Austin is known for a multitude of things from live music to funky food trucks, but it is also known for its highly rated schools. For home buyers with children, or who plan to have children, schools will be an important factor in your home buying decision. But, even if you don’t have school aged children, schools should be a consideration when buying a home. Traditionally, homes in the most highly ranked school districts have held their value better than homes in lesser ranked school districts.
We’re often asked about the best schools in Austin, so to help answer this question, we’ve put together a list of the Top 3 School Districts in and around Austin, Texas.
Information on the following school districts was compiled from a combination of gathered facts from Schooldigger, the school districts’ sites, and TEA itself. The 2013-2014 TEA ratings are not available until the end of the year, so these ratings are based on the 2012-2013 school year.
There are approximately Austin contains 163 primary and secondary schools. Most public schools in Austin belong to Austin Independent School District, although some areas of Austin proper are serviced by the acclaimed Eanes Independent School District. There are several school districts serving the surrounding areas of Austin; we have included information on the top three districts in the area, as well as Austin ISD itself, in an effort to assist you in choosing the area most suited to your family.
The TEA (Texas Education Agency) ranks school districts within the state on a yearly basis. The accountability rating system is based on results of standardized test scores, dropout rates, and high school completion rates. Ratings can change from year to year because they’re so closely tied to student performance; one good—or unacceptable—round of results can push a school’s rating up or down.
#1 Eanes Independent School District – Exemplary Rated School District
The Eanes ISD is not only one of the best school districts in the Austin area but one of the best in all of the state of Texas. Eanes ISD consists of thirty one square miles of the Texas Hill Country, including a small part of West Austin, as well as the communities of Rollingwoodand West Lake Hills
Eanes ISD serves roughly 8,000 students at nine schools; six elementary schools (grades K-5), two middle schools (grades 6-8), and one high school (grades 9-12). Seven of the nine schools have been recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools and, as of 2009, all nine schools were given Texas Education Agency’s highest rating of Exemplary.
The District and all nine campuses achieved the highest rating, “Met Standard” by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for 2012-13. Seven of the nine campuses have been recognized as U.S. Blue Ribbon Schools, including Eanes Elementary which was honored in 2005.
Eanes students score well above the state average on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). Also, students’ scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Test (ACT) consistently exceed the state and national averages. Approximately 98% of EISD’s graduating students have gone on to attend college in recent years.
Eanes Independent School District enrolls 1% of the population of Austin.
#2 Lake Travis Independent School District – Exemplary Rated School District
The Lake Travis ISD serves the expanding community of Lake Travis, located approximately 20 miles west of Austin. District enrollment is approximately 7,500 students in eight campuses including: Bee Cave, Lake Pointe, Lake Travis, Lakeway, and Serene Hills Elementary Schools (Grades K-5); Hudson Bend and Lake Travis MiddleSchools (Grades 6-8); and Lake Travis High School (Grades 9-12).
The District takes in 118.2 square miles that are bordered by Lake Travis on the north, Travis and Hays county line on the south, the Pedernales River to the west, and Lake Austin and Barton Creek to the east.
One of the top schools in the district is Lake Travis High School, challenging their students with a vigorous class schedule and encouraging their students to engage themselves in one of six Institutes of Study. Lake Travis High School students are encouraged to choose one of the institutes and pursue the area of study in depth.
The Institutes of Study at Lake Travis High School include:
- Advanced Sciences and Medicine
- Veterinary and Agricultural Science
- Math, Engineering and Architecture
- Business, Finance and Marketing
- Humanities, Technology and Communications
- Fine Arts
#3: Leander Independent School District – Recognized Rated School District
Leander ISD is a school district based in Leander, Texas, covering a total of 225 square miles in Leander, Cedar Park, and Jonestown in Williamson County, and Northwest Austin in Travis County. Leander ISD is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state, educating more than 35,000 students in its more than thirty eight campuses. The district also has a “College Connection” arrangement with Austin Community College.
Some of the highest rated schools in Leander ISD include: Cedar Park HS, Recognized; Vandergrift HS, Recognized, Canyon Ridge MS – Exemplary, Cedar Park MS – Recognized, Four Points MS – Exemplary, Leander MS – Recognized, Laura Welch Bush Elementary – Exemplary, Deer Creek Elementary – Exemplary, Steiner Ranch Elementary – Exemplary, Cypress Elementary – Recognized, Rutledge Elementary – Recognized.
Austin Independent School District – Academically Acceptable
Austin ISD is a district based within the city of Austin. The district serves most of the City of Austin, and operates 124 schools including 81 elementary schools, 18 middle schools, and 16 high schools. The Austin Independent School District’s students performed well under the state’s new accountability system, with 110 schools meeting the standard and 55 schools earning academic distinctions, according to the Texas Education Agency’s preliminary state accountability ratings.
Austin’s most highly rated High School was Bowie High School, earning TEA’s Recognized rating. Bowie High School is located in Austin’s southwest area and serves Circle C, Shady Hollow, Brodie Springs and Meridian.
Some of Austin ISD’s top performing schools include: Bowie HS – Recognized, Bailey MS – Recognized, Gorzycki MS – Recognized, Baranoff Elementary – Exemplary, Barton Hills Elementary – Exemplary, Bryker Woods Elementary – Exemplary, Highland Park Elementary – Exemplary, Oak Hill Elementary – Exemplary, Baldwin Elementary – Recognized, Barrington Elementary – Recognized, Overton Elementary – Recognized, and Wooten Elementary – Recognized