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Dallas earns A-plus in education with best high schools in the nation

Dallas earns A-plus in education with best high schools in the nation

St. Mark's School of Texas
St. Mark's School of Texas is among the best private high schools in the nation. Photo via

This deserves a gold star: Dallas has made its way to the top of two different lists touting the best high schools in America. And it's not the first time these schools have received top honors.

For the fifth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has declared the School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas the very best public high school in the country. That's pretty impressive, and so are the school's 100 percent graduation rate and its No. 1 magnet school rating.

Niche, which specializes in educational institution data, also released its own list of bests, this time focusing on private high schools. Rankings took into account SAT/ACT scores, the quality of colleges that students consider, student-to-teacher ratio, student and parent reviews, and more.

St. Mark's School of Texas, which last year placed first in Texas and No. 8 overall on Niche's list of smartest schools, comes in at No. 16 on the list of the country's best private high schools. 

Town & Country used Niche's list to pull stats on the best boys' and girls' schools, and three Dallas-area schools make the cut. St. Mark's and The Hockaday School show up in the second slots for all-boys' and all-girls' learning institutions, respectively.

Cistercian Preparatory School in Irving comes in at No. 6 on the boys' list, helping North Texas earn its bragging rights once again.