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Dallas/Fort Worth Area Schools

Of the 212 DFW public high schools evaluated, 186 are open enrollment schools at which the only requirement for admittance is student residency in the school's attendance area. The 25 DFW open enrollment high schools that ranked highest in this 2017 analysis are listed below. Additional performance and other information for schools located in the communities featured on this website can be accessed by clicking on the name of the school.

Carroll Independent School District


The Carroll Independent School District (Carroll ISD) is an independent PK-12 school district serving the majority of the city of Southlake, Texas (USA) and portions of northwest Grapevine, far northern Colleyville, and eastern Westlake.


 It has 7,812 students attending 12 schools in grades PK and K-12. According to state standards, 98% of students in this district are considered proficient in math and/or reading. The district has an annual budget of $113,191,000, spending an average of $14,715 per student. There have been 372 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

Carroll ISD is consistently ranked among the top-rated school districts in Texas, due in no small part to the upper-income area it serves. The district and all of its schools are often all rated "Exemplary" by the Texas Education Agency, the highest ranking possible. 


According to state standards, 98% of students in this district are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 32 reviews written about the academics and they have been very positive.







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Frisco Independent School District


Frisco Independent School District is one of the fastest growing public school districts in the nation, with more than 53,000 students enrolled in 8 high schools, 15 middle schools, 38 elementary schools and 3 special programs schools. The District is located about 30 miles north of Dallas, Texas, and encompasses 75 square miles in Collin and Denton counties, including most of the City of Frisco and portions of neighboring Plano, McKinney and Little Elm.

Despite fast growth and rising enrollment, Frisco ISD is committed to providing small, personal learning environments. Elementary schools serve 700-plus students in grades K-5, middle schools serve 800-1,000 students in grades 6-8 and high schools serve up to 2,100 students in grades 9-12. FISD believes smaller schools allow students to know each other, to know their teachers and have multiple opportunities to participate and excel in extracurricular activities.



    Elementary Schools: 40 


    Middle Schools: 16 


    High Schools: 9 


    Special Programs Centers: 3


    Total: 68



(As of June 2, 2017 - view the details)


    Elementary School: 27,120


    Middle School: 13,845


    High School: 15,484

  • Total: 56,449




    Student/Teacher Ratio: 14.7:1


    K-4 Class Size Average: As close to 22:1 as possible


    5-12 Class Size Average: 25-28:1

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Keller Independent School District

Keller ISD has 39 campuses serving more than 33,600 students. Enrollment in Keller ISD has doubled during the past 10 years and is expected to do the same during the next decade, making us the ninth-fastest growing school district in Texas.  

Keller ISD students advance through a four-tier system: Elementary (grades K-4), Intermediate (grades 5-6), Middle (grades 7-8) and High School (grade 9-12).


Fast Facts about Killer ISD

 • Campuses: 39 

• Grades: PreK-12

• Student Enrollment: 33,621

• Employees: 3,887

• Average SAT Score: 1546*

• Average ACT Score: 23.1*  

• Graduation Rate: 94.2%*

• Attendance Rate: 96.2%*

• College-Bound Seniors: 73%

• Dropout Rate: 1.0%*

• Scholarship Offers: $49.6 million

• State Achievements in Academics, Fine Arts and Athletics

• 5-Star Rating for Financial Efficiency for Four Consecutive Years

• Texas Honors Circle Awards for Public Education Excellence

• Indoor Air Quality National Model of Sustained Excellence Award

• LEED Silver Level Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council

• Texas Assocation of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards Architectural Award

• Home of the 2007 State Secondary Teacher of the Year and 2008 State Elementary Teacher of the Year

• 12 National Merit Finalists, 12 National Hispanic Recognition Scholars and 18 Commended Scholars

• Top District in Texas for Safety in 2010 and Rated in the Top 500 Most Secure Organizations in the Nation

Grapevine-colleyville Independent School District

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, a K-12 public school system in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, is making bold changes in the way we teach and the way students learn. In the third year of its 10-year strategic plan, the district is transforming its culture to provide the foundation that today’s 21st Century learners will need to be successful now and in life beyond high school.

