119 - 1266.628.911.9%6.9%100.0%111016.8MS
193North Side High SchoolFort Worth ISD1,6849 - 1265.431.020.3%12.9%100.0%117417.1MS
194Terrell High SchoolTerrell ISD1,1669 - 1274.413.60.6%30.0%42.4%130917.9MS
195Alvarado High SchoolAlvarado ISD1,1169 - 1273.714.31.1%42.2%130720.3MS
196North Crowley High SchoolCrowley ISD2,4009 - 1268.523.711.6%43.6%61.2%133619.8MS
197Lake Worth High SchoolLake Worth ISD8469 - 1271.917.18.7%20.2%51.0%128317.9MS
198Naaman Forest High SchoolGarland ISD1,9949 - 1269.620.717.2%24.0%53.9%134919.6MS
199Castleberry High SchoolCastleberry ISD9919 - 1271.017.19.5%5.3%53.7%126518.0MS
200Commerce High SchoolCommerce ISD4739 - 1268.521.50.3%63.6%134419.7MS
201North Dallas High SchoolDallas ISD1,0599 - 1265.127.611.7%12.3%100.0%108715.2MS
202West Mesquite High SchoolMesquite ISD2,0579 - 1270.018.79.2%19.9%56.3%126217.8MS
203Chico High SchoolChico ISD1839 - 1268.820.763.5%130219.0MS
204Carter-Riverside High SchoolFort Worth ISD1,3659 - 1262.930.516.6%12.1%100.0%113217.5MS
205Uplift Education - Luna Preparatory High SchoolUplift Education3959 - 1271.215.126.4%2.8%100.0%17.4MS
206Celeste High SchoolCeleste ISD1619 - 1274.69.052.8%20.2MS
207Cleburne High SchoolCleburne ISD1,7599 - 1269.418.18.2%32.3%48.6%137619.5MS
208Rio Vista High SchoolRio Vista ISD2479 - 1274.58.60.8%49.0%1372MS
209Pinkston High SchoolDallas ISD9789 - 1264.925.811.6%2.6%100.0%103914.6MS
210Uplift Education - Heights Preparatory High SchoolUplift Education4109 - 1278.01.747.2%6.0%MS
211Samuell High SchoolDallas ISD1,8699 - 1265.025.09.6%2.1%100.0%104113.7MS
212Inspired Vision AcademyInspired Vision Academy5797 - 1268.917.54.2%60.6%121915.8MS
213Conrad High SchoolDallas ISD1,2709 - 1264.226.112.6%1.7%100.0%105814.8MS
214Seagoville High SchoolDallas ISD1,3899 - 1264.026.48.5%8.4%100.0%108514.4MS
215Jefferson High SchoolDallas ISD1,7019 - 1263.626.614.1%3.9%100.0%107114.9MS
216Lamar High SchoolArlington ISD2,8649 - 1263.726.212.4%40.8%64.6%140921.0MS
217Lancaster High SchoolLancaster ISD2,0749 - 1266.321.313.0%7.2%71.4%115117.0MS
218Spruce High SchoolDallas ISD1,7679 - 1263.326.511.2%4.6%100.0%106015.0MS
219Poolville High SchoolPoolville ISD1739 - 1272.98.964.0%16.4MS
220Italy High SchoolItaly ISD2816 - 1271.510.664.4%19.4MS
221DeSoto High SchoolDesoto ISD3,2149 - 1265.022.25.7%12.7%72.7%120617.2MS
222Duncanville High SchoolDuncanville ISD4,2789 - 1264.721.83.8%27.7%66.9%127218.2MS
223Grand Prairie High SchoolGrand Prairie ISD2,7309 - 1261.228.113.5%6.3%100.0%110116.0MS
224Kimball High SchoolDallas ISD1,5049 - 1261.426.98.7%3.9%100.0%111014.8MS
225International Leadership of TexasInternational Leadership of Texas3549 - 1175.7MS
226Cedar Hill High SchoolCedar Hill ISD2,2479 - 1263.422.17.0%11.1%67.3%129418.5MS
227Carter High SchoolDallas ISD1,1419 - 1260.926.112.1%3.4%100.0%104014.9MS
228A+ AcademyA+ Academy1,068PK - 1260.426.55.5%95.8%116915.0MS
229Kemp High SchoolKemp ISD4949 - 1268.910.328.9%143420.7MS
230Crowley High SchoolCrowley ISD2,1009 - 1263.818.510.1%20.7%54.5%130117.7MS
231Wilmer-Hutchins High SchoolDallas ISD8189 - 1259.026.610.3%0.7%100.0%107015.2MS
232Ferris High SchoolFerris ISD7169 - 1266.113.53.8%6.5%40.3%135418.7MS
233Life School Oak CliffLife School1,599K - 1261.119.81.4%65.6%124317.0MS
234Wh Ford High SchoolQuinlan ISD8059 - 1264.013.90.5%42.4%135718.3MS
235Houston High SchoolArlington ISD3,7259 - 1261.218.211.0%15.5%58.2%121816.4MS
236Polytechnic High SchoolFort Worth ISD1,2539 - 1256.426.817.0%1.3%100.0%103615.9IR
237Roosevelt High SchoolDallas ISD6539 - 1255.926.913.0%2.7%100.0%107115.4MS
238Wyatt High SchoolFort Worth ISD1,3399 - 1256.225.59.0%2.0%100.0%100214.9MS
239Eastern Hills High SchoolFort Worth ISD1,1949 - 1255.426.415.6%0.7%100.0%103415.6MS
240Dunbar High SchoolFort Worth ISD8839 - 1255.526.212.5%3.0%100.0%107914.5MS
241South Garland High SchoolGarland ISD2,2969 - 1260.814.710.8%8.8%47.8%120916.6MS
242Lincoln Humanities/Communications SchoolDallas ISD5459 - 1254.625.416.6%1.9%100.0%104314.1IR
243Diamond Hill-Jarvis High SchoolFort Worth ISD8379 - 1255.123.526.5%1.8%84.1%111915.8MS
244South Oak Cliff High SchoolDallas ISD1,2869 - 1253.325.08.8%1.6%100.0%104113.7MS
245Gateway Charter AcademyGateway Charter Academy2536 - 1260.011.10.9%79.3%1099MS
246Madison High SchoolDallas ISD4799 - 1250.023.913.0%100.0%99513.2IR

