Best School Districts in DFW

When parents are relocating to a new community, one of their first questions is often "What are the best school districts in DFW?"  To help get you started, here is an overview of the best schools in DFW (based on various stats, ratings, and reviews collected from trusted online resources).

Best school districts in DFW

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Lovejoy Independent School District

Students who attend the Lovejoy Independent School District enjoy plenty of academic enrichment through competitions, camps, clubs, and events. Within the district are three elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, and one high school (Lovejoy High School).

Lovejoy high school students can participate in an internship that allows them to work in their perspective field of study.

With a perfect score by Great Schools, Lovejoy Independent School District is the first district on our list of the best in Dallas.

Great Schools gives Lovejoy Independent School District a rating of 10/10.

Coppell Independent School District

The Coppell Independent School District has approximately 11,600 students district-wide, and there are ten elementary schools, three middle schools, one traditional high school, and one alternative school for all grades.

The Coppell School District boasts several achievements including the Coppell High School #10 ranking last year in the Lone Star Cup standings. The Lone Star Cup honors the best overall academic and athletic programs in Texas. Sports include tennis, volleyball, football, and baseball.

A rating of 9/10 deserves a spot on the list if the best school districts in DFW.

Highland Park Independent School District

Located north of downtown Dallas, the Highland Park Independent School District works hard to provide quality, innovative programs that help recognize each students potential. There are four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, and one high school.

In 2014, Highland Park High School had the honor of being named one of the top high schools in the country by Newsweek magazine, and over ninety-six percent of the graduating class went on to pursue higher education.

Another perfect rating cannot be argued that a district shouldn't be on our list of the best DFW school districts!

Great Schools gives the Highland Park Independent School District a perfect 10/10 score.

Allen Independent School District

Enrollment is continuing to climb in the Allen Independent School District, and it has over 20,500 students spread out over seventeen elementary schools, three middle schools, one high school, and one freshman center.  Despite the growing numbers, the district is committed to keeping acceptable class sizes and student-to-staff ratios.

Students in Allen ISD's middle or high school can try out for sports such as baseball, basketball, football, and golf.  The Allen High School football team has won several Texas High School State Championships over the past decade.

The combination of a top suburb, a sports powerhouse and an excellent rating are undoubtedly good enough for us to make our list of the best school districts in DFW.

Great schools give Allen Independent School District a score of 9/10

Frisco Independent School District

With over 50,000 students enrolled in thirty-eight elementary schools, fifteen middle schools, eight high schools, and three special program schools, the Frisco Independent School District is one of the fastest growing districts in the country.

Frisco ISD believes in small learning environments, and according to their website, their mission is to know every student by name and need - and build meaningful relationships to promote family involvement and high levels of academic achievement.

Over ninety percent of the district’s graduates join the military or further their education at a university or technical school.

Great Schools has Frisco Independent School District at 9/10

Prosper Independent School District

The Prosper Independent School District is a member of the Texas High-Performance Schools Consortium, which means they joined forces with twenty-two other Texas school districts to develop high priority learning standards, meaningful assessment, and an accountability system that is community-based.

Within the Prosper School District are five elementary schools, two middle schools (one houses grades five and six, while the other has grades seven and eight), and one high school. Eligible Prosper High School students can earn dual credits, meaning they can attend Collin College while still in high school.

Great Schools rating for Prosper Independent School District is 9/10.

Southlake Carroll Independent School District

Located in the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, the Carroll Independent School District has eleven schools including five that were named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. The district proudly claims a zero percent drop out rate, a ninety-seven percent attendance rate, and students routinely score above the national and state average on all assessments, not to mention the fact around ninety-eight percent of seniors attend college after graduation.

The Carroll Independent School District’s World Languages program provides students with the opportunity to learn another language where they will eventually reach a college-ready proficiency. The foreign languages offered are American Sign Language, Chinese, French, Latin, and Spanish. For students who enjoy athletics, there are several sports teams including swimming, golf, baseball, and basketball.  Southlake Carroll High School is known as an athletics powerhouse within the North Texas area.

Recently ranked as the best school district in the State of Texas - enough said when it comes to the list of the best schools in DFW!

Great Schools rating for Carroll Independent School District - 10/10.

Argyle Independent School District

The Argyle district, made up of three schools, is known for its academic and athletic excellence. It has earned the Lone Star Cup five times including 2013 and 2014, and the Argyle High School basketball team won the 2015 state championship as did the boys wrestling team. The Argyle Independent School District participates in the Texas University Interscholastic League which has the most thorough academic and literary program in the country.

Great School rating for Argyle Independent School District - 9/10

Plano Independent School District

Long thought of as one of DFW's premier school districts, Plano Independent School District continues to tow the line as one of the benchmark school districts in North Texas.  For years, Plano ISD only had two high schools - Plano Senior High School and Plano East Senior High School.  The senior high schools hold grades 11 & 12.  

Around 2000, Plano ISD opened a third high school - Plano West Senior High School.  As with all things new, Plano West Senior High School is currently the "choice" of those wanting into the Plano ISD.  The area around Plano West High School holds the most expensive real estate in the city of Plano with most of the homes being priced well above the $500,000 mark.

Great Schools rating on Plano Independent School District - 8/10

So what do you think about our list of the best school districts in DFW?  Let us know in the comment section below.




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