Top 25 School Districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area

Student achievement scores show which are the best DFW districts

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More than 7 million people live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and its nearly 100 area districts serve hundreds of thousands of students. Finding the top school districts can be tricky and confusing, and ranking depends particularly on the kinds of data you consider. Read on to learn about the DFW area's top 25 school districts based on the 2017 student achievement index, starting with the No. 1 ranked district.

The index measures student performance in all subjects on a statewide standardized test called the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test. An index above 90 is considered exceptional; while a rating above 85 is still very good.

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    Ranked No. 1 among Dallas-Fort Worth area schools, Carroll IIndependent School District operates 11 schools: five elementary schools, two intermediate schools, two middle schools, and two high schools attended by approximately 8,200 students who live in the Dallas suburbs of Colleyville, Grapevine, Keller, Southlake, and Westlake. The district's composite student achievement index is 97.4 — the highest of any district in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. 

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    Among DFW's best school districts, Highland Park Independent School District operates four elementary schools, an intermediate school, a middle school, and a high school. These seven schools are attended by approximately 7,000 students who live in Highland Park, University Park, and North Dallas. The district's student achievement index is 96.8.

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    Lovejoy Independent School District operates three elementary schools, an intermediate school, a middle school, and a high school attended by approximately 4,100 students who live in Fairview, Lucas, Allen, McKinney, and Wylie. Lovejoy's composite student achievement index is 95.9.

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    Coppell Independent School District operates 15 schools: 10 elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, and one alternative school attended by nearly 12,400 students, most of whom live in the North Dallas suburbs of Coppell, Irving, and Lewisville. Coppell's composite student achievement index is 92.5.

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    The Allen Independent School District operates 22 schools, including 17 elementary schools, three middle schools, one ninth-grade center, and one high school serving nearly 21,000 students most of whom live in the north Dallas suburban communities of  Allen, McKinney, Lucas, and Parker. With a composite student achievement index of 92.3, Allen ranks among the best districts in the DFW area.

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    Frisco Independent School District is located in the far North Dallas area and serves the city of Frisco and portions of Plano, Little Elm, and McKinney. The district, which serves nearly 56,000 students, posted an achievement index of 91.8 in 2017.

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    Argyle ISD

    Argyle ISD operates an elementary school, an intermediate school, a middle school, and a high school ​attended by approximately 2,400 students who live in Argyle, Bartonville, Denton and Flower Mound. The district's composite student achievement index is 91.5.

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    The Grandview Independent School District operates one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school attended by approximately 1,200 students who reside in Grandview. The district's student achievement index is 91.6.

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    Sunnyvale Independent School District is located east of Dallas and serves the cities of New Hope, Tripp, Hattersville, and Long Creek. The district only operates one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school, but its 91.2  student achievement index earns it the No. 9 spot among DFW schools.

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    Prosper ISD operates seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school serving 10,000 students who live in Prosper, Frisco, McKinney, Allen, and Celina. Prosper's student achievement index is  91.1.

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    The Aledo Independent School District operates five elementary schools, one middle school, and two high schools. These eight schools are attended by approximately 5,400 students who reside in Aledo, Annetta, Cresson, Fort Worth, Hudson Oaks, Weatherford and Willow Park. The district's student achievement index of 91.1 earned it a tie with Prosper ISD for the No. 10 ranking among the best DFW-area school districts.

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    The Melissa Independent School District operates two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school attended by approximately 2,600 students who reside in Melissa and McKinney. Melissa's student achievement index is 90.5 in 2017.

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    The Celina Independent School District operates two elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school attended by about 2,400 students who reside in Celina and McKinney. Celina's student achievement index is 90.4, putting the district at No. 13 among DFW-area schools.

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    The Brock Independent School District operates one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school attended by approximately 1,300 students who live in Brock, Lipan, Millsap, and Weatherford. Brock's student achievement index is 89.3.

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    The Wylie Independent School District operates 11 elementary schools, three intermediate schools, three junior high schools, and two high schools attended by approximately 15,000 students who live in Wylie, Lavon, Murphy, Sachse, and St. Paul. Wylie's 2017 student achievement index is 89.2, just a shade behind Brock ISD.

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    The Caddo Mills Independent School District operates two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school serving 2,400 students who live in Caddo Mills, Cross Roads, Krugerville, Pilot Point and Providence Village. Caddo Mill's student achievement index is 86.6.

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    Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District is located to the north of the mid-cities between Dallas and Fort Worth. It serves nearly 14,000 students who live mostly in Grapevine and Colleyville and portions of Hurst and Euless. Grapevine-Colleyville's student achievement index is 87.4.

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    The Aubrey Independent School District operates two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school serving about 2,400 students from Aubrey, Cross Roads, Krugerville, Pilot Point, and Providence Village. The district posted a student achievement index of 86.6 in 2017.

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    Rockwall Independent School District is located east of Dallas and serves the cities of Rockwall, Heath, McLendon-Chisholm, Fate, Royse City, and a portion of Rowlett. The district, which serves nearly 16,000 students, posted a student achievement index is 86.6 in 2017.

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    Keller Independent School District serves the city of Keller and portions of the cities of Colleyville, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Watauga, and Westlake. The district, which serves 34,600 pupils, has a student achievement index of 86.5.

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    Plano ISD operates 44 elementary schools, 13 middle schools, and 10 high schools attended by nearly 54,000 students who live in Plano, Frisco, Dallas, Murphy, Parker, and Richardson. The average elementary school's student/teacher ratio is 18:1. Plano's student achievement index is 85.4.

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    The Glen Rose Independent School District operates two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school attended by approximately 1,800 students who reside in Glen Rose, Cleburne, Nemo, and Rainbow. The district's composite student achievement index is 85.0.

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    Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District is located on the west side of the mid-cities, just east of Fort Worth, and serves most of Hurst, Euless, and Bedford, and a portion of Fort Worth. The district, which is home to more than 23,000 students, posted a student achievement index is 84.9 in 2017.

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    The Midlothian Independent School District operates seven elementary schools, two middle school, and two high schools attended by approximately 8,400 students who reside in Midlothian, Cedar Hill, Ovilla. and Waxahachie. Midlothian's 2017 achievement index was 84.9.

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    The Northwest Independent School District is located to the northwest of Fort Worth and serves all or a portion of the cities of Justin, Roanoke, Trophy Club, Northlake, Marshall Creek, Corral City, Flower Mound, Aurora, Rhome, Pecan Acres, Newark, New Fairview, Haslet, Avondale, Westlake, Southlake, Keller, and Fort Worth. Serving 22,000 students, the district achieved an 84.7 achievement index in 2017.