Living in Austin
If you have kids or are planning to have kids in the near future, a top-notch school system is usually one of the first things on your check list when deciding where to live. Luckily, the city of Austin and its suburbs are home to some of the best school districts in Texas. Here are some that are currently popular with parents, along with a list of the neighborhoods each one serves.
Number of Schools: 6 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 1 high school, and 1 adult transition service
Areas Served: West Lake Hills, West Austin
Ask anyone, and they'll tell you that Eanes Independent School District is home to the best Austin public schools. The small district largely serves the West Lake Hills area, and every one of its nine schools earns high ratings each year. Westlake High School was voted the sixth-best Austin high school and the 261st-best high school in the nation by US News.
Number of Schools: 7 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 1 high school
Areas Served: Bee Cave, Spicewood, Lakeway, Austin, and Dripping Springs
Lake Travis Independent School District is also one of the best school districts in Texas, and it happens to be located here in Austin. Its only high school, Lake Travis High School, is considered the 12th-best high school in the city's metropolitan area. That could have something to do with the low student to teacher ratio, as well as the fact that the majority of students who graduate from this district are considered college-ready.
Number of Schools: 29 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, 6 high schools, and 3 alternative schools
Areas Served: Leander, Austin, Cedar Park, Volente Georgetown, Volente, and Round Rock
The Leander Independent School District is on the larger side with its nearly 50 schools, but it remains one of the top school districts in Austin. Four of its six high schools are part of Austin's top 30 high schools, thanks to high graduation rates, participation in advanced placement courses, and high math, reading, and science proficiency ratings. This district is also known for offering a wide variety of programs that have made a difference in the lives of its students, ranging from gift courses to bully prevention.
Number of Schools: 5 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 1 high school
Areas Served: Dripping Springs, Driftwood, and Austin
Dripping Springs Independent School District is a small district, and that's exactly what makes it one of the best Austin school districts. There's a sense of community here. Parents get to know their kids' teachers, coaches, and principals, and classroom sizes are small. There are also several academic programs in place to help students become ready for college. The district regularly reports high test scores.
Number of Schools: 35 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, 7 high schools, and 3 alternative education centers
Areas Served: Round Rock, Austin
Round Rock Independent School District may be one of the larger systems in the area, but that hasn't prevented it from becoming one of the best school districts in Austin. Even so, it has a very high graduation rate, and the 7th- and 11th-best high schools in Austin. Both Westwood and Round Rock High Schools boast high graduation rates, high advanced placement participation, and a large number of students that are considered college-ready.
If you want to find a school in any of these excellent Austin school districts, Heather Burke can help. Call or email me today at (512) 434-9004 or [email protected].
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