Making the Grade

Dallas-Fort Worth dominates list of best public high schools in Texas

Dallas-Fort Worth dominates list of best public high schools in Texas

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Five Dallas-area public high schools are among the 10 best in the state, according to a survey by Niche.  Courtesy photo

Austin might have the top two public high schools in Texas, but half of the 10 best reside in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to rankings by Niche.

Niche ranked 14,431 public high schools across the United States, taking into consideration survey answers from students, parents and recent alumni. In addition to millions of survey results, researchers also graded each school in the following seven categories: academics, health and safety, student culture and diversity, teachers, extracurriculars and activities, resources and facilities, and sports and fitness.

Dallas' School for the Talented & Gifted ranked third in the state behind Westlake High School and Austin's Liberal Arts & Science Academy, and it landed at No. 15 nationally thanks to A+ marks in academics, teachers, and student culture and diversity. It was hurt by a D grade for sports and fitness, but come on.

Plano West, Carroll and Plano Senior High took the five through seven spots with B or better letter grades — save for Carroll's C in student culture and diversity. Highland Park High School took the No. 10 spot; it was also hurt by a C grade for student culture and diversity.

Dallas' School of Science & Engineering, Flower Mound High School, Westlake Academy and Coppell High School all made the top 20 in Texas. On the national list, Plano West came in at No. 28, Carroll took the No. 51 spot, Plano Senior High ranked No. 59 and Highland Park squeaked into the top 100 at No. 99.