10 Best Schools in Texas

The State of Texas ranks 28th among all states for its quality of public education, according to Niche, these are the 10 best schools in Texas State. In 2019, USA Today ranked Texas right in the middle at 34 for public education among all 50 states. With a high school graduation rate of 94%, Texas students have one of the highest graduation rates of any state system.

Public schools:

According to the US News the top 5 best public schools in the state are:

1. Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School

Dallas, Texas

Student/ Teacher Ratio: 19:2
Math Proficiency: 85%
Reading Proficiency: 67%

Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School is ranked second in Texas. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement coursework and exams. The AP participation rate at Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School is 100%.

The total minority enrollment is 93%, and 71% of students are economically disadvantaged. Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School is 1 of 40 high schools in the Dallas Independent School District.

Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School also is ranked #15 in the National Rankings. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare students for college.

How to Enroll

Students must meet Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School and test score eligibility to qualify to apply to a magnet program. To learn more about the students who apply for admission to a Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School program, click here. Source

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2. Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA)

Corpus Christi, Texas

Student/ Teacher Ratio: 13:1
Math Proficiency: 86%
Reading Proficiency: 63%

Liberal Arts and Science Academy is a public high school where prospective students compete for admission or are recruited by the school, and are evaluated on their test scores, teacher recommendations, and prior achievements.

LASA’s advanced, rigorous curriculum includes 30 Advanced Placement courses and 121 honors courses. The school’s classes are designed to be more challenging than what the state and district require. LASA offers signature courses, which are collaborative group classes where students research, design, implement and present projects in various science and humanities subjects. LASA students can participate in a variety of sports, including football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, golf, soccer, swimming, baseball, and softball.

How to Enroll

Students must meet Liberal Arts and Science Academy and test score eligibility to qualify to apply to a magnet program. To learn more about the students who apply for admission to a Liberal Arts and Science Academy program, click here.

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3. Windsor Park G/T

Corpus Christi, TX

Student/ Teacher Ratio: 17:1
Math Proficiency: 97%
Reading Proficiency: 96%

Windsor Park G/T is a public school located in Corpus Christi, TX, which is in a large city setting. The student population of Windsor Park G/T is 586 and the school serves 1-5.

The school’s minority student enrollment is 69%. Windsor Park G/T is also ranked #2 in Texas Elementary Schools. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare their students for high school.

How to Enroll

Students must meet Windsor Park G/T and test score eligibility to qualify to apply to a magnet program. To learn more about the students who apply for admission to a Windsor Park G/T program, click here.

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4. William B Travis Vanguard Acad of Academically Tag

Dallas, TX

Student/ Teacher Ratio: 17:1
Math Proficiency: 98%
Reading Proficiency: 98%

William B Travis Vanguard Acad of Academically Tag is a magnet school located in Dallas, TX, which is in a large city setting. The student population of William B Travis Vanguard Acad of Academically Tag is 521 and the school serves 4-8.

The school’s minority student enrollment is 46%. William B Travis Vanguard Acad of Academically Tag is ranked #1 in Texas Elementary Schools and ranked #1 in Texas Middle Schools. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare their students for high school.

How to Enroll

Students must meet William B Travis Vanguard Acad of Academically Tag and test score eligibility to qualify to apply to a magnet program. To learn more about the students who apply for admission to a William B Travis Vanguard Acad of Academically Tag program, click here.

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5. Old Union Elementary

Southlake, TX

Student/ Teacher Ratio: 13:1
Math Proficiency: 98%
Reading Proficiency: 92%

Old Union Elementary is a public school located in Southlake, TX, which is in a large suburb setting. The student population of Old Union Elementary is 471 and the school serves PK-4.
The school’s minority student enrollment is 38%.

The student-teacher ratio is 13:1, which is better than that of the district. The student population is made up of 52% female students and 48% male students. The school enrolls 3% economically disadvantaged students. There are 36 equivalent full-time teachers and 1 full-time school counselor.

How to Enroll

To learn more about the students who apply for admission to a Old Union Elementary program, click here.