Quick Facts about GCISD

Student enrollment - 13,748
Employees - 1,700
Number of Schools - 17 traditional, 2 alternative, 1 early college high school and 1 virtual
Area served - Grapevine, Colleyville, and portions of Euless, Hurst and Southlake (iUniversity Prep is open to students across the state)
Graduation Rate - 96.4% 
Average Years’ Experience of Teachers - 13
Teachers with Advanced Degrees - 34.3%
Student Ethnicity

  • African American - 4.97%

  • Hispanic - 23.57%

  • White - 56.92%

  • Asian - 8.85%

  • Other (Native American/Pacific Islander) - .55%

  • Two or More - 5.14%

Additional Facts About GCISD

  • Nine GCISD campuses met standards on the 2012 Adequate Yearly Progress Report (AYP) released by the Texas Education Agency.

  • Colleyville Heritage High School was awarded the 2011 College Readiness Award from the Texas ACT Council for an increase in the amount of students taking the ACT over the last five years.

  • GCISD  practices environmental responsibility through programs and procedures geared toward conservation, recycling and efficient operations. These include regulating temperatures in buildings throughout the district and increasing temperatures on nights and weekends when the buildings are not in use, sustaining a districtwide recycling effort, Green Teams at every campus and facility, no idling signs at each campus, and monitoring water usage through irrigation controls and native landscaping.

  • Four GCISD schools have been named to the 2011 National Center for Education Achievement's Higher Performing Schools List . Those schools are Colleyville Heritage High School, Colleyville Middle School, O.C. Taylor Elementary and Timberline Elementary. According to the NCEA, schools on the list consistently have more success in preparing students for college and careers than their peers that serve similar student populations. In Texas only 10% of schools are identified as Higher Performing Schools by the organization. 

  • Eight students have been named 2013 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Program,  two students have been recognized as Outstanding Participants by the National Achievement Scholarship Program, and one student was named a National Hispanic Scholar and four received Honorable Mention from the National Hispanic Recognition Program

  • The average AP exam score for GCISD students was 3.15, well above the state average of 2.56 and the national average of 2.89. Sixty-nine percent of GCISD test-takers scored a three or higher on one or more exams, and 39% scored a four or higher on one or more exams. 

  • GCISD has 11 National Blue Ribbon Schools, including Heritage Elementary School which earned the honor under the “No Child Left Behind” initiative. Blue Ribbon Schools include: 

    • Colleyville Heritage High 

    • Grapevine High

    • Bear Creek Elementary

    • Bransford Elementary

    • Colleyville Elementary 

    • Heritage Elementary 

    • Heritage Middle 

    • O.C. Taylor Elementary

    • Grapevine Middle 

    • Timberline Elementary

    • Glenhope Elementary

Lewisville Independent School District Schools

Lewisville Independent School District is a school district with 53,356 students. On average, teachers in Lewisville Independent School District receive $50,703 per year. The district official is Kevin Rogers and can be contacted at info@lisd.net. Lewisville Independent School District spends $7,404 per year per student. 31% of students here receive reduced price lunches. The most common ethnicities are White, non-Hispanic and Hispanic. The graduation rate in Lewisville Independent School District is 0%. Texas College Preparatory Academies is a nearby district and is rated worse than Lewisville Independent School District. Texas College Preparatory Academies's rating is 5 while Lewisville Independent School District's rating is 7.

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Plano Independent School District

Plano ISD serves the residents of approximately 100 square miles in southwest Collin County. 

Plano is home to approximately 271,000 residents, and boasts a long list of impressive amenities. Plano is a family-friendly community composed of 66 square miles and boast six public libraries and two college campuses. Plano is also home to an excellent school district, the Plano Independent School District, or Plano ISD. Plano ISD serves most of Plano as well as portions of Richardson, Dallas, Allen, Garland, Murphy, Wylie and Parker.

Plano ISD operates sixty-five schools and employs 6,400 faculty members that serve over 55,000 students. This amazing district is known for its high academic standards and three of its high schools have been recognized by Newsweek as some of nation’s best. Each home in the Plano ISD is zoned to a particular elementary, middle, high and senior high school. High schools in the district serve students in 9th and 10th grades, while senior high schools serve students in 11th and 12th grades. Many of the schools in the Plano ISD have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools, and for all of these reasons the district continually attracts new residents to the area.


Most of the Plano ISD serves Plano, however the two areas in North Dallas that are served by the district are affluent areas that were annexed into Dallas after 1960. One area is found east of Midway Road, west of Waterview Parkway and south of the George Bush Turnpike. The other area is around Horizon North Parkway. Homes for sale in the Plano ISD come in a very broad price range depending upon their location, size, age and style. Most homes for sale in the Plano ISD are found in Plano where the median sale price for a home is around $295,000. That said, there are homes for sale in Plano with listing prices as low as $65,000 and as high as $7 million.


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