Austin is known for a lot of things from live music to funky food trucks, but it’s also know for it’s highly rated schools. For home buyers with kids, or who plan to have kids, schools will likely 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. Historically, homes in the best school districts have held their value better than homes in inferior school districts. And, if you find yourself needing to sell, you’ll want to be in a position to attract the most buyers.
Top 3 School Districts in Austin
We’re often asked “Where are the best schools in Austin?” To help answer this question, we’ve put together a list of the Top 3 School Districts in and around Austin Texas.
#1: Eanes ISD – #5 School District in Texas
Area of Town: West Austin
Distance to Downtown Austin: 8.2 miles, 14 minutes
Distance to Austin Airport: 12.5 miles, 14 minutes
Average Price: $1,185,141
Median Price: $907,500
Price Range: $350k-$11MM
Average SqFt: 3,534
The Eanes Independent School District 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 spans 31.2 square miles of the Texas Hill Country which includes a small part of West Austin as well as, the municipalities of Rollingwood and West Lake Hills, TX. Eanes serves approximately 8,000 students at 9 schools. Seven of the nine schools have earned 10/10 ratings by popular school rating site, GreatSchools.org and the remaining two earned 9/10 (December 2018).
Eanes ISD Homes for Sale
#2: Lake Travis ISD – #9 School District in Texas
Area of Town: West Austin
Distance to Downtown Austin: 19.2 miles, 26 minutes
Distance to Austin Airport: 22.8 miles, 26 minutes
Average Price: $612,377
Median Price: $510,000
Price Range: $150k-$4.5MM
Average SqFt: 3,115
The Lake Travis Independent School District is located in Southwest Austin and Northwest Austin near gorgeous Lake Travis. Lake Travis ISD is a 6A school district, serving approximately 10,700 students (October 2018) within its 9 campuses. One of the best schools in the district is Lake Travis High School challenging their students with an aggressive class schedule as well as allowing their students to deeply engage themselves in 1 of the 6 Institutes of Study.
These Institutes of Study at Lake Travis High School are:
- Advanced Sciences and Medicine
- Veterinary and Agricultural Science
- Math, Engineering and Architecture
- Business, Finance and Marketing
- Humanities, Technology and Communications
- Fine Arts
The students of Lake Travis High School are encouraged to choose one of the institutes and pursue the area of study in depth. Lake Travis High School is also one of 30 schools in the nation to pilot the High School of Business program for students considering an MBA in the future.
Lake Travis Homes for Sale
#3: Dripping Springs ISD – #33 School District in Texas
Area of Town: Southwest Austin, Dripping Springs, Driftwood
Distance to Downtown Austin: 24.7 miles, 30 minutes
Distance to Austin Airport: 28.2 miles, 30 minutes
Average Price: $515,349
Median Price: $476,962
Price Range: $150k-$2.6MM
Average SqFt: 2,967
Drippings Springs is located just 24 miles southwest of Downtown Austin. With a population of around 4,000 (2017) but growing fast and only 7 schools in the district, the community still holds a small town feel. The Dripping Springs ISD is the top rated school district that serves a section of Southwest Austin, Dripping Springs and Driftwood and has some very unique career development programs for college bound and technical bound students.
Dripping Springs ISD Homes for Sale
Bonus District: Leander ISD – #142 School District in Texas
Area of Town: Northwest Austin, Cedar Park, Leander
Distance to Downtown Austin: 20 miles, 24 minutes
Distance to Austin Airport: 26.7 miles, 30 minutes
Average Price: $383,091
Median Price: $323,400
Price Range: $110k-$5.5MM
Average SqFt: 2,590
The Leander Independent School District is located in Northwest Austin with a small part of the district in Travis County and the majority in Williamson County. One of the fastest growing school districts, the Leander ISD has 42 campuses serving approximately 38,200 students. Leander ISD is one of 373 school districts in the US and Canada being named to the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll.
Leander ISD Focuses on 3 Key Elements
- Continually improving world-class curriculum
- Teaching and modeling ethical behavior
- Encouraging parent and community involvement
Leander ISD Homes for Sale
This post was based on information gathered from SchoolDigger.com and each district’s website as of December 2018. Average and Median Price Data comes from ACTRIS closed sales 12/1/2017-11/30/2018.
Don’t Need to Be in the City Limits of Austin?
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Looking to Buy in Austin’s Best School Districts?
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