The Austin ISD has numerous high performing schools with a few, like the Liberal Arts and Science Academy, Harmony Science Academy and Anderson High School, receiving national acclaim. But, the Austin ISD as a whole is one of the lesser performing School Districts, earning TEA’s third highest rating of Academically Acceptable. The Austin ISD is the largest school district in Austin with 122 schools and 86,000 students. The sheer size of the district is one of the contributing factors in the lower rating.
Health of Austin ISD Forcing Families Further Out
Even though Austin ISD has the most Academically Acceptable schools in the area with 47 schools and 1 academically unacceptable school, they also boast the most Exemplary rated schools (32) and Recognized schools (36) than any other district. With the size of the Austin ISD, the highly rated schools intermixed with lower performing schools, recent news of budgetary constraints and threat of school closings, a lot of families are looking into smaller, better performing districts outside the Austin city limits.
Highest Rated School Districts Around Austin
Not only do these smaller school districts offer high performing schools, smaller classrooms and financially stronger districts, home prices are more affordable than homes within the boundaries of the well performing Austin schools. These benefits are hard to overlook and has prompted an influx of people to these fast growing suburbs of Austin. If you’re looking for options outside of Austin, here are the highest rated school districts outside of Austin.
#1 Dripping Springs ISD – Recognized
Drippings Springs is located just 24 miles southwest of Downtown Austin. With a population of around 1,900 but growing fast and only 5 schools in the district, the community still holds a small town feel. The Dripping Springs ISD is an Exemplary School District with 3 Exemplary Schools and 2 Recognized Schools.
#2 Round Rock ISD – Academically Acceptable
The Round Rock ISD, is the largest school district outside of Austin. The district serves approximately 45,000 students with 49 schools. Round Rock ISD has 25 Exemplary rated schools, 16 Recognized schools, 4 Academically Acceptable schools and 4 schools not rated. Round Rock’s Westwood High School is one of the best performing schools in the area and has made Newsweek’s Annual Best High Schools in America List at number 47 in the country.
#3 Pflugerville ISD – Academically Acceptable
The Pflugerville ISD has over 23,000 students enrolled in 28 campuses. Enrollment is expected to double over the next 10 years with projections of over 40,000 students. Pflugerville ISD encompasses 95 square miles and serves Pflugerville, parts of Austin, Coupland, Manor and Round Rock. The Pflugerville ISD has 6 Exemplary rated schools, 15 Recognized schools, 5 Academically Acceptable schools and 1 school that is not rated.
Need to Be Closer to Town?
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