The 2012 Best School Districts in Texas

    Parents want nothing but the best education for their children. Texas is home to some great school
    districts. With 1,280 total school districts, it can be difficult to pinpoint the best districts, but if you are
    looking to move or to find a great school district for your child, these are among the best in the state.

    Highland Park

    Area: This school district serves Highland Park, University Park and part of North Dallas. It is an area
    of Texas where home prices and income are significantly higher than the national average. University
    Park is a very expensive part of Texas. This is a white-color community that has some of the highest real
    estate prices not only in Texas, but in the United States.

    Number of Schools District Serves: This district serves 7 schools.

    Performance: Ranked as ‘exemplary’ in 2009 by the Texas Education Agency.

    Carroll

    Area: This district is in the heart of Dallas-Fortworth Metroplex. The area this district serves is an upper-
    income area

    Number of Schools District Serves: This district serves 11 schools.

    Performance: This district is the largest district to be names ‘exemplary’ by the Texas Education Agency.
    This district has a phenomenal 0% dropout rate and a 97% attendance rate. In the Texas Assessment of
    Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) standardized test, students who are proficient in the skills is currently at
    96% of better for all areas and ages.

    Allen

    Area: Allen is a medium-sized, white-collared city. Home prices are expensive, compared to other homes
    in Texas. Almost 90% of the working population is employed in white-collared jobs.

    Number of Schools District Serves: This district serves 22 schools.

    Performance: On the TAKS, the lowest percentage of proficiency in a certain subject was 89%. Class sizes
    are low, averaging around 21.

    Friendswood

    Area: Friendswood District is an area of mostly newly built homes. It is a good mixture of both white-
    collar and blue-collar workers. Average household income is $69,384.

    Number of Schools District Serves: This district serves 7 schools.

    Performance: On the TAKS, the lowest percentage of proficiency in a certain subject was 93%. 81% of
    students in this district are white, 12% are Hispanic, and the remaining 7% are Asian, Black or Pacific
    Islander.

    Lake Travis

    Area: This school district located in southwestern Travis County in Austin. The communities in the
    district include Bee Cave, Briarcliff, Lakeway and The Hills.

    Numbers of Schools District Serves: This district serves 8 schools.

    Performance: In 2011, Texas Education Agency rated this district their highest rating of ‘exemplary’.
    53% of teachers in the district have 6-20 years of teaching experience. On the TAKS, the lowest
    percentage of proficiency in a certain subject was 93%.

    Coppell

    Area: This district includes those living in Coppell and small parts of Irving, Grapevine and Lewisville. In
    this district, median household income is $96,935.

    Numbers of Schools District Serves: This district serves 16 schools.

    Performance: Coppell placed 4th among the “Best Places to Live in Dallas” in the education areas
    considered based on the percentage of students passing the TAKS, the Mean SAT score, and the
    students taking the SAT/ACT exams.

    Richardson

    Area: This district covers almost 40 square miles and includes the city of Richardson and some parts of
    Dallas and Garland.

    Numbers of Schools District Serves: This district serves 55 schools.

    Performance: In 2011, the school district was rated “recognized” by the Texas Education Agency. While
    this isn’t the highest rating, the district is the largest, most racially and socioeconomically diverse district
    in Texas to receive a rating this high.

    Frisco

    Area: This district covers parts of the cities of Frisco, Little Elm, McKinney and Plano. This district is one
    of the fastest growing districts in the state. This is an affluent area where almost 90% of the workforce is
    employed in white-collared jobs.

    Numbers of Schools District Serves: This district serves 48 schools.

    Performance: In 2011, the school district was rated “exemplary” by the Texas Education Agency with
    over 40,000 students. Class sizes average 20 students.

    Eanes

    Area: Eanes district spans 31.2 square miles of the Texas Hill Country, which includes a small part of
    West Austin as well as, the parts of Rollingwood and West Lake Hills, TX.

    Numbers of Schools District Serves: This district serves 9 schools.

    Performance: In 2011, the school district was rated “exemplary” by the Texas Education Agency. On the
    TAKS, the lowest percentage of proficiency in a certain subject was 94%.

    Northwest

    Area: This district is located in far north Fort Worth, Texas. It located in northwest Tarrant County,
    though most of the district lies in Denton County. In all, the district adds up to 234 square miles. This is
    one of the fastest growing districts in Texas.

    Numbers of Schools District Serves: This district serves 25 schools.

    Performance: Between the 2009-2010 school year and the 2010-2011 school years, all high school and
    middle school students in the district received Dell Latitude 2100 netbooks for classroom and home use.