by Brad Pauly
on Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 at 4:58pm.
School districts are an important factor that many families consider when deciding to move. Which is why "What's the best school district in Austin?," is one of the most common questions we're often asked. Unfortunately, there really isn't a "best" school district in Austin, so much as a few that rank highly. And in this comprehensive blog, we'll go through each one of them, based on data from the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
Follow along to learn about some of the top-ranking school districts in Austin and the unique qualities that make them stand out.
Texas Public School System
The majority of school districts in Texas are known as independent school districts. An independent school district is one that’s separate from any state, county, or municipality. This means that the school district has its own taxing authority outside of the direct control of other governmental entities. In some cases, two or more of these independent school districts will form together to become what’s known as a “consolidated” school district. There are currently over 1,200 school districts in Texas, educating over 5,000,000 students every year.
Austin Area Public Schools
Those making the move to the Austin, Texas area will be pleased to know that the region is home to a number of exceptional school districts according to the Texas Education Agency. Through a number of grading criteria the school districts in Austin, in particular the areas surrounding the city, have been acknowledged as some of the best schools in the state of Texas. This grading criteria is primarily comprised of the district’s performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests, as well as College readiness indicators like College Board AP exam scores and SAT scores.
There are multiple school districts operating within Austin itself, with even more in the surrounding cities. Continue reading below to learn more about the best school districts in Austin, Texas and the surrounding areas, as well as some homes for the sale that are eligible for attendance of that school district.
#1. Eanes Independent School District
Eanes Independent School District, also known as Eanes ISD is widely considered to be the best school district in the Austin area. Eanes IDS is home to Westlake High School, which was rated the best high school in the Austin area by the Texas Education Agency in 2020. There are currently 8,000 students attending nine schools in the Eanes ISD: six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. Students living in West Lake Hills, Rollingwood, and Northwest Austin are eligible to attend schools within the Eanes ISD.
Round Rock Independent School District hosts a considerably larger number of students and schools compared to Eanes ISD. That makes the high rating that the school district received from the Texas Education Agency that much more impressive. Round Rock ISD includes 55 Schools - 35 elementary, 11 middle schools, 7 high schools, and three alternative learning centers, more commonly known as magnet schools. Currently, the Round Rock ISD educators and supports more than 51,000 students throughout the Austin area. Students living in Round Rock, Pflugerville, Southern Georgetown and North Austin are eligible to attend Round Rock Independent School District.
Leander Independent School District is slightly smaller than Round Rock ISD, but still has high scores from the Texas Education Agency. Leander is home to 44 schools - 27 elementary, 9 middle schools, 6 high schools, as well as 2 alternative schools. These 44 schools served just under 40,000 students in the 2019-2020 school year. Students living in Leander, Cedar Park and West Austin bordering Lake Travis are eligible to attend Leander Independent School District.
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At Pauly Presley Realty, we can provide you with assistance in deciding the right property for you and your family as you make the move to Austin. Regardless of where you decide to live in the Austin, TX area, you can rest assured knowing that the region has excellent public school districts that rank among the best schools in the entire state.