Note: The student achievement index is the percentage of total number of student assessments for all subjects tested that met or exceeded TEA achievement standards.The college readiness index is derived from student performance in AP/IB courses and on college admission tests.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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The three factors on which this 2018 analysis of Dallas area public high schools academic performance is based the annual TEA STAAR evaluations, the level of participation and success of students taking AP/IB courses, and the level of participation and success of students on college admission tests. Each high school included in the study was measured against twelve evaluation criteria that were selected to reflect these three factors.

Within each evaluation category, the top rated school was awarded the maximum points allocated to that category and all other schools were awarded a proportional number of points based on how their individual scores compared to the score of the top rated school. Scores from all six evaluation categories were then added together to arrive at the school's overall score. Students at some high schools did not participate in all the evaluation categories. While these schools were credited with no points in the applicable categories, total possible points for each of these schools also were adjusted.

Performance on STAAR evaluations: 60 points

A maximum of 40 points was awarded based on the percentage of a school's students meeting achievement standards on the TEA reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies subject assessments. The TEA refers to the percentage of total number of student assessments for all subjects tested that met or exceeded its achievement standards for campuses and districts as their student achievement indexes.

Participation and performance in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses: 20 points

A maximum of 20 points was awarded based on percentage of students in grades 11-12 participating and successfully completing AP/IB courses. The schools with the highest percentage of students taking and passing College Board AP examinations or IB examinations in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, science and social studies were awarded five points for each subject area category. Because of display space limitations in the above table, the participation rate in each subject area is not displayed.

Participation and performance on college entrance exams: 20 points

The schools with the highest adjusted SAT scores (percentage of seniors taking SAT and ACT college entrance exams times their SAT median ELA and mathematics scores) were each awarded ten points. The schools with the highest adjusted ACT scores (percentage of seniors taking SAT and ACT college entrance exams times their ACT median ELA, mathematics and science scores) were also awarded five points. Because of display space limitations in the above table, the subject area scores are not displayed.

Source: Texas Education Agency.

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