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Private Schools:

According to the Niche the top 5 best private schools in the state are:

1. St. Mark’s School of Texas

Dallas, Texas

Student/ Teacher Ratio: 8:1
Math Proficiency: 85%
Reading Proficiency: 95%

St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, nonsectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.

As of 2021, St. Mark’s School of Texas 904 students are spread across first through twelfth grade, with 412 in the Upper School, 342 in the Middle School, and 152 in the Lower School. The average class size is 16, and the overall student/faculty ratio is 8:1. Of the 127 full-time faculty members, 97 have advanced degrees, including 11 with doctorates. As of 2021, 30% of the teachers had worked at the school for at least twenty years. There are 22 fully endowed faculty positions, including 16 Master Teaching chairs.

How to Enroll

To learn more about the students who apply for admission to a St. Mark’s School of Texas program, click here.

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2. Greenhill School

Addison, TX

Student/ Teacher Ratio: 8:1
Math Proficiency: 92%
Reading Proficiency: 95%

Greenhill School is a co-educational day school in Addison, Texas. The school was founded in 1950 by Bernard Fulton. The 78-acre (320,000 m2) campus is located 12 miles (19 km) north of downtown Dallas, Texas, and enrolls about 1,270 students from throughout the Dallas Metroplex.

Greenhill School is the first co-educational, non-denominational Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 school in Dallas and is a member of both the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC).

How to Enroll

To learn more about the students who apply for admission to a Greenhill School program, click here.

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3. The St. Anthony School

Carrollton, TX

Student/ Teacher Ratio: 18:1
Math Proficiency: 73%
Reading Proficiency: 80%

The St. Anthony School, founded by Tony Cinquepalmi, is an independent therapeutic school located in Carrollton, Texas.

The St Anthony School specializes in Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Disorder, Bipolar disorder, Learning Disabilities, Anxiety, Depression, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. The St Anthony School is accredited with the Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools and is listed in D Magazine as one of the top schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for children with special needs and specializing in alternative learning.

The St. Anthony School also offers the Momentum Program, a transitional program designed to provide support to high school graduates as they navigate their next stage of life.

How to Enroll

1 Step: The Admissions Interest Form asks for basic information about your child. If you have academic and/or neuropsychological testing, we ask that you please send it to our Diagnostician at admissions@thestanthonyschool.com. Upon submission, our staff will carefully review your child’s information + testing (if applicable) and determine if our program is appropriate for your child’s learning needs.

To learn more about the students who apply for admission to The St. Anthony School program, click here.

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4. The Hockaday School

Dallas, TX

Student/ Teacher Ratio: 9:1

Math Proficiency: 86%

Reading Proficiency: 93%

The Hockaday School is an independent, college preparatory day and boarding school for girls of strong potential and diverse backgrounds who may be expected to assume positions of responsibility and leadership in a rapidly changing world.

Hockaday is the nation’s largest prekindergarten through grade 12 independent girls’ school and includes a Residence Department for up to 80 borders. Ranked among the country’s finest college preparatory schools, it was founded in 1913 and continues today to build on its original Four Cornerstones: Character, Courtesy, Scholarship, and Athletics.

How to Enroll

Admission decision notifications will be emailed on March 11, 2022, to all applicants who have completed their applications by January 28, 2022.

To learn more about the students who apply for admission to The Hockaday School program, click here.

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5. The John Cooper School

The Woodlands, TX

Student/ Teacher Ratio: 11:1

Math Proficiency: 87%

Reading Proficiency: 96%

The John Cooper School is a fully accredited, Prek through Grade 12, college preparatory school that is located on 43 acres that were set aside by George Mitchell, founder of The Woodlands, for an independent school.

The vision set forth in the formative years remains the same today – to provide a challenging education in a caring environment. Traditional educational practices combined with innovative new methods teach students to become critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators, responsible citizens and leaders, and lifetime learners.

How to Enroll

1 Step: Submit Application Online; Given the transient nature of our region and the industries in our community, we will accept applications to all grade levels after the deadline dates. Please contact us at admission@johncooper.org or 281-367-0900 ext. 2320 to learn more about the application process after deadline dates have passed.

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